The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, one of the 16 states of the federation, is the second largest city in Germany with its 1.7 million inhabitants. Economically and culturally, Hamburg is also the center of Northern Germany. 3.5 million people live in the 755 square kilometers metropolitan region of Hamburg. With 30 square meters of living space per person, Hamburg has the biggest average living space of all major cities in the world. As much as 14% of the city area is made up of green spaces and recreational areas. Hamburg has 2,302 bridges – more than Venice and Amsterdam combined. With over 90 consulates, Hamburg is second only to New York City. As a trade center, Hamburg has always been outward-looking, that has shaped the mentality of Hamburg’s inhabitants.
Joerg Knieling holds the Chair of Urban Planning and Regional Development at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) and is dean of the urban planning program at HCU. From 2006 to 2012 he was HCU’s vice-president for research affairs.
He graduated in urban, regional and environmental planning, holds a master’s degree in political sciences and sociology and a Ph.D. from the University of Hanover. He is member of the German Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL), of the advisory board for spatial development of the German Ministry of Transport and digital Infrastructure, and of the World Future Council’s expert commission on Cities and Climate Change. In 2008/09 he was ‘Directeur d’Etudes Associé’ of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IEA) in Paris.
His main research fields are sustainable urban and regional development, spatial development and climate change, and related aspects of territorial governance and planning theory. He has conducted several international and national research projects in recent year, current publications have been on Soft Spaces in Europe (2015), Climate Adaptation Governance (2013), and Planning Cultures in Europe (2009). He has been referee for European Commission (DG Research), the European Institute of Technology (EIT), and a number of national research councils.