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In its 44 years, the IRPUD "looks back on a broad spectrum of completed re­search projects, ranging from theoretical and methodological basic re­search to practical forms of policy advice" (Forty Years of Spatial Planning Brochure: p. 10). The IRPUD has continuously developed its in­ter­na­tio­nal reputation as a center of top-level re­search in spatial planning. Its re­search focuses on all areas of spatial planning, from social science and eco­nom­ics to engineering. (Wegener 2014)

High buildings at Campus South © Uwe Grützner
IRPUD re­search cooperation

The IRPUD’s current re­search focus is on spatial risk and climate impact re­search. Among other things, it builds on IRPUD's many years of ex­per­tise in the field of spatial modelling. In risk and climate impact re­search, the role of spatial planning in assessing risks and climate impacts as well as the development of spatial planning strategies for risk management and adaptation to climate change are examined. This re­search takes place at all spatial levels, from the in­ter­na­tio­nal level to the level of a city quarter. So far (as of January 2018), 34 third-party-funded projects (21 of which are EU-funded) have been carried out under this re­search priority under the lea­der­ship of Stefan Greiving.


In this thematic context, the non-European, global dimension of the role of spatial planning in dealing with climate change and extreme events was also given greater consideration. In addition to the classic role of spatial planning in prevention, its role in post-disaster reconstruction is increasingly being examined in line with the UN Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction ("Build Back Better"). International cooperation in doctoral super­vi­sion also plays a special role, in­clu­ding two EU-funded Marie Curie Research and Train­ing Networks and currently a BMBF and DAAD-funded cooperation with Ardhi Uni­ver­sity in Dar Es Salam (Tanzania).

Number of re­search cooperation networks of IRPUD (2020)

The IRPUD continues to be a scientific institution of the Department of Spatial Planning, which is involved in the initiation and coordination of large inter­dis­ci­plin­ary re­search projects. Therefore, the format of an annual internal re­search con­fe­rence was established in 2015, at which the departments exchange in­for­mation on their current re­search activities and work on joint proposals. A great success of the inter­dis­ci­plin­ary cooperation was achieved with the acquisition of the BMBF proj­ect "Zukunft-Stadt-Region-Ruhr" (ZUKUR), in which 10 faculty departments are involved and in the period 2017-2020 good 1.2 million euros in funding will go to the Department of Spatial Planning.

IRPUD partner cities © Sina Hilgers​/​IRPUD
IRPUD partner cities


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Location & approach

The TU Dort­mund campus is located near the Dort­mund West interchange, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Cam­pus, the Dort­mund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Cam­pus. Coming from the A45, you can turn onto Stockumer Straße via Universitätsstraße. This in turn is connected to Baroper Straße, along which Cam­pus South extends. If you take the exit of the A-40, the route via Emil-Figge Straße, Marie-Curie Allee to Baroper Straße makes sense. If you turn from Baroper Straße into Au­gust-Schmidt Straße, you have the possibility to reach the parking lot directly behind the GB III.

The South Cam­pus is connected via Stockumerstraße by bus lines 440 and 449, which run every 10 minutes. Cam­pus South can be reached on foot from the Am Gardenkamp stop, and the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station is also located near the Eichlinghofen stop. The bus lines connect to the U42 light rail line at the Barop Parkhaus stop, which provides connections to the Dort­mund-Hombruch district and Dort­mund downtown. 

From Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen, the South Cam­pus is connected to the H-Bahn network via the Eichlinghofen H-Bahn station. Line 1 runs here every 10 minutes, and the South Cam­pus is served by the Cam­pus Süd stop. 
A connection to Cam­pus North is also provided via the H-Bahn. Line 2 shuttles between Cam­pus North and Cam­pus South every 5 minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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