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History and Theory of the City

Professorship History and Theory of the City

Prof. Dr. Monika Grubbauer

Since 2015, Monika Grubbauer holds the chair of History and Theory of the City. She gives lectures on historical and theoretical foundations of cities and offers courses related to various topics and questions of contemporary urban and regional development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The research at the chair of History and Theory of the City contributes to debates in interdisciplinary urban research as well as planning theory and urban theory. Current areas of interest in research include new strategies of urban future-making in the face of urgent global challenges and heightened uncertainty, housing and urban politics, large-scale projects as well as transnational knowledge practices, norm-making and reregulation in the field of architecture, urban and regional planning.


Monika Grubbauer is member of the academic senate at HCU and trustee of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. She is member of the Research Committee 21 on the Sociology of Urban and Regional Development (RC21) in the International Sociological Association (ISA) and member of the German Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung.

Teaching at the Professorship History and Theory of the City

Current position

Since 08/2015 Full professor in History and Theory of the City at HafenCity University Hamburg

Previous academic positions

11/2014 – 08/2015: DAAD Postdoc fellow, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexiko City

09/2009 – 08/2014: Research and teaching associate, Department of Architecture, Darmstadt University of Technology


2003 – 2009: PhD in Social and Economic Sciences, Institute of Sociology, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Vienna University of Technology

1993 – 2001: Diploma in Architecture, University of Applied Arts, Vienna

Academic functions

Since 2015: Liaison professor Hans-Böckler-Foundation

07/2013 – 07/2014: Member of Board of Spokespersons of the Urban Research Area, Darmstadt University of Technology

10/2012 – 07/2014: Directory Board, International Master of Science program Mundus Urbano: International Cooperation and Urban Development, Darmstadt University of Technology

Reviewer activities

Scientific institutions: Austrian Academy of Science (DOC Program) | Hans-Böckler-Foundation | German Research Foundation (DFG) | Polish National Science Centre (NCN) | Swiss National Science Foundation | TU Berlin (IPODI Program)

Journals: Architectural Theory Review | City | City, Culture and Society | Disability and Rehabilitation | Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organization | Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space | Eurasian Geography and Economics | European Planning Studies | Globalizations |  International Journal of Housing Policy | International Journal of Urban and Regional Research | Journal of Architectural Education | Journal of Urban Affairs | Journal of Urban Design | Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft | Scottish Geographical Journal | Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers | Urban Geography | Urban Planning | Urban Research and Practice | Urban Studies| Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie


Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung, Germany, since 2015

Research Committee 21 on the Sociology of Urban and Regional Development
(RC 21) in the International Sociological Association (ISA), since 2006

Architectural Sociology Working Group of the German Sociological Association, since 2006


Grubbauer, M. (2011). Die vorgestellte Stadt. Globale Büroarchitektur, Stadtmarketing und politischer Wandel in Wien. Bielefeld, Transcript.

Edited volumes

Grubbauer, M. and K. Shaw (Eds.) (2018). Across Theory and Practice: Thinking through Urban Research. Berlin, Jovis.

Grubbauer, M. and J. Kusiak (Eds.) (2012). Chasing Warsaw. Socio-Material Dynamics of Urban Change since 1990. Frankfurt, Campus.

Special issues in peer-reviewed journals

Grubbauer, M., and P. Mader (Eds.). Housing Microfinance and Housing Financialisation in a Global Perspective, International Journal of Housing Policy, forthcoming.

Göbel, H. K.; M. Grubbauer and A. Richter (Eds.). Designed to improve? The makings, politics and aesthetics of “social” architecture and design, City 21 (6), 2017.

Faulconbridge, J. and M. Grubbauer (Eds.). Transnational Building Practices: Actors, Trajectories and Modes of Knowledge Mobility, Global Networks 15 (3), 2015.

Grubbauer, M. and S. Steets (Eds.). The Making of Architects: Knowledge Production and Legitimation in Education, Professional Practice and International Networks, Architectural Theory Review 19 (1), 2014.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Escobar, L. and M. Grubbauer (2021). Housing microfinance, saving and credit cooperatives, and community development in low-income settings in Mexico. Community Development Journal 56 (1): 141-160.

Grubbauer, M. (2020). Assisted self-help housing in Mexico: advocacy, (micro)finance and the making of markets. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 44 (6): 947-966.

Hilbrandt, H. and M. Grubbauer (2020). Standards and SSOs in the contested widening and deepening of financial markets: The arrival of Green Municipal Bonds in Mexico City. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 52 (7): 1415-1433.

