Landscape Planning and Development

Suggested topics for Bachelor and Master theses

Below you will find some suggestions for thesis topics based on the research content and objectives of our research group.

Sufficiency and socio-ecological transformation

  • What points of contact for sufficiency do existing nature conservation instruments offer? (e.g. environmental assessments etc.)
    To what extent do existing nature conservation instruments enable the promotion of sufficiency, or how could they promote sufficiency?
  • Importance of sufficiency with regard to neo-colonialism, biodiversity loss and climate change.
  • Sufficiency as a (partial) strategy to overcome the externalisation of environmental damage.
  • What contribution can landscape planning (or other relevant nature conservation instruments) make to socio-ecological transformation?
  • To what extent can telecoupling effects be taken into account in landscape planning?
  • Degrowth and nature conservation: to what extent do the post-growth/degrowth debate/literature also address or consider nature conservation/biodiversity concerns? What intersections, synergies, trade-offs would there be?
  • Conservation and degrowth: To what extent do conservation actors (associations, protected area administrations, conservation academies) take up the post-growth/degrowth debate in the context of conservation/biodiversity issues? With what background, to what end? What intersections, synergies, trade-offs would there be?
  • Degrowth and sufficiency: to what extent do post-growth/degrowth debate/literature also address sufficiency issues. How are they referred to? Are there intersections, synergies, trade-offs?

Landscape planning and nature conservation in general

  • Development of a landscape planning adaptation strategy to deal with climate change impacts in the district of Gütersloh - Development of strategies and measures for different land use types
  • Climate change in landscape framework planning: update of a study conducted 8 years ago as part of a final thesis that qualitatively analyzed the treatment of climate change in landscape framework planning, e.g., examining LRP that have been amended since then to see how they did it and what has changed since then.
  • Examination of the implementation of municipal climate adaptation plans
  • Consistency of landscape planning objectives: Are the landscape planning objectives reflected in the plans at the underlying landscape planning level? (e.g. objectives of the landscape programme in the LRP etc.; only meaningful if plans were prepared consecutively).
  • Landscape as an object of reflection: Can landscapes and their changes be used to effectively educate people about the effects of social lifestyles or individual lifestyles (consumption patterns etc.)?