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Christian Schulz

Christian Schulz
University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg · Department of Geography and Spatial Planning

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Introduction
My research foci are in the fields of regional governance in Europe and of environmental economic geography. With Boris Braun (Cologne), I co-authored a textbook on Economic Geography (UTB, Stuttgart, 2012). Currently, I'm working on energy transitions (e.g. related to green building) and on the challenges and opportunities of post-growth dynamics for economic geography.
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April 2006 - present
University of Luxembourg
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This article offers an approach that helps geographers and others to carefully and critically reexamine prospects for diverse economies. We propose an interpretative institutionalist perspective is useful for elucidating overlooked opportunities for creating alternative economic visions and practices by revealing the process of ‘meaning making’ und...
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Cities around the world have launched greening initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint and to become more sustainable. At the same time, they have also sought to use these initiatives to position themselves as climate change leaders and green champions. This paper focuses on the City of Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan as urban polic...
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Knowledge coproduction between practitioners and scientists offers promising opportunities for the emerging research field of the geography of sustainability transitions. Drawing on experiences from an international research project on urban green building transitions, this article explores the potentials and challenges of interactive and collabora...
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Urban sustainability approaches focusing on a wide range of topics such as infrastructure and mobility, green construction and neighbourhood planning, or urban nature and green amenities have attracted scholarly interest for over three decades. Recent debates on the role of cities in climate change mitigation have triggered new attempts to conceptu...
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While mainstream economic geography is doing increasing research on green manufacturing and services, with a few notable exceptions, its predominant conceptual approaches to emerging modes of economic orientation continue to examine economic transitions somewhat unreflexively within the context of traditional growth paradigms. The aim of this artic...
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Zusammenfassung Vor dem Hintergrund der jüngeren politischen Dynamik um die Circular Economy (CE) in der EU und vielen ihrer Mitgliedsstaaten diskutiert der Beitrag die bisherige Reichweite des Konzepts sowie Herausforderungen für dessen Imple-mentierung. Vor allem drei Aspekte werden kritisch beleuchtet: Erstens die selektive Rezeption des Ansatze...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Post-Growth Geographies examines the spatial relations of diverse and alternative economies between growth-oriented institutions and multiple socio-ecological crises. The book brings together conceptual and empirical contributions from geography and its neighbouring disciplines and offers different perspectives on the possibilities, demands and cri...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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The chapter discusses the implications and possible opportunities of the Corona pandemic for Luxembourg's national economy in general, and the financial sector, in particular. Against this backdrop, the potentials of alternative finance and post-growth approaches are outlined.
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This article outlines the community economies of Esch-sur-Alzette, the ‘second city’ of Luxembourg. ‘Community economies’ – an approach outlined by J.K. Gibson-Graham – draws attention to alternative narratives of economic development and the representation of economic identity. Despite (the Grand Duchy of) Luxembourg’s reputation as a European Uni...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Der Band »Postwachstumsgeographien« untersucht die Raumbezüge diverser und alternativer Ökonomien im Spannungsfeld von wachstumsorientierten Institutionen und multiplen sozialökologischen Krisen. Die Beiträge greifen diesen Ansatz erstmals umfassend auf und eröffnen mit konzeptionellen und empirischen Fachbeiträgen aus der Geographie und deren Nach...
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Recent international and national policy initiatives promulgate the Circular Economy (CE) as the new central pathway towards sustainable modes of production and consumption. A growing number of commentators criticize the approach, despite its success in triggering discussions about product design (longevity, reparability) and about options for shar...
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Introduction to a special issue with contributions from French geographers doing research in Germany
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Mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Redaktion der RaumPlanung, Informationskreis für Raumplanung e.V. (IfR) | Postwachstum und Planung wurden lange nur punktuell zusammen gedacht. In den letzten Jahren finden sich zunehmende Verknüpfungen aus Ökonomie, Soziologie und Politikwissenschaft in die räumliche Planung. Begrenzte Ressourcen, nicht vermehrbare...
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Postwachstum und Planung wurden lange nur punktuell zusammen gedacht. In den letzten Jahren finden sich zunehmende Verknüpfungen aus Ökonomie, Soziologie und Politikwissen-schaft in die räumliche Planung. Begrenzte Ressourcen, nicht vermehrbarer Boden, Nachhal-tigkeitsziele und ein neuer »Druck auf die Fläche« fordern kritisches Nachdenken heraus....
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The original version of this book was inadvertently published with incorrect placement (on the cover) DFG and FNR logos. The current version of the book is updated with the DFG and FNR logos in correct place that is in Front Matter along with the following note: “Research supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR - 5791578) and the Ge...
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Vor dem Hintergrund der lebhaften Debatten über Post-wachstumsansätze, die derzeit vor allem in zivilgesell-schaftlichen Foren und Organisationen geführt werden, beginnen auch die Raum-und Planungswissenschaften, sich dem Thema zu öffnen (Krueger et al. 2017; Zademach/ Hillebrand 2013; Schulz/Bailey 2014). Es mag verwundern, dass dies nicht schon f...
