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).

Research interests
Urban Policy
Evidence-based Policy-making
Integrated and Sustainable Urban Development
Policy Mobilities and Policy Transfer
Policy Failure
Spatial Planning
Science-policy Interfaces

Latest content Tom Becker took part in

Geography & Spatial Planning
Interdisciplinary UniGR Center of Expertise at the University of Luxembourg
The University of the Greater Region (UniGR) has founded the first interdisciplinary centre of expertise for border research. It is a cross-border structure with border researchers from Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, coordinated at the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Luxembour
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.