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Bochum International Seminar on the Transformation of Urban Spaces (BISTUS)

Each semester, the Institute of Geography invites a renowned scholar for a one-week block seminar on topical issues of urban transformation. Attendance to this 6 ECTS course is open to all graduate students (Master and PhD level) from the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR). As long as we can only deliver BISTUS online, we also welcome registrations from our partner university in the UNIC network ( The workload is divided into reading, 15 hours in class, and the writing of a seminar paper yielding the final grade.

BISTUS offers students an easy opportunity to interact with leading international scholars and to experience international cultures of teaching and learning, both contributing to their international competencies. For the Institute, BISTUS is a cornerstone for the internationalisation of its teaching profile, but also an instrument to maintain and develop its international network in teaching and research.


BISTUS XI: Urban Biodiversity – The Relevance and Applicability of Functional Traits

27 June - 01 July 2022

DR. Sonja Knapp, Department of Community Ecology, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany

BISTUS XI Announcement

BISTUS X: Participatory Mapping as a Method and Practice

24 January - 28 January 2022

Nora Fagerholm, PhD, Adjunct Professor (Docent) in participatory landscape research, University of Turku, Finland

BISTUS X Announcement


BISTUS IX: Urban Climate & Environmental Justice

28 June - 02 July 2021

Zoé Hamstead, PhD Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning & Founding Director, Urban Resilience Lab University of Buffalo, NY

BISTUS IX Announcement


BISTUS VIII: Changing Urban Geographies of Growth and Decline – Before, During and After COVID-19

11-15 January 2021

Prof Dr Marco Bontje, University of Amsterdam

BISTUS VIII Announcement

BISTUS 2020-2021 Press Release (PDF)


BISTUS VII: Transforming Urban Green Space

15-19 June 2020

Dr Carla-Leanne Washbourne, University College London, UK

BISTUS VII Announcement

Article News


BISTUS VI: Institutionalism and Cities – Theory and Method in Comparative Analysis of Urban Institutions

11-15 November 2019

Prof Dr André Sorensen, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

BISTUS VI Announcement


BISTUS V: UniverCities – Creating Knowledge Hotspots

13-14 June 2019

Prof Dr Willem van Winden & Dr Andrew Switzer, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

BISTUS V Announcement

BISTUS V Press Release


BISTUS IV: Shrinking Cities and Ageing Societies

08-10 October & 15-16 November 2018

Prof Dr Fumihiko Seta, University of Tokyo, Japan

BISTUS IV Announcement

BISTUS IV Press Release


BISTUS III: Structural Change and Brownfield Recycling

22-25 May 2018

Prof Dr Sabine E Martin, Kansas State University & Prof Dr Rolf Heyer, RUB

BISTUS III Announcement


BISTUS II: Changing Landscapes Under Contemporary Processes of Periurbanization

06-10 November 2017

Dr Daniele La Rosa, University of Catania, Italy

BISTUS II Announcement


BISTUS I: Urban Resilience

09-13 January 2017

Sara Meerow, University of Michigan, USA

BISTUS I Announcement

BISTUS Information


Organisation & Information: PD Dr. Luis Inostroza (luis.inostroza(at)rub(dot)deOpens window for sending email)