Sustainable Regional and Urban Development

Welcome to the Website of the Sustainable regional and urban development group at Trier University!

Together with international collaborators and doctoral students, we are working on a number of projects and topics in the following broad areas:

Sustainable and alternative climate change strategies at the urban and regional scale in respect to green economies (e.g. green building, circular economy, alternative and postgrowth economies), environmental governance, sustainable urban development and planning, climate justice and politics;


  1. Environmental activism and (resource) conflicts in particular in respect to the forest sector (Canada, Australia), spatial dimensions of environmental activism;
  2. Theoretical work and contributions in environmental economic geography, policy mobility, social practice theory, political economy and governance studies (e.g. rescaling);
  3. Sustainability education and pedagogy of geography in higher education with a focus on innovative teaching approaches as well as (social) science education.


[Translate to Englisch:] Logo digilego


This strategic partnership is led by Trier University in collaboration with the Luxembourg Institute for Socioeconomic Research, the University of Hull and the National University of Ireland Galway and seeks to enhance the capacity of teachers in higher education in Geography and Environmental Sciences through training and development of resources in digital and blended methods.

[Translate to Englisch:] Recycling Material


Plastic and their waste is of particular importance in the context of environmental and waste problems due to their quantity, long decomposition time and the spread of microplastics. The Plast.Ed project (10/2022 - 09/2024) implements a plastic recycling workshop at the University of Trier as a real-world laboratory and extracurricular learning location for education for sustainable development.

[Translate to Englisch:] Buchcover Green Building Transitions


International Research Cooperation (2013-2016), funded by the National Research Fund Luxembourg (FNR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG), focused on sustainability transitions in the building sector and low-carbon management in the context of urban climate policy.


You'll find an overview of our publications here.