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DÖRRY Sabine

Urban Development and Mobility
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Academic Profile

Sabine is a Senior Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Luxembourg, and an Honorary Research Associate of the School of Geography and the Environment (Oxford). She is currently a GSO Leadership Fellow and recently (2013-2015) held a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford. Sabine is a board member of the newly founded FINGEO Network, the Global Network on Financial Geography, where she is also deputy editor for the network’s working paper series. Sabine is also an editor of Articulo – Journal of Urban Research.

Sabine graduated from the Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and completed her doctorate (Economic Geography) at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Her thesis ‘Governance Forms of Global Value Chains in Tourism’ was awarded the best PhD thesis by the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) in 2009.

From 2004 to 2010 she was a lecturer at the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. She has also taught at the Universities of Bonn (D), Groningen (NL), Luxembourg (Lux) and Osnabruck (D). In 2010, Sabine took up the post of Research Fellow at the Centre for Population, Poverty and Public Policy Studies (CEPS/INSTEAD) in Luxembourg. In 2013, she moved to Oxford where, alongside her full-time fellowship, she was a visiting fellow at both the Universiteit van Amsterdam and the National University of Singapore in 2014.

Sabine’s academic work has been funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Luxembourgish Research Foundation (FNR), ESPON, the European Commission (EC), and the Regional Studies Association (RSA), among other.

Outside academia, Sabine has worked as a consultant and academic expert for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ), the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and for the Directorate General of Enterprise and Industry, EC.

Current Research

Sabine’s research interests include the changing global production and trade relations, primarily in financial and other services industries, the functional and institutional integration processes of European border regions, and the dynamics of urban, financial and real estate development. Her research combines insights from economic geography, economics, political economy, and sociology.

Sabine is interested in developing alternative ways of analysing the global financial system, particularly the relational nature of complex local production systems of finance in the world's leading financial centres. Related to this, she is interested in how these financial centres create economic resilience in the face of market discontinuities and political ruptures, and how shifts toward ‘green finance’ and technological immersion affect financial activities and institutions. Sabine is a curious observer and critical commentator on the political economies of the world’s leading financial centres.

Ongoing projects



  • STEINER C., RICHTER T., DÖRRY S., NEISEN V., STEPHENSON M., LEMMA A.F. and MITCHELL G.B. Economic crisis, international tourism decline and its impact on the poor. Madrid: Report on commission to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 2013.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Globale Wertschöpfungsketten im Tourismus. Ohnmächtige Unternehmen in mächtiger Position? Relationale Governance bei der Organisation deutscher Pauschalreisen nach Jordanien. Münster: Lit-Verlag, 2008, 262 p.

Book Chapters

    DÖRRY Sabine. Finance as technocratic agent in urban development. In: Mike Raco, Federico Savini (eds.) Planning and Knowledge. How new forms of technocracy are shaping contemporary cities. Policy Press, 2019, pp. 115-126.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Regulatory Spaces in Global Finance. In: MARTIN R., POLLARD J. (Eds). Handbook on the Geographies of Money and Finance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2017, pp. 415-433.
  • DÖRRY Sabine, ROSOL Marit. Kreativwirtschaft als Motor der Stadtentwicklung? - Das Beispiel Zürich. In: METZNETTER, W.; MUSIL, R. (eds.) Europa. Metropolen im Wandel. Wien: Mandelbaum-Verlag, 2011, pp. 123-136.
  • HEEG Susanne, DÖRRY Sabine. Immobilienwirtschaft und Stadtplanung als Forschungsfeld in der Geographie. In: DZIOMBA, M., KRAJEWSKI, C. (eds.) Die Immobilienwirtschaft als geographisches Berufsfeld. Aktuelle Themen - Methoden – Einsatzbereiche. Münster: Arbeitsberichte der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Angewandte Geographie Münster, 2011, pp. 47-56.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Wall Street und Main Street: Zur Verräumlichung der Finanzkrise auf den Immobilienmärkten. In: SCHEUPLEIN C. and WOOD G. (eds.) Nach der Weltwirtschaftskrise: Neuanfänge in der Region? Münster: Lit, 2011, pp. 32-48.
  • DÖRRY Sabine, WERNER Nathalie. Wohnungsknappheit und Büroüberschuss: Ausweg Gebäudeumnutzung. In, HEEG, S. and PÜTZ, R. (eds.) Wohnungsund Büroimmobilienmärkte unter Stress: Deregulierung, Privatisierung und Ökonomisierung. Frankfurt/Main: Rhein-Mainische Forschungen, 2009, Bd. 129, pp. 93-127.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Analyse des Frankfurter Büromarkts. In: Stadt Frankfurt am Main (ed.) 25 Jahre Immobilienmarkt Frankfurt am Main, 2009, pp. 3-42.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Business Relations in the Design of Package Tours in a Changing Environment: The Case of Tourism from Germany to Jordan. In: BURNS P. & NOVELLI M. (eds.) Tourism and Mobilities. Local-Global Connections. Oxfordshire: CAB International, 2008, pp. 204-218.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Crossing Juridical Borders: Relational Governance in International Package Tourism from Germany to Jordan. In: TAMASY C. & TAYLOR M. (eds.) Globalising Worlds and New Economic Configurations. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008, pp. 23-33.

