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Supervision of Theses

The Chair of Planning Theory and Urban-Regional Policy Analysis welcomes initiatives for research oriented and theoretically engaging Theses (Diplom, Bachelor and Master) as well as self-initiated Thesis-Projects on innovative and planning-theory relevant themes, such as:

  • change in urban and regional politics: trends, concepts, theories
  • innovation in urban and regional governance: conditions, constraints, development paths and social effects of innovations in spatial governance
  • social actors and social movements in urban policy: forms, potentials and conflicts
  • the social construction of space through policy and planning instruments: influence of policy and planning approaches on the perception and understanding of social space

A list of supervised theses can be found here >>>


Suggestions for Thesis Subjects

conflict in urban development and planning

The Chair of Planning Theory and Urban-Regional Policy Analysis encourages proposals for BA and MA theses on ‘conflicts in urban development and planning’ focussing on the analysis of controversies and conflicts over issues such as:

  • the material and symbolic appropriation of urban spaces
  • the nature and processes of decision-making in urban development
  • the content and features of urban development plans, initiatives and events
  • the understandings of the public and of public interest in urban policy

based on qualitative and interpretive approaches to policy analysis, protest and social mobilization research, and urban socio-spatial analysis.

Help in the process of defining the topic of the thesis is provided by the chair.

Please feel free to contact for any further request.


the role of economic players in defining and developing the metropolitan space 

In connection to a current research project concerning the role of economic players in policy approaches for the development of metropolitan space as well as the variety of definitions of metropolitan spaces in spatial development polices from an comparative international point of view, the Chair of Planning Theory and Urban-Regional Policy Analysis offers the following thesis subjects regarding policy approaches in the Berlin-Brandenburg region:

  • cluster politics
  • local economic Networks
  • city marketing
  • Zentreninitative
  • business improvement districts

Core issues are the construction of the metropolitan space ‘Berlin-Brandenburg’ as well as the cooperation of the involved players from a governance-perspective.

Further information regarding the thesis themes and the research methods will be given in a consultation and throughout the thesis process.


Output from study projects

'Der integrierte Ansatz in der Stadtentwicklung' by Felix Franke, published in PLANERIN 5/11

'Beteiligung' by Laura Sophie Borneman, published in PLANERIN 6/11

Zusatzinformationen / Extras

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Auxiliary Functions


New Publication
Grube, N. (2018)‘You are a tourist! Exploring tourism conflicts by means of performative interventions’ in Frisch, T., Sommer, C., Stoltenberg, L. et al. (eds.) ‚Tourism and Everyday Life in the Contemporary City‘, London/New York, Routledge: 232-254.

New Publication
Novy, J. and Grube, N. (2018) ‘Streitgrund Stadttourismus- Über die Ursachen und Folgen der Debatte über Overtourism und Tourismusphobie’, PlanerIn,6.18, SRL: 5-8.

New Publication
Gross, J.E., Gualini, E. and Ye, L. (eds.) (2018) ‘Constructing Metropolitan Space: Actors, Policies and Processes of Rescaling in World Metropolises’, Routledge, London/New York

Direct Democracy Ride – "Erfahren" Sie Berlins Volksentscheide!
Berlin, 24 June 2018
project presentation and public discussion about the current bachelor students project- on methods of direct democracy and the co-creation of city, in cooperation with MakeCity Festival 2018
Program line Nils Grube, Philipp Nimpsch

International Conference
'International Conference on the Urban Night: Governance, Diversity, Mobility'
Sofia University, 7-8 June 2018, presentation by Nils Grube titled: Night Tourism Governance and Conflict Regulation under Post-political Conditions

New Publication
Gualini, E. (2018)
‘Political Articulation and Hegemonic Practices in the Institutionalization of the Urban Order’, in Salet, W.G.M. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Planning and Institutions in Action, London/New York: Routledge: 43-58.

