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Welcome to the professorship

Urban, Regional and International Economics

We form the interface between the faculties of economics and spatial planning. Our teaching as well as our research covers economic topics at the local, regional and international level.

Our team conducts research in the areas of regional disparities, regional development, spatial distribution of economic activity, agglomeration economies, migration, peer effects, learning and knowledge diffusion, creative and cultural production (e.g., art auctions/markets, literature, science, economics), international trade in goods and services, and digitization.

If you are interested in writing a thesis at our professorship, you can find more information about our ongoing research and process in the areas of research and teaching on this website.

Latest news


Exam Review winter term 22/23

The exam reviews of the winter tern courses will take place on 24 March.

In the Moodle room for the respective lecture you will find further…

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New Publication of Vanessa Hellwig

Congratulations to Vanessafor publishing her paper "Shoulders and shadows of giants: intra-regional distribution of the digital industry in Germany"…

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The URI Academic Writing Workshop will take place this semester on 14.4 and 28.4.

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PhD positions available

The RTG "Regional Disparities and Economic Policy" is again looking for four PhD students starting in October 2023.

Application deadline is…

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Guest lecture on Planning procedures and residential neighborhood development - 07.12.2022 9-12am

On the 7th of December we organize a guest lecture with a business partner from the real estate industry on the topic "Planning procedures and…

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Thesis on the subject of financial services and lending

On the topic of financial services and lending, we have one and possibly several theses available.

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Annual RTG 2484 Retreat

On October 17 and 18, the annual RTG Retreat of the Research Training Group "RTG 2484 - Regional Disparities & Economic Policy" took place in…

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URI Team @ FJURI Workshop

Together with the Chair of Finance and the ZB Business Law, a research workshop was held for the first time this October at the University of Catania.…

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Congratulations Vanessa Hellwig

On Oct. 11, Vanessa Hellwig became the first in the history of the URI professorship to pass her doctorate, which was awarded summa cum laude with…

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New Publication of Vanessa Hellwig

Congratulations to Vanessa Hellwig for her first publication. We are happy to announce that Vanesssa published her paper "Digital gravity? Firm birth…

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Start of Teaching!

All lectures, tutorials and seminars of the professorship URI will start in the second week of the witer term's lecture period (17.10-21.10).

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Christiane Hellmanzik @ EWACE 2022

Christiane Hellmanzik participated in this years European Workshop on Applied Cultural Economics (EWACE) in Turin, Italy. Our former team member Lukas…

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Maren Kaliske @ ETSG 2022

Maren Kaliske presented her joint work with Christiane Hellmanzik and Jens Wrona on the "Convergence in Political Preferences and the EU Single…

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RTG Workshop: Ports, Cities, and Borders in International Trade

Felix Dornseifer, Christiane Hellmanzik and Maren Kaliske participated in the RTG Workshop on the topic "Ports, Cities, and Borders in International…

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RTG Workshop: Ports, Cities, and Borders in International Trade

Upcoming Research Workshop at the 6th - 7th of September 2022 on Ports, Cities, and Borders in International Trade

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Welcome: Felix Dornseifer

The URI Chair is happy to introduce a new member of our research team. Felix Dornseifer joined the URI Research team as a doctoral student and is part…

Portrait Felix Dornseifer

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus North to Campus South by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus North and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Street navigation from and to the TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)