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Constance Carr

Constance Carr

Research scientist

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
Research Unit RU IPSE
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E02 15-030
Email
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 5511
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 35511

Dr., Senior Researcher

2019 - present Visiting Scholar, CITY Institute, York University, Toronto
Ph.D. 2010, Institute of Social Sciences, Stadt- und Regional-Soziologie, Humboldt Universität, Berlin
M.E.S. 1999, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto

Research Interests

As an urban geographer, my primary interest is understanding how (sub)urban spaces produced, socially constructed, governed, contested, sustained, and  how they change. Much of my post-doctoral work has focussed on urban sustainable development practices, focussing on such issues as: planning contradictions in urban regions under growth pressure; emerging suburban or post-suburban spaces and the respective dilemmas therein; governance structures in small states; dilemmas in infrastructure provision (housing vs transport); and the degree to which urban sustainability endorses social exclusion.

Currently, I am immersed into two projects that address contemporary urban problems underpinned by post-political, market-led development, and the condition that cities are increasingly corporatized. First, is a qualitative investigation of digital cities and urban governance. There is a minefield of lessons to be learned from current ‘digital turn’ in geography concerning emerging political 'economies of scope', imperatives of prediction and extraction, and new modes of social stratifications and accumulation. The second project addresses the problem of housing. Options for accommodation outside private ownership models are fewer and far between, while commuter distances are increasing for certain less-advantaged cohorts. Setting this problem in the context of current conceptual urban studies scholarship, this project aims to shed light on the urban worlds of housing that could exist beyond the rather narrow imperative of market solutions.

Current musings on these issues can be read at Urbanization Unbound (https://urbanunbound.blogspot.com).

Research Stays

Canada, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland

Editorial Functions

Publications in

  • Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • Regional Studies
  • Raumforschung und Raumordnung
  • Raumplanung
  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies
  • Journal of Economic and Social Geography; Thirdspace: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture

Memberships

  • Higher Education Research Group (HERG) of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS)
  • American Association of Geographers (AAG)
  • Spaces & Flows Research Network
  • Regional Studies Association (RSA)
  • International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference (ISDRS), Cities and Communities Group
  • International Network of Urban Research and Action (INURA)

Referee

  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • Urban Studies, Regions and Cohesions
  • Local Environment
  • Interface: Journal for and about Social Movements
  • European Planning Studies
  • Journal of Economic and Social Geography Journal of Economic and Social Geography
  • Palgrave and MacMillan Publishing
  • Isreali Science Foundation
  • Environment Development and Sustainability
  • International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference
  • European Science Foundation College of Expert Reviewers
  • IGU Urban commission

Post-Graduate Supervision

  • Annick Leick, doctoral thesis, (2016) “„Kleines Land, Große Projekte. Diskurse, Praktiken und soziale Welten im Entscheidungs- und Planungsprozess der Großvorhaben Belval und Kirchberg in Luxemburg,” University of Luxembourg
  • Jan Tobias-Doerr, master thesis, (2014) “From Agenda21 to sustainable subpolitics,” University of Luxembourg

Current Courses

  • Integrated Spatial Planning and Case Studies
  • Master Planning and Urban Governance
  • Geography PhD Writing Seminar

Invited Talks

  • Centre International de Recherche dur l’Environnement et le Développement (CIRED)
  • University of Freiburg
  • University of Greenland
  • International conference on urban and extraurban studies: ‘Space and Flows’
  • DGK
  • AK Stadtzukünfte
  • RSA Research Network on Ecological Regional Development
  • OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich
  • Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology

Further Activities

  • Co-organizer the DSHSS Write Café
  • Chair, PhD writing Seminar in Geography

Past projects

  • SUSTAIN_GOV Governance for sustainable spatial development – a comparative study of Luxembourg and Switzerland, 2013-2015
  • SUSTAINLUX: Sustainable Spatial Development, 2010-2013

Languages 

  • English (1st language)
  • German (Oberstufe)
  • French (B1.2)
  • Luxembourgish (B2)

Blog

urbanunbound.blogspot.com

Twitter

@urban_unbound

Last updated on: Wednesday, 20 March 2019

  • 2019-present: Visiting Scholar, CITY Institute, York University, Toronto
  • 2015-present: Senior researcher, University of Luxembourg, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning
  • 2010-2013: post-doctoral researcher, SUSTAINLUX, University of Luxembourg, Geography and Spatial Planning Research Centre. Funded by the Fonds National de la Recherche, CORE
  • 2010: Doctor of Sociology, Department of Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt University, Berlin 
  • 2009-2010: New Metropolitan Mainstream (Ruhr Area), Common Project of INURA
  • 2009: Scientific Assistant to Dr. Marit Rosol of Department of Human Geography, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main 
  • 2003: EureX Fellowship to the European Seminar on Urban Transformation, Poverty, Spatial Segregation and Social Exclusion. UrbEUROPE.
  • 1999: Master of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
  • 1997-1998: Graduate Assistant to Professors David Bell and Roger Keil, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto.
  • 1997-1997: Graduate Assistant to Professors Gene Desfor and Roger Keil, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto.



