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:  V-Prof. Dr. Julia Binder

Project team: Julia Zscherneck, Dr. Peter Ulrich and 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 - 09/2022

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.

Mobility support by means of data-based traffic management for tourist mobility in Lusatia (MoVeToLausitz)

Mobility support by means of data-based traffic management for tourist mobility in Lusatia (MoVeToLausitz)

 

Principal investigator at the Chair of Regional Planning:  Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing

Project team:  Jan Nowakowski, Henk Wiechers

Consortium partners: [ui!] Urban Mobility Innovations (B2M Software GmbH) (Coordination), Urban Software Institute GmbH, Chair of Decarbonization and Transformation of Industry (BTU), Chair of Discrete Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science (BTU), Fraunhofer IVI, Fraunhofer IML (Project Center Traffic, Mobility and Environment), RBO Regionalbus Ostbayern GmbH

Funding organization: Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV)

Duration: 07/2022 - 05/2025

Link of project website: https://www.movetolausitz.de/

Link of support measures website:  https://www.bmvi.de/SharedDocs/DE/Artikel/DG/mfund-projekte/movetolausitz.html

Within the framework of the joint project MoVeToLausitz, the aim of our department is to investigate the transformation requirements of climate change and the ‘Verkehrswende’ in the regional context of tourist mobility. This is done on the one hand by analysing the political and social framework of existing transport and tourism concepts and their interconnections with other sectors in the context of sustainable regional development. On the other hand, these contextualizations will be linked with participative and collaborative methods of qualitative social research. In expert interviews with stakeholders, residents and tourists, local mobility needs will be qualitatively assessed and future scenarios and recommendations for action for sustainable tourism mobility in Lusatia will be developed in focus groups in a collaborative way.

The research project MoVeToLausitz is funded by the innovation initiative mFUND of the BMDV. The overall objective is to demonstrate sustainable perspectives and potentials of digital transport technologies in the field of leisure and tourism mobility in connection with everyday mobility in rural areas. The focus will be to look at the aspects of attractiveness, sustainability and economic viability of tourism in the Lusatian region in combination and, in this context, examine the potential of intelligent, intermodal, cross-border and demand-driven mobility solutions. The overall aim in this is to reduce motorized individual transport in the region.

Cross-InnoNet: Cross-border public services Berlin-Szczecin. A governance network in the health and mobility policy fields along the modernized train route

Collaborative project Cross-InnoNet: Cross-border public services Berlin-Szczecin. A governance network in the health and mobility policy fields along the modernized train route Sub-project: CrossInnoGov: Governance and networking in the field of cross-border public service

 

Collaborative project coordination:  Dr. Peter Ulrich, Prof. Dr. Ludger Gailing

Project team: Sunna Kovanen, Sophie Genrich and Taisija Miloslavski

Collaborative partners: German Institute for Specialist Medical Care Research (DIFA)

Regional cooperation partners: DB Regio AG (Regio Nordost), Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE), working group UCKER Warentakt (Uckermärkische Verkehrsgesellschaft UVG & HNEE)

Funding organisation: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), funding line "WIR! - Innovation and structural change", WIR! alliance "region4.0" (coordinated at HNEE)

Regional innovation cluster: WIR! alliance „region4.0“ (coordinated at HNEE) representing and covering the region Barnim-Uckermark in the Northeast of Brandenburg

Duration of the project: 09/2022 - 08/2024

The collaborative project "Cross-InnoNet" examines how cross-border public services in the rural region along the railway line between the metropolitan regions of Berlin and Szczecin can be empowered by creating a governance network in the policy fields of health and mobility. The governance network will also involve cross-border German-Polish networks.

The railway line will be extended and modernized until 2025/2026. In the context of the project, the expansion and modernization of the railway is understood as an innovation impulse to empower the region along the railway nodes through this governance network. In the sparsely populated, peripheral and structurally weak region, the project aims to strengthen the sustainable accessibility of the services and the networking of basic service providers across borders. As a part of the project, a governance network is being created along the route and a digital service schedule is being developed based on scientific data on health services provision and mobility patterns in the cross-border area along the railway line.

The collaborative project is coordinated by the BTU's Chair of Regional planning and carried out together with the German Institute for Specialist Medical Care Research (DIFA). It focuses on the policy fields of health and mobility. The collaborative project consists of two sub-projects - sub-project 1 "Cross-InnoGov: Governance and networking in the field of cross-border public services" of the BTU and sub-project 2 "Health care atlas and network of health, outpatient and specialist care in the 'region4.0'" of the DIFA.