Association for Urban Transition (ATU)

The CSS was established in 1969. From its beginnings, the centre carried out integrative, multi-level, and interdisciplinary research into society’s spatial organization. Individual researches were conceptualized to transcend the borders of sub-disciplinary research into urban sociology, rural sociology, planning, environmental sociology, in short, spatial and environmental development of society in general. Based on the experiences acquired through a series of international scientific research projects, the members of CSS combine their theoretical knowledge with the practical identification of good practices in the complex interplay of post-modern spatial and environmental processes.

The main activity of the Centre for Spatial Sociology (CSS) is connecting different interdisciplinary knowledge from the area of social functioning in space. The CSS — UEL team aims to connect theoretical knowledge with a study of cases to diagnose complex postmodern spatial processes. The CSS (UEL) team will especially focus on researching the “New role of University” as an independent broker, curator and catalyst of urban innovation.

Institute for Spatial Policies (IPoP)

IPOP is a non-governmental consulting and research organisation in the field of sustainable spatial and urban development. They focus on participatory processes, urban regeneration, sustainable mobility, and new spatial practices.

Their main area of practice is connecting NGOs and local initiatives, and offering them professional support, conducting research, carrying out studies, advising on project development, leading participatory processes, training for participation in spatial planning, engaging in policy making and striving for better legislation with an impact on spatial development, disseminating information about sustainable spatial and urban development and reacting to relevant issues.

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