This country is punching far beyond its weight. What it means to be small but global – a view from geography

  • 31 August 2023

Thursday 23 November 2023 from 18.00 to 19.00
Lecture held in English
Belval, Maison des Sciences Humaines, Black Box


Prof. Dr Markus Hesse
Full professor
Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department of Geography and Spatial Planning


The quote in the title comes from an expert interview in recent research. It illustrates the foundational fact that Luxembourg has considerably more economic power and dynamism that its size and institutional set-up can accommodate. This is the basic problem that runs through all development and planning conflicts, reinforced by institutional and procedural complexity and inertia. Appropriate strategies need to be structural. However, current practice is constrained by three different sorts of illusion: a growth illusion; a steering illusion; and a sustainability illusion. The lecture will close by reflecting upon some thoughts on how to address structural challenges.