21 April I Prof. Dr. Markus Hesse

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Online TCR Seminar with Prof. Dr. Markus Hesse (University of Luxemburg) on ‘European urban policies, programmes, and ideologies’

Guest lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus Hesse - University of Luxemburg

This session deals with the European Institutions, their frameworks and programmes as concerns regional development and policy, and, more recently, cities and urban development. The session includes two sets of input given by the instructor, followed by a joint discussion of the subject matter. The first part will be devoted to reconstructing the EU’s regional and urban policy trajectory, while the second will discuss the most recent policy strategies and documents in European contexts (such as the Urban Agenda, Leipzig Charter).

Different from regional development and territorial cohesion, which are established policy frames pursued for a while now (cf. Structural Funds, Common Agricultural Policy), urban issues are relatively new on the EU’s policy agenda. The reason for this delay is not topical neglect, but lies in distinct territories of institutional responsibility: In most EU-member states, urban and local policies are a municipal domain, with some (legal, fiscal and financial) authority executed by the nation states. These are reluctant to hand over any power in urban regards to the EU. Meanwhile, things have changed and the EU pursues an urban agenda in the light of sustainable development. This policy agenda involves a broad range of cities and regions who lobby for their interest and also provide some novel cases of policy mobility, exchange and learning.

Markus Hesse is a professor of urban studies at the University of Luxembourg’s Department of Geography and Spatial Planning. His academic background is in geography (University of Münster, Germany) and spatial planning (PhD at the University of Dortmund), and he obtained a post-doctoral degree in human geography from the Freie Universität Berlin. While his 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, for example with regard to logistics in a spatial context. A recent research project studies the emergence of “relational cities” in Europe and South East Asia, namely Geneva (Switzerland), Luxembourg City, and Singapore. A particular research emphasis is placed on the science-policy interface in urban planning and governance. Markus Hesse is an elected member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) in Germany and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of the UK. He sits on various advisory boards and scientific councils; since 2019, he serves as the Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the ILS/Research Institute for Urban and Regional Development in Dortmund, Germany.