Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning – University of Copenhagen

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Christian Fertner

Christian Fertner

Associate Professor

  • Landscape Architecture and Planning

    Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg C

    Phone: +45 35 33 17 82

I hold a MSc in Urban and Regional Planning (2006) from the Vienna University of Technology, and worked in extenstion to that at the Centre of Regional Science on the benchmarking of Smart Cities. Since December 2007 I work at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (former 'Danish Centre for Forest, Landscape and Planning'). From 2008 to 2012 I worked on my PhD project called "Urbanisation, urban growth and planning", dealing with urbanisation of rural areas, its spatial characteristics and impacts like e.g. urban sprawl and the use of urban growth management strategies. The project was supervised by Gertrud Jørgensen, Thomas Sick Nielsen and Stephan Pauleit.

In the past 10 years I was involved in several national and international projects, including

I am co-supervising two PhD students, Juliane Große and Lu Sun.

I teach and supervise in the Landscape Architecture programme. From 2008 to 2014 I was co-responsible for the bachelor course "Bypolitik" (Urban policies). Since 2016 I am co-responsible for the "Byplan Studio" (Urban Planning Studio).

Feel free to contact me. I speak German, English and Danish. You can also find me on LinkedIn and ResearchGate or pass by my blog on


  • Co-responsible for bachelor course "Byplan Studio 1 & 2" (Urban Planning Studio, 30 ECTS, since 2016)
  • Co-responsible for bachelor course "Bypolitik" (Urban policies, 7.5 ECTS, 2008-2014)
  • Various contributions to bachelor and master courses and projects, e.g. "Byplananalyse" (Urban analysis) and "Byplanstrategi" (Urban planning strategies)
  • PhD co-supervision of Juliane Große (Energy efficient urban planning - focus on Nordic medium-sized cities)
  • PhD co-supervision of Lu Sun (Green belts and suburban town development - focus on Beijing)

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Urban sprawl and growth management - drivers, impacts and responses in selected European and US cities

    Fertner, C., Jørgensen, G., Nielsen, T. A. S. & Nilsson, K. S. B. 2016 In : Future Cities & Environment. 2, p. 1-13 9

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Urban structure, energy and planning: findings from three cities in Sweden, Finland and Estonia

    Große, J., Fertner, C. & Groth, N. B. 2016 In : Urban Planning. 1, 1, p. 24-40 17 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Urban energy generation and the role of cities

    Groth, N. B., Fertner, C. & Große, J. 2016 In : Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning. 5, Special issue, p. 5-17 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Compact and resource efficient cities? Synergies and trade-offs in European cities

    Fertner, C. & Große, J. 2016 In : European Spatial Research and Policy. 23, 1, p. 65-79 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development and Urban-Rural Linkages

    Nilsson, K. S. B., Nielsen, T. A. S., Aalbers, C., Bell, S., Boitier, B., Chery, J. P., Fertner, C., Groschowski, M., Haase, D., Loibl, W., Pauleit, S., Pintar, M., Piorr, A., Ravetz, J., Ristimäki, M., Rounsevell, M., Tosics, I., Westerink, J. & Zasada, I. 27 Mar 2014 In : European Journal of Spatial Development. p. 1-26 26 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    The emergence and consolidation of the Urban-Rural Region: migration patterns around Copenhagen 1986-2011

    Fertner, C. 2013 In : Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. 104, 3, p. 322-337 16 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    The dynamics of peri-urbanisation

    Ravetz, J., Fertner, C. & Nielsen, T. A. S. 2013 Peri-urban futures: scenarios and models for land use change in Europe. Nilsson, K., Pauleit, S., Bell, S., Aalbers, C. & Nielsen, T. S. (eds.). Springer, Ch. 2, p. 13-44 32 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  8. Published

    Downscaling European urban-rural typologies

    Fertner, C. 2012 In : Geografisk Tidsskrift/Danish Journal of Geography. 112, 1, p. 77-83 7 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    Land use scenarios for greater Copenhagen: modelling the impact of the fingerplan

    Fertner, C., Jørgensen, G. & Nielsen, T. A. S. 2012 In : Journal of Settlements and Spatial Planning. 3, 1, p. 1-10 10 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    Peri-urbanisation and multifunctional adaptation of agriculture around Copenhagen

    Zasada, I., Fertner, C., Piorr, A. & Nielsen, T. A. S. 2011 In : Geografisk Tidsskrift/Danish Journal of Geography. 111, 1, p. 59-72 14 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Selected activities

  1. Researchblog:

    Fertner, C. (Participant)
    9 Nov 2009 → …

    Activity: OtherOther (prizes, external teaching and other activities) - Other

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