Current ongoing research projects

The following research projects are currently being carried out at the Department of Regional Planning:

DigPion – Digitale Pioniere in der ländlichen Regionalentwicklung

DigPion – Digitale Pioniere in der ländlichen Regionalentwicklung

 

Principal investigator at BTU:  Dr. Julia Binder

Project team: Julia Zscherneck, Dr. Peter Ulrichand Lars Matthias

Funding organization: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), Förderlinie Bundesprogramm Ländliche Entwicklung (BULE)

Link to funding measures website: https://www.ble.de/DE/Projektfoerderung/Foerderungen-Auftraege/BULE/Foerdermassnahmen/Forschungsvorhaben/Digitalisierung.html

Duration: 04/2020 - 03/2023

Integrative development of a fair balance of interests between city, suburbs, and rural areas (ReGerecht)

Integrative development of a fair balance of interests between city, suburbs, and rural areas (ReGerecht)

 

Principal investigator at BTU:  Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing

Project team: Eva Eichenauer

Consortium partners: Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (Koordination), Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Technische Universität Dresden, Landeshauptstadt Schwerin, Amt für Raumordnung und Landesplanung Westmecklenburg, Landgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH

Funding organization: Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF)

Duration: 09/2018 - 08/2023

Link of project website: https://regerecht.de

Link of support measures website:  https://www.zukunftsstadt-stadtlandplus.de/

Twitter: @StadtLandPlus

The joint research project “ReGerecht” funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research aims at developing and implementing solutions for a fair balance of interests between city, suburbs, and rural areas. It seeks to answer two core questions: How do regional land use conflicts arise? And: How can just solutions for these land use conflicts be found?

As part of a project consortium of seven scientific and practice partners, the BTU focuses on problems of regional infrastructures, mainly looking at the energy-infrastructure nexus and urban-rural relationships. It analyses spatial and socio-technical constellations with respect to informal institutions and questions of spatial justice and infrastructural criticality. The work package positions itself in international theoretical debates on “energy justice”, “spatial justice” and “infrastructural justice”. The joint research project is coordinated by the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) in Müncheberg.

WIR! - Project alliance “region 4.0” - Joint project: Enhancement of the innovation strategy; Sub-project on innovation environment and governance

WIR! - Project alliance “region 4.0” - Joint project: Enhancement of the innovation strategy; Sub-project on innovation environment and governance

 

Principal investigator at BTU:  Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing

Project team: Sunna Kovanen

Consortium partners: Hochschule für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE) (Koordination), Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft (TU Berlin), Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Investor Center Uckermark GmbH, Stadtwerke Schwedt GmbH, Uckermärkische Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH, pro agro – Verband zur Förderung des ländlichen Raumes in der Region Brandenburg-Berlin e.V.

Funding organization: Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF), funding programme "WIR! – Wandel durch Innovation in der Region“

Duration: 09/2019 - 08/2022

The project “region 4.0” is an alliance of the programme “Wandel durch Innovation in der Region (WIR!)” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project alliance comprises relevant actors from the scientific, economic and public sector from Berlin and Brandenburg. The main objective of the “WIR!” alliance is to implement an innovation strategy “Region 4.0” which encompasses the development of innovative value networks in the action fields tourism, agriculture/food and public services/infrastructure within the region of Brandenburg (districts Barnim and Uckermark) and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (former district Uecker-Randow).

The BTU is mainly responsible for conducting the sub-project on innovation environment and governance (part of work package on the development of an innovation strategy). The contribution of the BTU to the project alliance “region 4.0” is the scientific foundation and reflection with regard to the innovation strategy. The research-centered project contribution of the IRS is the empirical and methodical linkage of three perspectives on regional innovation processes: First, the scientific editing on innovation in “organisationally thin regions“; second, environment analysis with governance actors in the project region; third, comparison with similar “organisationally thin regions“ in Germany.

Linking Borderlands: Dynamics of border-regional peripheries

BMBF-Project „Linking Borderlands: Dynamics of border-regional peripheries“

Project management at the BTU: Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing

Coordination of the thematic focus"Policy Borderlands": Dr. Peter Ulrich, Selma Richter

Coordination of the thematic focus "Energy Borderlands":  Kamil Bembnista, Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing, Jannik Kastrup

Network partners: Saarland University (network coordination), European University Frankfurt (Oder), Technical University of Kaiserslautern

For BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg: Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing and Dr. Peter Ulrich

For Saarland University: Prof. Dr. Florian Weber (Network coordination), Prof. Dr. Astrid Fellner, Prof. Dr. Claudia Polzin-Haumann and Dr. Peter Dörrenbächer

For TU Kaiserslautern: Prof. Dr. Karina Pallagst, Prof. Dr. Georg Wenzelburger and Dr. Kirsten Mangels

For European University Frankfurt (Oder): Prof. Dr. Nicole Richter and Dr. Konstanze Jungbluth

Funding organisation: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Rahmenprogramm für die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften (2019 bis 2025) „Gesellschaft verstehen – Zukunft gestalten“, Fördermaßnahme auf dem Gebiet der Regionalstudien „Area Studies“

Duration: 04/2021 - 03/2024

The joint research project "Linking Borderlands: Dynamics of border-regional peripheries" examines and compares the German-Polish and German-French border areas in an interdisciplinary manner in various thematic focuses (policy transfer and learning, social practice and language in the context of vocational training, cultural negotiation processes in film, planning cultures, energy transitions). The research network is coordinated at Saarland University and includes the Technical University Kaiserslautern on the West German border and the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and the BTU on the East German border. The BTU coordinates the thematic focuses "Energy Borderlands" and "Policy Borderlands", each of which is worked on jointly with a partner university in the West German border region. The focus "Policy Borderlands", which is being carried out by the BTU in cooperation with the TU Kaiserslautern, connects the other sub-sections in the alliance with each other theoretically and conceptually.

The project aims to focus on European border regions as contact zones and transitional areas at the peripheries of nation states. In this way, persistent development paths as well as transformation processes in the so-called borderlands can be examined. The common approach lies in the field of border studies, which have increasingly developed in a constructivist context since the 1990s and enable an interdisciplinary treatment of border-regional questions.

The joint project is funded by the BMBF in the field "Area Studies". The framework program for the humanities and social sciences (2019 to 2025) is intended, among other things, to promote projects in the field of regional studies and strengthen them at universities, as well as to promote transfer with regard to society and politics.