Bernd Pfannenstein collaborates with the Program Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. In Guadalajara (Mexico) the German geographer is president of the consulting firm Planstadt S.C., member of the think tank Transversal, and currently academic adviser and project leader for the Municipality of Tlajomulco and the Metropolitan Agency for Safety.
From 2014 to 2015 Bernd Pfannenstein collaborated with the Metropolitan Planning Institute of Guadalajara as a consultant in urban development projects on a metropolitan scale (i.e. projects on spatial segregation and urban planning; e.g. implementation of a Geographic Information System for the Metropolitan Land-Use Plan).
Within his research interests (urban geography, spatial analysis and urban planning), he has published in scientific international journals and 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), the CDD Forum organized by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA, 2017), and the Conference of Experts on Multiscale Planning and Territorial Development organized by United Nations (2017, Chile).
He has been lecturing at the University of Passau (Bavaria, Germany; 2012-2014) and universities in Mexico over the last years. In 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. In 2015, he received an invitation from the Monterrey Institute of Technology Campus Guadalajara within the Program of Foreign Visiting Professors.