Competence Field of Metropolitan Research

The Competence Field of Metropolitan Research (KoMet) forms the central platform for the integration of research, teaching and transfer regarding all aspects of metropolitan research throughout the University Alliance Ruhr. 

As an internationally recognized center for inter- and transdisciplinary metropolitan research, KoMet bundles the complementary competencies of the three partner universities - University of Duisburg-Essen, Ruhr University Bochum and TU Dortmund University - across all research cultures and faculties, and builds on the strength of the region by networking with research institutes and practitioners outside the university.

KoMet’s thematic focus is structured around key societal challenges that can only be successfully addressed through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation. Collaboration in the eight current interdisciplinary research fields focuses on creating and intensifying research partnerships among the more than 150 participating researchers. In addition, students and early-stage researchers are to be supported through innovative exchange and support formats that closely link research and teaching, as well as through joint and mutually accessible courses within the University Alliance Ruhr.

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Are you interested in designing and organizing the KoMet-Tag 2024 on a topic that addresses the research focus "Sustainable Transformation of Metropolitan Areas"?

Then you are cordially invited to submit a topic proposal including an outline of ideas for the format of the event and potential speakers. If selected, you would go on to design and organize the event, whereby the office ofwould take over the promotion of the event via the homepage and other channels, the organization of the premises and catering as well as the financial handling.

Please send your proposal to the KoMet office ( by March 15, 2024.

As every year, the KoMet-Tag will take place in the 4th quarter of the year.


This event is again supported by the Emschergenossenschaft. Many thanks for this support!


The competence field “Metropolitan Research” (KoMet) in the University Alliance Ruhr and the Emscher Association for the third time call for nominations for the KoMet Award. The Award honours outstanding doctoral dissertations and master theses which, with regard to the Ruhr Metropolis engage with the transformation of metropolitan spaces. It is open to all disciplines and research fields. An engagement with the Emscher region is welcomed, though it is not a precondition.

The KoMet Award is awarded annually and comes with a prize of 3,000€ for the best doctoral dissertation and of 1,500€ for the best master thesis. In the case of equally outstanding theses in one category, the award can be shared.

Application procedure: Theses can be nominated by supervisors and/or examiners of theses. Theses that have at least received the grade of “very good”/”magna cum laude”/“A” (or equivalent) can be nominated if it was not submitted as a thesis more than two years prior to the deadline for nominations of this award. Any thesis can only be nominated once.

Application documents:

1) Summary of key findings of the thesis (2 pages max.)

2) Short review or assessment by the supervisor or examiner (approx. 2 pages)

3) One copy of the thesis

4) Application template

Click here for the complete text of the call.

Here is the Application Template  (only in German available).

For more info, please contact the KoMet office (!

Please submit the application documents to until April, 30th 2024!


The Award is supported by the Emschergenossenschaft. Thank you for this support!