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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Knippschild

Head of the IZS
Professor at IHI Zittau

Phone (Dresden): +49 351 4679 216
Phone (Görlitz): +49 3581 7924791

Research interests

  • Strategies and instruments for sustainable urban development
  • Border cities
  • Quality of life in cities and regions
  • Inter-municipal and cross-border cooperation, urban and regional governance

Professional experience

Since July 2016

Head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation (IZS) in Görlitz and professor at the International Institute (IHI) Zittau, Central Academic Unit of TU Dresden


Senior researcher at the IOER, Department Strategic Issues and Perspectives


Interim professor for Spatial Planning at Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences


Visiting professor and interim professor at Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning


Freelance consultant for European Urban and Regional Development


Researcher at the IOER


Lecturer at Technische Universität Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences


Lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz, Faculty of Architecture


Academic training


Technische Universität Dortmund, doctorate, Dr.-Ing. Spatial Planning

1994 – 2001

Technische Universität Dortmund, diploma degree, Spatial Planning
John-Moores University Liverpool
University of Warsaw

Memberships and reviewer activities

  • External reviewer for BMBF/PTJ
  • External reviewer for DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)
  • External reviewer for Robert Bosch Stiftung (funding area: science)
  • External reviewer for the European Commission (HORIZON 2020)
  • External reviewer for Slovenian Research Agency - ARRS
  • Member of the Graduate Academy of Technische Universität Dresden
  • Member of the Leibniz Academy of Spatial Research and Planning – ARL (Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Sachsen/Sachsen-Anhalt/Thüringen)
  • Peer reviewer for various scientific journals (disP – The Planning Review, European Planning Studies, Journal of Borderland Studies, Raumforschung und Raumordnung, Regional Studies


Module Ecological and Revitalizing Urban Transformation (Master course Spatial Development and Natural Resources, UWMRN 2.6)

Peer-reviewed articles in journals and anthologies 2011-2015

  • Pyschny, Andreas / Wilde, Erik / Knippschild, Robert (2012): Auf dem Weg zur Stadtregion? Einordnung des Fallbeispiels der interkommunalen Gewerbeflächenentwicklung in der Region Halle/Leipzig in die Debatte um Regional Governance. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung 6/2012, p. 531-544.
  • Knippschild, Robert / Wiechmann, Thorsten (2012): Supraregional Partnerships in Large Cross-Border Areas – Towards a new category of space in Europe? In: Planning Practice and Research, Vol. 27, No. 3., p. 297-314.
  • Knippschild, Robert (2011): With 'Regional Territorial Agendas' towards territorial cohesion? The emergence of supra-regional coalitions in Europe and their future role in Cohesion Policy. In: Studies in Agricultural Economics, volume 113, number 2., p. 133-137.
  • Knippschild, Robert (2011): Cross-border Spatial Planning: Understanding, Designing and Managing Cooperation Processes in the German-Polish-Czech Borderland. In: European Planning Studies 19(04), p. 629-645.