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Schaaf

Jan

Schaaf

Ad-Hoc Expert

Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I took a degree in industrial engineering and majored in civil engineering, which gave me my first insights into sustainable and strategic urban development. I then spent a decade as a research assistant at the Institute of Urban Development and Construction at Leipzig University, where I worked on research projects at the interface of the property/housing sector and urban development. This role included acting as a consultant on management processes during the implementation of urban renewal PPP projects under the EU project CoUrbit on behalf of the City of Leipzig and Bocconi University in Milan. Since 2004, I have been the managing partner of |u|m|s| STADTSTRATEGIEN, a consultancy which delivers a wide range of conceptual and planning services regarding towns, cities, regions and real estate. For example, I conducted a SWOT analysis for the Halle 14 arts centre in Leipzig in connection with Second Chance, an EU project focusing on disused industrial sites repurposed for cultural purposes. Since 2012, I have held the Chair of Real Estate Management at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. I am involved in both teaching and research on aspects of the property and housing sector, activities which are frequently geared towards objectives of urban strategic planning and participation processes. Two projects worthy of special mention are ‘Mittweida – Future Town’ and ‘Urban Production – Is Industry Returning to Urban Areas?’.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a solid understanding of urban development as a research assistant at Leipzig University, and as partner in a consultancy firm on urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
I have several years’ teaching experience, including in the postgraduate sector. I set great store by the use of innovative, usually digitally supported forms of teaching and learning, as this enables me to integrate very heterogeneous groups into dialogue and learning activities and also to explain very complex subject matter. At Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, I have frequent contact with foreign students, e.g. on exchange programmes and international dual degree programmes. I am familiar with academic exchange on a transnational and European level thanks to my involvement in subprojects of the EU programmes CoUrbit and Second Chance. Together with colleagues from the university and Mittweida local authority, I am currently initiating a project devoted to Cross-Media Participation Cultures in Urban Development under the programme to promote cross-border cooperation between the Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic. In addition to academic exchange and teaching activities at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, from my consultancy projects I am familiar with formats of public and administrative involvement in strategic urban development processes and network activities, such as the network ‘Leipziger Freiheit’ (Leipzig Liberty). Furthermore, I moderate workshops and future workshops as well as other types of events featuring diverse panels and teams, e.g. Chair Session ‘Urban Economics and Planning’ at the 23rd Annual European Real Estate Society Conf.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has worked on urban development projects at the EU level and has experience in transnational learning processes through his teaching experience.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
At Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, I communicate with students and scholars from abroad in English. I consult English-language literature for my research projects and publications. I occasionally present papers in English at international conferences such as the European Real Estate Society’s Annual Conference. Though my oral communication skills in English are not at the highest level, the thematic expertise for the ALT/BAU Transfer Network (and most likely for other upcoming thematic expertise in other networks) will be covered to the necessary standard. Since it will be predominately in German (questionnaire, interviews, document analysis) with a written summary and presentation at the network’s Mid-term Review Meeting in Chemnitz, no compromises will have to be made in the delivery of the expertise, the outputs and the dissemination of the results.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant states having a C1 English level. This is also clear from his application