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Over the past decade, the term transitions has been adopted widely in policy and academic circles, and notions of green transitions, sustainability transitions and low-carbon transitions now frequently replace the common Leitbild of sustainable development in local, regional and national visions and analyses. Transition studies present one particul...
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This methodological chapter argues for a multisited approach to urban green building transitions driven by the objective to understand different drivers of and barriers behind green building innovations rather than a directed comparison between cases. The approach offers a broader scope of analysis without neglecting the in-depth analysis of the si...
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The building sector has been identified as one of the largest contributors to human-related greenhouse gas emissions but also as one holding great potential to lower its emissions. Due to the concentration of built structures in urban areas, green building has become a major part of urban climate change strategies, but approaches differ considerabl...
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This concluding chapter highlights the main findings of the GreenRegio research project by presenting the core results and by discussing their relevance for conceptual debates around urban sustainability transitions in general and theory building in transition studies in particular. It also illustrates the major shortcomings of the research design...
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Cities have long been seen as important in achieving sustainability. However, conceptions of and approaches to urban sustainability and greening have changed over time from a primary focus of environmental problems as urban problems to cities as leaders in global climate change mitigation. This chapter provides a brief overview over the changes in...
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Based on framings influenced by transition studies approaches, this chapter assesses local trajectories in Freiburg, Vancouver, Brisbane and Luxembourg focusing on local and regional framework conditions. More specifically, it discusses the extent and the ways in which the four cities can be understood as seedbeds or niches that allow (or inhibit)...
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Urban green building transitions are driven by experiments and innovations raising questions of drivers and barriers behind these processes. This chapter discusses spatial and temporal perspectives on green building innovations drawing on research on policy mobilities and innovation. It discusses green building in Freiburg, Vancouver, Brisbane and...
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The environmental dimension and sustainability related issues have increasingly gained momentum in Economic Geography. This paper argues that integrating the inequality perspective into Environmental Economic Geography (EEG) and trying to disentangle the manifold interrelationships between economic, social, and environmental disadvantage could be w...
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This paper has a quintessentially explorative character. It aims at identifying existing as well as potential (yet missing) links between the finance industry and local businesses that aspire to more sustainable economic practices. Building on the observation that green investments have been gaining weight in global investors' strategies, we analys...
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Recent debates on climate change have increasingly focused on cities as strategic scale to mitigate action on climate change. One significant opportunity for cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become climate change leaders lies in green building and the way the build environment interfaces with urban structures and services. The proposed...
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This volume analyzes sustainability-related innovations in the building sector and discusses how regional contexts articulate transition trajectories toward green building. It presents ‘biographies’ of drivers and processes of green building innovation in four case studies: Brisbane (AUS), Freiburg (GER), Luxembourg (LU), and Vancouver (CA). Two of...
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Research on the mechanisms and articulation of sustainability transitions has gained considerable momentum in human geography over the last decade. In this context, the efficient production and utilization of renewable energies is widely considered as one crucial aspect of ongoing adaptations to new environmental imperatives. Our paper examines geo...
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Transnational debates, for instance on the finiteness of fossil resources and their harmful effects on the climate, are often regarded as interdisciplinary challenges in the social and natural sciences. By contrast, in the past two decades, notably in the 2000s, geography appears to have been forgetful of resources. In this paper it is argued that...
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According to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Green Economy Report (2011), energy consumption of buildings in most of the industrialized countries accounts for around one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. The building sector also consumes more than a third of global resources and contributes by about 40 % to solid waste streams (m...
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Wie entstehen grenzüberschreitende Regionen und was charakterisiert sie? Am Beispiel der Großregion SaarLorLux untersuchen die aus Deutschland, Frankreich und Luxemburg stammenden Beiträger dieses Bandes die gesellschaftliche Praxis an EU-Binnengrenzen. Sie diskutieren die Praktiken von institutionellen Akteuren und von Grenzraumbewohnern in den Be...
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Warum entwickeln sich Regionen unterschiedlich? Welche gesellschaftlichen Kräfte begünstigen technologische und wirtschaftliche Innovationen? Wie können Menschen zusammenarbeiten, die in unterschiedlichen Regionen der Erde leben? Die Wirtschaftsgeographie befasst sich in räumlicher Perspektive mit der Beschreibung, Analyse und Erklärung von wirtsch...
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Being metropolitan : the key to developing a cross-border spatial planning strategy in the Greater Region SaarLorLux ? In 2009, the Greater Region SaarLorLux launched a strategy targeting the establishment of a “cross-border polycentric metropolitan region” (CBPMR). This political ambition aims at developing a cross-border spatial planning strategy...
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Wie entstehen grenzüberschreitende Regionen und was charakterisiert sie? Am Beispiel der Großregion SaarLorLux untersuchen die aus Deutschland, Frankreich und Luxemburg stammenden Beiträger dieses Bandes die gesellschaftliche Praxis an EU-Binnengrenzen. Sie diskutieren die Praktiken von institutionellen Akteuren und von Grenzraumbewohnern in den Be...
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Buzzwords such as green new deal, green economy and sustainable growth dominate current debates about future development scenarios. They are increasingly being criticized for their reliance on technological solutions and on old capitalist growth paradigms i.e. not sufficiently taking into account the limits of resource consumption. The efficiency h...
