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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.




Economics (Urban, regional and international economic relations)

Prof. Dr. Christiane Hellmanzik (affiliated to Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences of TU Dortmund)
Empirical analysis in the field of Urban and Labour Economics, including historical and cultural studies; international economics and relations, especially trade in services, digital trade, international finance.

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

Prof. Dr. Sophie Schramm


Urbanization and social transformations (urban-rural relations, multi-locality, globalization); Urban, regional and global resource flows and their role in urban development; Planning systems and planning practices in international comparison



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

Dr. Egbert Dransfeld
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

Resource- and Energysystems

Prof. Dr. Martin Faulstich 
Interdependencies between technical infrastructure, spatial structures and environmental quality; appraisal of locations and routes; environmental protection

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 Modelling

Jun.-Prof. Dr. René Westerholt
Spatial statistics; representations of space and place; user-generated geographic information; quantitative geography; computational social science

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; planning theory; evaluation of planning

Spatial Transformation in the digital age

Dr. Meike Levin-Keitel

Spatial transformation in theory and practice, spatial mobility issues especially from a spatial planning perspective, spatial planning in the digital age, integrated spatial planning and other sectoral planning (transport planning, water management), spatial planning as science and its transdisciplinary character.

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

Transport Planning

apl. Prof. Dr. Joachim Scheiner
Travel behaviour, daily mobility, activity spaces; Housing mobility, choice of residential location and transport; Spatial development transport; Societal change and transport; Empirical methods

Urban Design and Land Use Planning

Hendrik Jansen
Urban concepts and design; legally-binding land-use planning; historical development of cities; urban renewal

Urban Design and Land Use Planning

Dr. Ilka Mecklenbrauck
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. Frank Othengrafen
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
Change of settlement structures in urban regions (reurbanization; suburbanization; gentrification), sociology of housing, families in the city, change of the relationship between city and nature, new landscapes in old industrial regions, qualitative methods of empirical social research.