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Team ISP - Head of the ISP: Prof. Dr. Heidi Sinning





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Short Profile

since 07.2008
Director of ISP - Institute of Urban Research, Planning and Communication
at Erfurt University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt/Germany

WiSe 2017/18
Visiting Scholarship at

  • Wohnforum der ETH Zürich (Centre of Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment)
  • Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne

10.2012 - 02.2003
Visiting Scholarship at

  • OTB - Research Institute for the Built Environment, TU Delft,
  • Wohnforum der ETH Zürich (Centre for Research on Architecture, Society & the Built Environment)
  • Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL)

Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington, Department of Urban Design and Planning, Seattle/ USA

Visiting Scholar at Temple University, Department of Community and Regional Planning, Philadelphia/ USA

since 2003
Professor of Urban Planning and Communication at Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (till 2009: Planning and Communication)

2002 - 2003
Visiting Professor of “City Management”, Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus

2000 - 2003
Project Director, Bertelsmann Foundation: Project management and consulting at local, federal state and federal level

since 2000
Partner in the private agency “KoRiS - Communicative City and Regional Planning” (Planning - Research - Consulting), Hanover/Germany

1994 - 2000
Director of the private planning agency Koris - Communicative Urban and Regional Development (planning - research - consulting), Hanover/ Germany (since then partner of KoRiS)

Researcher in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hanover

1999 - 2002
Dissertation at Technical University RWTH Aachen (Dr.-Ing.):
Communicative Spatial Planning. Potentials and Restrictions.

Priority areas in research and practice

  • housing and portfolio development
  • integrated urban planning and develpment
  • sustainable settlement and open space development
  • communicative planning / governance / civic participation

Project references

For an overview of current and completed projects see ISP und KoRiS.


Scientific award of the "Foundation of German Cities, Communes and Counties"

1994 - 2000
Several awards for urban and regional planning projects: Bertelsmann Foundation, German Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, German Ministry of Research and Education, Ministry of Regional Planning of Lower Saxony etc.

Dr. Friedrich Lehner Award of the Friedrich Lehner-Foundation, Hanover


In professional organisations:

  • American Planning Association - APA, Chicago
  • Association for Spatial Planning - IfR, Dortmund
  • Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning - ARL, Hannover (corresponding member)
  • Federation for Housing and Urban Development Association (vhw) – (member of advisory board / „Kuratorium“)
  • German Association for Housing, Urban and Spatial Development - DV, Berlin
  • Institute of  Housing and Environment (IWU – Institut für Wohnen und Umwelt), Darmstadt – (member of scientific advisory board)
  • Association for Urban and Regional Planning – SRL, Berlin

In university committees:

  • Member of the commission for "Research and Technology Transfer" of Erfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Vice Dean of Research and Transfer of Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Director of the degree program Urban and Spatial Planning (2007-2017)
  • Member of the Faculty Council


  • numerous publications, lectures and presentations
  • member of the editorial board of the journal RaumPlanung
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidi Sinning
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidi Sinning

© 2007-2015



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