Background and activities

Professor Dr.-Ing. Peter Andreas Gotsch is Professor for Sustainable Urban Development in the Global South and the Academic Programme Director at Urban Ecological Planning at NTNU’s Department of Architecture and Planning.  He has extensive experience in integrating Urban Planning, Design and International Cooperation. Likewise, creating synergies through linking research, practice and teaching is central for his work.  His research focus is interdiscuplinary, international and comparative. The use of innovative methods of participatory planning and engagement has been vital in his work. 

Prof. Gotsch has 19 years of teaching experience and he supervised numerous Masters and PhD students. He authored numerous publications,  policy reports and evaluations and he was a regular key-note speaker, guest lecturer and host of multiple conferences and events related to planning and urbanization in the global South.  Not least, regularly served as a senior urban expert and advisor to UN-Habitat, the World Bank, GIZ and Misereor/KZE and to multiple local and national governments as a senor urban expert and he completed more than 30 missions world-wide.  

Prof 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).

Prof 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. Some of 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.

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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