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Research Associates

Fields of work

  • Informal urban development
  • Urban planning in the global South
  • Planning theory and international planning legislation
  • Urban design and infrastructure planning
  • SDG and New Urban Agenda

Research projects



  • Scholz, W., Stober,T., and Sassen, H., (2021): Are Urban Planning Schools in the Global South Prepared for Current Challenges of Climate Change and Disaster Risks? Sustainability 2021, 13(3),


  • Scholz, W. (2020): The nexus of urban development and infrastructure. In: Transport Planning and Mobility in Urban East Africa. Appelhans. Scholz, Baumgart (Hrsg.), Routledge 2020
  • Scholz, W. (2020): The Potentials and Risks of Wadis in Cities in the Gulf Region. In: Handbook of Quality of Life and Sustainability. Socio-spatial and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. ISQOLS/Springer Handbook Series 2020


  • Scholz, W.; Langer, S. (2019): Spatial development of Muscat/Oman and challenges of public transport. Cummings, von Richthofen, Barbar (Hrsg.): Arab Gulf Cities in Transition: Space, Politics and Society. ETH Publisher 2019.
  • Scholz, W. (2019): Von Geographischen Grundlagen über Entwicklungsländer zu Internationaler Stadtplanung. Gruehn, D.; Wiechmann, T.; Reicher, C. (Hrsg.) 50 Jahre Dortmunder Raumplanung. Jovis Berlin 2019.


  • Scholz, W.; Hossain, S.; H.; Baumgart, S. (2018): Territorialisation, urban planning and spatial dis/order in Dar es Salaam. Engel, Boeckler and Müller-Mahn (Hrsg.): Spatial Practices: Territory, Border and Infrastructure in Africa, Brill 2018.
  • Scholz, W. (2018): Urban Planning Lost in Translation: Koloniale Planungssysteme und die heutige Realität. Jahrbuch Stadterneuerung, Springer, 2018.


  • Scholz, W.; Aljafari, M. (2017): Towards Sustainable Urban Development: Challenges and Chances of Climate-Sensitive Urban Design in Muscat/Oman. Elie Azar, Mohamed Abdel Raouf (Hrgs.): Sustainability in the gulf. Challenges and Opportunities. Routledge 2018.
  • Alem, G., Scholz W., Alfaro d Alencon, P., (2017): (Hrsg.) Who Wins and Who loses? Exploring and Learning from Transformations and Actors in the Cities of the South, Trialog 122. Berlin 2017


  • Scholz, W., et al. (2016): N-aerus Recommendations for the New Urban Agenda, Quito 2016
  • Scholz, W. (2016): The impact of planning legislation and informal arrangements in Dar es Salaam. In: Eva Riedke (Ed.) The ordering power of narratives Leipzig und Halle, 2016


  • Hossain, S.; Scholz, W.; H.; Baumgart, S.(2015): Translation of Urban Planning Models: Planning Principles, Procedural Elements and Institutional Settings. In: Habitat International Nr. 48: 140-148, 2015
  • Scholz W., et al. (eds.) (2015): Globaler Süden. RaumPlanung 182, Dortmund 2015
  • Scholz W., (2015): Co-editor Special issue Oman Rapid Urbanisation. Trialog No. 114. Berlin 2015
  • Scholz W., Hossain, S., Baumgart, S., (2015): Translation of urban planning models: Planning principles, procedural elements and institutional settings. In: Habitat International Nr. 48, Munich: 140-148
  • Scholz, W. (2015): Colonial Planning Concept and Postcolonial Realities. The Influence of British Planning Culture in Tanzania, South Africa and Ghana. In: Urban Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa Colonial and Post-Colonial Planning Cultures, Carlos Nunes Silva Hrsg.; Routledge 2015
  • Scholz, W., et al. (eds.) (2015): Globaler Süden. RaumPlanung 182, Dortmund 2015


  • Scholz, W. (2013): Buchrezension zu: Roman Loimeier: „Eine Zeitlandschaft in der Globalisierung – Das islamische Sansibar im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert." Orientalische Literaturzeitung, Band 108, Münster, 2013
  • Scholz, W.; Heinrichs, D. (Hrsg.)(2013): Urban Public Transport Trialog Nr.110, Darmstadt
  • Scholz, W.; Reudenbach, L.(2013): Mobility and residential location of the middle class in Dar es Salaam. In: Trialog Nr. 110: Urban Public Transport, Darmstadt:27-31
  • Scholz, W.; Shedrack , J.; Dayaram , T. ; Robinson, P. (2013): The influence of planning standards on the long term sustainability of settlements. Evidence from Dar es Salaam. In: ISOCARP Review09 Frontiers of planning: visionary futures for human settlements. Den Haag: 28-44
  • Scholz, W. et al. (2013): Development of Tourism Clusters in Aysén, Patagonia, Chile. In: Mobilitäten und Immobilitäten. Dortmunder Beiträge zur Raumplanung Nr.142. Dortmund: 533-547


