Malte Helfer is a geographer and senior researcher at the University of Luxembourg.
In 1993, for his research on “Opportunities and risks of the tourism restructuring on Rügen island”, he was awarded his PhD at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken. In 1995, he was granted a habilitation scholarship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for his research about “Solar energy in Andalusia – new technologies as development potential for a backward region?”, and in 1999, he received the Venia legendi in Geography.
From 1993 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2002 he worked as a scientific assistant, and from 2002 to 2007 as assistant professor for the Department of Geography, Saarland University, Saarbrücken. He worked as a visiting lecturer at the universities of Plymouth and Paris-Sorbonne, and from 2001 to 2003 as associate lecturer for the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris "Sciences Po Paris", Nancy. From 2007 to 2012, he worked as project manager for the award-winning LUXATLAS and WEBATLAS (GR-Atlas) projects for the Department of History, Luxembourg University. Since 2012, he has been working as a senior researcher for the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, Luxembourg University.