Summer School 2020

We are excited to announce that this year’s summer school will take place as a virtual event.
It is lined up with intriguing keynote lectures by Prof. Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki and Prof. Dr. Christina Dornack, and presentations from DLGS-IOER PhD fellows.

It will take place from 7th to 9th of September, 2020. The keynote lectures and sessions on the first two days are open to everyone.
The workshops on the third day are for DLGS-IOER fellows only.


Prof. Dr. Niki FrantzeskakiSwinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia 

Niki Frantzeskaki is Professor of Urban Sustainability Transitions and Director of the Centre for Urban Transitions at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Niki has published close to 100 peer-reviewed articles and in 2017 and 2018 released three books on urban sustainability transitions.

She has also edited 15 special issues in top-ranked journals about sustainability and sustainability transitions. She is coordinating research on environmental governance, and urban sustainability transitions by leading and being involved in a portfolio of research projects with research institutes across Europe, Canada, Brazil and Australia. She is actively contributing as an author in CBO, GEO-5, GEO-6 and IPBES assessments.

Prof. Dr. Christina DornackInstitute of Waste Management and Circular Economy, TU Dresden, Germany

Christina Dornack is the Director of the Institute and Chair for waste management and circular economy at TU Dresden. She has participated in several international projects, for example WATRA, SludgeTec, Waste to (positive) Energy and SEA-PLASTIC-EDU. She was recently appointed as a new member of the Advisory Council on Environmental Issues in Germany (SRU). She is also a member of the DLGS management board.

Additional to lecturing and researching she has published numerousness reports and research articles and has written textbooks in the area of waste management and circular economy. Since 1998 Christina has been organising the Anaerobic digestion conference (Biogastagung) in Dresden. Additionally, among other things, she is PRISMA board member, DBFZ research advisory committee member, DGAW scientific advisory board member, and DECHEMA panel of expert members. Her research focusses on circular economy, solid waste management, and anaerobic digestion and sustainability actions in cleaner production.


Please note that the keynote lectures and presentation sessions on the first two days are open to everyone. The workshops on the third day are for the DLGS-IOER fellows only.

The PhD fellows presenting their work in the sessions are in different stages of their research. The fellows marked * are in the first year of their research, and are in the process of developing their research proposals. The fellows marked ** are in the second year of their research and the fellows marked *** are in the third year of their research.

Monday, 7th September, 2020


Welcome and introduction
Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram
Director of IOER and Chair of spatial development and transformation at TU Dresden


Keynote lecture

Prof. Dr. Niki Frantzeskaki

Professor of urban sustainability transitions at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram




Session 1

A social-ecological-technological systems analysis on urban water system transition in southeast Asian emerging cities
– Tieza Santos*, DLGS

Conceptualizing nature-based-solutions for urban water resilience in emerging cities: case of Dehradun city, India
– Riyan Habeeb*, DLGS

Investigating the quality of urban green spaces to ensure green justice - developing a tool for urban planners
– Celina Stanley*, IOER

Moderator: Dr. Manisha Jain, IOER




Session 2

From massive reconstruction to small-scale stepwise urban renewal: a contribution to socially integrative cities? - case study of Wuhan, China
– Mengfan Jiang***, DLGS

Integration of climate resilience into urban regeneration - the case of Seoul
– Jiyoon Song**, DLGS

Low-income tenants housing accessibility and affordable housing provision barriers. The case of Kigali, Rwanda
– Fred Nkubito***, DLGS

Moderator: Dr. Gerd Lintz, IOER


Tuesday, 8th September, 2020

Keynote lecture

Sustainable use of resources – from waste management towards to a circular economy
Prof. Dr. Christina Dornack

Chair of waste management and circular economy at TU Dresden, Germany

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Artem Korzhenevych, IOER and TU Dresden

Session 3

Investigation of approaches to enhance ambition and compliance of states under the Paris Agreement
– Donia Mahabadi**, IOER

Place attachment among skilled international migrants in peripheral cities: a case study of Görlitz, Germany
– Ritu George Kaliaden**, IZS

Migration to shrinking cities - factors of attractivity as a location for habitation and living
– Constanze Zöllter***, IZS

Moderator: Dr. Alejandro Mazarro, IOER
Session 4

From a frontrunner city in solid waste management and green open space to a leader in urban sustainability in Indonesia? The case of Surabaya city
– Fitria Aurora Feliciani***, DLGS

Governance and informal sector - the case of solid waste management in Kathmandu, Nepal
– Nikita Sharma***, DLGS

Three essays on the determinants of radicalization - a case of North-Western Pakistan
– Fahim Nawaz**, DLGS

Moderator: Dr. Martina Artmann, IOER and TU Dresden

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 (DLGS only)

Workshop DLGS

Writing a research abstract

Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram and Dr. Gerd Lintz
Workshop DLGS

Communicating science to the public

Ms. Nadine Lux
Final discussion
Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram and Dr. Shikha Ranjha

  IOER: Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
  DLGS: Dresden Leibniz Graduate School
  IZS: Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation
  TU Dresden: Technische Universität Dresden