Research Module 5.1 Constellations

Urban planners and policy-makers do not possess sufficient information to cope adequately with the challenges of urban heat stress. The core objective of Research Module 5.1 is to identify promising approaches to good governance in planning and decision-making tied to the challenge of urban heat stress. Identifying appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies requires an awareness of the roles played by various actors, institutions, legal and economic contexts. It is necessary to identify the forces driving as well as impeding radical, incremental and additive innovation processes.

Making use of the data, hypotheses and interim outcomes of the other RMs, we explore the constellations that deal best with urban heat stress. Many good practices are emerging, but our empirical and theoretical understandings remain insufficient. A comprehensive methodology known as "Constellation Analysis" will be applied to identify changes in planning and governance that can contribute to mitigating and adapting to urban heat stress. This interdisciplinary bridging concept involves understanding not only the natural environment, but also the relationships among human stakeholders, technical developments, and control systems (e.g. regulations, taxes).

Collaboration within Research Links (RL)

470 Political and societal influences on vulnerability to heat stress
490 Urban climate projections

Collaboration within Research Cluster (RC)

530 Effectiveness of actions for reducing heat-stress risks
540 Efficiency of actions for reducing heat-stress risk

Sub-project Members

Prof. Dr. Johann Köppel (TUB)
Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs (FUB)
Dipl.-Ing. Julie Donner (TUB)
Nicole Mahlkow (FUB)
Tobias Kalt (FUB)

DFG Poster Presentation

DFG Poster Research Module 5.1