Dr Sebastian Fastenrath

Research Fellow in Resilient Cities


Sebastian joined MSSI in November 2017 as the ‘Research Fellow in Resilient Cities’, working alongside the Chair of Resilient Melbourne program, Professor Lars Coenen. By generating knowledge and expertise through collaborative research and engagement within Resilient Melbourne, he helps to develop urban innovations, resilience 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 sustainability transitions, resilient urban and regional development, governance, and interactive knowledge generation between actors from public, private and academic sectors. A special focus of Sebastian’s work has been on urban sustainability transitions and innovation in the building and construction sector. He gained extensive research experience in Australian and German city contexts through his PhD in Human Geography at the University Cologne, Germany. Sebastian’s work has been published in renown international journals such as Applied GeographyJournal of Cleaner Production and Professional Geographer.

Looking for applicable solutions and recommendations for urban resilience his core research questions are: What explains the diverging establishment of changed practices towards sustainability from place to place? When and why do changed practices occur? What has been learned and experienced? In how far do policy making processes play a role? How and why occur disruptions and barriers within transition pathways?

Recent publications:

Fastenrath, S. & Braun, B. (2018): Lost in Transition? Directions for an Economic Geography of Urban Sustainability Transitions. Sustainability. 10(7), 2434.

Fastenrath S., Preller B. (2018): Freiburg: The Emblematic Green City. In Green Building Transitions. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham, pp 69-97.

Fastenrath S. (2018): Brisbane: A Disrupted Green Building Trajectory. In Green Building Transitions. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham, pp 133-157.

Fastenrath, S. & Braun, B. (2018): Ambivalent urban sustainability transitions: Insights from Brisbane's building sector.Journal of Cleaner Production. 176. 581-589.

Fastenrath, S. & Braun, B. (2018): Sustainability transition pathways in the building sector: Energy-efficient building in Freiburg (Germany). Applied Geography. 90. 339-349.

Preller, B., Affolderbach, J., Schulz, C., Fastenrath, S., Braun, B. (2017): Interactive knowledge generation in urban green building transitionsProfessional Geographer. 69 (2), 214-224.

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