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Department of Spatial Planning
Welcome to the IPS research group!

Find out more about our teaching and research dealing with urban change and planning across the globe!

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 Moritz Kasper

The article explores the significance of plastic jerry cans (mitungi) in Nairobi.

Jerry cans on a handcart in the Westland area in Nairobi

new publication by Raffael Beier and Amandine Spire

In the context of resettlement, this article aims at conceptualising the relationship between the city and resettled citizens

Housing in Casablanca, Morocco (2022)

Invitation to guest lecture by Geoffrey Payne on 12 December 2023

Housing and urban development expert Geoffrey Payne will give a guest lecture on tenure security and property rights

Several small huts in the area of Khayelitsha in Cape Town

New article by Raffael Beier

Examining the changes of Morocco’s national housing programme to the nature and dynamics of social conflicts around access to adequate housing


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New publication by Raffael Beier and Hassan Elmouelhi

The chapter critically examines the City branding of "slum-free" cities in Egypt and Morocco

An outside perspective of Casablanca’s Er-Rhamna shantytown

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!

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New article by Raffael Beier

In Urban Planning, Raffael Beier deals with methodological challenges for the study of people who depart from state-subsidized housing

Several small huts in the area of Khayelitsha in Cape Town

Invitation to the exhibition "Momentaufnahme" by Nick Nowara

The exhibition and symposium deal with the challenges in cities of the Global South.

Poster for the event "Momentaufnahme" dealing with the challenges of cities in the Global South

Joint Article by Katrin Gliemann and Hanna Seydel

The article addresses the common assumption that people with migration histories are underrepresented in urban development participation processes.

Book cover of Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung (2023)