Christian Lamker

Dr. Christian Lamker

Dr. Christian Lamker

I am a highly passionate, energetic and strongly motivated spatial planning researcher. My objective is to foster my academic career by building on my PhD research and strong networks, working in interdisciplinary teams, bringing together ideas and concepts at the interface between research and practice to support change towards a resilient, inclusionary, happy and just future.

Employment History

March 2017 to present
TU Dortmund University, School of Spatial Planning,
Department of Spatial Planning and Planning Theory (Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wiechmann)
Research Assistant, Lecturer Spatial Planning & Planning Theory

July to August 2018
Visiting Research Fellow
Wayne State University, Department of Urban Studies & Planning (Detroit)
Supported by MERCUR Mercator Research Centre Ruhr, Global Young Faculty

October 2017 to March 2018
RWTH Aachen University / International Academy
Chair and Institute of Urban and Transportation Planning (ISB)
Visiting lecturer for Urbanisation and Change Management
For Management and Engineering in Water (M.Sc.)

May 2016 to December 2017
TU Dortmund University, School of Spatial Planning,
Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sabine Baumgart)
Research Assistant, DFG project on implementation of legal provisions for commercial immission protection in urban planning (IRIS)

July 2016 to February 2017
TU Dortmund University, School of Spatial Planning,
Department of Urban Design and Land Use Planning (Prof. Christa Reicher)
Coordinator state graduate school “Energy Efficiency in the District – Clever Supply.Rebuild.Activate“

February to June 2015
Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne/Australia
Supported by a DAAD scholarship

TU Dortmund University, School of Spatial Planning,
Institute of Spatial Planning (2010-13) and Dean’s Office (2013-16)
Lecturer, Research Assistant, School Manager Study & Tuition, Study Coordinator,
Academic Counsellor, Public Relations Officer

2001 to present
Independent Freelance Photojournalist

Founder, operator and journalist of a German photography community (

Teaching Experience

  • Lecture Planning Theory (under-/postgraduate), single lecturer (2018/19)
  • Lecture Planning Theory (under-/postgraduate), with Professor Thorsten Wiechmann (2015-2017)
  • Lecture/exercise Urbanisation and Change Management (postgraduate, RWTH Aachen).
  • Lecture and supervision of student projects (under- and postgraduate).
  • Lecture and supervision of student tutors (under- and postgraduate).
  • Colloquium with planning professionals, with Professor Sabine Baumgart and Ulla Greiwe.
  • Supervision and examination of Bachelor and Master Theses.
  • Guest lectures at the universities of Auckland, RWTH Aachen, Detroit Mercy and Duisburg-Essen.

Professional Memberships


TU Dortmund University, School of Spatial Planning
PhD in Spatial Planning (Dr. rer. pol.)
Title (translated): “Uncertainty and Complexity in Planning Processes: Theoretical Perspectives on Regional Planning and Climate Adaptation”
Supervisor: Professor Thorsten Wiechmann (TU Dortmund University), Dr. Gérard Hutter (IÖR Dresden)
TU Dortmund University’s best dissertation award 2016

TU Dortmund University, School of Spatial Planning
Diploma in Spatial Planning (Dipl.-Ing.)
Major in sustainability, regional planning, planning theory and transport policy
Thesis: “Strategic long-term planning for sustainability: critical view on sustainability as overarching regional planning goal. Case study of the Auckland Region and the Auckland sustainability framework”
Supervisor: Professor Hans H. Blotevogel (TU Dortmund University)

University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning & Faculty of Law
Exchange studies in Planning and Environmental Law
Supported by a DAAD scholarship


Christian Lamker
Heinrich-Wenke-Str. 21
44137 Dortmund

E-Mail: christian.lamker(at)
Phone: +49 / 160 / 4440410

Further information: see ImprintA

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