Grubbauer, M. and H. Hilbrandt (2020). Städte des Globalen Südens im Fokus von Klima- und Entwicklungsfinanz: Reregulierung, Disziplinierung und Depolitisierung. sub\urban. zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung 8 (1/2): 137-162.

Coman, R., M. Grubbauer and J. König (2019). Labour migration as a temporal practice in peripheral cities: the case of Comănești, Romania. City 23(4-5): 619-630.

Grubbauer, M. (2019). Postcolonial urbanism across disciplinary boundaries: Modes of (dis)engagement between urban theory and professional practice. The Journal of Architecture 24 (4): 469-486.

Grubbauer, M. (2019). Housing microfinance and the financialization of housing in Latin America and beyond: an agenda for future research. International Journal of Housing Policy 19 (3): 436-447.

Grubbauer, M. and Camprag, N. (2018). Urban megaprojects, nation-state politics and regulatory capitalism in Central and Eastern Europe: the Belgrade Waterfront project. Urban Studies. 56 (4): 649-671.

Grubbauer, M. (2017). Shifting national housing policy priorities, commercialization of housing microfinance and marketization in the construction sector: the current state of self-help housing in Mexico. Trialog (4/2015), September 2017: 13-19.

Grubbauer, M. (2017). In search of authenticity: Architectures of social engagement, modes of public recognition and the fetish of the vernacular. City 21 (6): 789-799.

Grubbauer, M. (2015). Circulating knowledge, marketization and norm-making: international developers and construction firms in Eastern Europe since 2000. Global Networks 15 (3): 288-306.

Grubbauer, M. (2015). Not everything is new in DIY: Home remodelling by amateurs as urban practice. Ephemera: theory & politics in organization 15 (1): 141-162.

Grubbauer, M. and S. Steets (2014). Editorial: The Making of Architects: Knowledge Production and Legitimation in Education and Professional Practice. Architectural Theory Review 19 (1): 4–9.

Grubbauer, M. (2014). Architecture, economic imaginaries and urban politics: the office tower as socially classifying device. International Journal for Urban and Regional Research 38 (1): 336–59.

Grubbauer, M. (2013). Mainstreaming urban interventionist practices: the case of the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin. Footprint. TU Delft Architecture Theory Journal. Autumn 2013: 123–130.

Grubbauer, M. (2004). Über den Bereich des (Un)möglichen. Zur Zukunft architektonischer Praxis. UMBAU 21, 81–92.

Articles in non-peer reviewed journals, introductions and commentaries

Grubbauer, M. (2019). Forschungsorientierte Lehre. StadtBauwelt 221 (6/2019): 53-54.

Richter, A.; H. Göbel, M. Grubbauer (2017). Introduction: Designed to Improve? The makings, politics and aesthetics of ‘social’ architecture and design. City 21 (6): 769-778.

Grubbauer, M. (2017). Perspektiven einer Politisierung von Planungsprozessen jenseits lokaler Mobilisierungen. sub\urban. zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung 5 (1/2): 137-146.

Faulconbridge, J. and M. Grubbauer (2015). Transnational building practices: knowledge mobility and the inescapable market. Global Networks 15 (3): 275-287.

Grubbauer, M. (2012). Architektur und Stadt: Anmerkungen aus politisch-ökonomischer Perspektive. Geographische Revue 14 (1), 58–73.

Grubbauer, M. (2010). Was ist nutzungsoffene Architektur? Möglichkeiten und Grenzen. Generalist. Magazin für Architektur Nr. 3, 55–59.

Grubbauer, M. (2009). Wien und der Konflikt eines baulichen Wandels. Wie Hochhäuser ein neues Stadtbild konstruieren sollen. Geographische Rundschau 7-8, 28–34.

Grubbauer, M. (2008). Interpretation von Architektur: fotografische Bilder von Architektur und die visuelle Vermitteltheit architektonischen Wissens? Wolkenkuckucksheim. Internationale Zeitschrift für Theorie und Wissenschaft der Architektur 12 (2), (online).

Book chapters

Grubbauer, M. and H. Hilbrandt (forthcoming). Shifts and hurdles in the urbanisation of development finance: the case of the World Bank’s City Creditworthiness Initiative. In: È. Chiapello, A. Engels, E. Gresse (Eds). Financializing Development. London, Routledge.

Grubbauer, M. (2021). Erbe und städtische Zukünfte im Zeitalter des Climate Urbanism. In: J. Blokker, Carmen M. Enss and S. Herold (Eds). Politiken des Erbens in urbanen Räumen. Bielefeld, Transcript, 207-220.

