Matthias Ripp


Title of the dissertation

A metamodel for heritage-based urban development

Year of graduation  



Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert

Prof. Dr. Christer Gustafsson

Dr. Roland Bernecker

Short Bio

Matthias Ripp, a historical geographer, is coordinating the “Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof” site. He specializes in integrated heritage management, heritage communication, governance and resilience of urban heritage and is chairing the German Association of World Heritage Cities. He is also an appointed member of the European Heritage Panel and the Regional Coordinator for Northwest Europe and North-America in the Organization of Heritage Cities (OWHC). He enjoys very much teaching at the University of Regensburg and the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg.  Working at the intersection between science and practice he strongly believes that both spheres will benefit from a stronger exchange between the two. Through his dissertation he discovered metamodeling, grounded theory and a system thinking as key methods to better understand urban heritage as a system that consists of different entities, ranging from subjects and objects also to processes, values, etc.

Selected publications

Luger, K., & Ripp, M. (Eds.). (2020). World Heritage, Place Making and Sustainable Tourism: Towards Integrative Approaches in Heritage Management. StudienVerlag.

Ripp, M., & Rodwell, D. (2016). The governance of urban heritage. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice7(1), 81-108.

Ripp, M., & Rodwell, D. (2015). The geography of urban heritage. The Historic Environment: Policy & Practice6(3), 240-276.

Ripp, M., & Lukat, A. H. (2017). From obstacle to resource: How built cultural heritage can contribute to resilient cities. In Going Beyond (pp. 99-112). Springer, Cham.

Göttler, M., & Ripp, M. (2017). Community Involvement in Heritage Management Guidebook. City of Regensburg and Organization of World Heritage Cities, Regensburg.

What will you remember most of your time at BTU Cottbus and in the PhD Programme Heritage Studies?

The great exchange with my fellow students in the PhD course. It really helped me to develop my research further.

What advice to you have for prospective PhD candidates at BTU Cottbus?

Divide your tasks into small steps, that can be accomplished withing a short period of time. Invest time in your working methods and time-planning before you start. Exchange as much as you can with your advisors and fellow students to let their feedback improve your work.

What can we do to improve the PhD Programme and our services to PhD students?

Maybe organise an event with the graduates once a year to strengthen the network.

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