Competence Field of Metropolitan Research

The Competence Field of Metropolitan Research (KoMet) forms the central platform for the integration of research, teaching and transfer reagrding 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 to utilize the strength of the region through networking with research institutes and practical partners outside the university.

The thematic focus is structured along central societal challenges that can only be successfully addressed through inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation. Eight interdisciplinary research fields seek to develop and intensify research cooperations between the more than 150 participating researchers. In addition, students and young researchers are supported by innovative exchange and support formats in close connection to research and teaching as well as by joint and mutually opened courses within the University Alliance Ruhr.

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TRAVELLING CONFERENCE on Urban Transformations in Industrial Regions: Cincinnati, USA
- September 19-20, 2022 - REGISTRATION OPEN!


Originally scheduled for 2020 and postponed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fourth event of the TC series will take place in a hybrid format at the Max Kade Center of the University of Cincinnati on September 19-20, 2022. This event, sponsored by the Emschergenossenschaft, will focus on the comparative perspective of the Ruhr and the Rust Belt, with the research findings and themes of the previous events continuing to inform the comparison. For a detailed overview of the program and participating delegations, please see the brochure.

To register for the hybrid conference, please follow the link to the registration form.

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Call for Presentation Proposals
WORKSHOP: Transformative Research in Cities

The Competence Field Metropolitan Research (KoMet) together with the Urban Systems Group, Germany announce an open call for presentation proposals directed towards young researchers (pre- and post-doc researchers from different disciplines) in the field of 'Transformative Research in Cities'.

We are looking for pre- and post-doc researchers from different disciplines to present their ideas and experiences on the following, and related topics:

Concepts and theories of transformative research and sustainability transitions - The roles of researchers and scientific institutions in co-productive transition processes
Tools and methods transforming research institutions and scientific policies for climate-positive research activities, like modelling or/and the experimental turn of living labs
Materiality of transition discourse, e.g., how infrastructure, artefacts and objects affect transitions, and also how this is linked to immaterial heritages of norms, values, traditions, beliefs, etc. in transformation discourses (e.g., impact of risk perception).

Submission: Please submit a 300-word abstract of the proposed presentation, outlining the title, content, and link to the topic of the workshop. The presentation may be no more than 10 slides and 20 min long to allow time for discussion. Please send it till 31th October 2022 to: Bettina Pahlen, .


The workshop is organized by the Urban Systems Group, Germany, and is part of the 4th KoMet-Day, an annual conference hosted by KoMet which focuses on ‘Urban complexity: Science Perspectives of Complexity and Transformation on Sustainable Urban Development’.

Background: Globally, cities are complex adaptive systems which could be the drivers of sustainability transformation but are instead considered the main contributors to, and their material and social processes most vulnerable to impacts of climate change. The pressure is on cities to counteract their detrimental impact and not only mitigate consequences of climate change. This is being dealt with in different ways around the world, depending on civil capacities, material, and experience. Transformation trajectories of cities are influenced by discourses deliberating how to deal with legacies of the past in present conditions to shape a desirable future based on sustainability. Still, restructuring cities towards sustainability remains highly challenging. It requires not only breaking up routine practices but also creating new forms of cooperation across all sectors.

Scientists and academic institutions such as universities are looking to directly engage these issues, no longer satisfied just to observe and diagnose, recognising their ability to actively influence necessary transitions. This is in form of urban transition management, transformative research, action research based on transdisciplinary, cross-sectoral work. The ambition is to lead the way as change agents, but are they? How does this intention affect the previous understanding of the freedom of research and the practice that goes with it? What challenges do researchers face in transformative science approaches and what are their strategies for dealing with them? The goal of the workshop is to develop a deeper understanding of (1) discourses of transformative research practice in sustainability transition cases from the Global South and North, (2) roles researchers have in transition processes and handling associated challenges, and (3) to discuss opportunities and challenges of methods like living labs, data modelling and scenario simulation in such projects.

Venue: TU Dortmund, Room 214 (Faculty of Spatial Planning), Campus South. The conference language of the workshop is English.

You can see the detailed call HERE.

For Details on the 4th KoMet-Day, please consult THIS GIVEN LINK

KoMet Day 2022 on December 1 at TU Dortmund University
Urban Complexity

On December 1, 2022, the 4th KoMet Day "Urban Complexity: Science Perspectives of Complexity and Transformation on Sustainable Urban Development" will take place at TU Dortmund University in the Rudolf Chaudoir Pavilion from about 10 am to 6 pm. KoMet member Prof. Dr. Michael Roos (RUB) is responsible for organizing this event.

Some speakers have already confirmed their participation in the 4th KoMet Day:

_ Prof. Dr. Claudia R. Binder
_ Prof. Dr. Derk Loorbach
_ Dr. Diego Rybski
_ Dr. Lasse Gerritt
_ Prof. Dr. Markus Schläpfer

The 4th KoMet Day will be moderated by  Dr. Klaus Kordowski (Stiftung Mercator, Climate Protection Team).

Complementary to this, the Urban Systems Group (UDE) is organizing a half-day workshop (29.11.2022, TU Dortmund University, room 214) for young researchers (PhD students and PostDocs), who are also dealing with the topic of metropolitan research from a complexity perspective and the relevance of transdisciplinary science. Young scientists are invited to apply and contribute within the framework of a Call for Presentation Proposals until 31.10.2022. The results of this workshop will be presented at the KoMet day and included in the discussions. 

As always, we expect exciting discussions at the KoMet Day and at the preceding workshop of the Urban System Group! As every year, the KoMet Day is supported by the Emschergenossenschaft. This year we are planning both the KoMet Day (1 December) and the workshop (29 November) as hybrid events.

You can see the tentative program of the KoMet day with abstract HERE.

We cordially invite you to these events already now!

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Teaching Metropolitan Research

All UA Ruhr universities already offer a wide as well as profound range of lectures and seminars in the field of metropolitan research. These courses address graduate as well as post-graduate students.