Grubbauer, M. (2018). Hochhäuser in Wien. Bilder von Architektur, Stadtmarketing und lokale Politik. In: S. Rollig and M. Fellinger (Eds.). Der Canalettoblick. Wien, Belvedere, 117-125.

Grubbauer, M. (2018). Building home futures: Materialities of construction and meanings of home in informal building practices. In: D. Sage and C. Vitry (Eds.). Societies under Construction. Geographies, Sociologies and Histories of Building. Basingstoke, Palgrave, 185-204.

Grubbauer, M. (2017). Urban Research Today: Modes of Dialogue and Disengagement between Theory and Practice. In: W. Pelka and F. Kasting (Eds.). Science and the City: Hamburg’s Path into an Academic Built Environment Education. Berlin, Jovis, 57-68.

Grubbauer, M. (2017). Stadtentwicklung von unten –  Möglichkeiten, Grenzen, kritische Perspektiven. In: K. Novy and A. Strickner (Eds.). Gutes Leben für alle erfordert eine andere Globalisierung. Herausforderungen und Gestaltungsräume für Städte und Regionen. Werkstattbericht, MA 18 – Stadtentwicklung und Stadtplanung, Wien, 72-75.

Grubbauer, M. (2017). Ananya Roy: Slumdog Cities: Rethinking Subaltern Urbanism. In: F. Eckardt (Ed.). Schlüsselwerke der Stadtforschung. Berlin, Springer, 279–300.

Grubbauer, M. (2016). The nadogradnje as a mode of urbanism. In: S. Quadflieg and G. Theune (Eds.). Nadogradnje. Urban Self-Regulation in Post-Yugoslav Cities. Weimar, m-books, 93–109.

Grubbauer, M. (2014). Gebrauchsfotografien von Architektur und Stadt und die Bewertung des urbanen Raumes: Stadtmarketing, Bildagenturen und Intermediäre. In: I. H. Warnke and B. Busse (Eds.). Place-Making in urbanen Diskursen. Berlin, De Gruyter.

Grubbauer, M. (2013). A városi változás átfogóbb fogalma felé: A posztszocialista urbanizáciá és a városelmélet osszekapcsolása. In: Jelinek C., Bodnár J., Czirfusz M. und Gyimesi Z. (Eds.). Kritikai Városkutatás [Kritische Stadtforschung]. Budapest, L'Harmattan,  480-504 (Hungarian Translation of book chapter in Grubbauer/Kusiak 2012).

Grubbauer, M. (2013). ‘Global‘ Architecture as a Contradictory Signifier: Lessons from Hamburg’s and Vienna’s Urban Megaprojects. In: G. del Cerro (Ed.). Urban Megaprojects: a worldwide view. Bradford, Emerald, 185–210.

Grubbauer, M. (2012). Toward a More Comprehensive Notion of Urban Change: Linking Post-Socialist Urbanism and Urban Theory. In: M. Grubbauer and J. Kusiak (Eds.). Chasing Warsaw. Socio-Material Dynamics of Urban Change since 1990. Frankfurt, Campus, 35–60.

Grubbauer, M. (2011). Globale Architektur und ihre Rolle im Städtewettbewerb. In: C. Parnreiter (Ed.). Stadt und Globalisierung. Hamburger Symposium Geographie Nr. 3, Institut für Geographie der Universität Hamburg, 46–65.

Grubbauer, M. (2011). Räume der Wirtschaft: Das Bürohochhaus als Bedeutungsträger in der visuellen Konstruktion ökonomischer Vorstellungswelten. In: W. Hofmann (Ed.). Stadt als Erfahrungsraum der Politik. Beiträge zur kulturellen Konstruktion urbaner Politik. Berlin, LIT Verlag, 97–116.

Grubbauer, M. (2010). The high-rise office tower as a global type: exploring the architectural world of Getty Images. In: M. Guggenheim and O. Soderström (Eds.). Re-Shaping Cities: How Global Mobility Transforms Architecture and Urban Form. London, Routledge, 63–80.

Grubbauer, M. (2008). Images of office architecture in the media – the paradigm of urban competitivness and global interconnectivity. In: F. Eckardt (Ed.): Media and Urban Space. Understanding, Investigating and Approaching Mediacity. Berlin, Frank & Timme, 105–132.

Grubbauer, M. (2006). Architektur und Standortwettbewerb. Bürobauten als Imageträger. In: Kritische Geografie und Attac Österreich (Eds.). Zwischen Konkurrenz und Kooperation – Alternativen zum Standortwettbewerb. Wien, Mandelbaum, 120–141.


