Karsten Zimmermann is a Professor at the Faculty of Spatial Planning at Technical University of Dortmund where he holds the chair for European Planning Cultures. He is educated as a political scientist and has dedicated most of his academic work to the study of cities and regions.
From 2005 to 2012 he was part of the interdisciplinary research centre Intrinsic Logic of Cites (Eigenlogik der Städte) at Technical University of Darmstadt. He has been studying the evolvement of metropolitan governance arrangements over years in different countries.
Currently, he is involved in a larger research project about knowledge generation in local climate politics. Further research topics include planning theory and planning practices in Europe and transformation of post-industrial regions. He is the president of the European Urban Research Association (EURA) and coordinates the international Master-Programme Transformaton of Post-Industrial Regions (ToPIR) at the Dortmund School of Planning.