German-Baltic exchange of knowledge and experience on urban shrinkage through practical research: example of Riga neighbourhoods

Duration of the project

20.01.2014. - 28.11.2014.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

University of Latvia
Technical University Dresden
University of Tartu

Aim of the project

To unite researchers from Germany, Latvia and Estonia in joint research project on urban shrinkage (case study of Riga neighbourhoods) and to create a platform for further scientific and academic cooperation on this topic between Baltic states and Germany.

Main activities of the project

  1. Research on urban shrinkage in Riga, preparation of a scientific publication (in Riga, Latvia)
  2. Guest lecturers of German and Estonian professors in Latvia (in Riga, Latvia)
  3. Discussion on processes of urban shrinkage and their research in Urban Institute Riga (in Riga, Latvia)
  4. Workshop for German, Latvian and Estonian students on urban shrinkage and demographic change (in Riga, Latvia)
  5. Preparation of lecture materials on urban shrinkage for use in Latvian and Estonian universities (in Riga, Latvia)
  6. Presentation of project research to researchers and decision makers in seminar of Urban Institute Riga (in Riga, Lat-via)
  7. Presentation of project’s scientific research in Baltic and German scientific conferences (in Latvia, Estonia, Germany)

Target group and number of persons involved

Researchers of and lecturers on urban development and shrinkage (Germany, Latvia, Estonia) – 10-12 people

Students of the University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Dresden Technical University, University of Tartu and ERASMUS students in Latvia participating in students’ workshop – 25 people

Students of Environmental science, Geography, Spa-tial planning and Urban planning (Latvia) – 40 people

Riga development planners (representatives of Riga City Council) – 10 people