Dr. rer. nat. Werner Rolf

Dr. rer. nat. Werner Rolf

Research and Teaching Associate 

Technische Universität München
Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management

Phone: +49 (0)8161 / 71 4777
Office hours: by arrangement
Email: werner.rolf@tum.de

Fields of expertise/ research interest

  • Integrated landscape management, ecosystem management, green infrastructure planning
  • Valorization strategies for nature and landscape
  • GIS applications in environmental planning, landscape ecology, and ecosystem modeling 
  • Methods of applied landscape research and transformative research   
  • Co-design, cooperative and collaborative approaches in research and planning

Recent research activities

  • GREEN SURGE – Green Infrastructure and Urban Biodiversity for Sustainable Urban Development and the Green Economy (Funding: EU FP7 Projekt, 2013-2017)
  • GreenInfra: Urban Green Infrastructure – Basics, Planning and implementation in integrated city planning (Funding: German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation - BfN, 2016-2017)
  • LUIGI: Linking Urban and Inner-Alpine Green Infrastructure – Multifunctional Ecosystem Services for more liveable territories (Funding: Interreg Alpine Space, 2019-2022)


  • Leading projects in Landscape Planning (B.Sc. and M.Sc.)
  • Leading seminars about topics of valorization of nature and landscapes (M.Sc.), landscape planning stratgegies for climate change adaptation (M.Sc.) as well as green infrastructure planning (M.Sc.)
  • Contribution to lectures such as basic landscape planning (B.Sc.), theories and methods (B.Sc./M.Sc.) and ecological basics for nature conservation and planning (M.Sc.) 
  • Member of examination board Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning (B.Sc.), Nature Conservation and Landscape Planning (M.Sc.) and Ecological Engineering (M.Sc.) 

Current teaching offers

Other scientific activities


Selected recent publications: 

  • Rolf, W, Diehl, K., Zasada, I., Wiggering, H. 2020. Integrating farmland in Urban Green Infrastructure. An evidence synthesis for informed policymaking. Land Use Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104823
  • Rolf, W., Peters, D. 2020. Algorithmic Landscapes meet Geodesign for effective Green Infrastucture Planning – Ideas and Perspectives. Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 5-2020, 476-485. DOI: 10.14627/537690049
  • Hansen, R., Pauleit, S., Rolf, W., van Lierop, M., 2020. Grüne Infrastruktur als innovativer Planungsansatz für nachhaltige und inklusive Stadtentwicklung. Nachrichten der ARL 3/2019 – Stadtökologie, 11-15. [URL]
  • Pauleit, S., Hansen, R. van Lierop, M., Rall, E.L., Rolf, W. 2019. Grüne Infrastruktur – ein innovativer Ansatz für die Landschaftsplanung. In: Kühne O., Weber F., Berr K., Jenal C. (eds) Handbuch Landschaft. RaumFragen: Stadt – Region – Landschaft. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-25746-0_63
  • Rolf, W., Pauleit, S., Wiggering, H. 2019. A stakeholder approach, door opener for farmland and multifunctionality in Urban Green Infrastructure. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 40. DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2018.07.012
  • Rolf, W., Peters, D., Lenz, R., Pauleit, S. 2018. Farmland – an Elephant in the Room of Urban Green Infrastructure? Lessons learned from connectivity analysis in three German cities. Ecological Indicators 94(2). DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.06.055 
  • Hansen R., Born D., Lindschulte K., Rolf W., Bartz R., Schröder A., Becker C.W., Kowarik I., Pauleit S., 2018. Grüne Infrastruktur im urbanen Raum: Grundlagen, Planung und Umsetzung in der integrierten Stadtentwicklung. Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Bonn, BfN-Skripten 503

Overview of publications and conference contributions at ResearchGate and ORCiD


  • Since 2012 Research and teaching associate at Technical University of Munich, with visits (Erasmus+ Mobility STT) to University of Lisbon (2018), University of Ghent (2019) and University of Warsaw (2020)
  • Since 2009 Lecturer at International Master of Landscape Architecture – IMLA 
  • 2017-2020 Doctoral studies in landscape management at Potsdam University (Degree Dr. rer. nat.)
  • 2000-2012 Staff member at Institute for Applied Research (IAF) at Nuertingen-Geislingen University (HfWU), section environment and planning (project development, management and handling)
  • 2000-2011 Lecturer at programme Environmental Informatics for Environmental Planning 
  • Since 2000 Consultant in landscape ecology and landscape development - Landwaerts
  • 1996-1997 Study-related practical experience in the fields ecosystem restoration (AGNL, Wagenfeld), landscape planning (BfoeS/OPUS, Bayreuth), landscape informatics (geoGLIS, Eckernförde)
  • 1994-2000 Studies of land stewardship with specialisation on environmental development and landscape management at University for Applied Science Nuertingen with guest visit at Computing Research Laboratory for the Environment (CRLE), University of Guelph, Ontario 
  • Apprenticeship as gardener and several years of working experience in the field of nature conservation and wilderness preservation (Germany and abroad)