Rieke Hansen

Rieke Hansen
Geisenheim University · Department of Open Space Development

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Introduction
Rieke Hansen is Assisstant Professor for Open Space and Ecological Urban Design at Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany. She is a landscape architect researching the innovative potential of concepts such as green infrastructure, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions in metropolitan regions and cities in Germany and Europe. Her past research activities include the BiodivERsA project URBES, the FP7 research project GREEN SURGE and the Horizon 2020 project proGIreg.
Additional affiliations
June 2018 - present
RWTH Aachen University
Position
  • Research Associate
February 2016 - May 2018
Technische Universität München
Position
  • Research Associate
August 2010 - January 2016
Technische Universität München
Position
  • Research and Teaching Associate

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Publications (64)
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Nature-based solutions (NBS) were introduced as integrated, multifunctional and multi-beneficial solutions to a wide array of socio-ecological challenges. Although principles for a common understanding and implementation of NBS were already developed on a landscape scale, specific principles are needed with regard to an application in urban areas....
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Um den Auswirkungen von Klimawandel und Biodiversitätsverlusten entgegenzusteuern, sind nachhaltige Transformationen der gesellschaftlichen Systeme und Prozesse sowie der räumlichen Planung erforderlich. Ökosystemleistungen werden als ein Konzept diskutiert, mit dem sich der Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen hin zu mehr Nachhaltigkeit wandeln könnt...
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Das Konzept der Ökosystemleistungen kann helfen, Umsetzungsdefizite der räumlichen Planung zu bewältigen und den Schutz und die nachhaltige Nutzung von Natur und Landschaft zu fördern. Die vielfältigen Erkenntnisse zur Anwendung in Deutschland wurden bisher jedoch noch nicht systematisch zusammengebracht und ausgewertet. Der vorliegende Beitrag ste...
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AVAILABLE AS OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE Concepts such as green infrastructure, nature-based solutions, and ecosystem services gained popularity in recent discourses on urban planning. Despite their recognition as innovative concepts, all of them share a degree of ambiguity. Fuzziness can be a weakness but also an opportunity to shape novel concepts togeth...
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A concept that has had considerable influence on the potential of greenspace to help meet urban challenges is that of green infrastructure, which emerged in the USA in the 1990s as a way to help combat uncontrolled urban sprawl. The concept of green-space-as-infrastructure only strengthened as it began being promoted by the US Environmental Protect...
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Le green infrastructure urbane (Ugi) rappresentano un nuovo approccio allo sviluppo di reti di spazi verdi e blu che offrono molteplici vantaggi alla società. Le Ugi offrono il potenziale per affrontare con successo le principali sfide dell’urbanizzazione, per migliorare la qualità della vita e promuovere la trasformazione verso la sostenibilità e...
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Co-design of Nature-based Solutions (NBS) lies at the core of the project proGIreg. It means systematically involving all relevant stakeholders from the very start of the project and engaging them as equal co-creators of NBS in order to achieve mutually valued outcomes, a joint ownership of the NBS implemented as well as a good fit between the NBS...
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Co-design of nature-based solutions (NBS) lies at the core of the proGIreg project. It means systematically involving all relevant stakeholders from the very start of the project and engaging them as equal co-creators. The aim of co-design is to achieve mutually valued outcomes, a joint ownership of the NBS implemented as well as a good fit between...
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Grüne Infrastruktur ist ein neuartiger Ansatz für die Landschaftsplanung. Seine Innovationspotenziale bestehen in der umfassenden Sicht auf Natur und Landschaft, die ökologische, sozio-kulturelle, ästhetische und ökonomische Aspekte beinhaltet und vielfältige gesellschaftspolitische Ziele wie den Klimawandel oder sozialen Zusammenhalt aufgreift. Da...
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This document is the Data Management Plan (DMP) of the proGIreg project. The DMP describes in detail what data will be collected during the project and how the collected data will be managed during and after the end of the research project. The following sections are presented in the document: - A short description of the proGIreg project; - A data...
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The project entitled “productive Green Infrastructure for post-industrial urban regeneration (proGIreg)” aims at implementing eight distinct types of nature-based solutions (NBS) in specific post-industrial sites of four different cities (called front runner cities - FRC). One of the main goals of the project is to assess the benefits produced by t...
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The project entitled “productive Green Infrastructure for post-industrial urban regeneration (proGIreg)” aims at implementing eight different types of nature-based solutions (NBS) in specific post-industrial sites of four different cities (called front runner cities - FRC). One of the main goals of the project is to assess the benefits produced by...
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Urban green infrastructure (UGI) is a promising concept when developing multifunctional green space systems to address major challenges of urbanisation such as increasing social cohesion, promoting the transition to a green economy, adaptation to climate change and conservation of biodiversity. In response to the European Commission’s Communication...
