Estelle Evrard

Estelle Evrard

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculté ou Centre Faculté des Sciences Humaines, des Sciences de l'Éducation et des Sciences Sociales​
Department Département Géographie et aménagement du territoire
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Bureau sur le campus MSH, E02 15-090
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 9578
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39578

Dr., Research Scientist / Maître Assistant

Department of Geography and Spatial Planning 

Internal Fellow, Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs

Ph.D. 2013, institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg
Master in European law, 2006, Institute of European studies, Free University of Brussels

Research Interests

  • European integration & European spatial planning
  • Spatial Justice
  • Territoriality 
  • Border studies (Grande Région)  

Current projects

Further activities


  • French (1st language)
  • English (fluent in written and spoken)
  • German (fluent in written and spoken)

Last updated on: mardi 24 novembre 2020

Work Experience

  • 03.2013-present: Collaboratrice de recherche, University of Luxembourg
  • 03.2008-02.2013: Research associate, University of Luxembourg
  • 2007: Trainee, ESPON coordination Unit, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
  • 2006: Trainee, European Parliament, office of the MEP Jean-Marie Beaupuy, Brussels


  • 2013: “Cross-border supraregionalisation? – Greater Region Saar-Lor-Lux”, Ph.D. in geography under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christian Schulz, University of Luxembourg
  • 2006: Master’s degree in European law with emphasis on EU regional policy from a legal and political perspective, Institute of European studies, Free University of Brussels
  • 2005: 1st  year of Master’s degree in European law, University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
  • 2003: Bachelor in law, University of Le Havre and Vienna (in the framework of the Erasmus programme)

Last updated on: 18 nov 2020

Teaching responsibilities

  • “Introduction to the European Integration”, 30h, Master 1 in Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg. As from Winter Semester 2017 onwards, the class is also taught to students registered in the Master in Border Studies (30h, in English). 
  • Since winter semester 2013: Associated in the management of the Lifelong learning in spatial planning, one year training programme for planners in Luxembourg, including seminars on Fakten und Trends in den Sektoren Wirtschaft, Bewölkerung und Siedlungsentwicklung in der Großregion und Luxemburg, University of Luxembourg, 4h, (in French, since winter semester 2015).    

Invited talks

  • Evrard, E., (2020): Using planning games to analyse how cross-border spatial planning unfolds, Planning theoryTalks at the Chair for Planning Theory and Urban Development (RWTH Aachen University), Conference conveyor: Prof. Agnes Forster.
  • Evrard, E., (2019): Using phronesis in analysing borders, What is a border? Materiality and normativity of the limit; EHESS Georg Simmel Centre, University of Luxembourg, Conference conveyor: Prof. Falk Bretschneider. 
  • Evrard, E., (2019): Rethinking cross-border areas under the lens of spatial justice, 10th Anniversary of CESCI, Budapest 
  • Evrard, E., (2019): Turning sustainable neighborhoods in former brownfield: the missed opportunity of local democracy at the Lorraine-Luxembourg border, Annual meeting of the Association of history and geography teachers in Lorraine, Conference conveyor: Frank Schwab. 
  • Van Aerde, C.; Evrard, E.; Blondel, C. (2018): Researchers in the footsteps of an artist at the crossroads of borders, Opening conference UniGR-Centre for Border Studies project, Conference conveyor: Dr. Christian Wille. 
  • Dorkel, N.; Evrard, D. (2017): Observing how planning unfolds in borderland: the planning game method, UMS RIATE, University Paris 8 and MOT, Conference conveyor: Prof. Marianne Guérois. 
  • Evrard, E. (2017): Thoughts for analysing cross-border regions through mutual learning and reflexibility, Keynote speech, RSA ReHi Workshop "Cross-border regions & inter-regional policy transfer in the past, present and future", Conference conveyor: Sara Svensson              
  • Evrard, E. (2014): From people centered to place-based approach: the paradigm shift in the EU Cohesion policy, Réflexions sur la notion de région, Les régions et la politique de cohésion de l’UE, Conference organised by the Jean Monnet Centre at the University of Rennes    

Conference organisation | Session conveyor 

  • Blondel, C.; Evrard, E. (2019): Geographies of spatial (in)justice; Lecture series with Tissot, S. (Paris 8 University), Tlostanova, M. (Linköping University), Delpirou, A. (Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris), Murtagh, B. (Queen University Belfast), Timar, J (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).
  • Caesar, B.; Evrard, E. (2019): Planning in the border region: research and practice in dialogue, Practitioners workshop, House of the Greater Region, Esch-sur-Alzette.
  • Evrard, E. & Sielker, F. (2017): Taking stock: Does the place-based approach make a difference for EU regional policy?, Speakers: Prof. Tobias Chilla (Erlangen), Ilona Raugze (ESPON), Prof. Peter Schmitt (Stockholm), Nathalie Verschelde (DG REGIO), AESOP conference, Lisbon. 
  • Puglia, E.; Evrard, E. (2016): Le Freeport Luxembourg, Seminar: Zones, Clusters, Nodes – Tracing Concrete Places and Policies, University of Luxembourg.

