Strategic planning and governance tools
URA develops strategic planning and governance tools with the aim of strengthening an integrated and socio-ecologically sustainable transformation of urban regions. Therefore, a change of perspective is undertaken: urban and rural areas are no longer seen as isolated socio-spatial entities but as an integrated whole. To this end, the project pursues an interdisciplinary research approach to develop quantitative and qualitative methods.
Moreover, URA aims at the transdisciplinary development of a participatory and actor-oriented guiding strategy that identifies specific transformation scenarios for the study region and makes statements on socio-ecologically sustainable action paths for selected subregions. Following this, the developed instruments and guiding principles are tested for their transferability and recorded in the form of policy recommendations for integrated urban-rural planning. The project examines the urban region of Huangyan-Taizhou in the province of Zhejiang in China and includes multi-scalar approaches to integrated urban-rural development using the comparative example of the International Building Exhibition IBA Thüringen in Germany.