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Compact urban development, social demands and austerity measures are increasing pressures on urban greenspace. Meanwhile, active citizens, defined as voluntary individuals or groups who self-organize to contribute to urban green space development, provide ecological and social benefits to urban societies. This has inspired local governments to seek...
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Urban green infrastructure (UGI) planning is a new approach to planning that aims to develop multifunctional networks of green and blue spaces designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services, and thereby, to improve quality-of-life in cities. However, moving current practice in urban green space planning towards the UGI planning...
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The concept of ‘urban green infrastructure’ captures an appreciation of urban green as essential infrastructure that is as important to a good quality of urban life as technical or social infrastructures. The approach emphasises the multitude of services and functions performed by urban green, all of which impact on the quality of life and on susta...
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Green infrastructure and ecosystem services gained attention as promising concepts to advance environmental planning in urban areas, but their consideration in research and in planning practice is not well related to each other. This thesis deals with multifunctionality as a linking concept. Theoretical foundations of the three concepts were review...
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Urban green infrastructure planning aims to develop green space networks on limited space in compact cities. Multifunctionality is considered key to achieving this goal as it supports planning practice that considers the ability of green spaces to provide multiple benefits concurrently. However, multifunctionality is an elusive concept and little i...
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This presentation will give insights in the research process of two projects on urban green infrastructure strategy development-the European FP7 project GREEN SURGE (2014-2017), and the German "Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas", funded by the German Federal Agency of Nature Conservation (2016). Both projects aimed on the development of urban gre...
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Urban green infrastructure (UGI) planning, based on certain principles, has emerged as a way to conceptualise connected greenspace in urbanised environments. This is achieved through the application of processes and approaches linked to policy themes to which the concept can significantly contribute. Taken together the processes , approaches and po...
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‘Nature-based solutions’ (NbS) aim to use nature in tackling challenges such as climate change, food security, water resources, or disaster risk management. The concept has been adopted by the European Commission in its research programme Horizon 2020 to promote its uptake in urban areas and establish Europe as a world leader of NbS. However, the c...
Technical Report
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Urban green infrastructure (UGI) plays an important role in the many urban challenges of the 21st century. This report summarizes and integrates the main findings which are presented in the GREEN SURGE deliverables and scientific papers. With this, our work contributes to important debates around UGI. This includes debates around which benefits are...
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This guide aims to provide a tools for navigating through important urban green space governance principles and issues. The guide synthesises results from the European research project GREEN SURGE about the current state-of-art of knowledge and innovative practice of UGI governance (see also: www.greensurge.eu). The guide is aimed at a broad range...
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Urban green infrastructure (UGI) aims for the strategic development of networks of green and blue spaces to respond to major urban environmental and social challenges such as reducing the ecological footprint, improving human health and wellbeing and climate change adaptation. In an urban context, UGI has been interpreted in different ways ranging...
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Urbane grüne Infrastruktur steht für eine Wertschätzung von Stadtgrün als eine essenzielle Infrastruktur, die für ein gutes Leben in der Stadt ebenso wichtig ist wie technische oder soziale Infrastruktur. Der Ansatz betont die vielfältigen Leistungen und Funktionen von urbanem Grün, die Einfluss auf die Lebensqualität und Nachhaltigkeit haben. Er b...
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Urbane grüne Infrastruktur steht für eine Wertschätzung von Stadtgrün als eine essenzielle Infrastruktur, die für ein gutes Leben in der Stadt ebenso wichtig ist wie technische oder soziale Infrastruktur. Der Ansatz betont die vielfältigen Leistungen und Funktionen von urbanem Grün, die Einfluss auf die Lebensqualität und Nachhaltigkeit haben. Er b...
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Urban green infrastructure (GI) has been promoted as an approach to respond to major urban environmental and social challenges such as reducing the ecological footprint, improving human health and well-being, and adapting to climate change. Various definitions of GI have been proposed since its emergence more than two decades ago. This article aims...
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The complexities inherent in planning for green infrastructure necessitate a broad range of stakeholders for its planning and implementation. This includes policymakers and practitioners from different disciplines but also scientists, among other stakeholders. Transdisciplinarity is now also encouraged or even stipulated by European and national fu...
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Understanding the dynamics of urban ecosystem services is a necessary requirement for adequate planning, management, and governance of urban green infrastructure. Through the three-year Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) research project, we conducted case study and comparative research on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services ac...
Technical Report
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This report presents the findings of the GREEN SURGE Work Package 5 research on good practices of green infrastructure (UGI) planning and implementation in European urban areas. Four research questions guided the study: -What are innovative strategies and approaches for UGI planning, especially in regard to challenges European cities are facing? -W...
