Bernd Pfannenstein collaborates with the Program Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In his research studies, he focuses on Urban Geography, Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis. He has been lecturing at the University of Passau (Germany) and various universities in Mexico over the last years.
Within his research interests he has participated in lectures at universities and conferences on national and international level, for example the 33rd International Geographical Congress in Beijing (China, 2016), the Geographical Congress of Latin America (Cuba, 2015; Bolivia, 2017), and the CDD Forum organized by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA, 2017).
From April 2013 to December 2013 he worked as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Geography and Regional Planning at the University of Guadalajara, supported by a scholarship of the Mexican Government. From July 2014 to December 2015 Bernd Pfannenstein collaborated with the Metropolitan Planning Institute of the Guadalajara as a consultant in urban development projects on a metropolitan scale.
In 2015, the German Geographer received an invitation from the Department of Architecture at the Monterrey Institute of Technology Campus Guadalajara within the Program of Foreign Visiting Professors. In 2016, Bernd Pfannenstein served as head of the Department of Geomatics, Statistics and Spatial Analysis in the General Coordination of the City of Zapopan.
Bernd Pfannenstein is president of the consulting firm PLANSTADT S.C. and member of the think tank TRANSVERSAL.