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Discover DUST 10: BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

Updated: Apr 19

Welcome to the 10th release in our series Discover DUST, where we spotlight each of the partners in the project and share their roles and interests in Democratising Just Sustainability Transitions! In this edition, we introduce another key partner in the project: Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU)  


BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg is a technical university based in Brandenburg, Germany. They are specialised in research and education that takes an interdisciplinary approach, to bridge theory and practice. Researchers at BTU explore both conceptual and applied research in a range of areas. One such area is the design, history, socio-economic, and cultural aspects of structural transformations in the Lusatian region and beyond. The university’s Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning are experts in urban development research and education, with a strong focus on engaging various stakeholders through participatory efforts.  


Within DUST, BTU plays a crucial role in facilitating stakeholder engagement and analysing how greater citizen participation can be achieved in areas undergoing structural transformations. Working in close cooperation with local partners, they explore two case studies in Germany, in the Rheinisches Revier and Lausitzer Revier (Rhenish Lignite District and Lusatian Lignite Districts). They analyse decision-making structures, examining the objectives and outcomes of specific policy actions, with regards to funding policies, planning instruments and methods. 


BTU is spearheading the development of design-oriented participatory workshops in our German case-study regions. Their analysis of the various factors that influence the engagement of diverse groups in decision-making for sustainability transitions revealed that a key group to involve in discussions of sustainability transitions are the youth. They aim to formulate site-specific measures and policy recommendations for greater youth engagement and representation of minorities in shaping regional futures. Their expertise in conducting and facilitating research through an integrated and participatory approach is valuable for meeting DUST’s objectives of just and inclusive sustainability transitions.  


We are inspired by BTU’s aim and knowledge of designing participatory frameworks that support different people across varied socio-economic groups to play a significant role in shaping their regional futures. Their vision of making local and diverse voices heard for co-creating sustainable futures will be crucial in guiding the DUST project. We are proud to have them on board! 


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