Manuel Wolff


Manuel Wolff
Scientific collaborator

Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1739
Manuel Wolff

Manuel Wolff

Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Sustainable urban development, resource efficiency and quality of life (local land use changes and land consumption, density changes, impacts on Ecosystem Services)
  • Urban and regional development (growth and shrinkage, spatial forms of organisation, local migration regimes, core-hinterland relations, European urban database and data analysis)
  • European Spatial Development Policy (Spatial observations of structures, trends and current challenges; territorial cohesion and competitiveness)
  • Development of indicator concepts (demographic regimes, labor market, social diversification), GIS-based statistical analysis of spatial structures and trends, delineation of spatial units

Curriculum Vitae

since 01/2017

scientific collaborator at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Department of Geography, Lab of Landscape Ecology, Project PolyGreen (until 02/2017) and BiodivERsA project ENABLE (since 03/2017), co-lead of German case study Halle

10/2016 - 12/2016

Charles University, Faculty of Science, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Research

07/2013 - 12/2016

scientific collaborator at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ; participation in integrated project „Urban Transformation“

07/2011 - 10/2013

scientific collaborator at Chair of Economic and Social Geography, Dresden University of Technology. Research on housing market, socio-spatial differentiation and participation of citizen.

02/2008 - 09/2011

scientific collaborator at Leibniz Institute for Ecological and Regional Research Dresden (IOER), Research Area Monitoring of Settlement and Open Space Development. Small scaled analysis of settlement evolution and land consumption.

04/2010 - 07/2010

research stay at Centre de recherche sur les Réseaux, l'Industrie et l'Aménagement, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. Leonardo-Programm. Leonardo-Programme.

10/2004 - 03/2011

studies at the Dresden University of Technology geography, urban/regional planning and traffic engineering. Specialization in geo information systems and urban/regional planning.

Professional affiliations

  • Project-Member und Webmaster, COST Action TU0803: „CIRES – Cities Regrowing Smaller“
  • PhD Academy - The Shrinking Cities International Research Network (SCiRN™)
  • Member, Young Academics der Association of European Schools of Planning
  • Member, Young Professionals’ Forum der Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung


Since 03/2017                                                                                           
ENABLE - Enabling Green and Blue Infrastructure Potential in Complex Social-Ecological Regions: A System Approach for Assessing Local Solutions (Lead: Stockholm Resilience Centre)

Since 03/2017
3S RECIPE: Smart Shrinkage Solutions - Fostering Resilient Cities in Inner Peripheries of Europe (Lead: University of Oxford, scientific board)                                                

01/2017 – 02/2017                                                
Project PolyGreen – Polycentric adaptation through spatially heterogeneous urban Green, Preparation of HORIZON 2020 Call (project RE-IMAGINE), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

09/2016 – 02/2017
Patterns of vacancies in Germany – Creating a knowledge base for successful regeneration strategies in cities and municipalities, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).   

08/2016 – 09/2016
WAHYKLAS - Forest hygienic adaptation strategies for the increasing potential of harmful organisms in vulnerable regions taking into account climate change and increasing restrictions
(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Global Change and Natural Systems Department, Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities)

07/2016 – 09/2016                                                                                                    
DIVERCITIES - Governing Urban Diversity: Creating Social Cohesion, Social Mobility and Economic Performance in Today's Hyper-diversified Cities                                               

11/2014 – 01/2016                                    
Trajectoires Démographiques des Villes Européennes (TraDeVE), 1950-2010
Lead Partner: Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, UMR Géographie-cités

07/2014 - 07/2015
Demographic Typology for European municipalities, Feasibility study (client: Bertelsmann-Stiftung)

09/2009 - 09/2013
COST Action TU0803: „CIRES – Cities Regrowing Smaller“
Theoretical-methodological framework for Shrinking Cities as well as statistical and spatial analysis of cities across Europe. Coordination of sub-project “Mapping urban shrinkage in Europe”.  

01/2012 - 06/2012
Studentisches Wohnen in Dresden
Structural analysis of supply and demand (housing owners, housing type, housing quality, housing motive).    

09/2011 - 02/2012
Housing report of state capital Dresden 2011.
Demographic trends and migration patterns of Dresden suburban region. Analysis of relevant housing demand.
08/2011 - 09/2011
SHRINK SMART: „The Governance of Shrinkage within a European Context“
University of Nottingham, School of Geography. 7th Framework Program (Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities) of the European Commission. Theory-based analysis of Governance structures in shrinking cities of Europe via GIS-techniques.