Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Pauleit

Academic Career and Research Areas

The work of the Chair of Prof. Pauleit (b. 1960) involves research, policy advice and lecturing in the field of planning and sustainable development of natural and rural landscapes (incl. urban landscapes). He primarily investigates how planning can meet the future challenges of globalization, such as food security, energy supply shortages, urbanization, adapting to climate change and natural hazards. He is particularly interested in urban ecology and urban land use planning. In recent years, Prof. Pauleit has increasingly turned his focus to how cities can adapt to climate change.

Prof. Pauleit studied landscape planning and landscape architecture at TUM and did his doctorate at the Chair of Landscape Ecology (1989). He worked at the University of Manchester and was a professor at the University of Copenhagen before returning to TUM in 2009. He is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Chairman of the landscape ecology society Freunde der Landschaftsökologie Weihenstephan e.V.


  • Prize of the City of Munich for outstanding final theses at TUM (1998)

Pauleit S, Liu L, Ahern J, Kazmierczak A: “Multifunctional green infrastructure planning to promote ecological services in the city”. In: Handbook of Urban Ecology. Editor: Niemelä J. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 272-285.

Fryd O, Pauleit S, Bühler O: „The role of urban green space and trees in relation to climate change”. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources. 2011; 6(053): 1-18.

Gill S, Handley J, Ennos R, Pauleit S: “Adapting cities for climate change: the role of the green infrastructure”. Journal Built Environment. 2007; 33 (1): 115-133.


Pauleit S, Golding Y, Ennos R: “Modeling the environmental impacts of urban land use and land cover change – a study in Merseyside”. UK Landscape and Urban Planning. 2005; 71 (2-4): 295-310.


Pauleit S, Duhme F: “Assessing the Environmental Performance of Land Cover Types for Urban Planning”. Journal of Landscape and Urban Planning. 2000; 52 (1): 1-20.