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Dr. rer. pol. Markus Egermann

Head of Research Area
Sustainability Transitions in Cities and Regions

Phone +49 351 4679 272

Research Interests and Experiences

transition theory, transition governance, transformative change, transdisziplinary and transformative research, real world laboratories,
regional and metropolitan governance, planning systems and instruments, evaluation in spatial planning and cooperation, urban-rural-partnerships, European territorial cooperation, European spatial development, collective action theory,

Professional Experience

since 2020

Head of research area at IOER


Senior researcher at the IOER


Dissertation: Local actors between competition and cooperation – analyzing collective action of municipal actors in regional cooperation processes using the example of the Metropolitan Region Central Germany (University of Dortmund)

Since 2013

Member of the 'Standing Working Group of the Federal States of Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt/Thuringia' of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL)


German National Contact Point for the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme (INTERREG IVB) of the European Union

Since 2010

Lecturer at the Technical University Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Chair for Spatial Development


Lecturer at the Technical University Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Institute for Geography, Chair for Spatial Planning


Lecturer at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Faculty for Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, Chair for Regional Planning


Executive secretary of the working group on 'Open Space Protection' of Standing Working Group of the Federal States of Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt/Thuringia' of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL)

Since 2005

Junior researcher and PhD student at the IOER




Geography at the Technical University Dresden


Geographie at the Universita di Pisa, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra


Common Study Programme on 'City and Regional Development' of the TU-Dresden and the Ohio State University supported by the Dresdner Bank and the Huntington Bank

Projects (selection)

TransFOODmation - Prospects for Future Food: A Paradigm Shift towards Sustainable, Resilient and Fair Food Systems. Project in Cooperation with the Permanent Representation of Switzerland to FAO, IFAD and WFP, Rome, Italy. (Duration 2020-2021)

Empowering citizens, transform cities! City of the Future, Dresden, Phase III / real world laboratories. Coordination of scientific partners.
funded by BMBF. partner: TU-Dresden and City of Dresden (mayer office) (2019 - 2022)

Transformation to a sustainable urban mobility system in Dresden and St. Petersburg (TransVer-DD-SPB)
Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Duration 10/2018– 9/2020)

New partnerships for sustainable urban development? Potentials of Transition-Town-Initiatives.
funded by vhw - Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung e.V. (2018 - 2019)

Environmental policy and strategies to support socio-ecological ways of living and common welfare
German Environment Agency / Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (Duration: 2016-2019)

Transition to a sustainable and community based urban economy, Robert Bosch Foundation (Duration: 2016-2017)

Open City Dresden - Common responsibility for sustainable urban development, "Future City Initiative" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Duration: 2015-2018)

ARTS - Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability, FP7-project lead by the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) (Duration: 2013-2016)

Intermunicipal cooperation on industrial land in the Region Halle/Leipzig; Study and process moderation in the frame of the INTERREG IVB Project 'Via Regia plus' (Duration: 2009-2010)

Supra-Regional Partnerships - Innovative Projects on City-Region Collaboration, Linkage and Common Large-Scale Responsibility. Demonstration project research in the research programme of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (Duration: 2008-2010)

PolyMETREXPlus – Polycentricity and better European territorial balance; project supported by METREX, the Network of European Metropolitan Regions and Areas under the INTERREG IIIC programme of the European Union (Duration: 2006-2008)

Metropolitan Regions – Chances for spatial development through polycentricity and regional cooperation. Project in the research programme 'Reconstructing East' of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (Duration: 2005-2006)

LUDA - Improving the quality of life in Large Urban Distressed Areas; FP5-project of Key Action 4 "City of Tomorrow & Cultural Heritage" of the programme "Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development" (Duration: 2005-2006)

Review activities

Evaluator for the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Reviewer for the EU Framework Programm for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020)

Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (EIST) (ISSN: 2210-4224)
Urban Transformations (ISSN: 2524-8162)
Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (ISSN 15227200)
Regional Environmental Change (ISSN: 1436-3798)
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society (ISSN 0940-5550)
Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050)
Ecology and Society (ISSN: 1708-3087)
Technological Forecasting and Social Change (ISSN: 0040-1625)
Urban Research & Practice (ISSN 1753-5069)


Member of the "Scientific Advisory Board for the Integrated Energy and Climate Protection Concept 2050 of the City of Dresden"

Member of STRN - Sustainability Transitions Research Network; core group "Urban transitions and transformations"