Prof. Dr. Harald A. Mieg, Honorary Professor

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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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Winter 2015/16: Studienprojekt zum Innovationssystem in Berlin (HU, Master)

Prof. Mieg is directing a project for the implementation of Undergraduate Research at Fachhochschule Potsdam

Und Berlin?

2011: Berlin ist Metropole, keine Global City [pdf]

2006: Berlin fehlt der Unternehmergeist [link]


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.

Discourse analysis for urban cultural heritage

Reference work: Oevermann, H., Mieg, H.A. (Eds.) (2015) Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation. Clash of Discourses. New York, London: Routledge

The management of industrial heritage sites requires rethinking in the context of urban change, and the issue of how to balance protection, conservation, and development becomes all the more crucial as industrial heritage sites grow in number.

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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.

Read more about this research here.

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. Rom galt über viele Zeitenhinweg als die Referenzstadt schlechthin. Für andere Städte wie Paris oder London war Rom der Maßstab für Stadtentwicklung. Paris wiederum gilt als Metropole par excellance des 19. Jahrhunderts, New York als Metropole des 20. Jahrhunderts. New York trägt im Namen den Bezug auf die englische Stadt York, wobei der Bezug im Namen mehrfach wechselte und New York bereits Neu Amsterdam geheißen hatte. Hier zeigt sich eine wichtige weitere koloniale Referenz... Der ganze Artikel als [pdf]

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.

Translated Version: The Metropolis - an Introduction [pdf]

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

TU Berlin: Prof. Johannes Cramer, Bau- und Stadtbaugeschichte

IASS Potsdam: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

Malik Management: Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen

transition>>lab: Thinkfarm Berlin