Considering the overall scientific remit and concern for producing knowledge to enhance spatial sustainability transformations, the DLGS research topics focus on well-substantiated priority challenges. These are multi-dimensional by nature and allow applying different scientific perspectives to explore the same set of interconnected problems. As a general principle, DLGS therefore aims at topics that:

  • Are problem-oriented and selected with a view to the evolving time horizons, pressures and priorities of spatial sustainability transformations;
  • Are open to research approaches based on any pertinent scientific disciplines;
  • Enable meaningful empirical study in and across any global region(s).

There are diverse ways to carry out your research and match your topic within the structured program of DLGS. You can either choose to write a proposal on a broader theme of spatial sustainability transformations and apply under the Rolling applications for “Open topic” or write the proposal specifically answering to the call topic for scholarship positions. 

In the past DLGS calls have covered other topics such as: