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Franziska Schmid



PhD student


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL E 40


Research Interests

  • Strategic Spatial Planning, Planning Evaluation
  • Urban Morphology, Spatial Metrics
  • Green Infrastructure, Urban Forestry


2017 - ongoingDoctoral studies at Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich
2011 - 2014Master of Science in Human Geography, University of Zurich
2007 - 2011Bachelor of Science in Geography, University of Fribourg

Professional Experience

2015 - 2017          Land use planner at Stierli + Ruggli Ingenieure und Raumplaner AG, Lausen
2014 - 2015Planning assistant at Canton of Basel-Landschaft, Office for Spatial Planning, Liestal
2011 - 2013Junior research assistant at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich
2012Trainee at nateco AG, Gelterkinden


CONCUR - From Plan to land change

The project will analyze and clarify how planning and policy affect land change in urban regions. Whereas planning has a long tradition as a means to guiding spatial development, planning is only rudimentarily considered in land-change science. We will develop a theoretical model and then assess its applicability for land change modelling in the test regions of Zurich, Bucharest, and Austin, TX.


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