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Department of Spatial Planning

FGW-Project "Life chances in the neighbourhood" (2016 - 2018)

Effects of socio-spatial structures in the district on the life chances of the residents

The (life) opportunities of people determine their (choices) possibilities in shaping their lives. They differ both between individuals and between social groups and life situations. Thus, social inequalities can develop and become entrenched due to certain influencing factors. In the research project "Life Chances in the Neighbourhood", we are particularly interested from a spatial science perspective in the question of what influence the living environment (neighbourhood) has on people's life chances.

We assume that the life chances in the neighbourhood can be examined on the basis of the possibilities for satisfying needs. We are interested in the interplay between the structures of need satisfaction (e.g. places or networks), the distances to these structures and the resources that are (or have to be) used to overcome these distances. Using the example of the neighbourhoods "Rosenhügel" and "Hasenberg" in the city of Remscheid, we investigate for different social groups and life situations to what extent the neighbourhood forms the context of need satisfaction and which cross-quarter strategies of need satisfaction are developed by the residents.

The study combines qualitative and quantitative scientific methods. Our aim is to gain differentiated insights into the effects of the neighbourhood on the life chances of its residents and thus to contribute to an integrating, socially just urban development.

Project management
Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank (TU Dortmund University, Department of Urban and Regional Sociology)
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann (TU Dortmund University, Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory)

Dr. Nina Schuster (TU Dortmund University, Department of Urban and Regional Sociology)
Dipl.-Ing. Anne Volkmann (TU Dortmund University, Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory)

FGW Research Institute for Social Development e.V.
Funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of NRW

September 2016 - September 2018

Nina Schuster:, Tel. 0231/755-2370
Anne Volkmann:, Tel. 0231/755-8059

Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, the AirportExpress takes just over 20 minutes to Dortmund Central Station and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.