Last updated on: 20 Mar 2019

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Scientific Periodicals – Complete Issue

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See detailRescaling Sustainability
Carr, Constance; Affolderbach, Julia

in Local Environment (2014), 19(6), 567-713

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See detailRescaling sustainability? Local opportunities and scalar contradictions
Carr, Constance; Affolderbach, Julia

in Local Environment (2014), 19(6), 567-571

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Articles published in scientific periodicals

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See detailIntegrative planning of post-suburban growth in the Glatt Valley (Switzerland)
Carr, Constance; Mcdonough, Evan

in Raumforschung und Raumordnung (2018), 76(2), 109-122

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See detailExamining Regional Competitiveness and the Pressures of Rapid Growth: An interpretive institutionalist account of policy responses in three city regions
Krueger, James Robert; Gibbs, David; Carr, Constance

in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (2018)

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See detailBlending Scales of Governance: Land Use Policies and Practices in the Small State of Luxembourg
Affolderbach, Julia; Carr, Constance

in Regional Studies (2016), 50(6), 944-955

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See detailThe power of sustainable development
Carr, Constance

in Regions Magazine (2015), 300(4), 11-13

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See detailRaising Sustainability
Carr, Constance; Becker, Tom; Evrard, Estelle; Nienaber, Birte; Roos, Ursula; Mcdonough, Evan; Hesse, Markus; Krueger, Rob

in Planning Theory & Practice (2015)

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See detailIntegration als konzeptioneller Baustein und Widerspruch der nachhaltigen Raumplanung
Carr, Constance; Mcdonough, Evan; Telaar, Rainer

in Raumplanung (2015), 182

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See detailDiscourse Yes, Implementation Maybe: an Immobility and Paralysis of Sustainable Development Policy
Carr, Constance

in European Planning Studies (2014), 22(9), 1824-1840

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See detailImmigration, Rights and Culture: Three Approaches to the Urban
Carr, Constance

in Topia : Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (2005), 13(Spring), 153-160

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Short communications published in scientific periodicals

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See detail“Report on the Third workshop of the RSAN ‘Ecological Regional Development’
Affolderbach, Julia; Carr, Constance; Lintz, Gerd

in Regions Magazine (2013), 289(1), 27-28

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Contributions to collective works

See detailIntroducing Luxembourg in the Ephemeral
Carr, Constance

in Mössner, Samuel; Freytag, Tim; Krueger, Rob (Eds.) Adventures in Urban Sustainable Development: Theoretical interventions and notes from the field (in press)

See detailSustainability in small states: Luxembourg as a post-suburban space under growth pressure in need of a cross-national sustainability
Carr, Constance

in Brinkmann, Robert; Garren, Sandra J. (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability: Case Studies and Practical Solutions (2018)

See detailSymbolic Planning Politics in a Region of Ongoing Decline. The Restructuring Model of IBA Emscher Park (1989-1999)
Müller, Sebastian; Carr, Constance

in Porter, L.; Shaw, K. (Eds.) Whose Urban Renaissance? An international comparison of urban regeneration policies (2009)

See detailAlternative Urban Publics: Between Repression and Emancipation
Allahwala, Ahmed; Carr, Constance

in Paloscia, R. (Ed.) The Contested Metropolis: Six Cities at the Beginning of the 21st Century (2003)

See detailBerlin: Reunified but not in one Piece
Carr, Constance

in Paloscia, R. (Ed.) The Contested Metropolis: Six Cities at the Beginning of the 21st Century (2003)

See detailBerlin: from MetropoLUST to MetroLOST
Carr, Constance; Lehrer, Ute

in Paloscia, R. (Ed.) The Contested Metropolis: Six Cities at the Beginning of the 21st Century (2003)

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Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings – Papers published in a book

See detailFree Transit in Luxembourg: A case of post-political urban governance through policy mobility
Hesse, Markus; Carr, Constance

in Witlox, Frank (Ed.) Moving Towards More Sustainable Mobility and Transport through Smart Systems - Proceedings of the BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days 2019 (2019)

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See detailPowerful sustainable development master - signifiers in urban planning discourses (abstract)
Carr, Constance

in de Melo, JJ; Disterheft, A; Caeiro, S; Santos, RF; Ramos, TB (Eds.) Proceedings of the 22nd Annual International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference: Rethinking Sustainability Models and Practices (2016)

See detailIntegration vs. fragmentaion: spatial governance for land and mobility (extended abstract)
Hesse, Markus; Carr, Constance

in Hesse, Markus; Caruso, Geoffrey; Gerber, Philippe; Viti, Francesco (Eds.) Proceedings of the BIVEC-GIBET Transport Research Days 2013 (2013, May)

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Book Reviews

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See detailReview "Inside Smart Cities – Place, Politics and Urban Innovation"
Carr, Constance

in disP - The Planning Review (in press)

