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Dr. Martin Behnisch

Research Associate

phone +49 351 4679 260

Research Interests

Spatial Data Science, Urban Data Mining, Geospatial Analysis, Monitoring of Settlement and Open Space Development, Drivers and Impact of Land Consumption, Soil Sealing and Urban Sprawl, Structure and Dynamics of Building Stocks, GIScience for the Built Environment, Urban Metrics.

Professional experience


Senior Scientist and Project Coordinator in the Research Area: "Monitoring of settlement and open space development".

Since 2018

Member of the Working Group "Theoretical and Methodological Basics of Ecological Urban and Regional Development".


Lecturer and Candidate for a Habilitation at the Chair of Spatial Information Management and Modelling (RIM), Faculty of Spatial Planning, Technische Universität Dortmund.


Research Assistent and Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation, Prof. Dr. Uta Hassler, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH).


Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Urban Planning, School of Architecture, Tianjin University (TJU, China).


Lecturer (starting 04/2005) and Research Associate (starting 04/2007), Chair of Urban Housing and Development, Prof. Dr . Markus Neppl, Institute of Urban and Landscape Design (IESL), Faculty of Architecture, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).


Doctoral student and Research Assistant, Institute of Industrial Building Production (ifib), Prof. Dr. sc. Techn. Niklaus Kohler, Faculty of Architecture, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Academic Training


Master of Science in Geographical Information Science and Systems, Paris Lodron University Salzburg. Master of Science in Geographical Information Science and Systems – MSc (GIS), graduated with distinction.


Phd (summa cum laude), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Title: "Urban Data Mining".


Architecture, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT).


Timber construction and Wood Processing Technologies, University of Cooperative Education, Dresden, Germany.


Abitur, Gutenberg Gymnasium, 50126 Bergheim.

Selected research projects

DFG: Knowledge Discovery in data of land use change and land consumption in Germany (Grant Application and Project Management).

DFG: Acquisition, Analysis and Modelling of Urban Sprawl and Land Use Dynamics in a Short-Term and Long-Term Perspective (Grant to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration, Application and Project Management).

DFG: Analysis and modelling of the spatio-temporal characteristics of the German building stock using mathematical and geoinformatic methods.
SNF: Long-term management of Building Stocks in a cultural conservation perspective – A case study on the Building Stock of the City of Zurich (IDB, DARCH, ETHZ).

SNF: Time-Space-Risks. Dangers Confronting the Cultural Heritage (IDB, DARCH, ETHZ).

BMBF: Diversity of Insects in Nature Protected Areas (DINA). Work Package IOER: Spatial Analysis of NSG and Selection of Study Sites.

BMWI: Standard-BIPV-System – Standardised BIPV construction elements with integrated BOS. Work Package IOER: Geodata-based solar surface potential on buildings.

BMWI: Development of a prefabricated Standard-BIPV façade for selected building categories in Germany for energy-relevant renovation and on-site supply of renewable energy. Work Package IOER: Market analysis for solar potential of facades of existing building stock for prefabricated building integrated photovoltaic (Grant Application and Project Management).

BMWI: Research Database Nonresidential Buildings. Work Package IOER: Survey of building characteristics and building classification through geodata analysis.

BBSR: Systematic data analysis in the field of non-residential buildings - collection and quantification of energy reduction and CO2 reduction potentials.

IÖR: GeoDS - Geographic Data Science - Case Study: Global Urban Sprawl.

IÖR: Spatial data mining.

IÖR: Compactness and efficiency of settlement structures.

IÖR: Approaches to the efficiency assessment of cities and settlement structures.

IÖR: Development of indicators on landscape diversity.


PhD scholarship of the Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg.

Ruth and Erich Rossmann Foundation (Faculty of Architecture, KIT)

Scientific Guest Visits


Concordia University Montreal (Canada), Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Associate Professor Dr. Jochen A. G. Jaeger (Funding: DFG).


Tianjin University (TJU, China), Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture, funded by the Ruth and Erich Rossmann Foundation.

Review Activities

Nature, Science, PLOS ONE, Int. Journal of Geographical Information Science, Neural Computing and Applications, Landscape & Urban Planning, Land Use Policy, Ecological Indicators, Cities, Building Research & Information, Sustainability, Mountain Research and Development, Buildings and Cities, Urban Ecosystems, Energy and Buildings.