Curriculum 2017–2020 | Crossing Borders – Activating Spaces

The Curriculum 2017–2020 focuses on cross-border spatially relevant problems in the European context. Thus, the International Doctoral College is pursuing the goal of promoting the associated development powers in the Regions of Europe, without weakening the regional identity. In a dynamically changing Europe with its complex economical, ecological and social transformation processes, new integrated planning and designing approaches are needed in order to strengthen cross-border cohesion between the nations and the regions – whether it concerns one of the current questions of landscape and settlement development, mobility, demography, energy, climate change, or the flow of goods (and its spatial manifestation). Dissertation plans could, for example, involve cross-border jobs and housing markets and their strengthened integration, deal with the concept of infrastructure and landscape planning in border regions, or concern the specific governance of city borders that cross political boundaries.

At the same time, the College will consciously transgress the borders of the various disciplines, as the only way to overcome the current challenges for spatial development in Europe is to promote trans-disciplinary cooperation on all standard criteria levels.

To investigate and locate the individual research themes within the overall theme of “Crossing Borders – Activating Spaces“, the doctoral students of the various university and college locations have set themselves the task of explaining important spatially relevant problems.

Participating Chairs

  • Prof. Undine Giseke, TU Berlin
  • Prof. Markus Neppl, KIT Karlsruhe
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Scholl, ETH Zürich
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Siedentop, TU Dortmund | ILS
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Voigt, TU Wien
  • Prof. Dr. Udo Weilacher, TU München

For more information on the doctoral studies programme, contact the coordinator of the Doctoral College: Jonas Bellingrodt