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See detailReview of “Knowledge Economy and the City by Ali Madanipour”
Carr, Constance

in Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie = Journal of Economic & Social Geography (2013), 104(1), 120-122

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See detailReview “Nations of Flesh and Blood by Jackie Hogan”
Carr, Constance

in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2011), 35(1), 217-218

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See detailGender, Race, and National Identity: Lasting Categories of an Urbanized Planet
Carr, Constance

in Thirdspace: a Journal of Feminist Theory & Culture (2010), 9(2), 254

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Contributions to encyclopaedias, dictionaries, …

See detailSustainability
Carr, Constance

in Morris, A. (Ed.) Encylopedia of Energy (2011)

See detailDensity
Carr, Constance

in Robbins, P.; Cohen, N.; Golson, J. G. (Eds.) Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide (2010)

See detailDivided Cities
Carr, Constance

in Hutchinson, R. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (2009)

See detailMulticultural Cities
Carr, Constance

in Hutchinson, R. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Urban Studies (2009)

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Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings – Unpublished conferences

See detailQuilting around the master-signifier of sustainable development
Carr, Constance

Scientific Conference (2015, October)

See detailThe embodied patchworks of sustainability master-signifiers
Carr, Constance

Scientific Conference (2015, July)

See detailSustainability – The travelling empty-master-signifier
Carr, Constance

Scientific Conference (2015, April)

See detailBefunde und Interpretationen
Carr, Constance

Scientific Conference (2015)

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See detailWhither sustainability? Governance and regional integration in the Glatt Valley
Carr, Constance; Mcdonough, Evan

Scientific Conference (2014, July 11)

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See detailPotenziellen und Gefahren der IBA als Planungsinstrument
Carr, Constance

Scientific Conference (2014)

See detailSustainability – The travelling paradoxical master-signifier
Carr, Constance

Scientific Conference (2014)

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Scientific congresses, symposiums and conference proceedings – Posters

See detailNew Metropolitan Mainstream: RhineRuhr
Carr, Constance

Poster (2010, June)

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Scientific presentations in Universities or research centres

See detailSmart cities and risk: When digital urban development gets political
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus

Presentation (2019)

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See detailSome notes on smart cities and the corporatization of urban governance
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus

Presentation (2019)

See detailMy research in seven minutes
Carr, Constance

Presentation (2018)

See detailMarket Rulers: Interpretive institutionalism and market-based sustainability
Carr, Constance; Gibbs, David; Krueger, Robert

Presentation (2013, April)

See detailTransforming Under Growth Pressure: Grassroots Sprawl or Top Down and Smart
Carr, Constance; Affolderbach, Julia

Presentation (2012, July)

See detailMobilizing Sustainability, Fixing Competitiveness: An examination of policy mobility Lux-embourg
Carr, Constance; Krueger, Robert; Hesse, Markus; Schulz, Christian

Presentation (2011, November)

See detailExamining Sustainable Spatial Development in Luxembourg
Carr, Constance; Krueger, Robert

Presentation (2011, May)

See detailIntroducing SUSTAINLUX
Carr, Constance

Presentation (2010, July)

See detailCity Tour, Urban Transformation of Luxembourg
Becker, Tom; Carr, Constance

Presentation (2010, June)

See detailSustainable Spatial Development in Luxembourg
Carr, Constance

Presentation (2010, June)

See detailFordism Alive at Sea: Crossing the Atlantic
Carr, Constance

Presentation (2002, June)

See detailHistory of Lawrence Neighbourhood Development
Carr, Constance; Milgrom, Richard

Presentation (1998, June)

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Reports – Other

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See detailThere is no one human scale - Reflections on urban development practice in Luxembourg
Carr, Constance; Lutz, Rebecca; Schutz, Kevin

Report (2018)

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See detailReport of Stakeholder Workshop
Carr, Constance

Report (2013)

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See detailImplications of Results
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus

Report (2013)

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See detailNachhaltige Raumentwicklung in Luxemburg (SUSTAINLUX): Kurzfassung
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus; Schulz, Christian

Report (2010)

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See detailSustainable Spatial Development in Luxembourg
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus; Schulz, Christian

Report (2010)

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See detailSustainable Spatial Development in Luxembourg (SUSTAINLUX): Summary
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus; Schulz, Christian

Report (2010)

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Doctoral Theses

See detailSocial Spatial Difference Delimiting Borders in Berlin
Carr, Constance

Doctoral thesis (2010)

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Articles for the General Public

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See detail"Keine Schwarzseher" Forscher der Universität Luxemburg unterstützen Jugendliche von "Fridays for Future"
Carr, Constance; König, Ariane; Reckinger, Rachel; Schulz, Christian; Siebentritt, Susanne; Teferle, Felix Norman

Article for general public (2019)

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See detailLuxembourg’s free public transport sounds great, but it won’t help people get from A to B
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus

Article for general public (2019)

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See detailSmart Cities, ‚big politics‘ und die Privatisierung der urbanen Governance
Carr, Constance; Hesse, Markus

Article for general public (2019)

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