Background and activities

Professor Dr.-Ing. Peter Andreas Gotsch is the Academic Programme Director at Urban Ecological Planning at NTNU’s Department of Architecture and Planning.  He has extensive experience in integrating practices of Design, Urban Planning and International Cooperation. Likewise creating synergies between research, practice and teaching is central in his career.  

Having completed more than thirty missions to more than twenty countries, Dr. Gotsch regularly serves as a senior urban expert and advisor to UN-Habitat, the World Bank, GIZ and Misereor/KZE and to multiple local and national governments. Innovative methods of participatory planning and engagement have been vital in his work. 

Dr Gotsch graduated from the RWTH Aachen (Germany) in Architecture and from the Columbia University (New York) in Urban Planning. Before joining NTNU he spent six years working as a Professor of international urbanism at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and the TU Darmstadt.  Major milestones of his research career have been the reserach projects U-CARE – Urban Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa (VW Foundation, Germany) and SHAKTI – Sustainable Holistic Approach and Know-How Tailored to India (BMBF, Germany).

Dr Gotsch's research interests comprise themes such as production of urban space by new actors and new approaches to integrated and participatory planning and public engagement. The core issues include, for example public space, urban migration, housing, urban safety. Vital methods include place-making, scenario planning. Nore generally a comparative approach to urban studies and communication from research to practice was always vital (and a standalone research interest) for him.

Dr. Gotsch also authored numerous publications and policy reports and he is a regular key-note speaker, guest lecturer and host of multiple conferences and events related planning and urbanization in the global South.      

Since many years he is a co-editor of the Trialog-Journal and a member scientific board of the Network Association of Europen Researchers on Urbanisation in the South (N-AERUS). Most recently he joined the Habitat Norge Network. 

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