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Dr. Estelle Evrard

Estelle Evrard

Research scientist

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Geography and Spatial Planning
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E02 15-090
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9578
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39578

Dr., Research Scientist / Maître Assistant

Department of Geography and Spatial Planning 

Internal Fellow, Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs

Ph.D. 2013, institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg
Master in European law, 2006, Institute of European studies, Free University of Brussels

Research Interests

  • European integration & European spatial planning
  • Spatial Justice
  • Territoriality 
  • Border studies (Grande Région)  

Current projects

Further activities


  • French (1st language)
  • English (fluent in written and spoken)
  • German (fluent in written and spoken)

Last updated on: Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Work Experience

  • 03.2013-present: Collaboratrice de recherche, University of Luxembourg
  • 03.2008-02.2013: Research associate, University of Luxembourg
  • 2007: Trainee, ESPON coordination Unit, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
  • 2006: Trainee, European Parliament, office of the MEP Jean-Marie Beaupuy, Brussels


  • 2013: “Cross-border supraregionalisation? – Greater Region Saar-Lor-Lux”, Ph.D. in geography under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christian Schulz, University of Luxembourg
  • 2006: Master’s degree in European law with emphasis on EU regional policy from a legal and political perspective, Institute of European studies, Free University of Brussels
  • 2005: 1st  year of Master’s degree in European law, University of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne
  • 2003: Bachelor in law, University of Le Havre and Vienna (in the framework of the Erasmus programme)

Last updated on: 18 Nov 2020

Teaching responsibilities

  • “Introduction to the European Integration”, 30h, Master 1 in Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg. As from Winter Semester 2017 onwards, the class is also taught to students registered in the Master in Border Studies (30h, in English). 
  • Since winter semester 2013: Associated in the management of the Lifelong learning in spatial planning, one year training programme for planners in Luxembourg, including seminars on Fakten und Trends in den Sektoren Wirtschaft, Bewölkerung und Siedlungsentwicklung in der Großregion und Luxemburg, University of Luxembourg, 4h, (in French, since winter semester 2015).    

Invited talks

  • Evrard, E., (2020): Using planning games to analyse how cross-border spatial planning unfolds, Planning theoryTalks at the Chair for Planning Theory and Urban Development (RWTH Aachen University), Conference conveyor: Prof. Agnes Forster.
  • Evrard, E., (2019): Using phronesis in analysing borders, What is a border? Materiality and normativity of the limit; EHESS Georg Simmel Centre, University of Luxembourg, Conference conveyor: Prof. Falk Bretschneider. 
  • Evrard, E., (2019): Rethinking cross-border areas under the lens of spatial justice, 10th Anniversary of CESCI, Budapest 
  • Evrard, E., (2019): Turning sustainable neighborhoods in former brownfield: the missed opportunity of local democracy at the Lorraine-Luxembourg border, Annual meeting of the Association of history and geography teachers in Lorraine, Conference conveyor: Frank Schwab. 
  • Van Aerde, C.; Evrard, E.; Blondel, C. (2018): Researchers in the footsteps of an artist at the crossroads of borders, Opening conference UniGR-Centre for Border Studies project, Conference conveyor: Dr. Christian Wille. 
  • Dorkel, N.; Evrard, D. (2017): Observing how planning unfolds in borderland: the planning game method, UMS RIATE, University Paris 8 and MOT, Conference conveyor: Prof. Marianne Guérois. 
  • Evrard, E. (2017): Thoughts for analysing cross-border regions through mutual learning and reflexibility, Keynote speech, RSA ReHi Workshop "Cross-border regions & inter-regional policy transfer in the past, present and future", Conference conveyor: Sara Svensson              
  • Evrard, E. (2014): From people centered to place-based approach: the paradigm shift in the EU Cohesion policy, Réflexions sur la notion de région, Les régions et la politique de cohésion de l’UE, Conference organised by the Jean Monnet Centre at the University of Rennes    

Conference organisation | Session conveyor 

  • Blondel, C.; Evrard, E. (2019): Geographies of spatial (in)justice; Lecture series with Tissot, S. (Paris 8 University), Tlostanova, M. (Linköping University), Delpirou, A. (Ecole d’Urbanisme de Paris), Murtagh, B. (Queen University Belfast), Timar, J (Hungarian Academy of Sciences).
  • Caesar, B.; Evrard, E. (2019): Planning in the border region: research and practice in dialogue, Practitioners workshop, House of the Greater Region, Esch-sur-Alzette.
  • Evrard, E. & Sielker, F. (2017): Taking stock: Does the place-based approach make a difference for EU regional policy?, Speakers: Prof. Tobias Chilla (Erlangen), Ilona Raugze (ESPON), Prof. Peter Schmitt (Stockholm), Nathalie Verschelde (DG REGIO), AESOP conference, Lisbon. 
  • Puglia, E.; Evrard, E. (2016): Le Freeport Luxembourg, Seminar: Zones, Clusters, Nodes – Tracing Concrete Places and Policies, University of Luxembourg.

Presentations (most recent)

  • Evrard, E.; Chilla, T. (2020): European (dis)integration: implications for the European Cohesion policy, University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) annual conference (online presentation)
  • Evrard, E. (2019): Reconvertir et aménager les friches industrielles à la frontière franco-luxembourgeoise : enjeux de justice spatiale, La Lorraine, un territoire de fronts et de frontières, Les agoras de l’APHG en Lorraine, Metz. 
  • Blondel, C.; Evrard, E. (2019): Autonomy, local development and spatial justice. Lessons from opposite cases: the EPA Alzette Belval and Euralens (France), People, Place and Policy Social and Spatial Inequalities Conference 2019, University of Sheffield 
  • Krystof, F.; Evrard, E., (2019): Building eco-neighbourhoods to fight spatial injustices: Cantebonne Villerupt (Lorraine) Case study, Conference: “Building policies to fight urban poverty from the ground?” Sciences-po Paris.  
  • Evrard, E., Topaloglou, L. (2019): Spatial (in)justice in post-mining in regional strategies, AESOP annual congress, Venise.    
  • Caesar, B.; Evrard, E., (2019): (Re)considering cross-border spatial planning under the lens of planning culture, AESOP annual congress, Venise. 
  • Evrard, E.; Sielker, F. (2018): Territoriality and spatiality - two paramount concepts in furthering European Integration Theory, Chair: Sami Moisio, University of Helsinki. 
  • Evrard, E. (2017): Place-based approach and soft space in the EU territorial development context: attempt of a comparison, AESOP Lisbon. 
  • Evrard, E.; Hamez, G. (2016): Challenges for cross-border spatial planning in the Greater Region SaarLorLux: Future research needs, AESOP, Kaiserslautern.
  • Evrard, E. (2016): Crafting spaces through the “place-based approach”? The example of the EU cohesion policy, Chair: Nathalie Papanastasiou, Interpretative Policy Analysis annual conference, Hull.            

Last updated on: 18 Nov 2020