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Christina Haubaum (2021): Analyse von Bewertungsveränderungen des Landschaftsbildes durch Windenergieanlagen in unterschiedlichen Landschaftskategorien Nordrhein-Westfalens auf der Grundlage von Online-Befragungen

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund         University.    Chair of examination board: Dr. Frank Othengrafen, Professor.  1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor.    2. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor.

Hemn Abdulkareem Mawlood Nanakali (2021): Rural Sustainable Development Policies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and their Impact on Migration - The Case of Erbil

PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Karsten Zimmermann, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Einhard Schmidt Kallert, Professor Emeritus. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor.

Thomas Masyk (2021): The Role of Urban Agriculture for Sustainable and Resilient Cities

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sophie Schramm, Professor.

Hanna Christine Schmitt (2021): Was heißt hier eigentlich 'kritisch'? Entwicklung einer Evidenzgrundlage zum Umgang mit kritischen Infrastrukturen in der Raumordnung

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Jörn Birkmann, Professor (University of Stuttgart).

Maurizio Lindemann (2020): Transferpotenziale integrierter wohnungswirtschaftlicher Ansätze. Quartiersentwicklung am Beispiel "Borsigplatz-West" in der Dortmunder Nordstadt

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor (RWTH Aachen). 2. reviewer: Dr. Sigrid Schaefer, Professor (University of Duisburg-Essen).

Edgar Medrano Reyes (2020): Development of Spatial Strategies for Small Island Landscapes in the Philippines

PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Christiane Hellmanzik, Professor.

Emmanuel Kofi Gavu (2020): Understanding location and neighbourhood effects: An analysis of the housing submarkets in Accra - Ghana

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Sophie Schramm, Professor. 1. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Karl-Werner Schulte, Professor Emeritus (University of Regensburg).

Yong Xu (2019): Study of Vegetation Cover and its Driving Forces

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Ralf Bill, Professor (University of Rostock).

Ismail Hajani (2019): Promoting urban spatial planning guidance for achieving physical sustainable urban development in Duhok City - Kurdistan region/Iraq

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor Emeritus.

Rubina Devrikyan (2019): Effectiveness of Participatory Approaches in Rural Development. Case studies of rural communities in Armenia and Georgia

PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Professor Emeritus. 2. reviewer: Dr. Christoph Kohlmeyer, Honorary Professor.

Kaie Metsaots (2019): Holistic development of the oil shale region as an industrial heritage, recreational, sports, and tourism district

PhD-thesis (Dr. phil. in Landscape Architecture) at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Applied Biology, Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ), Tartu, Estonia. Chair of examination board: Dr. Tiiu Kull, Professor (EMÜ). Supervisor and reviewer: Dr. Kalev Sepp, Professor (EMÜ). Opponent and reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor (TU Dortmund University). Further members of the examination board: Dr. Tiina Nõges, Professor (EMÜ); Dr. Riin Alatalu, Associate Professor (Estonian Academy of Arts); Dr. Mari Nõmmela, Associate Professor (EMÜ); Dr. Ain Kull, Senior Researcher (University of Tartu).

Julian Engelbert (2019): The multi-level planning decision under preliminary conditions. An epistemological investigation at the example of NABEG

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Klaus-Joachim Grigoleit, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Stephan Mitschang, Professor (Berlin University of Technology).

Sattwick Dey Biswas (2019): The Mysteries of Valuation. Two land acquisition cases in India

PhD-thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Benjamin Davy, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Thomas Hartmann, Associate Professor (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands).

Zhao Li (2019): Towards Resilience. Adopting Local Knowledge in Rural Landscape Planning

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor.

Sandra Maier (2018): Local Strategies for the Accommodation of Refugees as Contribution for the Re-Use of Vacancy

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor.

Tra Van Tran (2018): Translating Climate Science into Policy Making in the Water Sector for the Vu Gia-Thu Bon River Basin

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor.

Jost Wilker (2017): The Potential of Economic Valuation and Participation for Green Infrastructure Planning

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Siedentop, Professor.

Nasim Heidarinejad (2017): The effects of urban expension on spatial and socioeconomic patterns of the peri-urban areas: A case study of Isfahan City, Iran

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Stefan Siedentop, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor.

Aqueel Qusay Al-Mosawi (2017): Towards Sustainable Urban Design Strategies for Historic Centres in Iraq. Development of an Assessment Approach for Urban Regeneration Projects

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Karsten Zimmermann, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor.

Bryce Lawrence (2017): The County Diagnostic: A regional environmental footprint framework for the USA and a comparative case study application of the County Diagnostic within the US Eastern Deciduous Forest Ecoregion

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Ekhart Hahn, Honorary Professor. Examiner: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor.

Xiao Li (2016): Planning Integrated Approach in River-based regions towards Low-carbon Development

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Jan Polivka.

Jie Zhao (2016): Analysis of Urban Form Parameters with a Focus on Energy Consumption

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Chair of examination board: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Ralf Bill, Professor (University of Rostock).

