EBZ Business School

The EBZ Business School (EBZ BS) – is officially approved as University of Applied Scienc-es by the Ministry for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology of the Federate State of North Rhine-Westphalia and is sponsored by non-profit-making foundation the EBZ - Europäisches Bildungszentrum der Wohnungs- und Immobilienwirtschaft (the Euopean Education Centre of the residential housing und real estate businesses). The EBZ BS is a research intensive University of Applied Sciences, which is focused on the scientific excellence and research orientation of teaching. It is its aim to increase the state of research and knowledge. Primarily the development processes of the residential housing and real estate markets are being analyzed from a social, cultural, ecological and economical point of view. Also recom-mendations are drawn up for  actors of enterprises, associations as well as politics and man-agement authorities.  Furthermore urban and regional research topics are worked on, which are closely related to housing and real estate subjects.

Field of research: water and urban area

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. habil. Sigrid Schaefer and coordinated by Dr. Daniel Dangel, the EBZ Business School analyzes the effect of water on human quality of life. For example, they examine the sustainable urban water cycle and the effects of watercourse renaturation on residential amenity and real estate prices, the potential of neighborhood-scale water-related change measurement, as well as mitigation scenarios for the real estate industry.

Sigrid Schaefer (Prof. Dr. habil.) serves as Rector as well as Professor of General Business Administration, in particular focusing on the control and sustainability of business. She is also Managing Director of the Institute of Housing, Real Estate, Urban and Regional Development (InWIS GmbH), both affiliated institutes of the Ruhr University in Bochum and the EBZ Business School. Her work broadly touches on issues around management, accounting and controlling, sustainability management and sustainability communication, innovation policy and technology assessment, as well as policy research and policy consultations, including the impact of assessment processes. Additionally, she is deputy speaker of the Future Water Fortschrittskolleg.


Daniel Dangel (Dr.) is a research coordinator at the InWIS, which is affiliated to the EBZ Business School and Ruhr University in Bochum. As geoecologist, he deals with inter- and transdisciplinary issues of urban and regional development in the field of tension between ecology and economics. In addition, he is interested in sustainable urban and regional development strategies.


Stefanie Jeschka (M.A.) is doctoral candidate at the EBZ Business School, studying the broad theme of ‘water and town’. Her studies encompass accounting for controlling, and developing sustainable management strategies. As a part of her dissertation she investigates the impact of water management measures on the development of neighborhoods, implementing models of sustainable valuations.