New Publication
Gualini, E. and Fricke, C. (2018)
‘‘Who Governs’ Berlin’s Metropolitan Region? The Strategic-Relational Construction of Metropolitan Scale in Berlin-Brandenburg’s Economic Development Policies’, Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space, onlinefirst

New Publication
Fricke, C. and Gualini, E. (2018)<br/> ‘Metropolitan Regions as Contested Spaces: The Discursive Construction of Metropolitan Space in Comparative Perspective’, Territory Politics Governance 6.2: 199-221, (special issue on ‘Constructing Metropolitan Scales: Economic, Political and Discursive Determinants’)

Collège d’Etudes Mondiales – FMSH, Chaire Villes Globales,, Paris, 28 June 2017: Seminar by Enrico Gualini titled: Indeterminate spaces, reclaimed spaces, contested spaces: Urban development and the struggle for the political

École Urbaine / Centre d’Études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris, 6 June 2017: Seminar by Enrico Gualini titled: Controversy / conflict in policy analysis and planning: critical perspectives

Enrico Gualini is Research Associate at Collège d’Etudes Mondiales – FMSH, Paris, and Visiting Research Fellow at
Centre d’Études Européennes, Sciences Po, Paris,
April-July 2017

Stadtssalonsurbains (Brussels Academy)
Beursschouwburg Brüssel,
30 September 2016,
lecture by Enrico Gualini titled: Contested urban spaces: development struggles as displacement of the borders of the political. Reflections on urban conflicts in Berlin

International Symposium
Moving beyond conflict in planning: Towards a critical consensus politics?
RMIT University Europe,
Barcelona, Spain,
16-17 June 2016
hosted by Critical Urban Governance Programm, RMIT University, Australia & AESOP Planning/Conflict Thematic Group

Visiting Researcher
Dr. Carolina Pacchi
(Assistant Professor at DAStU, Politecnico di Milano) is visiting researcher at the chair in summer semester 2016 as DAAD fellow and guest of TU strategic partnership

Visiting Fellowship
Enrico Gualini is Visiting Fellow at the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies, COSMOPOLIS / Department of Political Science POLI, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
in March/ August-September 2016

New Publication
'Conflict in the City:
Contested Urban Spaces
and Local Democracy'

by Enrico Gualini, Jõao Morais Mourato und Marco Allegra (eds.),
Jovis, Berlin

New Publication
'Planning and Conflict:
Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments'

by Enrico Gualini (ed.),
Routledge (RTPI Series),
London/New York

International Conference
'RC21 Conference of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development'
Urbino, 27-29 August 2015,
presentation by Enrico Gualini and Carola Fricke titled: Who governs’ the Berlin metropolitan region? The strategic-relational construction of metropolitan space in Berlin-Brandenburg spatial and economic development policies

International Conference
'RC21 Conference of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development'
Urbino, 27-29 August 2015,
presentation by Carola Fricke titled: Europeanization of Metropolitan Regions? City-regional Policies in Supra-national and Sub-national contexts

International Conference
'RC21 Conference of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development'
Urbino, 27-29 August 2015,
Enrico Gualini (with Walter Nicholls) chair of session E10: Contentious planning: insurgent practices and new democratic openings

International Congress
'AESOP Congress'
Prague, 13-16 July 2015,
Enrico Gualini (with Willem Salet) chair of Track 1: Planning Theory and Methodologies

International Conference
'IPA 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis'
Lille, 8-10 July 2015,
presentation by Enrico Gualini titled: Innovative governance' as hegemonic practice: dis-articulating / re-articulating the urban order through translation

International Conference
'IPA 10th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis'
Lille, 8-10 July 2015,
presentation by Carola Fricke titled: Tracing Policy Change and Learning in the Europeanization of Metropolitan Policies

International Workshop
Constructing Metropolitan Space: The role of economic development actors and policies in the rescaling of metropolitan regions. A comparative analysis of large metropolitan areas in the world
4. IMRC Workshop,
Technische Universität Berlin,
26-27 June 2015,
concept and organization:
Enrico Gualini und Carola Fricke

International Conference
AAG Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago IL, 21-25 April 2015
presentation by Enrico Gualini titled: Contention, mobilization and conflict in (un-)making the urban order: in search of the political in 'late neoliberalism'