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Master's / Bachelor Theses

The Institute of Spatial and Regional Planning can supervise bachelor and master thesis within the following topic areas:

I Spatial and Urban Development

(Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörn Birkmann, Dr.-Ing. Richard Junesch)

Possible topics are:

  • Sustainable and efficient urban development - the role of densitie values, land use management, etc.
  • Opportunities and barriers for the integration of transport and urban development
  • Coordination and planning of affordable housing for socially disadvantaged households and refugees - challenges for regional coordination
  • Assessment and management of planned housing areas
  • New approaches and visions for open space development
  • Concepts of regional planning and their impact on regional and global trends (demographic change, climate change, urbanization, ...) on spatial development

II Risk, Resilience and Vulnerability

(Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörn Birkmann)

Possible topics are:

  • Extreme weather events in Baden-Württemberg and management options in urban and regional planning
  • Implementation of the flood risk management directive in Germany
  • Risk and vulnerability mitigation – International Case Studies
  • Heat stress and open space conservation – current conflicts and challenges

III Regional Projects

(Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörn Birkmann, Dr.-Ing. Richard Junesch)

Possible topics are:

  • Stuttgart 21 – Planning process and current challenges
  • International construction exhibitions and their importance for regional planning – IBA Emscherpark and Planning IBA Stuttgart
  • Impacts of regional train extensions in the planning region of Stuttgart and other German regions

IV Planning instruments

(Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörn Birkmann, Dr.-Ing. Richard Junesch)

Possible topics are:

  • Development of Environmental Impact Assessments – approaches in local planning practice
  • Participatory planning processes and mediation in the context of conflicting interests in infrastructure development
  • Spatial Planning: contracts and procedures

V Infrastructure

(Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jörn Birkmann)

Possible topics are:

  • Impacts of regional and global change (climate change, demographic change, urbanization, new technologies, etc.) on critical infrastructures and their users
  • Integration of climate change aspects in the interactions between climate change and critical infrastructure in spatial planning - instruments of spatial planning
  • Assessment of spatial planning and environmental impact assessment procedures for critical infrastructure
  • Assessment of bundling regulations in linear infrastructure systems from a spatial planning perspective
  • Resilience of critical infrastructure in extreme weather events – Case Studies
  • Critical infrastructure and their importance in regional and urban land use planning

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