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By its 50th anniversary in 2028, the University of Passau intends to become one of the leading centres in Europe for basic interdisciplinary research on the effects of digitalisation on society. The University focuses its research on the guiding themes of ‘Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures’, ‘Europe and Global Transformation’ and ‘Migration, Sustainable Development and Just Order’.

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The Digital Research Magazine presents selected projects on the University's research themes in a high-quality online format. The profiles of the researchers behind major projects are also showcased in the magazine.

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The overarching research themes are a logical extension of the founding principles of the University of Passau, which was established in 1978 as a so-called ‘borderland’ university. At the time, due to its proximity to both Austria and the Iron Curtain, the issues facing Europe were quite literally ‘close to home’. This history is taken up by the research theme ‘Europe and Global Transformation’.

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Current projects related to the theme ‘Europe and Global Transformation’

EU project EcoVeloTour: fostering bicycle tourism in the Danube region

EcoVeloTour facilitates the development of sustainable tourism in the Danube region along EuroVelo routes via an elaborate and ecologically sound framework of tourism destination management; it also opens up bicycle tourism to neighbouring regions adjacent to the EuroVelo route. The regions will capitalise on cultural and natural heritage through their integration of the ecosystem service framework into ecotourism planning, which will enable the managed preservation of ecosystem provisions for the benefit of the region and ecotourism stakeholders in the long run.

The framework will be strongly supported by sustainable mobility guidelines, a key element in comprehensive ecotourism planning, especially in the case of bicycle ecotourism. Furthermore, comprehensive market research will be conducted to assess the Danube region's potentials and to draw up a roadmap for future ecotourism development.

Regional ecotourism strategies will be elaborated based on the developed framework and good practices, studies on ecotourism, green mobility, knowledge exchange, potential ecosystem service mapping of pilot areas, intensive co-operation with key actors, stakeholder analysis and participation and learning interactions (including e-learning) at the regional and transnational level. Implementation of the strategies will start during the project term, including small-scale investments. The bottom-up approach, using collected local experience, will result in a policy recommendation to ensure the capitalisation of project results at the policy-maker level.

Outputs will be: (i) transnational tools for ecotourism development and management: an enhanced framework for ecotourism development and mobility planning guidelines; transnational market research; policy recommendation; an ecotourism mobile app; an e-learning platform; (ii) pilot regional ecotourism strategies; (iii) transnational learning interactions.

Pictured above: The Interreg project EcoVeloTour team (from left to right): Alexander von Poschinger (Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V.), Dr Stefan Mang, Anna Biedersberger, Josef Harasser (CenTouris, University of Passau).


Project EcoVeloTour is co-funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA).


Principal Investigator(s) at the University Dr. Stefan Mang (Institut für Markt- und Wirtschaftsforschung)
Project period 01.06.18 - 31.05.21
Source of funding
Europäische Union (EU) > EU - Europäischer Struktur- und Investitionsfonds (ESI-Fonds) 2014-2020 > EU - ESIF - Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) 2014-2020 > EU - ESIF - EFRE - Danube Transnational Programme (DTP - INTERREG V B)
Project number DTP2-055-2.2


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In recent years, Europe's responsibility to respond to global challenges with appropriate strategies has increasingly prompted researchers at the University of Passau to make development questions a matter of academic enquiry. The interdisciplinary path taken has brought about not only the interfaculty master's programme in Development Studies but also the research theme ‘Migration, Sustainable Development and Just Order’.

Research theme ‘Migration, Sustainable Development and Just Order’

Current projects related to ‘Migration, Sustainable Development and Just Order’

EU project EcoVeloTour: fostering bicycle tourism in the Danube region

EcoVeloTour facilitates the development of sustainable tourism in the Danube region along EuroVelo routes via an elaborate and ecologically sound framework of tourism destination management; it also opens up bicycle tourism to neighbouring regions adjacent to the EuroVelo route. The regions will capitalise on cultural and natural heritage through their integration of the ecosystem service framework into ecotourism planning, which will enable the managed preservation of ecosystem provisions for the benefit of the region and ecotourism stakeholders in the long run.

The framework will be strongly supported by sustainable mobility guidelines, a key element in comprehensive ecotourism planning, especially in the case of bicycle ecotourism. Furthermore, comprehensive market research will be conducted to assess the Danube region's potentials and to draw up a roadmap for future ecotourism development.

Regional ecotourism strategies will be elaborated based on the developed framework and good practices, studies on ecotourism, green mobility, knowledge exchange, potential ecosystem service mapping of pilot areas, intensive co-operation with key actors, stakeholder analysis and participation and learning interactions (including e-learning) at the regional and transnational level. Implementation of the strategies will start during the project term, including small-scale investments. The bottom-up approach, using collected local experience, will result in a policy recommendation to ensure the capitalisation of project results at the policy-maker level.

