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The department International Planning Studies (IPS):

The department of International Planning Studies deals with urban planning processes in rapidly urbanising areas, especially in the Global South. Topics are urban planning and urban design, planning legislation and land law.  These urbanisation and transformation processes are discussed in relation to planning theory and history of planning. The department with its international focus is covering both planning cities and regions in an integrating manner. It offers courses in the bachelor- and master programs at the faculty of spatial planning especially in modules with international focus and provides inputs in the master study program SPRING.


The department IPS deals with:

  • sustainable development, having a focus on urban areas
  • processes of urbanisation and transformation
  • informal urban development in the Global South
  • international comparison of planning systems and -practise
  • technical and social infrastructure in the Global South
  • governance and participation
  • global guidelines for development e.g. Millenium and Sustainable Development Goals (post-2015 Agenda) and Habitat III, New Urban Agenda
  • tourismplanning und -development
  • migration and urban development
  • heritage & conservation


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Postal address:

Technische Universität Dortmund

Fakultät Raumplanung

Fachgebiet International Planning Studies

August-Schmidt-Str. 6

D-44221 Dortmund


Here you can find our location on Google-Maps and an additional location map (The department is located in building 32).