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Anna Growe:
During the lecture period: Wednesdays between 1pm and 2pm.
In the lecture-free period: by appointment by mail.


She studied urban and rural planning at Tongji University in China from 2017 to 2020. Her previous research interests are in regional and urban-rural spatial development. From 2018 to 2020, she participated in the dual master's program of Tongji University and Technische Universität Berlin funded by DAAD and Chinese Scholarship Council, and graduated in summer 2020 with a Master of Engineering in Urban and Rural Planning (Tongji University) and a Master of Science in Urban Planning (TU Berlin).

Since December 2020, Simin Yan has been a PhD student with Prof. Dr. Anna Growe and her dissertation is on "Rescaling and the Emergence of Integrated Urban Regions in Post-Reform China", which was funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).

He studied urban and regional planning at the University of Kassel from 2016 to 2023, focusing first on transport planning and then on sustainable development of cities, especially in shrinking regions. Since summer of 2023 Markus Nüsse has been working on his doctorate on "Supply in rural areas" in the Economics of Urban and Regional Development working group in order to explore how supply of services and goods of daily needs in peripheral areas can be planned in the future.

Jessica Köchling studied geography at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg from 2017 to 2022. After completing a wide-ranging bachelor's degree, she specialised in urban and regional development. After completing her Master of Science with a focus on urban geography, she took up her position as city manager in Worms, where she plays a key role in various city centre development projects. In summer 2023, Jessica Köchling began working on her doctorate on the topic of "City centre revitalisation in a multi-level governance context" in the Economics of Urban and Regional Development working group. The aim of the study is to determine the influence of current funding programmes as an instrument for the revitalising and sustainable development of city centres.


Supporting research and teaching

Lukas Friedt

Anna Schödel



Former staff

V.-Prof. Dr. Anna Butzin 2021-2023

V.-Prof. Dr. Janet Merkel 2021

Prof. Dr. Ulf Hahne 1999-2020