Sustainable municipal Development in structural Change

Perspectives for a sustainable development of the lignite mining regions in structural change (11/2019 - 02/2022)


The lignite mining regions in Germany are facing a (renewed) structural change, not triggered by dwindling deposits or economic or technical conditions, but by a normative political decision to protect the climate and thus humanity from catastrophic effects of unchecked global warming. This deliberate political intervention results in a special obligation of the state to support the lignite regions.

Structural change in the coal regions is currently an important but certainly only a first example of a transformation that is advanced by climate policy. The commitment of the Paris Climate Agreement means that far-reaching changes are unavoidable in many other sectors and regions.

Research Project

Against this background, structural policy, and in particular structural funding/promotion, is faced with new requirements and demands in terms of its impact and design. How can municipal development be successfully promoted in such a way that the goals of Agenda 2030 are addressed? How can conflicts of aims be resolved? What connections exist between structural policy and the global sustainability agenda? How can synergies between structural policy and sustainable development be made accessable in a targeted manner?

The project analyses past structural change processes and corresponding funding programmes as well as best practice examples of the present. Furthermore, the actors involved in structural change processes, both then and now, will be examined and their relationships and interactions analysed. Based on the results, recommendations for the municipalities affected by structural change will be generated, and further verified and developed with the actors in the relevant regions.

Project Funding

The project is funded by the Umweltbundesamt(UBA).

Contact at TRAWOS

Project Lead

Foto: Prof. Dr. phil. habil. Raj Kollmorgen
Prof. Dr. phil. habil.
Raj Kollmorgen
Fakultät Sozialwissenschaften
Campus 02826 Görlitz
Furtstraße 2
Building G I, Room 2.17
+49 3581 374-4259

Project Coordination

Foto: Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Markus Will
Dipl.-Ing. (FH)
Markus Will
Fakultät Natur- und Umweltwissenschaften
Campus 02763 Zittau
Külzufer 2
Building Z VI, Room 208
+49 3583 612-4759

Member of the Project Team

Annekathrin Kluttig
Annekathrin Kluttig
Institut für Transformation, Wohnen und soziale Raumentwicklung
Campus 02826 Görlitz
Parkstraße 2
Building G VII, Room 304
+49 3581 374-4420