The department studies processes of urban regeneration and considers these as crucial for the nuanced understanding of urban transformations. The research centers on planning practices that address socio-spatial inequalities and fragmentations within and between cities. We focus on local governance strategies applied by actors from politics, public administration and civil society dealing with increasingly global challenges. These include, for example, migration and the redistribution of resources among different population groups. The department predominately focuses on medium-sized European cities that underwent major structural changes, and responded with policies tailored to these specific challenges.

Particular emphasis is placed on urban development policies in the context of the urban redevelopment programme “Stadtumbau”. This is reflected in  the Federal Transfer Office on “Urban Redevelopment in the New Federal States” which was set up by the Federal government from 2004 to 2016 with the task to support the dissemination of expertise on urban redevelopment and is hosted at the IRS. 

IRS International Lecture
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08. April | 2019
14th IRS International Lecture on Society and Space with Prof. Ute Lehrer, York University (Toronto, Canada)

Urbanization and the land question go hand in hand, in fact the land question is at the core of urban transformation on a global scale. In this lecture, Ute Lehrer will look at the suburban land question, where we can still find central aspects of the transformation process from a use value of land to an exchange value as a commodity within a capitalist society. She will also make reference to the land question that is posed within a colonial context, namely that of stewardship versus ownership. more infos