North America and Urban Geography
The research group Human Geography of North America & Urban Geography analyzes topics of urban development, population, and economy in the United States, Canada and Europe. Particular focus of the research group lies on urban inequalities, sustainable urban development, urban mobilities, as well as retail and consumer trends in cities. Recent research projects have dealt with issues of global cities, urban development in the knowledge economy, the meaning of authority and trust in housing issues, digitalization, and citizen participation. These issues are approached from a distinctively interdisciplinary perspective in close cooperation with the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. As one of our explicit goals is knowledge transfer and the co-production of knowledge within urban society, the quality of instruction is of special importance to the research group. Toward this goal, we seek to integrate our research topics using innovative approaches to instruction that engage students at various levels of study of Urban Geography and the Geography of North America.