Ernesto Antonio Zumelzu Scheel (2015): Sustainable Transformation of the Cities. Urban Design Pragmatics to Achieve a Sustainable City

PhD thesis at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands. Chair of PhD commission: Prof. ir. B. de Vries (TU/e), 1. promotor: Prof. Dr. B.E.J. De Meulder (KU Leuven, Belgium), 2. promotor: Prof. Dr. H.J.P. Timmermans (TU/e), co-promotor: Dr. ir. C.H. Doevendans (TU/e), Members: Prof. Dr. D. Gruehn (TU Dortmund University), Dr. ir. M. Dehaene (Ghent University, Belgium), Prof. Dr. ir. J.J.N. Lichtenberg (TU/e), Prof. Dr. ir. W.F. Schaefer (TU/e).

Jie Zhang (2015): Assessement of Renewable Energy Potentials Based on GIS and RS - A Case Study in China

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thinh, Associate Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Jörg Fromme.

Dagmar Lehmann & Peter Apel (2015): Open Spaces for Kids and Teenagers. The Interplay of Product, Process, and Strategy as Multi-Dimensional Approach

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Susanne Frank, Associate Professor.

Danial Monsefi Parapari (2015): Adaptation to Climate Change and Thermal Comfort

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Mehdi Vazifedoost.

Rabab Morsy (2015): Ecotourism as a Framework for Sustainable Touristic Development, Case Study of Protected Areas, Egypt

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor.

Shireen Younis Ismael (2014): Promoting integrated heritage conservation and management in Iraqui Kudistan. Applicability of values-based approach: The case study of Akre and Amedy in Duhok Province

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Asmat Khalid (University of Duhok, Iraq).

Mais Aljafari (2014): Emerging public spaces in the city of Amman, Jordan: An analysis of everyday life practices

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Maram Tawil (School of Architecture and Built Environment, German Jordanian University, Jordan).

Mustafa Ergen (2013): A new methodology proposal for urban regeneration of brownfields - Case study of Zonguldak city, Turkey

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Christa Reicher, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Ilgar Kirzioglu, Professor, (Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey).

Anne Budinger (2012): Value Increasing Effects of Urban Open Spaces on Real Estates and Properties

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology). Examiner: Dr. Gerd Hennings, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Mark Fleischhauer.

Guang Liu (2012): A study on sustainable urban water management in small- and medium-sized cities in China

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Hans-Peter Tietz, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Alexandra Hill.

Maria Ayessa Cardino (2012): Voices from the Mountains: Local People's Perceptions on Policies Protecting the Karst Landscape of Bohol, the Philippines

PhD thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Professor.

Ramji Bogati (2012): Forest Habitat Restoration in Lowland Nepal. Tiger as Restoration Success Indicator Species

PhD thesis (Dr. rer. pol.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Einhard Schmidt-Kallert, Professor. Examiner: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology).

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology). Examiner: Dr. Wolfgang Wende, Associate Professor (Dresden University of Technology/IOER).

Klaus v. Zahn (2011): Environmental Quality Assessment of Zoning Plans as Basis for an Effectiveness Check of Environmental Regulations for Binding Land Use Plans according to German Building Code

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. External examiner: Dr. Wolfgang Wende, Associate Professor (Dresden University of Technology/IOER).

Uwe Liedtke & Michael Schult (2011): The impact mitigation regulation under nature conservation law and its application in spatial planning. Trends and perspectives exemplified at the county of Unna.

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Lothar Finke, Professor Emeritus. 2. reviewer: Dr. Sabine Baumgart, Professor. External examiner: Dr. Detlef Schiebold.

Sven Rannow (2011): Conservation Management in Times of Climate Change - Problems and Solutions exemplified for the Hardangervidda National Park

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Hartmut Kenneweg, Professor Emeritus (Berlin University of Technology). Examiner: Dr. Lothar Finke, Professor Emeritus.

Sylvia Wanczura (2010): Spatial Planning and 'Risk Governance'. Indicator system for an effective and efficient coordination within the 'Risk Governance' process

PhD-thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Stefan Greiving, Adjunct Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Marek Dutkowski, Professor (University of Szczecin, Poland). Examiner: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor.

Roland Finke (2010): Assessing Landscape Connectivity with Least-Cost-Analysis: Analyzing the Functional Connectivity of the Ruhr Metopolis` Greenways

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Gerd Turowski, Professor Emeritus. External examiner: Dr. Eberhard Geisler (RVR).

Tao Luo (2008): Investigation on the Transferability of European Standards concerning Visual Landscape Assessment into Spatial Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment in China - Case Study Wuhan (Central China)

Ph.D thesis (doctor agriculturae) at School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,  University of Rostock. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Holger Behm, Adjunct Professor (University of Rostock). 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor (TU Dortmund University).

Dongqing Zhang (2008): Reuse-oriented Decentralized Wastewater Treatment based in Ecological Sanitation in fast growing Agglomerations

PhD thesis (Dr.-Ing.) at School of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Hans-Peter Tietz, Professor. 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor. External reviewer: Dr. Manfred Voigt, Professor (University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal).

Carl-Heinz Schulz (2007): Sustainable Revitalisation of Natural Landscapes by Means of Project and Nature Conservation Management - Case Study District Duchy of Lauenburg (Germany)

PhD thesis (doctor agriculturae) at School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,  University of Rostock. Supervisor and 1. reviewer: Dr. Wolfgang Riedel, Professor (University of Rostock). 2. reviewer: Dr. Dietwald Gruehn, Professor (TU Dortmund University).