Urban Transformations


Working Group Leader:

phone: +49 (0)331 288 2526
Cities are the habitat of humans. Globally, more and more people live and work in urban areas and our research recognizes that changing environments and anthropogenic dynamics are closely related. To a large extent the solution of climate and sustainability crises can only be resolved through cities. Considering the overwhelming complexity of urban systems various aspects and key processes of urban spaces are taken into account to develop transformative solutions.
Research Challenges
The focal point on urban dynamics addresses the overwhelming complexity of urban systems considering the following issues:
  • Which role plays urban 2D and 3D structure for the design of future sustainable cities?
  • How differs the dynamics of OECD and developing cities and what does this imply for urban planning?
  • Further development of urban fractality and scaling concepts for advanced urban studies!

The major foci addressed by the team can be summed up in the following three questions:

  • How can urban growth paths become compatible with e.g. local or even planetary boundaries?
  • What implies the fulfillment of sustainable development goals for future urban lifestyles?
  • How can the interplay between urban entities and its hinterland quantitatively characterized?

To make a real change city stakeholders have to realize the consequences and effectiveness of decisions on the long-term, namely:

  • How can cities implement climate protection and economic circularity?
  • Living in carbon neutral cities - what does it imply, e.g. in terms of lifestyles?
  • New urban narratives for the 21st century
  • Outreach and Tools
    The research group developed and develops various tools which can support stakeholders, NGOs and science:

    Recent Publications
    Find out what was has been published by team members during recent years: click here!

    Work on your thesis with us!

    We are regularly supervising BSc. MSc. and PhD students from different universities and disciplines. Our research is exploring diverse facets of climate change. Thus, junior researchers are invited to work on their theses with the urban transformation group: Finished PhD and Master-Theses.

    Third-party funded projects
    For an over of actually running or finished third party funded projects, further background information and contact persons, please click here!

    photo: Fritze
    University of Potsdam
    Teaching Activities

    Group members are actively involved in teaching activities at partner University. For details please click here!