Stefan Fina

Stefan Fina
University of Applied Sciences Augsburg · Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering

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Introduction
Researcher with a track record in geography, geoinformatics, urban planning and ressource management.
Additional affiliations
May 2017 - June 2022
RWTH Aachen University // ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development Dortmund
Position
  • Head of Geoinformation and Monitoring Section (ILS Dortmund)
Description
  • Five-year term contract in a joint appointment as full geography professor (RWTH Aachen) and head of research (ILS Dortmund).
August 2007 - March 2017
Universität Stuttgart
Position
  • Research Associate and PostDoc (after 2013)

Publications

Publications (46)
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Introduction This paper introduces OS-WALK-EU, a new open-source walkability assessment tool developed specifically for urban neighbourhoods and using open-source spatial data. A free and open-source tool, OS-WALK-EU is accessible to the general public. It uses open data available worldwide and free online services to compute accessibility, while a...
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UNSTRUCTURED This viewpoint discusses how interdisciplinary assessment methods of person-place benefits the socio-ecological perspective in urban health research. It starts with an overview on previous findings, which address relationships of environmental features to physical activity and mental health outcomes. We emphasize the need for appropria...
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In 2020, the mayor of Paris announced the ambitious goal to redesign the city for pedestrians to reach amenities and facilities for daily use within a 15-minute walk. Other cities, such as Melbourne or Portland, have also set themselves this goal. This objective has propelled older initiatives to improve the walkability and pedestrian friendliness...
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BACKGROUND Walking behavior is positively associated with physiological and mental health as much evidence has already shown. Walking is also becoming a critical issue for health promotion in urban environments as it is the most often used form of active mobility and helps to replace carbon dioxide emissions from motorized forms of transport. It th...
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Ziel des Projekts war die Erarbeitung und Anwendung einer Methodik zur bundesweit flächendeckenden Erfassung von Stadtgrün sowie die Erarbeitung einer Typologie der stadträumlich-funktionalen differenzierten Grünausstattung von Städten in Deutschland.
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Since 1990, urbanization in post-socialist countries has frequently resulted in a loss of urban density in the existing building stock while land use patterns at the outskirts of growing city regions began to sprawl. Formerly state-planned and controlled housing forms as well as industrial and business enterprises were suddenly exposed to new marke...
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Mobilitäts- und damit zusammenhängende Umweltthemen werden bisland kaum explizit für Kleinstädte beforscht. Im Fokus stehen Raumtypen mit hoher (Großstadt) bzw. geringer (ländlicher Raum) Nutzerdichte. Der Beitrag fasst den Forschungsstand für Kleinstädte zusammen und argumentiert, dass Kleinstädte je nach Lage spezifische Voraussetzungen für die O...
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Studie zu gleichwertigen Lebensverhältnissen in Hessen
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Im Rahmen der OpenData-Strategie stellen erste Bundesländer wie Nordrhein-Westfalen Daten aus dem Amtlichen Liegenschaftskatasterinformationssystem ALKIS frei zur Verfügung. Vor- und Nachnutzungen neuer und weggefallener Siedlungs- und Verkehrsflächen (SuV) können damit erstmals über den Abgleich mit Referenzdaten wie Luftbildern oder Klassifikatio...
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Die aktuelle Ausgabe des Monitorings StadtRegionen des ILS – Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung präsentiert erstmalig eine Zeitreihe für ausgewählte Indikatoren der Raumentwicklung in Deutschland, die so weit wie möglich den bisherigen Verlauf des 21. Jahrhunderts wiedergibt. So lassen sich für die Bevölkerungsentwicklung Konzentra...
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This paper discusses the possibility to use mobile phone network data to monitor spatial policies in land use and transport planning. Monitoring requires robust time series and reproducible concepts linking spatial policies to monitoring outcomes, a requirement differing from current literature where mobile phone data analysis is exemplified in sel...
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This paper discusses the possibility to use mobile phone network data to monitor spatial policies in land use and transport planning. Monitoring requires robust time series and reproducible concepts linking spatial policies to monitoring outcomes, a requirement differing from current literature where mobile phone data analysis is exemplified in sel...
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Viele Städte und Gemeinden in den verdichteten Regionen Nordrhein-Westfalens erlebten in den letzten Jahren eine deutliche Verknappung des verfügbaren Wohnraums. Die Nachfrage liegt in einigen Städten seit Längerem deutlich über dem verfügbaren Angebot. Die Studie beschreibt die Möglichkeiten von Kommunen, neues Bauland für den Wohnungsbau bereitzu...
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In explaining the determinants of urban spatial structure, researchers have relied on the traditional monocentric ‘Alonso-Mills-Muth’ model. This article contributes to this discussion by testing the viability of the monocentric model when applied to metropolitan areas in Germany, a country traditionally associated with a polycentric urban structur...
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Urban studies in Germany are traditionally oriented towards large cities. The structures, meanings and functions of small towns are not sufficiently perceived and differentiated in scientific or political debates. Adequate research on small towns requires systematic, comparative, inter- and transdisciplinary approaches. Traditional attributions sho...
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Open Access: https://shop.arl-net.de/media/direct/pdf/pospapier/pospapier_113.pdf Stadtforschung ist in Deutschland traditionell großstadtorientiert. Kleinstädte werden weder in wissenschaftlichen noch in politischen Auseinandersetzungen in ihren Strukturen, Bedeutungen und Funktionen hinreichend wahrgenommen und differenziert betrachtet. Eine ad...
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Recent decades have been characterized by a rapid and steady urbanization of the global population. This trend is projected to remain stable in the future and to affect land use patterns in multiple ways. Monitoring and measurement concepts for urbanization processes have presented difficulties with the multitude of driving forces and variations in...
