Prof. Dr. Alain Thierstein


Urban Development
Professor emeritus since 31.03.2024

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Alain Thierstein is involved in research on urban and metropolitan development; spatial impact of the knowledge economy, in particular the visualization of non-physical firm relationships as well as spatial interaction of locational choice of residence, work and mobility; the role of star architecture for repositioning medium sized cities.

Alain Thierstein, PhD, is full professor for urban development at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), department of architecture. He also is affiliated with the consultancy of EBP Schweiz AG, Zurich, as partner and senior consultant in the area of urban and regional economic development. He received his Master degree as well as his Ph.D. in economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.


  • Honorary Mention Gerd Albers Award for Best Book, ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) (2008)

Dreher, Johannes, Nadia Alaily-Mattar und Alain Thierstein: “Star architecture projects. The assessment of spatial economic effects by means of a spatial incidence analysis”. Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. 2020; online first: 1-15.


Zöllner, Silke, Stefan Lüthi und Alain Thierstein: “A Longitudinal Network Analysis of the German Knowledge Economy from 2009 to 2019: Spatio-Temporal Dynamics at the City–Firm Nexus”. Journal of Social Structure. 2020; 21(1): 107-133.


Lüthi S, Thierstein A and Hoyler M: "The world city network: Evaluating top-down versus bottom-up approaches". Cities 72(Part B). 2018; 287-294.


Zhao J, Bentlage M and Thierstein A: "Residence, workplace and commute: Interrelated spatial choices of knowledge workers in the metropolitan region of Munich". Journal of Transport Geography. 2017; 62: 197-212.


Alaily-Mattar N, Thierstein A and Förster A: "'Alternative futures': A methodology for integrated sustainability considerations, the case of Nuremberg West, Germany". Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 2014; 19(6): 677-701.