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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mark Wolfram, © private

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram

Director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
Chair of spatial development at Dresden University of Technology
Spokesman of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
Editor-in-chief of the open access journal Urban Transformations

Phone: +49 351 4679 211


Research interests

I am working on the dynamics of urban and regional change and the strategies and approaches for steering such change towards sustainability. My focus is on innovations in urban and regional governance, policy, planning and design that enable and guide system transitions. This entails a concern for diverse socio-technical and social-ecological systems converging in human settlements, and the internal and external factors driving or inhibiting their transformation across spatial scales.

Memberships / Advisory roles

Board member ISDRS - International Sustainable Development Research Society; Topic group VI lead "Urban and rural transitions"

Member of STRN - Sustainability Transitions Research Network; Co-founder thematic group "Urban transitions and transformations"

Strategy advisor of ICLEI Korea, Local Governments for Sustainability

Member of ISOCARP - International Society of City and Regional Planners

Member of SRL - German Association of Urban and Regional Planners

External Publications


Wolfram, M., Borgström, S., Farrelly, M., 2019. Urban transformative capacity: From concept to practice. Special Issue guest-editorial of: AMBIO, 48 (5), 437-448, doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01169-y 


Van der Heijden, J. Patterson, J., Juhola, S., Wolfram, M. 2018. Advancing the role of cities in climate governance: promise, limits, politics. Special section of: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2018.1513832.

Wolfram, M., van der Heijden, J. Juhola, S., Patterson, J. 2018. Eds. Learning and meta-learning in urban climate governance: Concepts, key issues and challenges. In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21(1) 1-15, doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2018.1558848.

Wolfram, M. 2018. Assessing transformative capacity for sustainable urban regeneration: A comparative study of three South Korean cities. In: AMBIO doi.org/10.1007/s13280-018-1111-2.

Wolfram, M. 2018. Learning urban energy governance for system innovation: An assessment of transformative capacity development in three South Korean cities. In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 21(1) 30-45, doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2018.1512051.

Wolfram, M. 2018. Cities shaping grassroots niches for sustainability transitions: Conceptual reflections and an exploratory case study. In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 173, 11-23, doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.08.044.

Wolfram, M. 2018. Urban planning and transition management: Rationalities, instruments and dialectics. In: Frantzeskaki, N., Bach, M., Hölscher, K. Avelino, F. Eds. Co-creating sustainable urban futures. Cham: Springer. 103-125. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69273-9_5.


Wolfram, M. 2017. Grassroots Niches in Urban Contexts: Exploring Governance Innovations for Sustainable Development in Seoul. In: Procedia Engineering, 198, 622-641, doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.07.116.

Wolfram, M., Frantzeskaki, N. and Maschmeyer, S. 2017. Cities, systems and sustainability: Status and perspectives for urban transformation research. In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 22, 18-25. doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2017.01.014.

Wolfram, M. 2017. Village communities and social innovation policies in Seoul: Exploring the urban dimension of grassroots niches. In: Frantzeskaki, N., Coenen, L., Castan Broto, V., Loorbach, D. Eds. Urban sustainability transitions. ISBN 978-041-57-8418-4. London: Routledge. 101-128.


Wolfram, M., Frantzeskaki, N. 2016. Cities and systemic change for sustainability: Prevailing epistemologies and a future research agenda. In: Sustainability (8) 144, doi.org/10.3390/su8020144.

Wolfram, M. 2016. Conceptualizing urban transformative capacity: A framework for research and policy. In: Cities, 51 (Current Research on Cities), 121-130. doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2015.11.011.

Wolfram, M. 2016. The role of cities in sustainability transitions: New perspectives for research, policy and practice. In: Kim, E. and Kim, H.S. Eds. Quantitative regional economic and environmental analysis for sustainability in Korea. ISBN 978-981-10-0298-4. Singapore: Springer, 3-22.


Schuetze, T., Tieben, H., Chelleri, L., Ostermeyer, Y., Wolfram, M. 2015. Eds. Towards True Smart and Green Cities? Special issue of: Sustainability (8) 144.


Wolfram, M. 2014. Stadt, Wandel, Nachhaltigkeit: Zur Konvergenz von Urbanistik und Transitionsforschung. In: Planung Neu Denken. II, 1-11.

Wolfram, M. 2014. Smart Cities: Leitbild mit Fragezeichen. In: PlanerIn. 3, 5-9.