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Urban Strategic Planning
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Regarding urban strategic planning and the property/housing sector, my main professional experience is as follows: Setup and coordination of the network ‘Leipziger Freiheit’ (www.netzwerk-leipziger-freiheit.de/), which deals with the preservation, creation and support for affordable cooperative housing in Leipzig. My work included forming a pool of consultants, assisting model projects, public relations and lobbying, and the further development of cooperative housing project models. In the project ‘Mittweida – Future Town’ (www.zukunftsstadt-mittweida.de), a vision for 2030+ was developed for the town in conjunction with local citizens. The process was supported by a cross-media approach as well as a raft of digital and analogue participation formats. During the project ‘Urban Production – Is Industry Returning to Urban Areas?’ (www.wi.hs-mittweida.de/forschung/diskussionspapiere.html), the pros and cons of manufacturing processes in urban locations were examined. The requirements of urban production operations and conversely towns’ and cities’ expectations of urban production were identified so that recommendations could be drawn up for local authorities. In addition to the above-mentioned projects, I draw up housing concepts, assist competitions and procurement procedures, and contribute to the production of integrated urban development concepts (www.um-systems.de/leistungen/), e.g. to the urban planning framework Sonnenberg in Chemnitz.
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has a minimum 2 years of experience in urban strategic planning, related to the fields of affordable housing and mixed functions in urban areas.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I regularly contribute technical input which is thematically related to strategic urban development planning and real estate/housing management, both in my research projects and in actual projects for the public and private sectors. This input takes a variety of forms. For instance, I often explain matters of interest at formal and informal workshops and discussions. I use various methods of knowledge transfer such as lectures, seminars and other participation formats. Moreover, I submit written input in the form of papers or statements. I do this regularly, for example in connection with the coordination of the ‘Leipzig Liberty Network’, where I’ve presented input on subjects ranging from conceptual procedures and cost-effective construction and housing to support for social housing. For the project ‘Urban Production’, I used surveys, literature analyses and empirical studies to draw up key findings on the opportunities and risks of production processes in inner cities, the requirements of urban production operations, and towns’ and cities’ expectations of urban production. The results subsequently served as input for a conference. My input is based not only on my broad wealth of experience from diverse projects in strategic urban development planning and real estate/housing, but also on the study of current developments and principles of strategic urban development planning as well as the real estate/housing sector in connection with my work as a university lecturer.
D2 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shares valid experience of his ability to provide thematic inputs.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
I usually summarize the results and findings of projects and plans in the form of various types of reports. For one thing, I write reports for the general public. Examples include ‘Leipzig Liberty Network’ (Issue 64 of the series Beiträge zur Stadtentwicklung – Articles on Urban Development published by the City of Leipzig) and ‘Cooperative Building Land Development’ (Report 16 published by the City of Leipzig’s Department of Urban Development and Construction). I also write final reports as project deliverables, such as the operating and usage concept for Köthen Palace. Furthermore, I compile reports on the results of research projects, which often form the basis for publications or follow-up projects. One example is the final report and summary of the mission statement for the project ‘Mittweida – Future Town’ (http://www.zukunftsstadt-mittweida.de/portfolio/abschlussberichtphaseeins/). The reports regularly form the basis for related projects and activities and are included in exchange and learning activities.
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant shares several valid examples of producing reports
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Project findings are exploited in various ways. I give lectures at conferences (e.g. on the project ‘Mittweida – Future Town’ at the 23rd Annual Conference of the European Real Estate Society in Munich), at symposia (e.g. on the project ‘Urban Production’ at the 6th Higher Education Day of National Urban Development Policy), as well as at internal and public workshops and forums (e.g. on the project ‘Leipzig Liberty Network’ during the panel discussion ‘Community Construction and Housing: How do towns benefit?’). In addition, I incorporate insights and results from projects in the courses I teach. Furthermore, I provide policy advice by preparing findings on specific, mostly municipal issues (see D.2) and discussing them with the relevant decision-makers. Finally, I regularly publish project results, such as ‘Cross-Media Citizen Communication in the University Town’ (https://verlag.hs-mittweida.de/verlagsprogramm.html?logintype=login&pid=496).
D4 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not explain how project results are used for benefits in capitalization. The applicant only discusses using his working experience for the classes he teaches, and working on reports.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Regarding urban strategic planning and the property/housing sector, my main professional experience is as follows: Setup and coordination of the network ‘Leipziger Freiheit’ (www.netzwerk-leipziger-freiheit.de/), which deals with the preservation, creation and support for affordable cooperative housing in Leipzig. My work included forming a pool of consultants, assisting model projects, public relations and lobbying, and the further development of cooperative housing project models. In the project ‘Mittweida – Future Town’ (www.zukunftsstadt-mittweida.de), a vision for 2030+ was developed for the town in conjunction with local citizens. The process was supported by a cross-media approach as well as a raft of digital and analogue participation formats. During the project ‘Urban Production – Is Industry Returning to Urban Areas?’ (www.wi.hs-mittweida.de/forschung/diskussionspapiere.html), the pros and cons of manufacturing processes in urban locations were examined. The requirements of urban production operations and conversely towns’ and cities’ expectations of urban production were identified so that recommendations could be drawn up for local authorities. In addition to the above-mentioned projects, I draw up housing concepts, assist competitions and procurement procedures, and contribute to the production of integrated urban development concepts (www.um-systems.de/leistungen/), e.g. to the urban planning framework Sonnenberg in Chemnitz.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D: Urban Strategic Planning due to D1, D2 and D3.

Informations

Residence location:
Germany
Languages:
German - Mother tongue
Foreign Languages level: 
Foreign languages: 
Email:
schaaf@hs-mittweida.de

Area of expertise