Current Dissertations

 

City-Making in Times of Digital Transformation

Mag. Martin Bangratz, M.Sc.

Just as citizen initiatives co-produce their urban environments, the role of citizens in digital transformation needs to be recast. Far from being limited to the passive generation of data for a “smart” city, activists join together in global networks and local spaces to advocate for equitable use of technology and data in cities. This research project observes processes of digital city-making in their genesis, development, and effects.

1. Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
2. Thesis supervisor: -
Term: Expected by the end of 2024
Links: Digital Citymaking bei Pt, Digital Citymaker interviews on What/Next, pnd – rethinking planning 2/2021

 

 

 

 
 

Who do Planners Plan with?

Lea Fischer, M.A.

Public administrations operate in cooperation with diverse actors when it comes to urban development. Beyond that they tend to enable potential actors to participate. Headed by the title "Concepts of stakeholding and governance of urban planners in medium-sized cities – observation and transformation of a reflective practice" I would like to reveal, reflect on and experiment with processes by which planners shape actors – together with the planners themselves.

1. Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
2. Thesis supervisor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan Polívka
Term: Expected by the end of 2024
Links: Graduarte College at Pt, website "Medium-sized Cities as Co-Partizipation Cities" (Profile Lea Fischer)/topic

 

 
 

Collaboration between Developers and Municipalities

Ann-Christin Sreball, M.Sc.

The dissertation addresses a well-known but hardly researched problem – the collaboration between municipalities and developers. Increasingly complex interactions in the planning environment of urban & real estate developments imply an increased need for communication and require cooperative forms of collaboration. For the development of an appropriate planning climate, role models, patterns of action as well as objectives of both actors will be researched.

1. Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Björn-Martin Kurzrock
2. Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
Term: Expected by April 2022
Links: -

 
 

Medium-Sized Cities + Region

Christiane Schubert, M. Sc.

Mutual dependencies in regional transformation processes confront planners at different levels with new tasks and challenges. As part of the graduate college "Mittelstadt als Mitmachstadt - Qualitativer Wandel durch neue Kulturen des Stadtmachens", I am researching the adaptability of planning in small medium-sized cities in the context of regional transformation processes, using the example of structural change in the Rhenish mining area.

1. Thesis supervisor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Jan Polívka
2. Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
Term: Expected by the end of 2024
Links: Graduarte College at Pt, website "Medium-sized Cities as Co-Partizipation Cities" (Profile Christiane Schubert)/topic