Research Training Groups

Structured doctoral programmes

Doctoral candidates do their studies within the context of a structured doctoral programme, mostly in a group with other early career researchers.

Research Training Groups at the Department of History and Social Sciences

  • In the RTG, funded by the German Research Council (DFG; since October 2016 and for an initial four and a half years), historians, infrastructure and spatial planners, engineers, philosophers, political scientists, architects and computer scientists collaborate. The chairs of the RTG are the historian Jens Ivo Engels and the planning scientist Jochen Monstadt. The RTG analyzes critical infrastructures in cities—the networked systems that supply urban conglomerations with energy, water, communication facilities, and transportation services, and which treat and dispose of waste- and storm water. Those infrastructures have become the backbone of modern cities, and their failure can trigger dramatic crises. In recent years, the growing vulnerability that seems to accompany the increased dependency on infrastructural networks has been a controversial topic. That controversy is due not only to multiple external threats such as natural disasters, terrorist and cyber attacks, but also to the growing complexity and increasing interdependencies of infrastructure systems. Further Information

The Research Training Group 1343 “Topology of Technology” is financed by the German Research Council (DFG). The main focus of the group is the tension between technology and space. The research programme focuses – beyond direct technological impacts – on the situatedness of technologies, on their social potential to transform and create space.

Research Training Group for Humanities and Social Sciences

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