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Jan-Tobias Doerr

Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

My research looks at low-carbon transitions, issues of urban governance, water governance, and alternative currencies. In short, I am interested in collaborative approaches to regional development, emerging from and fostering processes of social learning. I am engaged in several civil society initiatives where I gain experiences in participatory spatial planning and trans-disciplinary project work and group facilitation.

Last updated on: mardi 02 avril 2019



Certificate in Sustainable Development and Social Innovation at the University of Luxemburg (grade very good)


PhD.-candidate at the IPSE research unit, University of Luxembourg (AFR grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxemburg). Title: Social learning for community development: The example of interrelated sustainability practices in Beckerich, LU”


Master in Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg (Thesis: From Agenda21 to sustainable subpolitics- An exploratory case study on 30 years of transition in Beckerich. Grade: 16.5/20)


Studies in political sciences and economics at the LU Riga, Latvia


BSc. in human geography and political sciences, WWU Münster, Germany (Thesis: Spatial agglomerations of the photovoltaic industry in Germany and its functional characteristics in times of market consolidation. Grade: 1.3)


Abitur at the Cäcilienschule Oldenburg (GPA 1.8)


High school exchange year in the USA

Applied experience (Academic)


Assistant researcher in the Sustain_Gov project at IPSE research unit of the University of Luxembourg, conducted by Dr. Constance Carr and Prof. Markus Hesse


Participation in a research group on the photovoltaic industry in Germany at the department of economic geography of the WWU Münster


Internship at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, Department of Regional Development

Applied experience (non-academic)


Social service as a nurse for the Arbeiter Wohlfahrt, Oldenburg


Wine and Delicatessen salesman, medicine dispatcher, several summer jobs in manufacturing

Civic engagement


Co-founder, member and president of the Gaart Belval asbl. An association that aims at establishing and managing a community garden in Belval, Luxemburg in a participatory and collaborative manner. I co-facilitated design thinking and participatory planning workshops throughout the design process. We are further co-hosting a conference, the Transition Day, in Belval.


Mentor for trans-disciplinary peer groups in the context of the Certificate of Sustainable development and Social Innovation on the subjects of housing cooperatives, participatory urban development, and waste management in large co-operations. I facilitated work groups of people with different professional and cultural backgrounds and supported their successful participation in the certificate.


Representative for the intermediate staff at the faculty council FLSHASE, University of Luxemburg. I initiated and moderated work-groups with the intermediate staff on pressing issues. I informed intermediate staff about university’s politics and policies, and created networking opportunities for incomings.


Member of the national planning committee of the Mouvement Ecologique, Luxemburg. I have participated actively in the development of policy-recommendations on national spatial planning issues in Luxembourg.


Co-founder and president of the student organization “oikos- sustainable economics and management” at the University of Luxembourg. We created networking opportunities between students and companies, organized excursions to companies. I represented the Oikos chapter Luxembourg at international assemblies and, summer and winter schools.


Student representative at the geography department, WWU Münster

Grants and Scholarships


Full scholarship from the Akademie für Raum und Landesplanung for the summer school Social Innovation


AFR grand of the Fonds National de la Recherche for the conduction of a three-year PhD study (Grant Nr. 9181195)

Academic Affiliations

Founding member of the Netzwerk Praktikentheorie

Member of Akademie für Raum- und Landesplanung


German (native speaker), English (fluent), French (fluent)

Last updated on: 26 mars 2018

Research Presentations

  • 2018: Experiences with Q-method in analyzing diverse motivations and experiences in regional transition practices. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographic Society, Cardiff, UK (accepted)
  • 2018: Transition and pretense- Empiric findings on the practice of aligning diverging social perspectives in grassroots initiatives. . Annual Conference of the Royal Geographic Society, Cardiff, UK (accepted)
  • 2017: Transformation and Pretense. Empirical findings on the divergence and convergence of Leitbilder in regional communities of practice. Workshop Transformative Gemeinschaften, Universität Basel, Switzerland
  • 2017: Potentials of Q-Methodology for the analysis of mental states organizing regional social practices. Deutscher Kongress für Geographie. Tubingen, Germany.
  • 2017: The Autopoesis of Rural Resilience Practices. A q-method perspective on transformative Leitmotifs. ARL Summer School. Vienna, Austria.
  • 2016: Interwoven practices- community development as the evolution of competences and meanings. Annual Conference of the Royal Geographic Society, London, UK
  • 2016: A humane perspective on community transition. Annual Interpretative Policy Analysis Conference, Hull, UK
  • 2016: Connecting Practices - Exploring relations of locally innovative practices through social learning. Umwelt- und Wirtschaftsgeographie Workshop, Köln, Germany

Journal Refereeing

  • 2017-: Peer Review for Local Environment

Last updated on: 26 mars 2018

  • Co-design of class on 21st century challenges and skills in BSc. Cultures Européennes, focus on Wicked Planning issues and Resilience
  • Co-design of class on Concepts of Regional Development in Master of Geography and Spatial Planning, focus on Transition Studies and Policy Mobilities

Last updated on: 26 mars 2018

Doerr, Jan-Tobias (forthcoming): Adressing (un) intentional communities of sustainability practices:Lessons from Luxemburg's Redange canton. In: Forschungsberichte der österreichischenAkadamie der Wissenschaften. Wien.

Doerr, J. & Carr, C. (2014): Dreißig Jahre Transition und trotzdem noch ganz am Anfang? Der Wandel in Beckerich von der Agenda 21 bis zur Transition Town. In: Planung Neu Denken. Online:


Last updated on: 26 mars 2018