Successfully started: 10th cohort of the DLGS

The tenth cohort of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) started at the beginning of March. The fellows of the international graduate school will spend three years researching various issues in the field of sustainable urban development. The application period for cohort number 11 starts in May.


Reception of the new fellows of the DLGS at IOER. Tieza Mica Santos (2nd from left) and Riyan Hebeeb (2nd from right) are participants of cohort no. 10. (Photo: A. Pohl/IOER-Media)

As different as the two new candidates of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School are - their work is all oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goal 11 of the United Nations (SDG) "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable", and their research projects are part of IOER’s lines of research. Against this common background, the fellows are investigating questions of sustainable urban development, which are of central importance especially for urban areas in Southeast Asia and other dynamically growing regions.

The candidates of the DLGS-cohort 2020 at a glance:

Riyan Habeeb graduated with a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Building Construction. Afterwards, he completed a master’s degree in Urban and Rural Planning at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, Uttarakhand. For the past three years he has been working on the topic of urban water security. In the face of increasing urban water crises, Riyan's PhD at DLGS is focusing on the topic "Strategic Planning of Urban Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Urban Water Management in the Sub-tropical Regions of India". At the IOER he is supervised by Professor Wolfgang Wende, head of research area “Landscape Change and Management”, and Professor Regine Ortlepp, head of research area “Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional Development”.

Tieza Mica Santos completed both her Bachelor's Degree in European Studies and her first Master's Degree in Political Science - Global Politics at the Ateneo de Manila University in her home country, the Republic of the Philippines. In Budapest, Hungary she graduated with a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy. Most recently, she was an International Climate Protection Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn. In her doctoral thesis she will focus on the question of how a nexus approach to integrated governance and strategies in the water, energy, and food socio-technical systems in the context of urban-rural interface can support and facilitate inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development transition for cities and vulnerable communities. She pays particular attention to growing and changing urban centers, particularly second-tier cities in Southeast Asia. Tieza Mica Santos is supervised by the director of IOER, Professor Marc Wolfram.

Next application period starts in May

The Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) is a joint interdisciplinary facility of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). Fellows of this international graduate school are supervised by professors from various disciplines, some of whom are working in parallel in leading positions or as senior researchers at the IOER.

Following an overall concern for producing knowledge to enhance spatial sustainability transformations, each call for applications focuses on one particular topic. Currently, the topic for the 11th cohort, starting graduate studies in March 2021, is being developed. The call for applications will be published in May 2020.