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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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New Publication
Grube, N. (2022), 'Seeking pathways for sustainable urban tourism: a critical deconstruction of Berlin's approach for city-compatible tourism', European Planning Studies

New Publication
Faschina, E. and Grube, N. (2021), 'Ostdeutsche Peripherien  - Planerische Perspektiven auf räumliche Ungleichheiten', PLANERIN 1_21, SRL: 47-48.

New Publication
Grube, N. and Thiele, K. (2020), 'Kritische Stadtexkursionen: Annäherung an eine reflexive Exkursionspraxis',  sub\urban. Zeitschrift für Kritische Stadtforschung, 8(3), 215–230.

New Publication
Fricke, C. and Gualini, E. (2020), ‘Metropolitanization as State Spatial Transformation’, in Moisio, S., Koch, N., Jonas, A.E.G., Lizotte, C. and Luukkonen, J. (eds) Handbook on the Changing Geographies of the State: New Spaces of Geopolitics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar: 428-441.

New Publication
‘Dezentral - Studentische Erkundungen in der Lausitz’, Magazine of the B1-4 BA-Studio "Ostdeutsche Peripherien" 2019/2020, Lecturer: Nils Grube 

New Publication
Legacy, C., Metzger, J., Steele, W. and Gualini, E. (2019), Beyond the post-political: Exploring the relational and situated dynamics of consensus and conflict in planning, Planning Theory, 18.3: 273-281.

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) ‘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’)