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At the International Planning Studies (IPS) research group, we emphasise diverse perspectives on urbanization and spatial planning across the world. IPS focuses on infrastructure, mobility, housing, and governance. 

Headed by Prof. Dr. Sophie Schramm, IPS is also responsible for the international Master's degree program SPRING.

News and events


New article by Raffael Beier published

The article explores why low-income people leave state housing in South Africa


Joint article by Moritz Kasper and Sophie Schramm

The article published in the journal urban Studies deals with water and electricity storage as critical infrastructure in Nairobi


Call for paper: Infra-spacing African Urban Futures beyond “Concrete” visions

Sophie Schramm and Genet Alem chair panel at ECAS2023 conference


List of Thesis Topic Proposals updated

You don't have a topic for your Bachelor's or Master's thesis yet?

Then let yourself be inspired by our list of Thesis Topic Proposals!


Joint article by Sophie Schramm and Francis Dakyaga

The article published in the journal Urban Geography deals with the everyday practices and spatiality of water access in Daressalaam


New article 'The alley as an expression of urban form' by Genet Alem published

The article is published in the Journal of Urban Affairs and focuses on understanding factors that contribute to the contingency of African cities


new book 'Planning Cities in Africa- Current Issues and Future Prospects of Urban Governance and Planning' published by Springer

'Planning Cities in Africa' edited by Genet Alem Gebregiorgis, among others, deals with future perspectives in planning on the African continent


Raffael Beier admitted into TU Dortmund’s Young Academy

Dr. Raffael Beier receives research funding and is accepted into the Young Academy of TU Dortmund University


Joint article by Dorcas Nyamai and Sophie Schramm

In the Journal of Urban Affairs, both researchers discuss mobility and spatial justice in Nairobi


Raffael Beier gives a speech at the congress of the African Union of Architects in Rabat

On 4 and 5 July 2022, he presented his work on peripheral urbanisation in Casablanca


New chapter by Sophie Schramm on changing sanitation in Hanoi

In the technical report "Overcoming Institutional and Organisational Barriers", Sophie Schramm discusses the changing sanitation in Hanoi


New essay on "ordinary neighbourhoods"

In Planning Theory, Raffael Beier takes a critical look at the term 'slum'


Lecture by Prof. Schramm in Cologne

On June 23, 2022, Prof. Schramm will give a lecture on informal settlements in Nairobi


IPS doctoral project honored

TU Dortmund's "Global Gallery" Award goes to Dorcas Nyamai


New article about digitalisation of energy access in Nairobi

Prof. Sophie Schramm, Prof. Monstadt, and Dr. Guma discuss the conflicting rationalities in the deployment of digital prepaid electricity systems in…


International Planning Sessions 2022

Five lectures by international experst - for students, doctoral researchers, and everyone interested


Call for Papers: Special Issue on Comparative Urban Research

Deadline for abstracts for the special issues (Urban Planning journal) is 15 December 2022.


New edited volume published by Routledge

Edited by Dr. Raffael Beier and others, the volume is titled "Urban Resettlements in the Global South."


Stu­di­eninfotage 2022 (08.04. & 03.06.2022)

During the "Stu­di­eninfotage," the faculty offers in-depth details on its bachelor's degree program in spatial planning (German only).


INTERPART Reader published

The open access reader "Beteiligung interkulturell gestalten" was published by jovis Verlag

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