Since July 2008, I am a professor of urban studies at the University of Luxembourg at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning. My academic background is in geography (Diploma, University of Münster, Germany) and spatial planning (PhD at the University of Dortmund, Germany), and I obtained a post-doctoral degree in human geography from the Faculty of Earth Sciences of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
While my research interests focus on a broad range of topics in urban development and metropolitan governance, a common thread of this research is concerned with the interplay of spaces and flows. This interest unfolds for example in the study of logistics in geographical contexts. A recent research project studies the emergence of "relational cities" in Europe and South East Asia, namely Geneva (Switzerland), Luxembourg City, and Singapore. Also, a particular emphasis is placed on the science-policy interface in urban planning and governance.
I am an elected member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) in Germany and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) of the UK. I am a member of various advisory boards and scientific councils, among others I serve as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ILS/ Research Institute for Urban and Regional Development in Dortmund, Germany. Together with Richard Knowles (University of Salford, UK), I am co-editor of the Book Series Transport, Mobilities and Spatial Change, published by Edward Elgar.