Sebastian joined MSSI in November 2017, working alongside the ‘City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities’. By generating knowledge and expertise through collaborative research and engagement, Sebastian contributes to the development of urban and regional innovations, resilience and sustainability research, and policy making. Coming from an interdisciplinary background, Sebastian’s work is focused on questions at the interface of economic and urban geography, innovation and transition studies.
He is particularly interested in place-based innovation, resilient urban and regional development, governance, and interactive knowledge generation between actors from public, private and academic sectors. He received his PhD in Human Geography at the University of Cologne, Germany, with research on urban sustainability transitions in the building and construction sector. Sebastian’s work has been published in renowned international journals, such as Applied Geography, Regional Studies, Journal of Cleaner Production or Professional Geographer.
His current projects ‘Urban Resilience In Action’ and ‘Gippsland Smart Specialization Strategy’ are both focused on applicable solutions, cross-sectoral cooperation and place-based innovation. Sebastian's core research questions are: How are resilience and sustainability strategies translated into practice? What drives processes of change and innovation in urban and regional contexts? What are barriers and challenges? To what extent does political decision-making play a role?
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Future-proof cities through governance experiments? Insights from the Resilient Melbourne ..
Urban Resilience in Action: the Resilient Melbourne Strategy as Transformative Urban Innov..
Sustainability transition pathways in the building sector: Energy efficient building in Fr..
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Future-proof cities through governance experiments? Insights from the Resilient Melbourne Strategy (RMS)
Sebastian Fastenrath, Lars Coenen
Journal article | 2020 | Regional Studies
Established urban policy and planning approaches are ill-equipped to deal with the wicked nature of urban resilience problems and ..
An Urban Forest Horizon Scan in Melbourne, Australia. Report for the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub
Catherine Elliott, Dave Kendal, Judith Bush, Giuliana Leslie, Cathy Oke, Cristina Ramalho, Meg CAFFIN, Thami Croeser, Tim Entwistle, Sebastian Fastenrath, Anna Foley, Roger Jones, Virginia Lee, Stephen Livesley, Camilo Ordonez, Catherine Phillips, David Reid, Helen Rowe, Ian Shears, Jasmine Thom, et al.
Report | 2019
A horizon scanning workshop was held in Melbourne in June 2018, with participants from academia and institutions such as City of M..
Lost in transition? Directions for an economic geography of urban sustainability transitions
S Fastenrath, B Braun
Journal article | 2018 | Sustainability (Switzerland)
Socio-technical transitions towards more sustainable modes of production and consumption are receiving increasing attention in the..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
PhD Fellowship Grant 2017
Research support grant
Research Fellow In Resilient Cities
Architecture, Building And Planning
Doctorate of Natural Sciences
University of Cologne
Diplom in Geography
University of Cologne