International Doctoral School of Sustainable Spatial Development
Obergurgl University Center, 06 - 09 September 2015


Governance for Sustainability Transitions: Shaping Regional Challenges and Change


Despite all sustainable development efforts that have been undertaken to solve global challenges over this past generation,the impact of human activities on the environment has transcended the "safe operating space of humanity" also known as planetary boundaries (Rockström et al. 2009). Fossil fuel induced climate change, environmental pollution or financial crises are symptoms of the underlying persistent unsustainability. In this context the search for alternative modes of development, of production and consumption on the one hand and the governance of these alternative modes are more urgent than ever. Against this background - even though the participants are free to choose their own topics for submission -  this year's DoKoNaRa focuses on different perspectives of sustainability transitions and governance.


What is DoKoNaRa?

The "International Doctoral School of Sustainable Spatial Development" is held annually since 2007, is organized by the Universities of Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Kassel and the HafenCity University Hamburg. The aim of the three-day PhD seminar is to provide scientific debates and an interdisciplinary dialogue on ongoing dissertations, including their research questions, theoretical backgrounds and empirical designs. Submissions from PhD candidates working in sustainability dimensions of Regional Development and Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Landscape Planning, Environmental Management, Regional Science, Geography, Sociology, Social and Cultural Anthropology and related fields are very welcome.


What are the benefits of participation in the DOKONARA Programme?

  • Presentation of own PhD project
  • Discussion and feedback on methodological and content based issues with experts during the workshops
  • Networking with other PhD-Students who work in simliar thematic fields
  • Publication offer of an article in conference volume
  • possibility of awarding 5.0 ECTS for PhD Programs in participating home universities


How can you register?

  • Online registration till the 17th July 2015 via this link
  • Fee for the three days (including overnight stays (here), Bus from Innsbruck to Obergurgl, refreshments/lunch, conference materials) -  Euros 180.00
  • For any queries pleas contact Armin Kratzer


Cooperation team:

Ass. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Andexlinger (Institute for Design, University of Innsbruck)
Univ. Prof. Dr. Martin Coy (Department of Geography, University of Innsbruck)
Prof. DI MAAS Peter Droege (Institute of Architecture and Planning, University of Liechtenstein)
Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulf Hahne (Institute of Urban Developments, University of Kassel)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Knieling (Urban Planning and Regional Development, HafenCity University Hamburg)
ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Markus Schermer (Institut of Sociology, University of Innsbruck)
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Maria Schneider (Institute of Urban and Regional Design, University of Innsbruck)




                                        Co-funded by the European Union


 Changing Lives. Opening Minds.


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