Institute for Technology Assessment and  Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Young Investigator Group Preparation Program (Fellowship)

Project description

The goal of the Young Investigator Group Preparation Program is to support postdoctoral researchers in (further) developing their own research profile and setting up their own research group. More information on the program can be found here.

My fellowship focuses on the topic of actors in urban transitions.

Cities are drivers of the Great Transformation towards sustainability. Yet, the shift toward sustainable urban development requires the reorientation of planning toward transformative planning practices. Transformative planning practices are characterized by co-creation and experimentation. Recent work on practices of urban planning and development shows, however, that the necessary shift toward transformative practices is often not achieved.

My work focuses on the question of how novel research insights could contribute to transformative urban development. So far, there is still a research gap regarding actors’ lack of transformative agency in practice: There remains a need to understand how, why, and under what circumstances citizens, academia, industry, and government (with a focus on urban and regional planners) are willing and able to jointly shape urban sustainability transitions. My work therefore aims to provide insights into actors (Individuals), actor relations (Interaction), and possible activities to influence actors’ practices in order to enable transformative practices (Intervention). To this end, I aim to provide an integrated socio-psychological and spatial analysis of sustainable urban development.


Dr. Paula Maria Bögel
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-24553