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Mobility and Infrastructure Division

The provision of basic public services and of infrastructure systems is a very pressing topic for modern municipalities. The numerous regulatory, material and technical challenges facing cities and the companies managing their infrastructural operations are undeniably apparent. Against this backdrop we must ask how to safeguard the provision of a high level of infrastructure services at an economically justifiable cost while at the same time accounting for ecological and social standards. We also have to ask just what scope for action will be available to municipalities in particular for them to perform their functions as the agencies and authorities responsible for infrastructure construction and service provision.

To realign municipal transport services and infrastructures, integrated and reflexive planning is required that is guided by the precept of sustainable development in terms of energy-efficient, low material flow and socially responsible basic service provision. Transport systems and technical infrastructures have taken centre stage in light of the necessity for measures to adapt to climatic needs and the growing demands for energy efficiency. However, social infrastructure too has become an increasingly important location factor in intermunicipal competition as a result of trends like reurbanization, ageing populations in cities due to demographic change and the increasing demand for family-friendly services and infrastructures.

Municipalities are faced with the task of safeguarding mobility while at the same time better integrating traffic flows into the existing road system and improving trafficked spaces in order to enhance the quality of life in urban areas. In order to achieve this, mobility that is compatible with an urban lifestyle must be promoted, transport and urban planning in the various regions must be harmonized and planning for mixed-usage and “compact cities” further encouraged. It is necessary to reduce the impacts of private vehicle traffic by providing multimodal transport with extensively used public transport services, high-quality transport infrastructures, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists, traffic planning and mobility management, cooperation and communication. The financial and qualitative maintenance of existing transport routes and high-quality public transport services are of ever-growing importance.

Main areas of research

  • Municipal provision of basic services/services of general (economic) interest
  • Integrated infrastructure and urban development planning
  • Sustainable transformation of infrastructure sectors
  • Benchmarks and aids for urban planning design
  • Integrated transport and settlement development
  • Sustainable transport development planning, mobility management, public transport, developing competences while including sociological mobility research und neighbourhood-based approaches
  • Public economic law, European competition and procurement law
  • Transport and roadway law.

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