Population growth, climate change and ongoing urbanisation are shaping the development of communities and cities. Socio-geographical tensions also arise due to segregation and gentrification. In-depth knowledge and professional, transdisciplinary and participatory knowledge are required to meet these challenges.
The community development focus topic combines the theoretical and methodological traditions of community work with socio-cultural animation and social urban, community and neighbourhood development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability. Attention is placed on social areas as a whole and on the categories of people from politics, business and civil society acting within them. Their potential must be stimulated, supported in a preventive manner and actively promoted.