Andreas Hengstermann

Andreas Hengstermann

Associate Professor

  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Biographical Information

Andreas Hengstermann is an Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning (BYREG) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Prior to joining NMBU in August 2023, he led a research project as a SNSF Research Associate at Ulster University (UK). He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Bern (CH), where he still holds an external teaching assignment. He was educated as a planner (Dipl.-Ing. Raumplanung) at the TU Dortmund University (DE) and the Universidad de Huelva (ES). Furthermore, he did postgraduate studies in public law (DAS Law) as well as in higher education teaching (CAS Didactics) at the University of Bern (CH).

He has been elected Vice-President of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law, and Property Rights (PLPR) for the period 2024 to 2026.

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Research Focus

  • Planning law and property rights: His primary research interest lies in understanding the essential role of property rights in shaping spatial development. In his work, he investigates how the allocation and protection of property rights influence planning, spatial development patterns, and the overall effectiveness of planning systems. He explores the legal and political dimensions of property rights in planning, shedding light on their implications for urban development.
  • International planning studies: His research includes comparative studies across different geographical contexts, political systems, and legislations. He has worked and published on research in several different countries (AT, BE, CH, NL, NO, UK) as well as cross-national comparisons. His research provides valuable insights for policymakers and practitioners seeking to improve their planning systems.
  • Planning theory: His research thrives on making significant contributions to the field of planning theory, particularly institutional planning theories. In his work, he focuses on the institutional frameworks that facilitate planning processes, emphasising the significance of institutional design, governance structures, and decision-making mechanisms in shaping urban and regional development. He provides valuable findings for understanding and improving planning practices by developing and refining theoretical frameworks.




Administration & Leadership

As part of academic administration, Andreas Hengstermann is engaged in the following honorary positions within and outside of NMBU:

    • Research Group on Urban Sustainability
  • Teaching at NMBU

  • Research projects with a website outside NMBU

  • Previous Affiliations

    • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) research fellow, School of the Built Environment, Ulster University, Belfast, UK
    • Center for Continuing Education, University of Bern, Bern, CH
    • Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Bern, CH


    • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in Public Law (ongoing), Faculty of Law, University of Bern, Bern, CH
    • Ph.D. in Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Bern, Bern, CH
    • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Higher Education Teaching (Hochschuldidaktik), Center for Continuing Education, University of Bern, Bern, CH
    • Diplom-Ingenieur in Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, DE
    • Máster studies in Local and Rural Development, Universidad de Huelva, Huelva, ES
    • Vordiplom in Spatial Planning, University of Dortmund, Dortmund, DE