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Christophe Sohn

Professor of urban planning, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research

Residency: August 2016 – July 2017

Research Project: The Cross-border Metropolis Hypothesis: Back to the Source

Research Interests: border regions and cities; cross-border integration; urban and regional governance; policy networks; borders as resources; and assemblage theory


Christophe Sohn is senior researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research and an assistant professor associated with the University of Luxembourg. The author of “Luxembourg, an emerging cross-border metropolitan region (2012),” Sohn holds a doctorate in urban geography from the University of Strasbourg.

His research focuses on the role of borders as a resource and the concept of cross-border metropolitan regions as the emblematic configuration of globalizing urban border regions. Specifically, Sohn mobilizes assemblage theory to better grasp borders’ multiplicity, ambivalence and open-ended character. He intends to investigate the San Diego-Tijuana case and explore the virtues of a Europe-North America dialogue—an area in which he has served as a principle investigator of various research projects. Sohn’s research is supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund.