New publication "Towards Urban-Rural Partnerships in Poland" available


Read the implementation plans which specify how each ‘region’ participating in the cooperation will work to integrate the lessons learnt from the project into its local / regional or if relevant national policies. ...more ›

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Lead Partner

HafenCity University Hamburg
Urban Planning and Regional Development
Prof. Dr. Jörg Knieling
Andreas Obersteg
Marta Jacuniak-Suda


Project management

REM • Consult
Mareike Korb




HafenCity University Hamburg (Lead Partner)

HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) was established in 2006. The HCU’s academic focuses are Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics. As a laboratory for the future of metropolises, the Department of Urban Planning and Regional Development contributes to various research projects. Being Lead Partner, the HCU is responsible for the overall handling of the project.


Prof. Dr. Jörg Knieling
Phone +49(0)40 / 428 27 4515

Marta Jacuniak-Suda
Phone +49(0)40 / 428 27 4596

Andreas Obersteg
Phone +49(0)40 / 428 27 4562


State Ministry of Urban Development and Environment, Free and Hanseatic City Hamburg

Actively involved in the field of sustainable spatial planning, the State Ministry of Urban Development and Environment Hamburg (BSU) copes with the question of land use planning in the urban interest of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Currently, the BSU is involved in a number of national coordinating committees on territorial development as well as in EU-projects dealing with spatial matters.


Guido Sempell

Petra Pelster



Tuscany Region

Known for its rural landscapes which represent more than 90% of its entire area and the agriculture as being its main economic activity, Tuscany prizes the preservation of its natural features. Alongside, cities like Florence and Sienna considered as World Heritage Sites have become major places for tourism which puts the question of territorial cohesion on the region’s agenda. www.regione.toskana.it


Alessandro Marioni


Lombardy Region

As the most populated and industrialized Italian region, Lombardy is characterized by a very dense urban network around the city of Milan. Land matters are added to urban ones as Lombardy is crossed by the Po valley highly fertile and being at the core of a prosperous agricultural sector. During the project, the emphasis is on the EXPO 2015 which will take place in the metropolitan area of Milan.


Marco Cassin

Marta Brocca



Institute of Urban Development Krakow

Institute of Urban Development Krakow

The scientific and research Institute of Urban Development Krakow (IRM) already has had several achievements in the areas of research and practical application of research results obtained e.g. in spatial planning, land management, municipal and housing economies, building and real-estate management. The IRM focuses its work on spatial development policy of Malopolska Region. In doing so, it cooperates with several Polish universities, scientific institutes and individual experts.


Karol Janas


Westpomeranian Voivodeship

Westpomeranian Voivodeship

The Westpomeranian Voivodeship (1,7 Mio. inhabitants) is one of 16 voivodeships in Poland. Main motors for development in the region is maritime economy and tourism in the coastal zone. Prime engines of growth in maritime economy sector are ports in Szczecin and Świnoujście (with primary importance for national economy) and sea shipping, together with science&research facilities with world-class R&D achievements in innovation in seas and oceans. In the Westpomeranian Voivodeship there are also great challenges for urban-rural partnerships in respect of protected areas sharing the space with main cross-border transport corridors and with the Szczecin Metropolitan Area. As project partner, the Westpomeranian Voivodeship, represented by Regional Office for Spatial Planning of Westpomeranian Voivodeship, also elaborates functional and spatial model structures for rural areas surrounding main cities.


Ewa Balanicka



Municipality of Borne

The Twente region is known for its scenic countryside and relies mostly on agriculture as its main economic activity. Surrounded by rural landscapes, the small city of Borne attracts many tourists every year. The municipality has founded the “Groene Kennispoort Twente” a cooperation of regional governmental bodies, universities and research institutes, regional entrepreneurs and NGOs.


Martin Verbeek


Municipality of Enschede

Being the main city in the Twente region, Enschede has grown to a technology valley with strong partnerships between the university and high-tech industries. Today, economic growth and urban expansion are important focuses. Simultaneously, the city’s surrounding landscape and green quality are also a factor of attractiveness. Therefore, one of Enschede’s challenges is to find new ways to link urban with rural. Its involvement in The Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF) project has already been one step made towards an improved territorial cohesion. Enschede is also involved in the “Groene Kennispoort Twente”.


Rolf Oldejans



Pleven Regional Administration

The district of Pleven is located in the central Danubian Plain and therefore, highly agricultural. As part of the North West Bulgarian region presenting more economic difficulties than the rest of the country, Pleven Regional Administration intends to exploit its territorial assets to strengthen its cities’ economic expansion and foster urban-rural partnerships.


Pleven Regional Administration




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