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Luxembourg's planning system is currently undergoing a fundamental reform with the establishment of completely new structures in some parts of it. The present paper reflects these developments in the following steps: We start by proposing a heuristic based on the planning culture perspective originally developed by Frank Othengrafen and colleagues,...
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Based on experiences from the GreenRegio research project that investigates framework conditions for innovations in sustainable/green building, this working paper explores the potential of interactive and collaborative methods for knowledge generation and co-production. Engagement with local practi-tioners, private industry, academics, political de...
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Malgré l’intérêt croissant de la géographie économique pour les questions de l’industrie et des services verts, celle-ci reste fortement ancrée dans le paradigme traditionnel de croissance économique continue. La présente contribution vise à confronter les discours des avantages néo-libéraux autour des notions d’« économie verte » et de « croissanc...
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Le système luxembourgeois d'aménagement du territoire fait actuellement l'objet d'une réforme fondamentale visant à en restructurer totalement certains aspects. Le présent article passe en revue les changements en trois phases. Nous allons dans un premier temps décrire brièvement le contexte territorial du Luxembourg, lequel présente certaines spéc...
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Post­growth economies – (not) a topic for economic geography? While mainstream economic geography is increasingly doing research on green manufacturing and services, its conceptual ap­proaches merely continue relying on traditional growth paradigms. The paper confronts the partly neo­liberal discourses on the “green economy” and “smart growth” with...
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Territoriality is mostly discussed as the political competence to exert control on a certain space, in particular with regard to the nation state. Globalization and European Integration have initiated some debate on this understanding, but cross-cross-border cooperation has rarely been linked to this debate. In these areas enormous political change...
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Diese Einführung in die Wirtschaftsgeographie wendet sich an Studienanfänger der Geographie sowie angrenzender Disziplinen und eignet sich zudem hervorragend zur Prüfungsvorbereitung am Ende des Studiums. Das Lehrbuch vermittelt einen aktuellen Überblick über Konzepte, Forschungsansätze und Themen der Wirtschaftsgeographie, wie sie derzeit an deuts...
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While mainstream economic geography is increasingly doing research on green manufacturing and services, its conceptual approaches merely continue relying on traditional growth paradigms. The paper confronts the partly neo-liberal discourses on the "green economy" and "smart growth" with the more critical contributions on post-growth economies. The...
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Im Jahr 1995 wurde das Konzept der «Europäischen Metropolregion » (EMR) in die deutsche Raumordnungspolitik eingeführt. Es definiert Stadtregionen mit europäischer Ausstrahlung, die als "Motoren der gesellschaftlichen, wirtschaftlichen, sozialen und kulturellen Entwicklung" wirken sollen. Ursprtinglich hatte die Ministerkonferenz für Raumordnung (M...
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Luxembourg - international financial center, European administrative center, destination country for immigration? This empirical study provides insights about a society that has hitherto largely eluded scientific investigation and observes the processes of identity construction in globalised conditions. The interdisciplinary team of authors exposes...
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Luxembourg - international financial center, European administrative center, destination country for immigration? This empirical study provides insights about a society that has hitherto largely eluded scientific investigation and observes the processes of identity construction in globalised conditions. The interdisciplinary team of authors exposes...
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Luxembourg - international financial center, European administrative center, destination country for immigration? This empirical study provides insights about a society that has hitherto largely eluded scientific investigation and observes the processes of identity construction in globalised conditions. The interdisciplinary team of authors exposes...
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Luxembourg – international financial center, European administrative center, destination country for immigration? This empirical study provides insights about a society that has hitherto largely eluded scientific investigation and observes the processes of identity construction in globalised conditions. The interdisciplinary team of authors exposes...

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Entrepreneurs, firms and community-based initiatives are increasingly endorsing more sustainable economic activities; for example, they reduce resource consumption and promote regional sourcing. One such alternative economic arena is circular economy (CE) approaches. Many regions seek to use CE and other alterative economy projects as instruments for structural renewal. At the same time, the finance industry seeks to account for ecologically and socially sensitive business models. For example, ‘green’ bonds and funds gradually strive to redirect investments towards re-forestation projects, renewable energies, etc. Banks and investment funds in the specialized financial centers of Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris originate credit; yet they feed global circuits of capital rather than fund regional CE projects. AltFin seeks to reconcile both sustainability angles. It analyses how transition dynamics could be enabled that combine the best of both sustainable finance and alternative economies to build the sustainable regional economies of the future.
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The objective of this project was to examine and evaluate cross-border power relationships in the Greater Region of Luxembourg and embed research on this dynamic area into international debates on border integration.
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The main objective of the project is to assess the challenges and opportunities of implementing Circular Economy (CE) policies at the regional level. We want to identify the current dynamics, challenges and barriers in these implementation processes by studying the role of firms, business associations, public authorities, and civil society organizations in this endeavour. Case study regions are the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Västra Götaland in Sweden. In both regions, we will inquire into the building sector, the automotive supply industry as well as into community initiatives (e.g. food cycles, repair workshops). https://circular.uni.lu/