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Der Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit den Schwierigkeiten, die die Raumanalyse mit der Bewertung von Siedlungsstrukturen und ihren Entwicklungspfaden hat. Sinn und Zweck einer solchen Bewertung wäre es, die Beeinträchtigungen auf den Naturhaushalt, den die Siedlungsentwicklung zwangsläufig mit sich bringt, besser zu verstehen und letztendlich steuern zu...
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Despite a highly organized and institutionalized planning framework, regions in Germany are widely considered the most variable and experimental layer of planning and vary quite extensively in terms of their organizational composition, strategic purpose, and administrative competencies. This research examines the role of German regional-level plann...
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Der durch den Menschen verursachte Klimawandel führt bereits heute global und somit auch in Deutschland zu Veränderungen der biologischen Vielfalt. Diese werden sowohl durch direkte als auch indirekte Einflüsse des Klimawandels bestimmt. Direkte Wirkungen auf die biologische Vielfalt werden bspw. unmittelbar durch Änderungen der Temperatur- und Nie...
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The importance of critical infrastructures and strategic planning in the context of extreme events, climate change and urbanization has been underscored recently in international policy frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 (UNISDR (United Nations/International Strat...
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Greenbelts are the best-known growth management policies in Germany. As part of its regional plans, they attempt to keep undeveloped areas permanently open, thus avoiding sprawling, i.e., land consumptive forms of urban development. However, the effectiveness of such land use designations in terms of guiding and limiting urban growth has rarely bee...
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Dieser bislang umfassendste Bericht der Bundesregierung zur Anpassung an den Klimawandel zeigt: Steigende Temperaturen, feuchtere Winter und häufigere Wetterextreme wirken sich zunehmend auf die deutsche Gesellschaft aus. Betroffen sind unter anderem die Energieversorgung, die Landwirtschaft und die Gesundheitsvorsorge. Anhand von Daten aus 15 vers...
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The topic of walkable neighbourhoods is particularly prominent in the literature on Sustainable Cities in the Anglo-Saxon world. There is convincing evidence that segregated, spread-out land uses typical of urban sprawl (e.g., long distances between residential, business, industrial, shopping and recreational functions) have led to an amount of car...
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This paper presents a land-use change analysis of five Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. We utilize CORINE (Coordination of Information on the Environment) Land-Cover and Urban Audit data for two distinct time periods: 1990–2000 and 2000–2006 aggregated at urban, suburban and non-metropolitan geographies. The literature on post-socialis...
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In modern Western societies people often lead inactive and sedentary lifestyles, even though there is no doubt that physical activity and health are related. From an urban planning point of view it would be highly desirable to develop built environments in a way that supports people in leading more active and healthy lifestyles. Within this context...
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Zusammenfassung (english version below) In der Stadtforschung und Stadtplanung fungiert die „Dichte“ als eines der wichtigsten Maße für die Beschreibung der baulichen Physis einer Stadt. Im Vergleich zu anderen Maßen – genannt seien beispielhaft die „Nutzungsmischung“, die „Polyzentralität“ oder die „Kompaktheit“ – erscheint die „Dichte“ auf den e...
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In urban research and planning, “density” is one of the most important measures to analyze a city’s structural morphology. Compared to other measures such as “neighborhood mix of uses”, “polycentricity” or “compactness”, density seems to be a rather objective and comprehensible choice. However, when having a closer look at it, it is a rather comple...
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Zusammenfassung Unter Raum- und Verkehrswissenschaftlern besteht Einigkeit dahingehend, dass städtische und ländliche Siedlungsgebiete im Zeitverlauf autoabhängiger und damit auch energieintensiver geworden sind. In diesem Beitrag wird „Autoabhängigkeit“ als ein objektives Angewiesensein auf die Verfügbarkeit eines privaten Pkw infolge des Fehlens...
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This paper represents research effort to monitor the development of urban morphology using earth observation data. For the city of Cologne in Germany, satellite images over a time period of more than 30 years are analyzed regarding the urban development. These urban footprints describe the 2-D spatial urban extension of the city at a given point in...
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The purpose of this paper is to build robust comparative information on land use and land use changes (LUCs) for representative European cities. In this paper we present a measurement approach to analyze recent LUCs in the outskirts on three cities and to critically evaluate the results. Apart from the comparative results between the selected citie...
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In recent years considerable progress has been made in the understanding of urban land-use change and its dynamic interrelationships with economic, social, and environmental systems. From a quantitative perspective, advancements in GIS technologies, the increased availability of high-resolution remote sensing data, and new GIS-based spatial metrics...
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During the 1990s, the phenomenon of urban sprawl received growing attention in the international planning debate. However, a survey of the literature yields no agreement in terms of defining and measuring urban sprawl. The absence of a common understanding constrains the analysis of sprawl's causes, costs and non-monetary consequences as well as th...
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L’étalement urbain au-delà de la croissance : l’effet de l’évolution démographique sur les coûts des infrastructures Previous research on the costs of urban sprawl is dominated by a growth perspective. The majority of available “cost-of-sprawl-studies” intends to show that substantial infrastructure cost savings can be achieved, by increasing urban...
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Dipl.-Geogr. Stefan Fina, Institute for Regional Development Planning, Pfaffenwaldring 7, D-70569 Stuttgart, ireus@ireus.uni-stuttgart.de) (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Siedentop, Institute for Regional Development Planning, Pfaffenwaldring 7, D-70569 Stuttgart, ireus@ireus.uni-stuttgart.de) 1 ABSTRACT International research on sustainable urban developme...

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