Online lectures on structural change in lignite mining areas

A new online lecture series by the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University Aachen (RWTH) addresses the challenges and prospects of coal phase-out regions.

The lectures will take place once a week until the end of January.

Structural change poses major challenges for cities and regions. Economic sectors are facing upheaval, previous infrastructures and forms of land use, but also everyday practices are changing. This is particularly the case in former lignite regions, where the phase-out of fossil energy supply requires a reorientation of regional development. The transformation towards a climate-neutral economy is a cross-cutting task, especially for spatial development and planning.

What insights do different disciplines provide to understand structural change as well as its management? What empirical findings are there on the effects of structural change in the lignite regions and beyond? What narratives and utopias underlie regional transformations? How can interests be reconciled? And what practical approaches are there to shaping structural change? These and other questions will be addressed by officers from different regions, scientific disciplines and practice.

The specialized lectures of the lecture series will take place from October 24, 2023 to January 30, 2024, on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. as an online offering. The event is open to all interested parties. The event will kick off with a presentation by Dr. Cordelia Polinna of the Institute for Resilience in Rural Areas in Schipkau entitled "Lusatia becomes WOWsitz - Approaches for the Transformation of a Region."

The detailed program and the link to participate can be found here:

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