Andreas has a background in spatial planning which he studied at the University of Dortmund/Germany graduating as a Diplomingenieur in 2001. Following this he worked on a research project about the long-term future of the Ruhr area (Städteregion Ruhr 2030) on themes such as spatial analysis, regional governance and inter-municipal cooperation. In 2003 he started a PhD project at the Department of Civic Design University of Liverpool investigated the evidence base for rural-urban relationships. In parallel to the PhD work he also participated in other planning-related research projects, including a study on national spatial planning for the RTPI and a concept for the international ideas competition Shrinking Cities.
After the PhD, Andreas started working in 2007 in the Centre for Urban Policy Studies at the University of Manchester on a research fellowship in collaboration with English Partnerships. This project explored the links between social change and change in urban environments, primarily investigating links between deprivation and strategic brownfield reuse. Following this he worked on a range of projects including a report for the UK Housing and Neighbourhood Monitor, contributions to a project on the geography of housing market areas in England and an RTPI project on spatial expression of government policies and programmes. More recently Andreas worked at the University of Liverpool as a Research Associate for the Interreg project PURE Hubs. The project focused on developments in the rural-urban fringe and peri-urban areas focussing on the creation of so-called Hubs, projects of both public and private initiative linking rural and urban areas with project partners from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Andreas has since returned to the Centre for Urban Policy Studies at the University of Manchester, and has recently been working on an online platform for a neighbourhood planning project and on analyses of Census 2011 commuting data. Since September 2016 Andreas has been working as a lecturer.