Presentations (most recent)

  • Evrard, E.; Chilla, T. (2020): European (dis)integration: implications for the European Cohesion policy, University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) annual conference (online presentation)
  • Evrard, E. (2019): Reconvertir et aménager les friches industrielles à la frontière franco-luxembourgeoise : enjeux de justice spatiale, La Lorraine, un territoire de fronts et de frontières, Les agoras de l’APHG en Lorraine, Metz. 
  • Blondel, C.; Evrard, E. (2019): Autonomy, local development and spatial justice. Lessons from opposite cases: the EPA Alzette Belval and Euralens (France), People, Place and Policy Social and Spatial Inequalities Conference 2019, University of Sheffield 
  • Krystof, F.; Evrard, E., (2019): Building eco-neighbourhoods to fight spatial injustices: Cantebonne Villerupt (Lorraine) Case study, Conference: “Building policies to fight urban poverty from the ground?” Sciences-po Paris.  
  • Evrard, E., Topaloglou, L. (2019): Spatial (in)justice in post-mining in regional strategies, AESOP annual congress, Venise.    
  • Caesar, B.; Evrard, E., (2019): (Re)considering cross-border spatial planning under the lens of planning culture, AESOP annual congress, Venise. 
  • Evrard, E.; Sielker, F. (2018): Territoriality and spatiality - two paramount concepts in furthering European Integration Theory, Chair: Sami Moisio, University of Helsinki. 
  • Evrard, E. (2017): Place-based approach and soft space in the EU territorial development context: attempt of a comparison, AESOP Lisbon. 
  • Evrard, E.; Hamez, G. (2016): Challenges for cross-border spatial planning in the Greater Region SaarLorLux: Future research needs, AESOP, Kaiserslautern.
  • Evrard, E. (2016): Crafting spaces through the “place-based approach”? The example of the EU cohesion policy, Chair: Nathalie Papanastasiou, Interpretative Policy Analysis annual conference, Hull.            

Last updated on: 18 nov 2020

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See detailEGTC: A tool for fostering spatial justice in EUropean borderlands
Evrard, Estelle

in Ocskay, Gyula (Ed.) 15 years of the EGTCs. Lessons learnt and future perspectives. (2020)

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Evrard, Estelle

in Wassenberg, Birte; Reitel, Bernard (Eds.) Critical Dictionary on Cross-Border Cooperation in Europe (2020)

See detailThe Temporary Reintroduction of Border Controls Inside theSchengen Area: Towards a Spatial Perspective
Evrard, Estelle; Nienaber, Birte; Sommarribas, Adolfo

in Journal of Borderlands Studies (2020), 35(3), 369-383

See detailLa réintroduction des contrôles frontaliers dans l’Espace Schengen. Réflexions préliminaires pour un agenda de recherche
Evrard, Estelle; Sommarribas, Adolfo; Nienaber, Birte

in Hamez, Grégory; Defays, Jean-Marc (Eds.) Réalités, perceptions et représentations des frontières. L’Espace transfrontalier de la Grande Région Saare-Lor-Lux, (2020)

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See detailTravail frontalier et fermeture des frontières : l’exemple de la Grande Région SaarLorLux
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle; Evrard, Estelle; Belkacem, rachid

E-print/Working paper (2020)

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See detailMarché du travail transfrontalier : négocier avec les frontières à l’heure de la crise sanitaire COVID-19
Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle; Evrard, Estelle; Belkacem, Rachid

in Borders in Perspective (2020), 4

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Szendrei, Greta; Evrard, Estelle; Nienaber, Birte

Article for general public (2020)

See detailTerritorial patterns and relations in Austria
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E-print/Working paper (2020)

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See detailDéveloppement territorial + autonomie locale = (in)justice spatiale ?
Blondel, Cyril; Evrard, Estelle

in Justice Spatiale - Spatial Justice (2019), 13

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See detailTerritorial development + Local autonomy = Spatial (in)justice?
Blondel, Cyril; Evrard, Estelle

in Justice Spatiale - Spatial Justice (2019), 13

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See detailJSSJ rencontre RELOCAL – Mobilisations, sens et usages du concept de justice spatiale dans un projet de recherche européen
Blondel, Cyril; Evrard, Estelle; Németh, Sarolta; Noguera, Laura

in Justice Spatiale - Spatial Justice (2019), 13(Espace public), 1-13

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See detailJSSJ Meets RELOCAL – Mobilizations, Meaning and Uses of the Concept of Spatial Justice in a European Research Project
Blondel, Cyril; Evrard, Estelle; Németh, Sarolta; Noguera, Laura

in Justice Spatiale - Spatial Justice (2019), 13

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See detailThomas Vercruysse (dir.), Luxembourg – Ville créative, Capybara Books 2015, 269 p.
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in Hemecht: Zeitschrift für Luxemburger Geschichte (2019), 3

