Department of Geography and Spatial Planning

How do urban spaces develop and how can architecture and spatial planning steer this process in order to make our cities liveable and sustainable? How does location, access to green spaces and accessibility to public transport influence property prices? What are the socio-economic and spatial implications of international migration? How can spatial data be collected with the help of digital devices and crowdsourcing? How can regional economies, in times of climate change and resource scarcity, adapt their business models towards a sustainable production system? What impacts do development strategies have on sustainability in micro- and macro-regions

In the field of geography, spatial planning and architecture, we conduct research to find answers to these and other questions. We are a team of more than 40 academics from various disciplines who work together to examine spatial development processes on a local, regional and international level. We are particularly interested in understanding transformation processes and in developing recommendations for sustainable transitions. Special emphasis is placed on urban development patterns, architecture and urban regeneration, underlying governance mechanisms, migration issues, cross-border cooperation, economic restructuring processes and policy coherence for sustainable development. Digital methods of data gathering and analysis as well as the development of digital tools for visualisation play an increasing role in our research and teaching.

The department hosts the National Contact Point for the EU programme ESPON (European Spatial Planning Observation Network) and the National Contact Point for the EMN (European Migration Network) as well as the Observatoire Belval.
It also offers four study programs: the Master in Geography and Spatial Planning, the Master in Architecture, the Master in Border Studies and the Formation Continue en Aménagement du Territoire, a continuous education programme in spatial planning.