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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


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 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


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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