Outputs will be: (i) transnational tools for ecotourism development and management: an enhanced framework for ecotourism development and mobility planning guidelines; transnational market research; policy recommendation; an ecotourism mobile app; an e-learning platform; (ii) pilot regional ecotourism strategies; (iii) transnational learning interactions.

Pictured above: The Interreg project EcoVeloTour team (from left to right): Alexander von Poschinger (Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V.), Dr Stefan Mang, Anna Biedersberger, Josef Harasser (CenTouris, University of Passau).


Project EcoVeloTour is co-funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA).


Principal Investigator(s) at the University Dr. Stefan Mang (Institut für Markt- und Wirtschaftsforschung)
Project period 01.06.18 - 31.05.21
Source of funding
Europäische Union (EU) > EU - Europäischer Struktur- und Investitionsfonds (ESI-Fonds) 2014-2020 > EU - ESIF - Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) 2014-2020 > EU - ESIF - EFRE - Danube Transnational Programme (DTP - INTERREG V B)
Project number DTP2-055-2.2


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Since 2011, the University of Passau has consistently dealt with another global development across academic disciplines and faculty borders: the societal effects of digitalisation. The Technik Plus development programme and the second phase of the successful DFG Research Training Group ‘Privacy’ have provided a sustained impetus for interdisciplinary co-operation between the faculties. One example of this co-operation is the BMBF-funded SKILL project (website in German), which analyses the societal effects of digitalisation on teaching and learning environments and places a strong focus on information and media literacy. Another example is the Passau Centre for e-Humanities (website in German), which is also funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Due to the successful co-operation in these and many other projects, the academics at the University of Passau developed the focus ‘Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures’.

Current projects related to ‘Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures’

EU project EcoVeloTour: fostering bicycle tourism in the Danube region

EcoVeloTour facilitates the development of sustainable tourism in the Danube region along EuroVelo routes via an elaborate and ecologically sound framework of tourism destination management; it also opens up bicycle tourism to neighbouring regions adjacent to the EuroVelo route. The regions will capitalise on cultural and natural heritage through their integration of the ecosystem service framework into ecotourism planning, which will enable the managed preservation of ecosystem provisions for the benefit of the region and ecotourism stakeholders in the long run.

The framework will be strongly supported by sustainable mobility guidelines, a key element in comprehensive ecotourism planning, especially in the case of bicycle ecotourism. Furthermore, comprehensive market research will be conducted to assess the Danube region's potentials and to draw up a roadmap for future ecotourism development.

Regional ecotourism strategies will be elaborated based on the developed framework and good practices, studies on ecotourism, green mobility, knowledge exchange, potential ecosystem service mapping of pilot areas, intensive co-operation with key actors, stakeholder analysis and participation and learning interactions (including e-learning) at the regional and transnational level. Implementation of the strategies will start during the project term, including small-scale investments. The bottom-up approach, using collected local experience, will result in a policy recommendation to ensure the capitalisation of project results at the policy-maker level.

Outputs will be: (i) transnational tools for ecotourism development and management: an enhanced framework for ecotourism development and mobility planning guidelines; transnational market research; policy recommendation; an ecotourism mobile app; an e-learning platform; (ii) pilot regional ecotourism strategies; (iii) transnational learning interactions.

Pictured above: The Interreg project EcoVeloTour team (from left to right): Alexander von Poschinger (Tourismusverband Ostbayern e.V.), Dr Stefan Mang, Anna Biedersberger, Josef Harasser (CenTouris, University of Passau).


Project EcoVeloTour is co-funded by the European Union (ERDF, IPA).


Principal Investigator(s) at the University Dr. Stefan Mang (Institut für Markt- und Wirtschaftsforschung)
Project period 01.06.18 - 31.05.21
Source of funding
Europäische Union (EU) > EU - Europäischer Struktur- und Investitionsfonds (ESI-Fonds) 2014-2020 > EU - ESIF - Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE) 2014-2020 > EU - ESIF - EFRE - Danube Transnational Programme (DTP - INTERREG V B)
Project number DTP2-055-2.2


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Research theme 'Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures'

Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS)

The University is currently in the process of establishing the Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS) as a visible place on campus for the advancement of exemplary research, international network-building and for the support of early career researchers. It will be designed as a permanent, autonomous University institution that is particularly suited to furthering the visibility of our research output, as another cornerstone of the internationalisation of our research.

Any university that strives to maintain sustained excellence in research and teaching must provide a first-rate support base for those setting out on their research careers. To this end, the University has made it a core objective to give its early career researchers the best possible support when it comes to gaining qualifications and participating in (international) networks. We place particular emphasis on promoting female early career researchers and increasing the number of women professorial positions.

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When conducting world-class research, academics must rely on their creativity; but they also require administrative structures that reliably and comprehensively support them in their work. The Research Services Division provides professional advice and support on gaining funding from German and international donor organisations.