Current Research Topics

Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Cities and Regions:

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School Research Framework

  Urban sustainability is understood as a broad concept that encompasses social and economic development as well as environmental management and urban governance, while the analysis of resilience goes beyond an understanding of natural hazards or climate change and their repercussions. To be resilient, in the DLGS perspective, also includes strategies to prevent and recover from urban and regional distress and decline, and to cope with new social and economic challenges.

Furthermore, in contrast to traditional approaches, the understanding of urban inclusiveness includes a spatial, social and economic dimension rather than the classic perspective of physical upgrading. Finally, a sustainable, resilient and inclusive city meets its challenges through integrated approaches that Specifically, the DLGS is interested in the analysis of sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness in the four fields.

Specific research interests integrate social, economic and environmental aspects, recognisingand promoting their required interconnections to achieve sustainable development in all its dimensions. Doctoral theses at the DLGS are intended to contribute to the theoretical discussion and to methodological issues through the analysis of empirical cases.

DLGS research topics


  1. Economic policies for adequate and affordable housing in less developed countries
  2. Efficient provision of public infrastructure and public transport / understanding the political economy of public infrastructure provision
  3. The fiscal capacity to finance inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities
  4. Inequality and the development of resilient and sustainable cities 

Urban and regional development and planning

  1. Integrated policies and plans towards resilience
  2. Aging as a challenge for urban and regional development
  3. Revitalization strategies for increasing the resilience of urban regions
  4. Regional partnerships and their role in increasing urban and regional resilience
  5. Eco-cities as drivers for environmentally sustainable urban and regional development
  6. Smart cities - technology and innovation as drivers for faster growth and for enhancing adaptive capacity to threats 

Landscape planning

  1. Methods for strategic environmental assessment in the urban context of less developed countries
  2. Green infrastructure policies and social integration in the informal settlement
  3. Nature based solutions for urban planning in emerging countries
  4. Offset strategies - a tool for compensating for urban impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services? 


  1. Advancing peaceful co-existence of different groups of inhabitants in cities
  2. Power relations in public spaces
  3. Gender relations in urban spaces
  4. Increasing social inequalities between cities and rural areas
  5. Migration in urban areas
  6. Gentrification and social movements