North America and Urban Geography
Questions in the field of urban development, population and economy in the US and Canada are in the focus of the research cluster Human Geography of North America. This includes a variety of research projects on urban inequality in North America, the significance of global cities, recent urban developments, urban planning issues as well as retail patterns and consumer trends in North America. These questions are specifically conducted from an interdisciplinary perspective in close cooperation with the Heidelberg Center for American Studies. Beyond the regional context, questions of Urban Geography are asked, that analyze current processes in urban development such as the transformation of East German cities, citizen participation in urban development as well as planning the future city. Teaching is of particular importance in this cluster. Its aim is to integrate the fields of research into an appealing and innovative university teaching program about topics and questions of Urban Geography and the Geography of North America for students at different levels and fields.