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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 City 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 the local, federal state and federal level

since 2000
Partner of 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.):
Communikative 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 price of the "Foundation of German Cities, Communes and Counties"

1994 - 2000
Several prices 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-Price 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 on "Research and Technology Transfer" of Erfurt University of Applied Sciences
  • Vice Dean of Research and Transfer of Faculty of Architectur and City Planning
  • Director of the study programme Urban and Regional Planning (2007-2017)
  • Member of 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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