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Sustainable Development of Urban Regions – SURE

The BMBF funding priority »SURE« is application-oriented research. Project teams from science, civil society, business, politics and administration work together to develop practical solutions for more sustainable and resilient cities and regions in Southeast Asia and China.

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Sustainable Urban Regions

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Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Energy and resource-efficient building
  • Integrated urban neighbourhood development
  • Promotion of urban quality of life
  • Urban greening and urban climate
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable lifestyles


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Energy efficient society
  • Sustainable utilisation concepts for historic wooden houses
  • Increase of indoor comfort
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Sustainable supply and waste infrastructure
  • Social and environmentally sustainable technologies
  • Conceptual and technical synergies
  • Resource-efficiency
  • Urban-regional cooperation
  • Sustainable urban-rural development
  • Implementation processes


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Earth observation, mapping and analysis of nature and infrastructure
  • Modelling and scenario development of flood events
  • Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • »FRAME« information system for risk-informed planning
  • Adaptive and sustainable urban development


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • Modelling of nature-based solutions and blue-green infrastructure
  • Participation, co-learning and co-creation
  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Heat adaptation and air quality improvement
  • Improving the urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strategic planning of »green infrastructure«
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Climate protection and adaptation
  • Knowledge transfer into planning practice


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Integrated urban development and sustainable neighbourhoods
  • Urban quality of life
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable living
  • Strategic risk reduction of informal settlements
  • Improving socio-economic vulnerability
  • Participatory urban development
  • Transferability of resilient urban planning


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Integrative, sustainable risk management
  • Concepts of multiple risk prevention
  • Culturally adapted risk prevention
  • Protection of personal documents
  • Securing of critical infrastructure
  • »Build back better« strategies


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Water-sensitive transformation of urban spaces
  • Sustainable water management
  • Efficient municipal services of general interest
  • Resilience to droughts and floods
  • Reliable drinking water and sanitation supply
  • Urban quality of life


Sustainable Urban Regions
  • Strategic planning and governance tools
  • Integrated territorial development
  • Strengthening urban-rural relations
  • Strengthening circular development
  • Urban-rural material flows, socio-spatial practices and migration
  • Urban-rural landscape typologies and ecosystem services
Sustainable Urban Regions


Participatory Involvement of Huế’s residents in the Design of Green-blue Infrastructures

Sustainable Urban Regions

Huế is a green city. With about 12.9 m² per capita the green space is comparatively high. However, green and…

Research Update 14 – Research and Planning in Sam Neua

Sustainable Urban Regions

The PolyUrbanWaters research team with members from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Germany conducted extensive research in Sam Neua with the…

Our Events

SURE at Urban Transitions 2022

SURE Facilitation & Synthesis Research Project

The SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research project will contribute to the Urban Transitions Conference 8 - 10 November in Barcelona with two paper presentations. The first will be on the topic "The use of AI in sustainable urban development research: Natural language processing (NLP) usage in urban research, a comparative analysis between different AI engines". The other presentation...

SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research Project: »Monitoring Impact, Defining References«

The 7th Synergy Workshop will start off with a key note presentation by Dr Oskar Marg, Institute for Social-Ecological Research on the topic "Social effects of transdisciplinary urban research. Findings from the accompanying research project 'SynVer*Z'".  Afterwards the SURE Facilitation & Synthesis team will introduce the participants to the SURE Reference Picture and...

SURE on Twitter

The 1st SURE Newsletter will be published in a few days & will focus on transdisciplinary learning in the context of SURE.
Subscribe now to e.g. read the interview with @philippamsee, expert in transdisciplinary didactics:

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