Current Dissertations


Trialogical Cooperation for Urban Transformations

Laura Brings, M.Sc. 

In recent years, the cooperation of city makers, (transformative) researchers and public administrative staff has increasingly come into focus of urban development. However, multiple challenges have so far hindered strategic cooperation, and collaborations often remain confined to project frameworks. This paper deals with factors that shape cooperation - from the individual, personal level to framework conditions and funding logics - and how they relate to each other.

  1. Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
  2. Thesis supervisor: -

Term: Expected by the end of 2025

Links:  Research Project Designing Trialogue for Transformation and the Symposium Transformation through Trialogue on Site in September 2022



Verkehrswende durch Partizipation? Policy-Wirkung diskursiver, konsultativer Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung auf urbane Verkehrswendeprojekte

Laura Mark, M.Sc.

Die Öffentlichkeit beteiligt sich zunehmend an räumlicher Planung, die inhaltliche Wirkung dieser Beteiligung ist jedoch wenig erforscht. In meinem Dissertationsprojekt untersuche ich anhand zweier Fallstudien die inhaltliche Wirkung konsultativer Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung auf politische Entscheidungen und die Implikationen für die nachhaltige Entwicklung. Mein Untersuchungsgegenstand sind Planungen zur Verkehrswende, da sie einerseits für die nachhaltige Entwicklung wichtig und dringend sind und andererseits den Alltag der Menschen unmittelbar betreffen und damit oft zu Widerständen führen.

1. Betreuung: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
2. Betreuung: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Tobias Escher (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
Laufzeit: Voraussichtlich bis 2024

Links: Website Forschungsgruppe CIMT der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (Profil Laura Mark)


Transformation Verdichtung - Siedlungen der Nachkriegsmoderne

Simon Neumayer, M.A. 

Im Mittelpunkt dieser Arbeit stehen sich zwei Typologien gegenüber. Die eine ist der Siedlungsbau der Nachkriegsmoderne, welcher in den 1950er und 60er Jahren den Städte- und Wohnungsbau maßgebend prägte. Die andere sind Wohnungsbauten, welche im Architektur Fachdiskurs in den vergangenen 10 – 15 Jahren als „Wohnmodelle“ diskutiert wurden. Die Arbeit soll prüfen, inwieweit die Raumpotentiale von Siedlungen der Nachkriegsmoderne im Rahmen von Bestandsentwicklungen zur Ausbildung neuer Wohnmodelle nutzbar sind. Anhand dieser Fragestellung untersucht das geplante Promotionsvorhaben die Anpassungsfähigkeit der weitgehend starren Nachkriegstypologien an heutige Bedarfe und Anforderungen an das Wohnen. 

1. Betreuung: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
2. Betreuung: Prof. Volker Kleinekort (Hochschule RheinMain)
Laufzeit: Voraussichtlich bis Ende 2026



Citizen participation in the regeneration of public space in historic districts of Eastern China

Kexin Cheng, M.Arch.

Over the past three decades in Eastern China, government-led urban regeneration has continually targeted historic districts with improvements to infrastructure and dilapidated buildings. In the past decade, the government has increasingly emphasised citizen participation, as recent pilot projects with incremental and soft strategies to retain original residents have replaced large-scale relocation and redevelopment schemes. Taking Nanjing, a city rich in historic and cultural heritage, as an example, this research discusses how citizen participation influences the transformation of public space in the regeneration of historic districts in Eastern China.

1. Thesis supervisor: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Polívka
2. Thesis supervise: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Agnes Förster
Term: Expected by end of May 2025




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



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



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: -