KoMet Award Jury has made its decision! Congratulations! Winners are Vanessa Hellwig and Pauline Scheunert

Pauline Scheunert's master's thesis entitled 'Constructing an Index to Assess small-scale Potential for Physical Activity of Urban Environments' deals with an important but often less prominently discussed topic of urban transformation: the transformation of our cities towards healthier or even health-promoting places. The paper develops an index to capture the small-scale physical activity potential of urban environments. This index is composed of a total of 22 variables and is tested using the example of inner city neighborhoods in Dortmund. This master thesis at the TU Dortmund University was supervised by Jun.-Prof. Dr. René Westerholt and Prof. Dr. Frank Othengrafen.

The KoMet award for dissertations was won by Vanessa Hellwig with her dissertation 'Transformation, Digitisation and the Geography of Knowledge'. She addresses the spatial distribution of the digital economy using one-square-kilometer spatial-temporal data and analyzes this with state-of-the-art panel methods. Ms. Hellwig's work shows that digital start-ups are not only concentrated in metropolitan areas, but can be found within a radius of a few square kilometers. The results provide evidence for digital neighborhood development and spatial distribution of co-creation processes. The dissertation was supervised by Prof. Dr. Christiane Hellmanzik and Prof. Dr. Stefan Siedentop at TU Dortmund.

We congratulate both on the KoMet Award for outstanding Dissertations and Master Theses. Also this year the winners will be awarded at the KoMet Day 2023 (07.12.2023at Campus Essen) and present their work there.