Institute of Geography

Research areas and focus of the institute

The transformation of metropolitan regions offers challenges and opportunities for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The mission of the Institute of Geography is to advance scientific understanding of the developments and design options of spatial transformation processes in metropolitan regions.

Research and teaching at the Institute of Geography focus on three main areas: Resilient Cities, Smart Cities, and Green and Equitable Cities. These focal areas are addressed in close cooperation among the 14 working groups and across the thematic fields of Human Geography, Physical Geography, Geography Didactics, Geomatics and Environmental Analysis and Planning.


News from the institute

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Current news from the Institute of Geography
22. Januar 2024 – TRANSFORMER and RePIC presented at EURICUR Workshop "Green Transformation of Industrial Cities"
At the workshop "Green Transformation of Industrial Cities" on 18 January, Prof. Matthias Kiese presented insights on innovation and regional transformation capacity.
[Read more] Urban and regional economics, GI-News
11. Januar 2024 – Invitation to the 2nd and 3rd PhD-Colloquium of the Faculty of Geoscience
On January 16 and 18 seven PhDs of the Faculty of Geosciences will give insights into their current research. All interested parties are kindly invited to attend in the colloquia. Please see the attached document for further information about the location and the PhD students who will be.
[Read more] GI-News
18.12.2023 – Ripples of Resilience: Exploring the Impact of Fire and Water Sustainability in African Landscapes
Experts Delve into Fire and Water Impact on African Landscapes in Landscape Research Group Panel, including Dr Blal Adem Esmail, a distinguished member of the Institute of Geography at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
[Read more] Environmental Analysis and Planning, GI-News
12. Dezember 2023 – The 4th International Symposium on Yangtze River Basin Heritage Conservation: A Global Confluence of Cultural Preservation and Innovation
Amidst the picturesque landscapes of Chongqing, China, the esteemed Chongqing University hosted “The 4th International Symposium on Landscape and Ecology of the Yangtze River Economic Belt”, a distinguished platform dedicated to exploring the nexus of Cultural Heritage & Landscape conservation.
[Read more] Environmental Analysis and Planning, GI-News