Other articles

  • HEEG Susanne, DÖRRY Sabine. Leerstände und Bauboom - Büroimmobilien nur noch ein Anlageprodukt? Über die Folgen der Verflechtung von Finanz- und Immobilienmärkten. Forschung Frankfurt, 2009, Heft 3, pp. 30-36.


  • GIFFINGER R.,SUITNER J., KADI J., DÖRRY S. (et al.) POLYCE Metropolisation and Polycentric Development in Central Europe (Main Report & Scientific Report). Luxembourg: ESPON, 2012, 91 p. and 207 p.
  • STEINER Christian, RICHTER Thomas, DÖRRY Sabine, NEISEN Vera, STEPHENSON Marcus, LEMMA Alberto F. Economic crisis, tourism decline and its impact on the poor. Report on commission to the UNWTO & the ILO, published by Global Pulse/United Nations, New York, 2011 ( ISBN: 978-92-844-1443-7 (print version) & 978-92-844-1444-4 (electronic version).
  • DÖRRY Sabine, STAMM Andreas. Leistungsfähige Unternehmen des Südens als Partner der deutschen EZ? 2009 (unpublished survey on behalf of GTZ).

Book reviews

  • DÖRRY Sabine. Finanzialisierung der Hypotheken- und Bodenmärkte: Macht der Staat das Wohnen teuer? Sammelrezension zu: Manuel B. Aalbers (2016): The Financialization of Housing und: Anne Haila (2016): Urban Land Rent. Sub\Urban, 2017, vol. 5, n°1/2, pp. 301-307.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Review of: W Streeck (2015): Gekaufte Zeit. Die vertagte Krise des demokratischen Kapitalismus. Berlin: Suhrkamp. Die Erde, 2016, vol. 147, n°1, pp. 68-69. [EN version:].
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Review of: Neil M Coe and Henry Wai-Chung Yeung (2015): Global Production Networks. Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World. Economic Geography, 2016, vol. 93, n°2, pp. 209-211.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Review of: David A Wolfe (2014): Innovating in urban economies. economic transformation in Canadian city-regions. Space and Polity, 2016, vol. 20, n°2, pp. 246-248.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Challenging Reflections on 'Productive' Banking and Financial Imperialism. Review of: Brett Christophers (2013): Banking across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism. Wiley-Blackwell. Articulo - Journal of Urban Research.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. Review of: Michael Storper (2013) Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. Regional Studies, 2014, vol. 48, n°6, pp. 1156-1158.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. The student's new companion on economic geography. Book Review of Boris Braun and Christian Schulz (2012). Wirtschaftsgeographie. Stuttgart: UTB. Reviewed for articulo – Journal for Urban Research (Online Journal), 2012.
  • DÖRRY Sabine. When the financial markets start coughing, office markets quickly catch a cold. Book Review of Colin Lizieri (2009). Towers of Capital. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Reviewed for articulo – Journal for Urban Research (Online Journal), 2011.

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