Christian Schulz studied geography at the Universities of Saarbrücken/Germany, Québec/Canada and Metz/France. He holds a PhD (Dr. phil.) from the University of the Saarland (1998) and completed his habilitation at the University of Cologne/Germany in 2004 with a study of environmental producer services and their impact on the environmental performance of manufacturing firms.

He started working at the University of Luxembourg as a Full Professor in 2006 and currently acts as Head of the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning. Economic geographer by training, his research foci are in the field of sustainability transitions. Past and ongoing projects include green building, circular economy policies, alternative and diverse economies, green finance as well as the challenges and opportunities of post-growth dynamics for economic geography.

With Boris Braun (Cologne), he co-authored a textbook for undergraduate students in economic geography and cognate disciplines ("Wirtschaftsgeographie", UTB/Stuttgart, 2012). In a recent book ("Green Building Transitions", Springer/Cham, 2018) co-authored with Julia Affolderbach (Hull), he presents a conceptual framework for urban-economic transition research, based on empirical findings from Canada, Europe, and Australia.


Research interests
Economic Geography
Alternative Economies
Transition Studies
Green Finance

Latest content Christian Schulz took part in

Geography & Spatial Planning
Luxembourg in Transition
A consortium of researchers and designers led by the “Geography & Spatial Planning” department at the University of Luxembourg is one of the 10 teams selected by the Ministry of Energy and Regional Planning to imagine the future of the country. The objective of the mission is clear: bring innovative ideas for a sustainable and resilient Grand Duchy.
Geography & Spatial Planning
Circular economy: opportunities for sustainable resource use
Recently, circular economy policies have been propagated in many countries as a key strategy to reduce resource consumption and minimize waste by ‘closing the loops’ of material and energy flows. The CIRCULAR project of the University of Luxembourg is interested in the way firms and organizations succeed in adopting circularity to make their products more sustainable.
Geography & Spatial Planning
Grand Genève et son sol. Property, Ecology, Identity
The transborder region of Geneva is characterized by a socioeconomic imbalance between its core, the city of Geneva, and a residential belt located beyond the Franco-Swiss border with large protected agricultural areas in between.
Our territorial design strategy for Greater Geneva 2050 proposes the creation of one balanced, resilient metropolis out of the two separate agglomerations, offering proximity between work and life and between urban structure and agriculture.