280.844 Transformation Processes and Steering Approaches in Metropolitan Regions
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, SE, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • oversee the current Transition Studies discourse
  • critically reflect on debates regarding (regional) energy transitions from a spatial research and planning perspective
  • implement research on transitions on their own

Subject of course

  • Introduction to Transition Studies: global development challenges, sustainability challenges & SDGs, wicked problems, Technological / Global Innovation Systems, the Multi-Level-Perspective
  • Introduction to the (regional) energy transitions discourse
  • Discussion of different approaches in Transition Studies and empirical studies on energy transitions

Teaching methods

  • Literature-based seminar
  • Interactive discussion of literature, theoretical concepts, empirical studies, findings, critique
  • Inverted classroom: Students prepare and present content from scientitic papers and studies to the group

Mode of examination


Additional information

This course is one of three compulsory courses of elective module 1 in the master's curriculum Spatial Planning.

Please consider joining the common Kick-Off Event for Wahlmodul 1 on October 04, 10:00 @HS14A!

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Thu15:00 - 17:0013.10.2022 - 19.01.2023HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Seminar: Plenary Session
Transformation Processes and Steering Approaches in Metropolitan Regions - Single appointments
Thu13.10.202215:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Kick-Off
Thu20.10.202215:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Transformation Processes: Key concepts and terms
Thu27.10.202215:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Why energy transition? Arguments for the overhaul of a global infrastructure system
Thu03.11.202215:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Energy transitions here and there: On the geographies of energy transition
Thu24.11.202215:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Whose energy transition? Actors and ageny in transitions
Thu01.12.202215:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Energy Democracy & Energy Justice
Thu15.12.202215:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Social Innovation in Energy Transition
Thu12.01.202315:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Energy Colonialism & Carbon Democracy
Thu19.01.202315:00 - 17:00HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL Wrap-Up: Reflecting on energy transitions

Examination modalities

  • Active participation in plenary sessions of the seminar
  • Preparation of content ("inverted classroom")

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
19.09.2022 09:00 04.10.2022 23:59 19.10.2022 23:59

Registration modalities

This course is one of three mandatory classes of Module 1 in the Spatial Planning Master's curriculum. Students doing the whole module will be promoted in the registration list.


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.


  • Attendance Required!