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Evrard, Estelle; Blondel, Cyril

Report (2019)

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See detailL’aménagement du territoire transfrontalier en pratique: Réflexions pour un dialogue entre chercheurs et praticiens de la Grande Région
Bechtold, Joshua; Caesar, Beate; Christmann, Nathalie; Dorkel, Nicolas; Evrard, Estelle; Heinen, Susanne; Morel-Doridat, Frédérique; Reichert-Schick, Anja

Diverse speeches and writings (2018)

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See detailTaking stock of the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC): from policy formulation to policy implementation
Evrard, Estelle; Engl, Alice

in Medeiros, Eduardo (Ed.) European Territorial Cooperation : Theoretical and Empirical Approaches to the Process and Impacts of Cross-Border and Transnational Cooperation in Europe (2018)

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See detailThe Temporary Reintroduction of Border Controls Inside the Schengen Area: Towards a Spatial Perspective
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in Journal of Borderlands Studies (2018)

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See detailBrexit: Mind the gap! Die Bedeutung regionaler Disparitäten auf politische Weichenstellungen
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Article for general public (2017)

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See detailLa Grande Région Saar-Lor-Lux : Vers une suprarégionalisation transfrontalière ?
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Book published by Presses Universitaires de Rennes (2017)

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See detailEncapsulating the Significance of the EGTC for Territorial Cooperation: A literature review and tentative research agenda
Evrard, Estelle

in Medeiros, Eduardo (Ed.) Uncovering the Territorial Dimension of European Union Cohesion Policy - Cohesion, Development, Impact Assessment and Cooperation (2017)

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See detailL'approche territorialisée dans la politique de cohésion 2014-2020: enjeux et perspectives pour les chercheurs et praticiens
Evrard, Estelle

in Baudelle, Guy; Charles-Le Bihan, Danielle (Eds.) Les régions et la politique de cohésion de l’Union européenne (2017)

See detailWieder-Errichtung von Grenzkontrollen in Europa? Einige Gedanken zur Großregion
Nienaber, Birte; Evrard, Estelle; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

See detailThe reintroduction of border controls in the Schengen Area - some thoughts from the Greater region SaarLorLux
Nienaber, Birte; Evrard, Estelle; Sommarribas, Adolfo

Scientific Conference (2017, March 21)

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See detailLe Freeport Luxembourg. Logistique, pure valeur et volatilisation de l’œuvre d’art
Puglia, Ezio; Evrard, Estelle

in Esprit (Paris, France : 1932) (2016)

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Report (2015)

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See detailRaising Sustainability
Carr, Constance; Becker, Tom; Evrard, Estelle; Nienaber, Birte; Roos, Ursula; Mcdonough, Evan; Hesse, Markus; Krueger, Rob

in Planning Theory & Practice (2015)

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See detailVers une région métropolitaine polycentrique? Enjeux d'un aménagement du territoire transfrontalier
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in Wille, Christian (Ed.) Lebenswirklichkeiten und politische Konstruktionen in Grenzregionen. Das Beispiel der Großregion Saar-Lor-Lux. Wirtschaft - Politik - Alltag - Kultur (2015)

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in Europa Regional (2015), 21(4), 158-164

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in ESPON in support of European Territorial Development and Cohesion (2014, February)

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Evrard, Estelle; Chilla, Tobias

in Beck, Joachim; Wassenberg, Birte (Eds.) Vivre et penser la coopération transfrontalière (volume 6): Vers une cohésion territoriale? (2014)

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See detailThe Delphi method in ESPON: State of the art, innovations and thoughts for future developments
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in Science in support of European Territorial Development (2014)

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Scientific Conference (2014, November 06)

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in Belgeo (2013), 1

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Evrard, Estelle; Hachmann, Verena; Schulz, Christian

Report (2013)

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Report (2013)

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See detailOn the Territoriality of Cross-Border Cooperation: “Institutional Mapping” in a Multi-Level Context
Chilla, Tobias; Evrard, Estelle; Schulz, Christian

in European Planning Studies (2012), 20(6), 961-980

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See detailLa gouvernance transfrontalière - territoire(s) et territorialité(s)
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in Belkacem, Rachid, Pigeron-Piroth, Isabelle (Ed.) Le travail frontalier au sein de la Grande Région Saar-Lor-Lux Pratiques, enjeux et perspectives (2012)

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See detailConstruire une “nouvelle” région transfrontalière - Représentations d’un projet politique
Evrard, Estelle; Chilla, Tobias

in Koukoutsaki-Monnier, Angeliki (Ed.) Représentations du transfrontalier (2011)

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See detailMetropolregionen in grenzüberschreitenden Räumen
Chilla, Tobias; Evrard, Estelle; Schulz, Christian

in Geographische Rundschau (2010), 62(11), 22-30

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Book published by ESPON & University of Luxembourg (2010)

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