Rural Germany in Socio Demographic Change: Reflections across Canada

November 1, 2012

Visiting Professor, Peter Dehne took part in a guest lecture hosted by RDI on October 18, 2012.

Professor of planning law and building law at the University of Applied Sciences in Neubrandenburg. Dr. Dehne presented his view of rural Germany and reflected on his recent cross Canada tour.

Inhabitants moving away; schools closing down; doctors and surgeons no longer busy; stores, inns and pubs giving up; dying villages, and shrinking regions. It’s like a pair of scissors severing and creating partitions. The space in Germany sorts itself in poor and rich; strong and weak; dynamic and lethargic; important and not needed; fast and slow.

  • What will be the place of the weakest towns, villages and regions?
  • How should state, municipalities and society handle them?
  • Does the postulate of equivalent living conditions apply to regions where the bus stops only once a day?
  • Where will the downward spiral turn at the end?
  • What will be left?
  • What is the solution?
  • How do the large countries with small population do it?
  • How do they manage their remote regions?

These and many more questions are what Dr. Dehne sought to answer during his across Canada tour.

Dr. Dehne’s presentation is available here.

Contact Dr. Dehne at:

University of Applied Sciences
Telephone: 0395 5693 – 4502
Email: dehne@hs-nb.de