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Department of Spatial Planning

Welcome to the Urban Development Group (STE)

Urbanization is a key factor of global change. In research and teaching, we are interested in the processes of urban and regional development, their demographic and socio-economic drivers as well as their spatial manifestations and impacts. This includes the complex and intertwined dynamics of land use, infrastructure systems and mobility. Our research projects also address the performance of transformative planning in local and urban-regional policy arenas. Prof. Dr Stefan Siedentop's (head of department) research focuses on the dynamics and structures of urban change, the strategies and instruments of transformative urban-regional planning and methods of urban spatial observation. Prof. Dr. Joachim Scheiner researches transport behaviour, everyday mobility, residential mobility and the interrelationships between spatial structure and transport.

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New publication series: Working papers of STE

The STE department is launching a new publication series: Working Papers of the Department of Urban Development. The series will publish research results, interim reports and methodological presentations from the department's research at irregular intervals. The papers are given a DOI in the university library, which makes them permanently accessible. The first working paper can be found here (