Profile of Miss Katja Säwert Hafencity University Hamburg (HCU)

Katja Säwert

I am an open-minded person from the North of Germany. My main interests are landscape and flora, music, photography, meteorology and design. I love combining my interests, not only in my job, but also in my leisure time. I spend a lot of time outside photographing urban and rural spaces, but I also enjoy visiting concerts and exhibitions. I also enjoy spending time with friends. Growing up with Russian and German roots I love exploring my birth country Russia, but also learning about other foreign cultures. People say that I am an entertaining and adventurous person.

General research interests

My education in Landscape Planning at the Leibniz-University Hanover and the University of the West of England Bristol offered me a broad understanding in the field of landscape and regional planning as well as landscape architecture. My personal interest in meteorological questions and coherences led me to my primary research field – climate change and spatial planning. I am in general interested how spatial planning from small to large scales can provide answers to important questions of mitigation and adaptation, to make our spaces livable and healthier for the future.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation at the regional planning level in Germany

PhD Abstract

There is a growing demand to explore the interrelationship between climate mitigation and adaptation. But to date, there has been no published literature on methodological approaches and hence empirical research on the interrelationship in the field of regional planning.
My PhD is focusing on this knowledge gap. I will offer a method and empirical findings on the topic by analysing how planners think about potential interrelationships between mitigation and adaptation. As practitioners, planners have to deal with these measures in their everyday practices. Therefore, they are a suitable platform for the analysis.
My proposed method is based on three modules. First I will ask the planners to fill out a prepared cross-impact-matrix with selected mitigation and adaptation measures. This step provides the answer to the question of how regional planners estimate interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation. Based on the completed cross-impact-matrix I will create “Impact Maps” which express the “Impact Value” of how planners see the interaction. For the second module I am taking into account that in planning practice the relevance of several measures varies from planner to planner. To answer the second research question of how do regional planners value the relevance of certain measures, I will use selected weight related components from the Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP). The outcome will be a “Relevance Map” which expresses the “Relevance Value”. In the third module I will combine the outcomes from the first two modules and create an “Interaction Map” with the “Interaction Value”. Based on the “Interaction Value” for each measure, new planning guidelines can be given, which incorporate possible interrelationships. They can serve as a mind opener, make the implementation of measures easier and help to close the knowledge gap.
Finally I will discuss weaknesses and strengths of the proposed method for analysing the interrelationships at the regional planning level.

Latest deposited documents

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Interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation at the regional planning level in Germany (April 2012)

The need for scientific research of possible interactions between climate mitigation and climate adaptation is a topic of growing demand. But to...

Interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation at the regional planning level in Germany image
Interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation at the regional planning level in Germany (February 2012)

  Climate change and its possible impacts have been topics of intensive discussion in the area of spatial planning for the...

Interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation at the regional planning level in Germany image
Interrelationships between climate mitigation and adaptation at the regional planning level in Germany (February 2012)

Climate change and its possible impacts have been topics of intensive discussion in the area of spatial planning for the last two decades,...