  • Scholz, W. (2012): Formal planning regulations versus the need of residents: The case of Dar es Salaam/Tanzania, Planning to achieve / Planning to avoid: The Need for New Discourses and Practices in Spatial Development and Planning, AESOP, Ankara,2012
  • Scholz, W. (2012): In the Absence of Statutory Planning - Planning on the Ground: the Case of Dar es Salaam/Tanzania, International Geographic Conference, International Geographic Union, Köln, 2012
  • Scholz, W. (2012): Formal Planning Regulations and Informal Planning Activities on the Ground: The Case of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, 6th Urban Research and Knowledge Symposium (URKS6): Rethinking Cities - Framing the Future, Weltbank, Barcelona, 2012
  • Scholz, W., Breuste, J.; Bourlon, F.; H., Jorge Rojas; Salinas, Robinson Torres (2012): Tourism and Microcluster in Aysén, Chile, in :Tourism Review International, Volume 15, Number 4, 2012.


  • Scholz, W. (2011): Green Redevelopment of the Ruhr Area. In: University of the Philippines (Hg.): Planning Greener Cities. Erschienen auf CD. Manila, Philippinen
  • Scholz, W.; Baumgart, S., Kombe, W.; Reudenbach, L.; Maingu, G., Biashara, A. (2011): Planning Standards and Regulations versus Residents´ Livelihood Strategies The case of Dar es Salaam/Tanzania.Perth :The University of Western Australia.


  • Scholz, W. (2010): Regulating informality – the influence of planning standards on long term suitability of settlements – the case of Dar es Salaam/Tanzania , in: Brunfaut, d´Auria; De Meulder, Moretto and Shannon (Eds.): N-AERUS XI: Urban knowledge. Its production, use and dissemination of urban knowledge in cities of the south. Brüssel


  • Scholz, W. (2009): “How to guide informal urban development in Africa? The case of Zanzibar town in Tanzania”. In: „Planning with Obstacles“. Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, 2009


  • Scholz, W. (2008): „Challenges of informal urban development. The case of Zanzibar/Tanzania”. SPRING Reseach Series No 50. Dortmund 2008


  • Scholz, W. (2007): Trunk Infrastructure and Urban Growth - Managing Rapid Urbanisation in Poverty in Dar es Salaam/Tanzania. In: Trialog 92, Darmstadt 2007. Mit Basteck, T., Hill, A., Hühner, T., Lindner, C.
  • Scholz, W. (2007): Kann Kulturtourismus ein Weltkulturerbe bewahren? Die Stone Town von Sansibar zwischen internationalem Tourismus, Denkmalpflege und den Bedürfnissen der Bewohner. In: Zeitschrift für internationalen Kultur Austausch IKA, Hamburg 2007.


  • Scholz, W. (2003): Can Cultural Tourism Preserve a World Heritage? The Stone Town of Zanzibar between Tourism Development, Conservation and Local Residents. In: Trialog 79, Damstadt 2003


  • Scholz, W. (2002): Like one of the Stories of 1001 Nights. Informal Land Management in Zanzibar, Tanzania. In: Trialog 74, Darmstadt 2002
  • Scholz, W. (2002): Nachhaltiger (Massen-) Tourismus auf Mallorca ? Die lokale Agenda 21 in Calviá/ Mallorca? In: "ReiseRäume" - touristische Entwicklung und räumliche Planung Fakultät Raumplanung, Universität Dortmund, 2002.
  • Scholz, W. (2002): Stadtplanung in Afrika. Über den Umgang mit dem schwindenden Einfluss der Planung auf die Siedlungsentwicklung. In: Raumplanung 101, Dortmund, 2002
  • Scholz, W. (2002): "ReiseRäume" - touristische Entwicklung und räumliche Planung Fakultät Raumplanung, Universität Dortmund, 2002.


  • Scholz, W. (2000): Indicators for a sustainable development of informal settlements. Universität Dortmund, Fakultät Raumplanung, 2000


  • Scholz, W. (1999): Tourismus in Entwicklungsländern. Das Beispiel Sansibar/Tansania. TU Dresden, 1999
  • Scholz, W. (1999): Tourismus und Lokale Agenda 21. Das Beispiel Calvià/Mallorca. Fachhochschule Werningerode, 1999


  • Scholz, W. (1998): Das "Sustainable Dar es Salaam Project". In: Jahrbuch Stadterneuerung, Berlin 1998: Mit Katja Scheutzow
  • Scholz, W. (1998): Tourismus und Lokale Agenda 21. Das Beispiel Calvià/Mallorca. TU München, 1998


  • Scholz, W. (1996): Wandel ohne Wachstum (Change without growth), Report on the "Biennale for Architecture" in Venice 1996. In: Deutsches Architektenblatt (Journal


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