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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


Invitation to guest lecture by Andrea Pollio on July 2nd 2024

The assistant professor at Polytechnic of Turin gives a guest lecture on digital infrastructures in African cities

Junction next to a shopping mall in the Kilimani area in Nairobi

New article by Raffael Beier

The article takes a critical look at the Moroccan ‘Villes Sans Bidonville’ programme

A field with many plots of land for sale

First African Transport Research Conference 2024

It was hosted by the University of Cape Town in collaboration with the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation (VREF) in early March in Cape Town.

photo of the researcher Nthoki D. Nyamai

Second ICOLMA Consortium Meeting

The workshop took place in February 2024 in São Paulo

Picture of 10 people who are part of the ICOLMA research project in a room in front of a white wall in São Paulo, Brazil (2024)

Nthoki D. Nyamai took part in the workshop 'UTA-Do Africa Cities' in Dar es Salaam

The workshop was organised in February 2024 by Ardhi University in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

People sticking notes on a pinboard at the UTA-Do Africa Cities Workshop

Raffael Beier took part in the workshop 'Critical interventions in European Urban studies'

Raffael Beier was part of a workshop on ‘Critical Interventions on European Studies’ as part of the discussion series European Urban Studies

Poster listing the programme items for the European urbanism event

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