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

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

For decades, urban developers and urban researchers have devoted attention to issues of ethnic and cultural diversity. Other aspects of diversity, however, have been somewhat neglected. Sexual diversity, in particular, has received very little attention in the German speaking world. This is why Jesko Meißel is studying the way in which “sexual diversity” has been constructed and incorporated into observable urban transformation processes from a comparative perspective for his PhD project. more