Third-party funded project

From Shrinkage to Immigration. New Perspectives for Peripheral Large Housing Estates (StadtumMig)

Research department: Politics and Planning

Project Leader within IRS: PD Dr. Matthias Bernt

Project Team: Dr. Madlen Pilz

Consortium: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (Coordination) Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung Brandenburgische Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH Stadt Schwerin Stadt Halle (Saale) Stadt Cottbus

Funding Organization: Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF)

Duration: 05/2019 - 09/2022


The joint project examines potentials and problems of former urban redevelopment neighbourhoods ("Stadtumbauquartiere") in transition to arrival neighbourhoods for immigrants. The joint project is divided into five sub-projects. Sub-project 1 "Governance" is being worked on at the IRS. It examines planning principles and actor constellations in the cities of Cottbus, Schwerin and Halle (Saale) to enable better governance of change by municipal actors. The conception, implementation and utilisation of the results are closely interlinked with the other sub-projects of the research network and should contribute to the development of recommendations for action that are adapted to the respective local contexts and can be implemented.


On 19 September 2022, the symposium and final conference on the BMBF-funded research project "From Shrinkage to Immigration. New Perspectives for Peripheral Large Housing Estates", or "StadtumMig" for short, took place in Berlin. Together with the Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IÖR) in Dresden, the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research (BIM) and the B.B.S.M. Brandenburgische Beratungsgesellschaft für Stadterneuerung und Modernisierung mbH, the IRS had investigated local integration policies, open space development, the need for adaptation of the social infrastructure, the prospects for people to stay and the opening of urban societies to newly arrived refugees in large housing estates in eastern Germany. The project has now entered a two-year implementation and continuation phase. more info


Dörner, W., Haase, A., Hedtke, C., & Pilz, M. (2021). Konflikte und ihre Gegenbilder: Ein Gespräch. In K. Großmann, M. Budnik, A. Haase, C. Hedtke, & A. Krahmer (Eds.), An Konflikten wachsen oder scheitern? Beiträge zur Reflexion eines komplexen Phänomens (pp. 29-45). Fachhochschule Erfurt.
Bernt, M., El-Kayed, N., Milstrey, U., & Rößler, S. (2021). Stadtumbau und Migration - Herausforderungen für Großwohnsiedlungen. Planerin, (1), 51-56.
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