Ds C03587 2

Prof. Florian Koch

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

Die Stadtentwicklung steht vor vielfältigen Herausforderungen wie dem Klimawandel, der Digitalisierung, sozialen Ungleichheiten und Raumkonkurrenzen. Um diesen gerecht zu werden, sind transdisziplinäre und partizipative Methoden erforderlich. Nur durch die Zusammenführung unterschiedlicher Fachrichtungen und die aktive Einbindung aller relevanten Stakeholder können wir ein tieferes Verständnis für diese komplexen Themen entwickeln und adäquate Lösungsansätze erarbeiten.

  • Current Position: Professor of Real Estate Management with a focus on Urban Development and Smart Cities, HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin
  • since 2021: Spokesperson of the HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin research cluster "Sustainable Smart Cities"
  • 2022: Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Urban Laboratory, UCL London, UK on 
  • 2015 - 2018:  Manager of the Integrated Project "Urban Transformations: Sustainable Urban Development in terms of Resource Efficiency, Quality of Life and Resilience" at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH Leipzig, Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
  • 2011 - 2015: Long-term lecturer of the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service, and Professor of European Studies and Regional Development at the Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, Director of the Instituto de Estudios Europeos, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia and DAAD representative on the Colombian Caribbean coast
  • 2009 - 2010: Research fellow at the Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt 
  • 2006 - 2009: Doctoral candidate and Dissertation on "The European City in Transformation. Urban planning and urban development policy in post-socialist Warsaw" in the doctoral programme "New Urban Governance" at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin (scholarship holder of the Heinrich Böll Foundation).
Mitgliedschaften (maximal 5)
  • since 2023: Member of the Climate Advisory Board of Berlin-Lichtenberg
  • since 2022: Appointed member of the working group "Use of Artificial Intelligence in Spatial Development" of the ARL Academy for Spatial Development in the Leibniz Association
  • since 2021: Member of the Expert Council of the Climate Community.digital project funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Projekte (maximal 5)
  • 2020-2024: Synergy of educational, scientific, management and industrial components for climate management and climate change prevention (CLIMAN), funded by the European Commission
  • 2022-2023: SDG indicators, dashboard and online visualisation for municipal sustainability strategies (SDG-DashKon), funded by BMZ Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
  • 2021-2023: SpreeX. Real-world laboratory for energy and space efficiency, funded by Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme 2030
  • 2021-2022: Enhancing Diversity, Inclusion and Social Cohesion through Practices of Sharing in Housing and Public Space (ProSHARE), funded by JPI Urban Europe
  • 2022: Practical localization of SDGs at the level of SDS of Bereza and Klichev districts, Belarus (SDGs at district level), funded by GIZ
Publikationen (maximal 5)
  • Chen, Chih-Yu; Koch, Florian; Reicher, Christa (2023): Developing a two-level machine-learning approach for classifying urban form for an East Asian mega-city. In: Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, DOI: 10.1177/23998083231204606
  • Koch, Florian; Beyer, Sarah; Chen, Chih-Yu (2023): Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals in cities: Potentials and pitfalls of using smart city data . In: GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society Volume 32, 1., S. 47-53.
  • DIN e.V./Smart City Standards Forum (2023): Digital systems for climate-neutral municipalities, DIN e.V. Berlin
  • Koch, Florian (2023): Google Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) and the risks of standardizing urban sustainability. In: Google, a major stakeholder in local governance?. Hg. von Sciences Po’s Digital Cities Chair. Paris: 2023, S. 1-2.
  • Koch, Florian (2022): Review of Bulkeley, Castán Broto, Edwards (2015): An Urban Politics of Climate Change. Experimentation and the Governing of Socio-Technical Transitions. In: Key works of social science climate research. Eds. Youssef Ibrahim / Simone Rödder. Bielefeld: Transcript 2022 S. 57-62.
  • Petrescu, Doina; Cermeño, Helena; Keller, Carsten; Moujan, Carola; Belfield, Andrew; Koch, Florian; Goff, Denise; Schalk, Meike; Bernhardt, Floris (2022): Sharing and Space‐Commoning Knowledge Through Urban Living Labs Across Different European Cities. In: Urban Planning 7, 3. (2022), S. 1-20.
  • Koch, F./Krellenberg, K. (2021). Sustainable urban development. The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the municipal level. Springer, Wiesbaden. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-3-658-33927-2.pdf
  • Krellenberg, K.; Koch, F. (2021): Conceptualizing Interactions between SDGs and Urban Sustainability Transformations in Covid-19 Times. In: Politics and Governance (ISSN: 2183-2463), 2021, Volume 9, Issue 1, DOI: 10.17645/pag.v9i1.3607
  • Krellenberg, K.; Koch, F. (2021): How to support German cities in implementing the SDGs: learning from and about co-design. In: Global Sustainability, S. 1-9, 2021, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/sus.2021.16 
  • Koch, Florian (2020): Cities as transnational climate change actors: applying a Global South perspective. In: Third World Quartely. https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2020.1789964
  • Koch, F.; Schlink, U.; Bilke, L.; Helbig, C. (2019): Simulations for the evaluation of microclimate effects of urban construction projects using the example of a brownfield site in Leipzig. In gis.Business 5/2019, S. 34-35
  • David, M.; Koch, F. (2019) “Smart Is Not Smart Enough!” Anticipating Critical Raw Material Use in Smart City Concepts: The Example of Smart Grids. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4422.  
  • Koch, Florian; Krellenberg, Kerstin; Reuter, Klaus; Libbe, Jens; Schleicher, Katharina; Krumme, Klaus Schubert, Susanne; Kern, Kristine (2019) How can the Sustainable Development Goals be implemented? Challenges for cities in Germany and the role of urban planning, disP - The Planning Review, 55:4, 14-27, DOI: 10.1080/02513625.2019.1708063 
  • Koch, F., (2018): Mainstreaming adaptation: a content analysis of political agendas in Colombian cities. Clim. Dev. 10 (2), 179 – 192. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1223592.
  • Koch, F., Bilke, L., Helbig, C., Schlink, U., (2018): Compact or cool? The impact of brownfield redevelopment on inner-city micro climate. Sust. Cities Soc. 38 , 31 – 41


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