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GREEN SURGE Deliverable 5.2 “Advanced approaches and strategies for UGI planning and implementation”. The contents of this report outline the results of the second phase of research on green infrastructure planning and implementation in Europe as part of the EU FP7 project GREEN SURGE (ENV.2013.6.2-5-603567; 2013-2017)
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This report describes our investigations of 18 examples of innovative governance arrangements in urban green space management across Europe. In this analyses, we focused on three interrelated research questions: i) What do innovative governance arrangements look like in terms of aims, actors, structure, contexts, dynamics, and which of their elemen...
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The concept of ecosystem services (ES) holds promise as a framework for more integrated urban planning, but its application in planning practice, including related challenges, remains an area of investigation. This paper seeks to help fill this gap through a comparative case study exploring current and potential application of ES in the cities of N...
Technical Report
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Description: The contents of this report outline the results of an assessment of the current state of Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) planning and implementation in European city-regions. GREEN SURGE Deliverable 5.1
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Description: The contents of this report outline the results of the first phase of research into innovative forms of participatory governance in Europe as part of the EU FP7 project GREEN SURGE (ENV.2013.6.2-5-603567; 2013-2017)
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Ecosystem services (ES) are gaining increasing attention as a promising concept to more actively consider and plan for the varied benefits of the urban environment. Yet, to have an impact on decision- making, the concept must spread from academia to practice. To understand how ES have been taken up in planning discourses we conducted a cross-case c...
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Green infrastructure (GI) and ecosystem services (ES) are promoted as concepts that have potential to improve environmental planning in urban areas based on a more holistic understanding of the complex interrelations and dynamics of social–ecological systems. However, the scientific discourses around both concepts still lack application-oriented fr...
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Although a number of comprehensive reviews have examined global ecosystem services (ES), few have focused on studies that assess urban ecosystem services (UES). Given that more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, understanding the dualism of the provision of and need for UES is of critical importance. Which UES are the focus of res...
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Urban green infrastructure has emerged as a concept for innovative green space planning and governance. In 2014, the European research project GREEN SURGE gathered data on the state of affairs in green space planning and governance in 20 European cities, revealing the diversity of European cities and their activities but also commonalities such as struggles to protect green spaces from densification, to combat the effects of climate change or for more inclusive and just decision-making processes. In 2020, public awareness of environmental challenges such as climate change or biodiversity loss has risen, increasing the popularity of urban greening and giving tailwind to concepts such as green infrastructure. Against this background, it could be assumed that green space planning and management is also gaining in importance within the municipal system. However, path dependencies, budget and staff shortages, competing spatial claims, and other constraints may prevent stakeholders responsible for urban greening to gain sufficient public support for translating into real changes on the ground. By reinvestigating the GREEN SURGE case study cities, we will shed light on the question if and how green space planning and governance have changed. The results from the GREEN SURGE project provide a unique opportunity for such a comparison as this study provides the most comprehensive and in-depth information on green space planning and governance of European urban areas to date. Moreover, we address the deficit of longitudinal studies in planning research. A team of international researchers contribute to project which is coordinated by Hochschule Geisenheim University, Technische Universität München and Wageningen University. Duration: 07/2020-06/2021
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Green and blue spaces are key to the sustainability and resilience of urban areas globally. They are a foundation for human health and well-being, habitats for plants and animals, and they provide provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services. They may substitute inputs of non-renewable resources and contribute to smart and liveable cities through the skilful combination with technical and social infrastructures, for instance, for local storm water management, active mobility by walking and cycling or education. Urban greening is understood broadly as all kind of activities to develop green and blue spaces in urban and peri-urban areas that fulfil multiple objectives such as increasing human health and well-being, promoting social cohesion, furthering climate change adaptation and supporting the turn towards a green economy. Urban Greening is an umbrella for related concepts such as urban green infrastructure, urban forestry, nature-based solutions in urban areas, and ecosystem-based adaptation. Urban greening can be achieved by different forms of urban governance, including strategic planning at city and city regional levels as well as citizen-led initiatives. The Special Section aims to advance the scientific state-of-the-art in urban greening and provide a forum for debate on themes and issues. Find more details here: https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/sustainable-cities/sections/urban-greening#about
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The objective of the Landscape Planning working group is to provide a forum for a continuous debate and exchange of landscape planning scientists and practitioners concerning emerging challenges, topical issues as well as the further development of landscape planning theory and methods. The members of the working group meet regularly, share experiences, and jointly advance landscape planning for the benefit of people and nature. To achieve its objective, the working group undertakes the following activities: - Regularly organizes symposia and workshops at IALE’s world or regional conferences, - Identifies topical challenges, trends and current developments of landscape planning, - Engages in joint publications, and - Explores options for further collaboration in joint research projects.