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Departments at the School of Spatial Planning

The School of Spatial Planning is one out of 16 schools at the TU Dortmund University. It is subdivided into 15 departments. Each department is conducted by a professor who is supported by academic, non-academic and student staff members. Below is a list of all units, in alpabetic sequence, and their scope of duties.




European Planning Cultures

Prof. Dr. Karsten Zimmermann
Supranational dimension of spatial planning; comparison of international planning systems and planning cultures; Europeanization of spatial planning; European sector policies

International Planning Studies

Dr. Wolfgang Scholz
Sustainable spatial development in developing countries; models for spatial distribution of population and capital; informal urban development and economic systems


Prof. Dr. Stefan Greiving

Risk and climate research; Development of spatial planning strategies for risk management and adaptation to climate change at all spatial levels

Land Policy, Land Management, Municipal Geoinformation

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Davy
Land law; property theory; concepts of land policy; plan implementation by land management; land value estimation; cartography

Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning

Prof. Dr. Dietwald Gruehn
Ecological foundations of sustainable development; goals and principles of landscape planning and instruments and methods of implementation

Real Estate Development

Prof. Dr. Michael Nadler
Controlling of residential and commercial real estate developments in the urban life cycle; especially project development, location and feasibility studies, real estate investments and finance, corporate and public real estate management

Spatial Information Management and Modelling

Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh
Processing of spatial data; geographic information systems; system analysis and models in the context of spatial planning

Spatial Planning and Environmental Law

Prof. Dr. Klaus Joachim Grigoleit
Theory and practice of German and European planning, construction, environmental and regulation law

Spatial Planning and Planning Theory

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann
Theories, methods and practice of spatial planning on national and regional levels; governance and development of urban areas; restructuring strategies

Supply and Disposal Systems in Spatial Planning

Dr. Ing. Mathias Kaiser
Interdependencies between technical infrastructure, spatial structures and environmental quality; appraisal of locations and routes; environmental protection

Transport Planning

Prof. Dr. Christian Holz-Rau
Interdependencies between transport and land-use structures; integrated transport planning and policy; methods for traffic surveys and simulation

Urban Design

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Christa Reicher
Urban concepts and design; legally-binding land-use planning; historical development of cities; urban renewal

Urban Development

Prof. Dr. Stefan Siedentop
Release for the leadership of the Research Institute for Regional- and Urban Development (ILS)

Urban and Regional Planning

Prof. Dr. Sabine Baumgart
Initiation and realisation of plans and programs at municipal and regional levels with focus on methods and procedures; preparatory land-use planning.

Urban and Regional Sociology

Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank
Sociological background to planning; quantitative and qualitative methodology in the context of spatial planning; spatial organisation of social processes