Welcome to the website of the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 294 "Structural Change of Property"!

The Collaborative Research Centre pursues the goal of investigating the fundamental structural change of property that could be observed at the latest since 1989.  The Collaborative Research Centre contains a total of 24 subprojects at five locations in Germany: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Sprecher*innenhochschule), Universität Erfurt, Freie Universität BerlinCarl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Technische Universität Darmstadt.

While private property has gained in importance worldwide since 1989 under conditions of increasing concentration and deregulation, the resulting property system has proved to be both crisis-prone and highly controversial in the face of new economic, political and technological challenges. It isn´t challenged only by the global financial and economic crises, but also by political conflicts over the appropriation, distribution and containment of private property, as well as by the dynamics of the knowledge and bio-economies, which are linked to alternative concepts of common property, shared use and free access to resources.

The SFB short film: About property in transition and the work of the SFB

This film is the work of Catharina Göldner and Katharina Hamann.


SFB Annual Conference

The SFB Annual Conference 2022 is coming soon! On 4 and 5 October the time has come. We are looking forward to great talks and excellent guests on "Contested Concepts of Property". Click here for the programme.

New Episode of "Appropriate"

Henrike Katzer and Christoph Henning from the SFB report on their research on sharing economies.

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Event: "Wohnen, Wasser und Energie als öffentliche Infrastrukturen - Kommunalisieren, Vergesellschaften, Enteignen?"

As part of the SFB's annual conference, a roundtable discussion with guests from civil society, politics and science will take place on 5 October at 6 pm in the Paradiescafe Jena.

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Der SFB in den Medien

Sebastian Sevignani speaks on Deutschlandfunk Kultur about the supremacy of digital and private-sector platforms in our current public sphere.

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität; Jena

Annual conference: „Contested Concepts of Property in Past & Present“

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„Vergesellschaftung: Strategien für eine demokratische Wirtschaft“

conference in cooperation with communia e.V. in Berlin. 

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität; Jena

„Mein? Dein? Unser? Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf die Bedeutung des Eigentums für die sozialökologische Transformation.“

Workshop in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Registration at:

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