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The area of Security - Risk - Privacy is networked with international research and practice partners primarily via EU projects. This primarily involves the technology-supported design of inter-organisational communication (FORTRESS, ResCULT) as well as multi-criteria technology evaluation of security solutions (CRISP, VIDEOSENSE, SIAM, ASSERT). In addition to research institutions, some of which have been cooperating with for years (Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP in the United Kingdom, SiTI - Instituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l'Innovatione in Italy and the Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie in Austria), international companies such as Electricité de France, Vattenfall or Berliner Wasserbetriebe are also involved in these projects. Since 2018, the area Security, Risk, Privacy has also been active in Brazil dealing with the subject of integrative control rooms in the context of Smart City.


In recent years, Landuse and Consumption Patterns has intensified international exchange on sustainable consumption through two DAAD projects with one Egyptian and two Brazilian universities. Each of these projects involves the hosting of visiting doctoral students and professors in both countries, and in some cases co-supervising foreign doctorates. Cooperation with Austrian partners (COSIMA) has taken place in the field of "Interventions for Sustainable Consumption". There is also a frequent exchange of scientists with the University of Galway in Ireland. EU projects with foreign partners are also carried out by this research area (MAPS, iPOPY).


In the field of Climate and Energy, many networks have been built with Asian and African partners in connection with the interdisciplinary Research Training Group "Microenergy Systems". In 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the ZTG played a leading role in the organisation of the international MES conferences in Berlin, Berkley and Bangalore as well as in the organisation of international workshops and summer schools. The department is currently cooperating with the University of Oxford in the project „Energiesysteme im Wandel“ on the topic of participation in transformation processes.


The area of Social Movement - Technology - Conflicts exchanges information in this field primarily via personal networks. There are close links to similar research groups in Florence, Gothenburg, and Lausanne. This cooperation becomes visible in the form of international conferences via the Institute for Protest and Movement Research, which is an inter-university institution in which many members of the department are active. The bilingual colloquium "Politik von unten/Politics from below" is also an institutional opportunity for the numerous international researchers in the Berlin area to exchange ideas in the field of protest and social movements.

Since the megacity project "Young Cities", Mobility and Space has had a strong connection to the MENA region: Iran, Turkey and Egypt are frequent partners for research work on the interactions between settlement structure and transport (e.g. HOTEgypt, El Gouna Carbon Neutral and Climate Resilient Vision). Traffic-minimising settlement concepts are tested in these areas, implemented by pilot projects (e.g. YoungCities, NewAswan). The sector in Asia (China, Vietnam, Central Asia) is also very active in the field of sustainable mobility, with projects financed by various agencies such as the BMZ and the Volkswagen Foundation (e.g. Qian‘an, SUMRICA, Urban Rail Chongqing).

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Activities in Asia focus primarily on strategies for adapting SUMP concepts to planning and educational systems, flexible concepts of public transport in connection with paratransit services, and the development of rapid planning approaches in view of the highly dynamic urban development processes in these emerging countries. Other important areas of research include multimodality, optimisation of mobility management and information systems, and commercial transport. Projects addressing these topics are carried out with international partners in EU projects, e.g. Climate-KIC, Horizon 2020 or Interg (e.g. Interreg Baltic Sea Region Project Cities.Multimodal, EU Project DORA). Other research foci in the international research cooperation from Great Britain, Spain, the Netherlands and Cyprus is on electromobility, sector coupling in smart networks and autonomous driving (e.g. EnergyAtlas, Smart Mobile Energy, Neighbourhood Demonstrator).

In this research area, international guest researchers regularly complete doctoral theses. The research on sustainable mobility is accompanied by international courses, e.g. on the El Gouna campus in Egypt; the cooperative introduction of study courses, e.g. on urban development and transport planning with the University of Buenos Aires or by the supervision of master theses as part of international study courses (Urban Management, Sustainable Mobility Management).

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