German BMBF Funding Activity Urban-Rural – Stadt-Land-Plus
Urban and rural areas are dependent upon each other. The development of urban, peri-urban and rural areas is functionally intertwined – food, building material and waste cycles are some examples of critical material flows. Further, connections are established between housing markets, transport, culture, (local) recreation or tourism.
22 interdisciplinary and collaborative projects grouped in different project clusters are pursuing an integrated research-practice approach, supported through funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funding activity Stadt-Land-Plus. The projects are supported by a cross-sectional scientific synthesis project with the purpose of supporting the networking, transfer and processing of project-overarching cross-sectional topics.
Practice partners and research institutions collaboratively develop innovative solutions for the shared sustainable development of urban, peri-urban and rural areas. This includes aspects such as the forming of a sustainable regional circular economy or the improving of shared information and data-foundations to support decision-making of actors involved in moving towards regionally sustainable land management.
These interdependencies are fundamental for sustainable development and thus for the future viability of our regions. In this context it is important to address the growing gap between the living environments of urban and rural areas. The demand for the resource land is intensifying in flourishing regions. Shrinking regions face a growing inequality of living conditions. Urban and rural cannot be understood as separate but instead as a holistic system.
The projects in Stadt-Land-Plus are grouped here in 5 thematic clusters. Click the project's short name for further information.