Ongoing Lead Project

Since the 1990s, European cities have found themselves confronted with structural changes in the economy and increasing socio-spatial disparities, forcing them to reinvent themselves. An overarching theme common to many cities is a shared interest of city governments in encouraging in-migration. However, in many cases, these efforts are accompanied by a discrepancy between the desired immigration of highly-skilled, socially better-off and creative classes, and the partially unplanned influx of migrant workers, temporary residents and refugees. This project examines whether and to what extent this discrepancy feeds back into urban development processes more

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

Das Verbundprojekt untersucht Potentiale und Probleme von ehemaligen Stadtumbauquartieren im Wandel zum Einwanderungsquartier. Das Verbundprojekt ist in fünf Teilprojekte gegliedert. Das Teilprojekt 1 "Governance" soll am IRS bearbeitet werden. Es untersucht Planungsgrundlagen und Akteurskonstellationen in den Städten Cottbus, Schwerin und Halle (Saale), um eine bessere Steuerung des Wandels durch kommunale Akteure zu ermöglichen. more

This project, secured in cooperation with the University of Łódź, thematises various paths in the development of a number of neighbourhoods in both cities following the change of system over 25 years ago. The scientists strive to provide both new findings about the interplay of institutional contexts and socio-spatial differentiation processes, as well as about post-socialist urban development in Middle and Eastern Europe. more

The research aims at studying recent challenges in the development of large housing estates in postsocialist cities. It is based on a comparative approach and includes six case studies in Estonia, Germany, and Russia. Resarch on the neighbourhoods Halle-Neustadt and Berlin-Marzahn will be conducted by the IRS. Thereby, the project focuses on actors, their interests and resources and observes the consequences of their constellations for the development of housing estates. more

Many cities are reliant on immigration to turn their declining populations back into growing ones. Nevertheless, despite the increasing competition for younger inhabitant, students, and qualified professionals, as well as widespread growth policies, cities have to date barely developed their own immigration strategies. The management of immigration has so far been seen as the task of national migration regimes. When it comes to local integration policies, cities react solely to the influx of migrants and the national allocation of refugees and asylum seekers. A linkage between urban-development and integration concepts rarely takes place. more

Ongoing Qualification Projects

Das Promotionsprojekt (2019-2022) wird von Matthias Bernt (Lehrstuhl für Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin) und Laura Calbet i Elias (Fachgebiet Theorien und Methoden der Stadtplanung, Städtebau-Institut, Universität Stuttgart) betreut. more

In der politischen Theorie gilt das „Gemeinwohl“ als ethischer Maßstab staatlichen Handelns. Auch in der Stadtplanung bildet das Gemeinwohl eine wesentliche Grundlage, auf der sowohl das disziplinäre Selbstverständnis als auch die Praxislegitimation beruhen. Das Projekt setzt sich mit Konzeptualisierungen des Gemeinwohls in der Planung und untersucht wie sie das disziplinäre Selbstverständnis prägen. more

Based on the recent increase in migration balances in medium-sized cities, the dissertation examines the question of the extent to which reurbanisation is a relevant development trend for medium-sized cities and which control options arise for public actors in the process of reurbanisation. In order to answer the research question, two case studies of medium-sized cities are dealt with, in which the process of reurbanisation is examined, planning policies for steering reurbanisation are analysed and the influence of local actor constellations and relationships on the steering options of public actors is shown. By combining analytical steps that build on each other, which first examine the process and then the control approaches as well as the actions of local actors in two case studies, it is possible - against the background of the special features of control and planning practice in medium-sized cities - to assess both the possibilities for control and the significance of local reurbanisation drivers in medium-sized cities. The dissertation sets a focus here that contributes to the differentiated examination of research gaps in reurbanisation research. more