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In the Department of Applied Geography/Spatial Planning and Development many themes of local, regional and national spatial development are discussed.
Organisationally Spatial Planning and Development is an integral part of Applied Geography. Every term a series of different courses are provided, which focus on


· Urban Planning and Regional Planning
· Commercial Developments
· Culture and Environment
· Land Use and Spatial Structure
· Mobility and Transport
· The Green City
· Environmental Protection
· Urban Sprawl and the New Urbanism
· Sustainable Development
· Social and Economic Structures
· Promoting European Cooperation
· Industrial Structural Changes (Conversion, renewal of derelict industrial areas)
· Industrial Heritage

The core lecture courses are
· Theoretical Approaches in Urban and Regional Planning (history of planning paradigms, economic background, theory of regional policies, funding programmes, sustainable spatial
· Transport Planning and Policy (Transport, Research, Methods, Strategies, Concepts, Experiences of innovative local, regional and national examples)

The seminars offered regularly are
· Impact of Metropoles at national and global scales
· Structural Changes in Economy, Society and in Urban Systems
· Local and Regional Transport Planning
· Sustainable Urban Development
· Urban and Rural Development in developed und developing countries
· Government and Development via Action Planning
· Public Spaces and Built Environment

The field courses encompass
· Urban and Rural Development issues
· Agenda 21 processes
· Historical Heritage and its Protection; Integration in Modern Planning
· Images of Cities and Regions
· Transport Problems and Policies on Local and Regional Level

The main thematic emphases of the research work in the department are
· Urban Development, Infrastructure and Housing
· Demographic Changes and their Influence on Regional future Development
· City Centre Development
· Mental Maps of Cities
· Rail Systems, Reopening closed Rail Networks
· Railway Stations and their impact on local development
· Local Bus Systems for medium and small towns
· Cultural and Industrial Heritage and its Integration into spatial development and tourism

Every year 30 students graduate from our department and obtain jobs in a wide range of professions:
· private planning and consulting companies in urban and regional planning and transport
· public transport companies at local, regional and national level
· planning departments at local, regional, national or international level
· retail research
· real estate management
· tourism planning
· public and private research institutions

We strongly encourage our students to broaden their skills and knowledge by doing extraordinary internships in the field of spatial planning and development (e.g. United Nations Environmental Programme and Habitat, International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives, Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, World Watch Institute).

Additionally we offer many field trips to various parts of the world, especially to the U.S.A., Canada, East and South Africa, and Europe.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Head of Department
Prof. Dr. Heiner Monheim
+49 (0)651 201-4550

Dr. Johannes Michael Nebe
+49 (0)651 201-4637

+49 (0)651 201-4730

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