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Department of Spatial Planning

BMBF-Project "ZUKUR: Zukunft Stadtregion Ruhr" (2017-2020)

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As part of the 'Leitinitiative Zukunftsstadt' (flagship initiative future city) of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the project “Future City Region Ruhr (ZUKUR)” aims to combine the goals of preservation of natural livelihood through climate resilience and universal participation in coping with socio-ecologic inequalities in the light of the specific characteristics of the cities of the Ruhr. This combination needs to be further strengthened in the everyday reality of the Ruhr Metropolis.

Future City Region Ruhr (ZUKUR)

Together with the Department European Planning Cultures, the Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory is head of Work Package 4 “Governance analysis of the urban and regional development”. This analysis is implemented on three spatial levels in cooperation with the partners Ruhr Regional Association (regional level), the City of Bottrop (city level) and the City of Dortmund/district Marten (district level). The goal of work package 4 is to identify barriers on the way to a resilient and socio-ecologically just governance.

The following research question is posed:

  •  How does the multi-level governance operate in the city region Ruhr on the regional, city and district level?
  •  Which institutions, instruments and processes are needed to allow for climate resilience and socio-ecological justice in the multi-level governance of the three spatial levels?


Project management:    Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann und Andreas Gravert

Contact Person:         Dr. Andreas Gravert

Duration of the project:
07.2017 to 06.2020

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.