Research Area – University of Copenhagen

Research area

The the research group Transformation of Cities and Landscapes - Geoinformatics will in the coming years strengthen and consolidate its research into, including examples of key research questions:

Urban and regional development
This research analyse the socio-economic processes that are currently shaping the uneven geography within and between cities and regions using register based micro data combined with qualitative studies. What are the key processes of the uneven economic geography of Denmark?  What are the effects of human capital on urban and regional development? What are the spatial consequences of industrial location and economic restructuring?

Contemporary and historic changes in the land system
This research focuses on main drivers of land use change at local to global scale, including the importance of individual interests, social values and political and economic structures. How do these changes impact on landscape structure and ecosystem services? What are the main current land use changes in different regions in Denmark including agricultural restructuring (eg. peri-urban, remote and touristic areas)?

Application and development of geoinformatic methods
How can geoinformatics be applied for spatial planning? What information on urban sprawl can be derived from high-resolution satellite data? How can spatial computer simulations of human decision making improve society’s understanding of current land system patterns and responses to future planning?

Policy analysis and governance regimes
This research will focus on differences in governance regimes and transposition processes of policies across countries and policy themes. Why are EU policies implemented differently in various national contexts and with which implications for water and nature management? Which implications do discourses and governance traditions have on possibilities for collaboration amongst stakeholders?