Tom Becker is a researcher in urban studies. He holds a Master in Social Science with a major in Human Geography (Umeå Universitet, Sweden) and a Bachelor in History (University of London, United Kingdom). He is currently an external PhD student at Ghent University (Belgium). He has been a member of the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg since 2008.
He is particularly interested in urban governance. His research focuses primarily on urban policy and urban development both in Europe and in Luxembourg, evidence-based policy making, policy mobilities and policy transfer, integrated and sustainable urban policies, housing policies and spatial planning in Luxembourg as well as science-policy interfaces.
Between 2008 and 2015 he led the Cellule nationale d’Information pour la Politique Urbaine (CIPU), a national platform for urban policy issues in Luxembourg. He was national contact point for the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) and national dissemination point for URBACT until 2016. During that time, he participated as a national expert in a series of European projects such as the Reference Framework for Sustainable European Cities (RFSC), C-Change (Interreg IVB) and Europe 2020 going local (INTERREG IVC). Between 2010 and 2015 he co-organised the Observatoire Belval.
His teaching activities include courses in the Formation continue en Aménagement du territoire (Continuous Training in Spatial Planning) and the Master in Geography and Spatial Planning, both offered by the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning. Previously he was also a co-organisor of the interdisciplinary BA course on Film and Popular Culture (Bachelor en Cultures Européennes).