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Dr. Brand

Ralf

Dr. Brand

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Ralf Brand has a Diplom (~ M.A.) in Human Geography and a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning. During his 14 years in academia he heavily involved in multiple research Projects - often in a leading role. On overview of his publications is available at https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=N-4vNWMAAAAJ&hl=de&oi=ao. All his work is inspired by the research tradition of "Science and Technology Studies" (STS), which considers technical, societal and political Change as inherently linked. This informed Brand's holistic approach to sustainable urban development as necessarily integrated and synergistic efforts across disciplines and sectors.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Ralf Brand has a formal, MA-equivalent degree in higher education teaching (PGCHET), which informed and inspired his educational work at Queen’s University Belfast and Manchester University, where his teaching evaluation results always were above the average of his institutional unit. Brand is convinced that learning can only be effective if it connected to every learner's individual system of meaning. This explains his usage of highly interactive teaching techniques, P2P Exchange, learning-by-doing etc. He is sceptical of "cookie-cutter" style transfer approaches and instead prefers take-up strategies through direct interaction, which focus on deep understanding instead of blind copying.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Ralf Brand has lived and worked for 14 years in English-speaking countries (US and UK), earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, taught and published widely in English and continues to use English as his daily working language in his current profession as coordinator of various EU projects.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
I am always in favour of visual communication techniques wherever possible. This has come in handy in very many situations within EU projects, which typically involve non-English speakers as majority of participants. I consider myself quite savvy with presentation techniques (incl. PPT animations), I have produced various YouTube videos about my work, partly using PREZI (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV7TM7wuBII, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd817K25IsE, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsbswvbHb2w, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXaxn50czsg)
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
See reports from the following projects, which always relied (to varying degrees) on the experience and knowledge of stakeholders, project participants etc. http://www.transforum-project.eu/resources.html https://www.switchtravel.eu/ http://sintras.eu/site/index.php
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
See reports from the following projects, which always relied (to varying degrees) on the experience and knowledge of stakeholders, project participants etc. http://www.transforum-project.eu/resources.html https://www.switchtravel.eu/ http://sintras.eu/site/index.php
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
http://www.transforum-project.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/08_resources/08-01_library/TRANSFORuM_D5-1_APPROVED_Case-study-repository.pdf http://www.transforum-project.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/08_resources/08-01_library/TRANSFORuM_D5-2_APPROVED_Good-practice-in-the-context-of-delivering-the-WP.pdf https://www.rupprecht-consult.eu/project/bemps.html http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/casestudies/multifaithspaces/

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Sustainable Urban Mobility
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
I have a Diplom (~ M.A.) in Human Geography and a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning. During my 14 years in academia I was involved in multiple research projects; as Principle Investigator of two UKRC projects (GBP 200+) and as Co-Investigator (incl. budgetary responsibility) of four others (besides various smaller projects). I was also heavily involved in teaching activities of Queen’s University Belfast and Manchester University. Information about these and further related activities are included in the enclosed Europass CV. My role as main- and co-author of many publications can be seen at https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=N-4vNWMAAAAJ&hl=de&oi=ao
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I am the main author of the SWITCH campaign guide and the corresponding eLearning course on implementation support for mobility behavior change campaigns. See https://www.switchtravel.eu/.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I am the main author of the SWITCH campaign guide and the corresponding eLearning course. This support material is based on a thorough evaluation of four ICT supported mobility behavior change campaigns. Its main target audience are urban mobility practitioners / city employees. See https://www.switchtravel.eu/.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Multiple outputs fall into this category. One of them is the series of seven BEMPs (Best Environmental Management Practices) on sustainable mobility for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). I coordinated a team of seven different authors and authored one BEMP myself. They are intended as good practice benchmark and inspiration for all cities across Europe. See https://www.rupprecht-consult.eu/project/bemps.html. The JRC is currently finalizing all BEMPs and is in charge of related dissemination activities. I am leader of my company’s Communications Team. In this role, I am responsible for the recent overhaul of our company website (www.rupprecht-consult.eu) and of our Twitter account @Rupprecht_Tweet.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
As trained Geographer with a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning (with a specialization in Science and Technology Studies) and with a long-standing track record in sustainable urban mobility, I am alert to all things at the intersection of transport, space, society, technology and policy. This has led to various related applied research projects – mostly with a focus on concrete implementation – publications, teaching, take-up and dissemination activities. Related EU projects that deserve special mention and where I played a coordinating role are TRANSFORuM (FP7), SWITCH (STEER), SINTAS (service contract), SUNRISE (H2020).

Informations

Residence location:
Germany
Languages:
German - Mother tongue
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Email:
r.brand@rupprecht-consult.eu

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