Prof. Dr. Harald A. Mieg, Honorary Professor

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Fritz-Julius Grafe

NYLON Group Berlin

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Research area: Finance, Water and the City

Dr. Heike Oevermann

Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

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Vita und Veröffentlichungen

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2017/18: Studienprojekt zu Financialisation / Urban Industrial Heritage (HU, Master)

Prof. Mieg holds a course on social research methods every spring semester at ETH Zurich


Planning - an integrated view

Reference work: Mieg, H. A., & Grafe, F.-J. (2012). City development under the constraints of complexity and urban governance: A case study on the application of systems modelling and "syntegration" to the city of Fürth. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 6 (1), 91-100.

This paper presents insights from the so-called syntegration process, which helped the German city of Fürth to overcome severe financial deficit. The approach comprises both systems modelling, in order to grasp the developmental prospects of a city, and an accelerated process of consensus-building within the city, which is closely connected to implementation. Syntegration is viewed within the context of urban governance. The findings suggest that leadership is indispensable in initiating and controlling such an urban change process.

UNESCO-World Heritage Management and Urban Development: Transformation of Industrial Sites (2017-2018)

The integration of concerns of conserving a listed heritage site with urban development planning is one main task of heritage management. The DFG knowledge-transfer project applies findings about joint cultural heritage conservation and urban development planning within the heritage management of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Industrial Complex Zollverein, Germany. The knowledge-transfer project supports the definition and documentation of an exemplary industrial heritage management, which is not worked out so far. Since the IBA Emscher Park (1989-1999) Zollverein has been holding a pioneer role in setting standards for industrial heritage management from a national and international point of view.

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Digital commons and urban sustainability transitions

This PhD research aims to understand logics of collective action in the self-organized production and management of online data (using the IAD framework). The research focuses on grassroots online platforms (mainly using maps) that foster urban practices such as community gardening, tools sharing, fruit picking. Doing so it borrows concepts from the sustainability transitions literature. In addition to traditional qualitative research methods it also uses action research.

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Sustainability and innovation in urban development

Reference work: Mieg, H. A. (2012). Sustainability and innovation in urban development: Concept and case. Sustainable Development, 20, 251-263. DOI: 10.1002/sd.471

This paper discusses commonalities between two planning-related discourses: sustainable urban development and innovation. It is argued that one common denominator between these discourses is a resource-based view of urban project management. Implementing sustainability and initiating urban innovation both can be reframed as a multilevel governance process of resource management. The paper discusses sustainable urban development and the innovation concept using Berlin-Adlershof, one of Europe's largest urban science and technology parks, as an example. A resource-based view reveals a particular governance-related resource that seems to be underestimated both by the innovation and the sustainability discourse: identity.


Social innovation in cities

Mieg, H. A., & Töpfer, K. (eds.). (2013). Institutional and social innovation for sustainable urban development. London: Earthscan.

Which new institutions do we need in order to trigger local- and global sustainable urban development? Are cities the right starting points for implementing sustainability policies? If so, what are the implications for city management? This book reflects the situation of cities in the context of global change and increasing demands for sustainable development.

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Metropolen: Begriff und Wandel

Mieg, H. A. (2012). Metropolen: Begriff und Wandel. In J. Oberste (Hrsg.), Metropolität in der Vormoderne (S. 11-33). Regensburg: Schnell + Steiner.

Metropolen sind Referenzorte. Metropolen dienen als Bezugspunkte im Städtesystem unserer Welt, sie haben potenziell Leit- und Vorbildfunktion.

Mieg, H.A. (2010). Metropolen. In D. Henckel, K. von Kuczkowski, P. Lau, E. Pahl-Weber, F. Stellmacher (Hrsg.), Planen - Bauen - Umwelt: Ein Handbuch (S. 322-325). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Interdisziplinäre Stadtforschung

"Stadt. Ein Interdisziplinäres Handbuch", hrsg. von Harald A. Mieg und Christoph Heyl, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.

Interdisziplinarität wird oft gefordert, ist aber schwierig zu erreichen; und das Ergebnis kann in seiner Vielfalt und Uneinheitlichkeit irritierend wirken.

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Synchrone Diskursanalyse. Mieg, Harald A.; Oevermann, H. 2015. Planungsprozesse in der Stadt: Die synchrone Diskursanalyse Forschungsinstrument und Werkzeug für die planerische Praxis. Zürich: vdf. [Leseprobe]

Experteninterview. Mieg, Harald A., Näf, M. 2006. Experteninterviews: Eine Einführung und Anleitung. Lengerich: Pabst. [pdf]


GSZ: Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

Zollverein: Stiftung Zollverein

IASS Potsdam: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Malik Management: Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen

transition>>lab: Thinkfarm Berlin