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Ludger Basten

Title/Position: Prof. Dr.
Department/Faculty/Institution:
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Education and Sociology, Technical University Dortmund, Germany
Degree(s)/School(s):
Geography “Diplom” (MA equivalent)/Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; Ph. D. (Geography)/Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany; “Habilitation” (Geography)/Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
E-mail: ludger.basten@tu-dortmund.de

MCRI Projects: B4: Boundaries; C3: Europe Research Cluster.

Background: As a broadly trained geographer specializing in the diverse and rather open field of urban geography, Basten’s research interests cover a variety of aspects and processes of urban and metropolitan development. Firstly, he is interested in the way in which current development (and restructuring) processes at the urban and city-regional scale can be and are influenced by planning, government regulation or systems of governance – and what role space and spatial configurations play in shaping them. Secondly, though in no way exclusively, he is particularly interested in suburbia and processes of suburbanization as an almost universal process of urban development, even if scale, historic pathways, physical form and cultural meaning differ markedly between cities, regions, countries. Basten views suburbia or post-suburbia as highly complex, heterogeneous and fluid urban environments where design, governance and processes of spatial differentiation take on a special dimension and meaning.

Research Interests: urban and metropolitan development; planning and governance; suburbia; the materiality and design of urban environments.

Selected Publications:

Basten, Ludger 2011: Stuttgart: A Metropolitan City-region in the Making? International Planning Studies 16, 3, pp. 273-287.

Basten, Ludger (ed.) 2011: Zwischen Basel, Bochum und Toronto. Einblicke in die Geographie postindustrieller Stadtentwicklungen. (= Stadtzukünfte 11) Berlin: LIT-Verlag

Basten, Ludger 2011: Stadt – Raum – Planung. Zur Geographie spätmoderner Städte und Stadtregionen. In: Basten, Ludger (ed.): Zwischen Basel, Bochum und Toronto. Einblicke in die Geographie postindustrieller Stadtentwicklungen. (= Stadtzukünfte 11) Berlin: LITVerlag, pp. 9-24.

Basten, Ludger & Utku, Yasemin 2011: Laboratorium des Strukturwandels. Das „alte“ Industrierevier und neue regionale Kompetenzen im Ruhrgebiet. In: Reicher, Christa; Kunzmann, Klaus R.; Polívka, Jan; Roost, Frank; Utku, Yasemin; Wegener, Michael (eds.): Schichten einer Region. Kartenstücke zur räumlichen Struktur des Ruhrgebiets. Berlin: Jovis, pp. 159-181.

Basten, Ludger 2011: Aesthetics and design: perceptions in the postmodern periphery. In: Schmid, Heiko; Sahr, Wolf-Dietrich; Urry, John (eds.): Cities and fascination. Beyond the surplus of meaning. (= Re-materialising cultural geography) Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 75-91.

Basten, Ludger 2009: Überlegungen zur Ästhetik städtischer Alltagsarchitektur. Geographische Rundschau 61, 7/8, pp. 4-9

Basten, Ludger (ed.) 2009: Metropolregionen – Restrukturierung und Governance. Deutsche und internationale Fallstudien. (= Metropolis und Region 3) Dortmund: Rohn

Basten, Ludger 2009: Metropolen am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts – eine Einleitung. In: Basten, Ludger (ed.): Metropolregionen – Restrukturierung und Governance. Deutsche und internationale Fallstudien. (= Metropolis und Region 3) Dortmund: Rohn, pp. 7-20

Basten, Ludger 2008: Recent Trends of Urban and Metropolitan Governance in Canada. Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 28, 2, pp. 124-138

Basten, Ludger & Gerhard, Ulrike 2008: Quo vadis Toronto? Innenstadtumbau, Suburbanisierung und die Suche nach regionaler Steuerung. In: Geographische Rundschau 60, 2, pp. 20-28

Basten, Ludger; Danielzyk, Rainer; Lobeck, Michael & Wiegandt, Claus-C. 2007: Stadtregionale Kooperationen – neue Steuerungsansätze im Vergleich. Berichte zur deutschen Landeskunde 81, 4, pp. 297-312

Basten, Ludger 2006: Gestaltung in der städtischen Peripherie. Berichte zur deutschen Landeskunde 80, 4, pp. 453-470

Basten, Ludger 2005: Postmoderner Urbanismus. Gestaltung in der städtischen Peripherie. (= Stadtzukünfte 1) Münster: LIT

Basten, Ludger 2004: Perceptions of Urban Space in the Periphery: Potsdam’s Kirchsteigfeld. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 95, 1, pp. 89-99