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Professional Career 

  • Master of Science in Surveying, Planning and Land Use Management – 1994

  • PhD-fellow, Aalborg University - 1995-1999
  • Trainee at Ministry of the Environment; connected with the Retail Planning Committee – 1995-1996 

  • PhD (thesis: Land Use Management and the Development of the Retail Structure) - 1999

  • Assistant Professor, Aalborg University - 1998-2001

  • Awarded the Nordic Chartered Surveyor’s Congress Prize – 2000
  • Associate Professor, Aalborg University - 2001-2010

  • Member of The L-Study Board, School of Surveying and Planning – 2003-2010

  • Head of the The L-Study Board, School of Surveying and Planning – 2005-2010

  • Head of School of Surveying and Planning - since 2005-2010

  • The Danish Chartered Surveyors Association’s delegate in FIG (International Federation of Surveyors), Commission 2 – since 2006

  • Visiting researcher, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Dept. of Social Engineering) – April and May 2007

  • Head of the local host committee – 3rd International Conference on Planning, Law and Property Rights, Aalborg - 11-13 February 2009

  • Member of ExCo, International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights – 2009-2010

  • Head of School (full time), School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Aalborg University - 2010-2018
  • Master of Business Administration - 2014
  • Associated professor - (again) since 2018
  • Member of The PL-Study Board (and program manager, Surveying and Planning) - since 2018
  • Member of European Commission's Regiostars Jury 2021 (Green Europe category)


  • PhD-thesis; sundry consultancy reports; and several articles on Land Use Management, Spatial Planning and Land Law. Several invited papers and presentations at national and international conferences and seminars

  • See further in publication list

Professional Interests 

General interests: 

  • Local development, land use planning and management, land law

  • Problem based learning (PBL), efficient teaching, national and international recruitment of the "right" students to small education programs within technical science

 Specific research interests:

  • Local development and urban planning including urban regeneration and transformation, public participation in planning decisions, planning policy making and implementation processes (potentials and barriers in policy making and implementation)

  • Urban and land policy implementation tools (in public law as well as in civil law, including agreements, easements and public-private partnerships)

  • Legal rights of individual land owners and other addressees when they are met with planning and other public regulations
  • Planning methods and theory, the role of planning

  • Retail development and planning, driving forces in the development of the retail structure, potentials and obstacles to steer and regulate the retail structure

Teaching Experiences

  • Courses in land law, local planning, planning administration/consideration of cases, planning implementation and implementation tools, planning and regulation theory, planning methods

  • Supervision of bachelor-, master- and PhD-students; all based on the PBL-concept

Teaching activities have mainly been related to the following studies and programmes: Chartered Surveyor (M.Sc. in Planning, Surveying and Land Management); Civil Engineer in Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning; and Civil Engineer in Architecture and Design

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Business Administration, MBA

Award Date: 15 Jan 2014


Award Date: 2 Dec 1999

Chartered Surveyor, MSc

Award Date: 3 Oct 1994


  • Law
  • Architecture and Spatial Planning
  • Environment


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