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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

11/22/2022

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

Sophie Schramm and Genet Alem chair panel at ECAS2023 conference

11/22/2022

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!

09/14/2022

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 Dar es salaam

08/31/2022

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

08/29/2022

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

08/26/2022

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

08/10/2022

Joint article by Dorcas Nyamai and Sophie Schramm

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

07/13/2022

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

06/14/2022

New article by Robert Barbarino on the importance of translation services in urban development

Robert Barbarino shows what role translation services can play in the realisation of intercultural participation

06/02/2022

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

06/01/2022

New essay on "ordinary neighbourhoods"

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

05/24/2022

Lecture by Prof. Schramm in Cologne

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

05/24/2022

IPS doctoral project honored

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

05/03/2022

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…

04/19/2022

International Planning Sessions 2022

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

04/19/2022

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Comparative Urban Research

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

03/30/2022

New edited volume published by Routledge

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

03/01/2022

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).

06/15/2021

INTERPART Reader published

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

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