Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), Germany

Name: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karina Pallagst

Affiliation: RE-CITY Project Coordinator, Professor for International Planning Systems

Contact Email: karina.pallagst(at)

Research Focus: International comparative urban development, shrinking cities, urban growth, planning cultures, planning theory, and border studies.

Name: Dipl.-Ing. MSc. René Fleschurz

Affiliation: RE-CITY Project Manager, Department International Planning Systems

Contact Email: rene.fleschurz(at)

Research Focus: Shrinking cities, participatory planning, comparative analyzes, regional governance

Name: Dipl.-Ing. Patricia Hammer

Affiliation: RE-CITY Project Assistent, Department International Planning Systems

Contact Email: patricia.hammer(at)

Research Focus: Bio-economy, Eco-technologies, Road Safety and Mobility in international urban fields

Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. (CAR), United Kingdom

Name: Dr. Helen Mulligan

Affiliation: Director, Cambridge Architectural Research Limited

Contact Email: helen.mulligan(at)

Research Focus: Climate responsive design, shrinking cities, innovative low-carbon materials, client consultation techniques, energy policy in the built environment

Name: Dr. Steve Platt

Affiliation: Director, Cambridge Architectural Research Limited

Contact Email: steve.platt(at)

Research Focus: Disaster resilience and recovery



École Normale Supérieure (ENS), France

Name: Prof. Emmanuèle Cunningham-Sabot

Affiliation: École Normale Supérieure

Contact Email: sabot(at)

Research Focus: Urban dynamics, urban planning and governance

Name: Dr. Sarah Dubeaux

Affiliation: École Normale Supérieure

Contact Email: sarah.dubeaux(at)

Research Focus: Shrinking cities, urban planning, Europe

Spatial Foresight GmbH (SPF), Luxemburg

Name: Dr. Kai Böhme

Affiliation: Spatial Foresight GmbH

Contact Email: kai.boehme(at)

Research Focus: European regional and territorial studies, policy anaysis, international comparative studies, territorial impacts of sector policies

Name: Frank Holstein Msc

Affiliation: Spatial Foresight GmbH

Contact Email: frank.holstein(at)

Research Focus: Territorial analysis and impact studies, multi-level governance, territorial cooperation

Technische Universität Dortmund (TUDO), Germany

Name: Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann

Affiliation: TU Dortmund

Contact Email: thorsten.wiechmann(at)

Research Focus: Theories, methods and procedures of spatial planning; Restructuring strategies of cities and regions undergoind demographic change; Governance and development of polycentric metropolitan areas.

Name: Dr. Letizia Imbres

Affiliation: TU Dortmund

Contact Email: letizia.imbres(at)

Research Focus: 1) Industrial restructuring and spatial change in the automotive industry (primarily in North America, Europe and East Asia); 2) Spatial, demographic and social change in "motor city-regions"; 3) Industrial location theories and policies; 4) Theories, models and methods for comparative metropolitan research.

University of Amsterdam (UVA), Netherlands

Name: Dr. Marco Bontje

Affiliation: University of Amsterdam, Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Programme Group Urban Geographies

Contact Email: M.A.Bontje(at)

Research Focus: Shrinking cities, creative knowledge cities, urban geographies of grwoth and decline, populaton geography

Name: Prof. Dr. Rivke Jaffe

Affiliation: University of Amsterdam

Contact Email: r.k.jaffe(at)

Research Focus: Urban studies, crime and insecurity, environmental studies

University of Porto (UPORTO), Portugal

Name: Prof. Paulo Pinho

Affiliation: CITTA - Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto

Contact Email: pcpinho(at)

Research Focus: Low carbon cities, urban metabolism, accessibility, shrinking cities

Name: Prof. Paulo Conceicao

Affiliation: CITTA - Research Centre for Territory, Transports and Environment, FEUP, University of Porto

Contact Emailac: psc(at)

Research Focus: Housing Policies, Urban Policies, Spatial Planning System, Evaluation

Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU), Poznan, Poland

Name: Prof. Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz

Affiliation: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management

Contact Email: tadek(at)

Research Focus: Socio-economic geography, regional and local development, urban and regional policy, contemporary urban transformations



Name: Prof. Krzysztof Stachowiak

Affiliation: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management

Contact Email: krst(at)

Research Focus: Economic geography, creative economy (the role of culture and creative industries in economic development and urban regeneration), creative cities, knowledge-based economy (innovative regions, clusters), institutions in economic development


Name: Prof. José G. Vargas-Hernández

Affiliation: University Center for Economics and Managerial Sciences, University of Guadalajara

Contact Email: jvargas2006(at)

Research Focus: Organizational economics


Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh, Germany

Name: Carsten Große Starmann

Contact Email: carsten.grosse.starmann(at)

Research Focus: Demographic Change, Digitalization and Open Data on a community level

Energy Agency Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Name: Anja Folz

Contact Email: anja.folz(at)

Research Focus: Renewable energies, local energy transition, local sustainable development in rural areas, regional added value

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany

Name: Dr. Annegret Haase

Affiliation: UFZ Department Urban and Environmental Sociology

Contact Email: annegret.haase(at)

Research Focus: Sustainable urban development, urban shrinkage, regrowth/reurbanization, urban land use, socio-environmental processes in cities, housing, socio-spatial differentiation and heterogenenity in cities, urban governance, policy-making and participation

Netherlands Expert Centre on Demographic Change (NEIMED)

Name: Maja Rocak

Contact Email: maja.rocak(at)

Research Focus: Socio-cultural aspects of shrinking cities, social capital, social transformation



Kent State University, USA

Name: Terry Schwarz, Director

Affiliation: Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative

Contact Email: tschwarz(at)

Research Focus: Urban design, vacant land reuse, urban ecology

Fresh Völklingen GmbH, Germany

Name: Peter Zeller

Affiliation: CEO, Fresh Corporation

Contact Email: peter.zeller(at)

Nomura Research Institute, Ltd., Japan

Name: Tetsuji Uemura, PhD.

Affiliation: Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.

Contact Email: t-uemura(at)

Research Focus: Sustainable infrastructure development and management in the process of population decline.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813803

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