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Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernhard Müller (Photo: R. Vigh IÖR)

Bernhard Müller (*18.3.1952, Saarbrücken)

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. rer. hort. habil. Dr. h. c.

Regional Planner and Geographer
Executive Director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden
Professor and Head of Chair for Spatial Development, Technische Universität Dresden
Spokesman of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)

Research topics

  • Spatial development and planning
  • Tools and methods of spatial development
  • Problems of urban regions
  • Governance
  • Sustainable regional development
  • Challenges of demographic change
  • Revitalization of cities and regions
  • Sustainable structural transformation, e. g. in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe
  • European integration
  • International development cooperation


  • Member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), Hanover
  • Member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
  • International Member of the Serbian Academy for Engineering Sciences
  • Member of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences
  • Other memberships: SRL, VDGH, DVAG

Professional Experience

  • 1978-1979 Research Associate, University of Mainz
  • 1979-1993 Research Associate / Assistant Professor University of Hanover
  • 1988-1992 Project Leader, GTZ
  • since 1993 Professor, TU Dresden
  • since 1997 Executive Director, IOER
  • since 2001 Head of the Chair of Spatial Planning, TU Dresden
  • 2004-2010 Vice President of the Leibniz Association
  • International experiences in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America