Review of: Bunnell, T. and D. P.S. Goh (Eds.): Urban Asias: Essays on Futurity Past and Present. Berlin, Jovis 2018. In: International journal for Urban and Regional Research 43.3, 615-616.

Review of: Darieva, T.; W. Kaschuba and M. Krebs (Eds.): Urban Spaces After Socialism. Frankfurt/Main, Campus Verlag 2011, and Hirt, S. A.: Iron Curtains. Gates, Suburbs and Privatization of Space in the Post-Socialist City. London, Wiley-Blackwell 2012. In: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research 37.4., 1486–90.

Review of: Ponzini, D. and M. Nastasi: Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities. Torino, Allemandi & C 2012. In: Urban Research & Practice 5.3, 371-372.

Review of: Lampugnani, V. M.: Die Stadt im 20. Jahrhundert. Visionen, Entwürfe, Gebautes. Berlin 2010, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 08.04.2011, hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/rezensionen/2011-2-026.

Organized workshops and panels

'Disentangling global action agendas and urban development strategies: "Truth regimes" of development, private financial interest, and urban sustainable growth', stream at the RC21 Annual Conference 'In and Beyond the City: Emerging Ontologies, Persistent Challenges and Hopeful Futures', with Hanna Hilbrandt, Delhi, 18-21 September 2019 

'Critical Perspectives on Housing Microfinane', international workshop organized at HCU as part of the three-year research project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), Hamburg, 29-30 November 2018

'Urban Research across the Theory-Practice Divide: Modes of Dialogue and/or Disengagement', international workshop held at HCU, with Kate Shaw (Melbourne University), Hamburg, 21-22 September 2017

'Housing in the era of neoliberalism between adaption and transgression', stream at the RC21 Annual Conference 'The transgressive city', with Clara Salazar (Colegio de México), Mexico City, July 2016

International workshop of the architectural sociology working group (AG Architektursoziologie) 'Designed to improve? Buildings, interventions and the makings of the "social" in interdisciplinary urban practices', with Hanna Göbel (University Hamburg) and Anna Richter (HCU Hamburg), Hamburg, 22-24 May 2014

'Urbanism beyond the West: Comparing Accelerated Urban Change in Eastern Europe and the Global South', stream at the annual conference of the RC21, Sociology of Urban and Regional Development in the International Sociological Association, with Joanna Kusiak, Berlin, 29-31 August 2013

'The Transnational Dimension of Contemporary Urban Development: Ideas, Trajectories, and Actors', stream at the annual conference of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), New York City, 24-28 February 2012

International workshop of the architectural sociology working group (AG Architektursoziologie),'The Making of Architects / Architecture in the Making', with Silke Steets, TU Darmstadt, 2-3 February 2012

LOEWE-Workshop 'Warsaw since 1990. Post-Socialist Transformation as a Challenge for the Intrinsic Logic of Cities', with Joanna Kusiak, TU Darmstadt, 19-20 May 2011


Research and Teaching Associate

Eva Kuschinski

Since October 2015 Eva Kuschinski is working as a research and teaching associate at the professorship History and Theory of the City. She studied Sociology in Mannheim and Istanbul and Human Geography in Frankfurt am Main and Toronto. In her dissertation she is researching the access to housing for people living in women's shelters in the context of local housing and social policies. Further, she is looking at critical, feminist views of the housing question.


Eva Kuschinski is affiliated in the Scientific Network AK feminist geopraphies


Henning-Voscherau-Platz 1 | room 4.128
20457 Hamburg
Phone +49(0) 40 42827-5208
E-Mail: eva.kuschinski(at)hcu-hamburg.de 

Current Occupation
since 2015 Research and teaching assistant at the professorship History and Theory of the City, HCU Hamburg

Previous Academic Engagements
2015: Student assistant for BMBF-project Epidemiologische Risiko-Scores als Instrumente des Wissenstransfers (Prof. Dr. Susanne Bauer, Dr. Katrin Amelang), Institute for Sociology, Science Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt (Main)

2014: Internship at Leibniz-Institut für raumbezogene Sozialforschung (IRS), Research Department 4: Regeneration of Cities and Towns

2012 – 2013: Student assistant at DFG Project Neuordnung des Städtischen im neoliberalen Zeitalter, research project: Policing American Style in Frankfurt am Main? (Jenny Künkel), Goethe-University, Frankfurt (Main)

2011 – 2015: Master of Arts Geographies of Globalization – Markets and Metropolises, Institute of Human Geography, Goethe-University, Frankfurt (Main)

2013: Semester abroad at CITY Institute, York University, Toronto, Canada (DAAD Promos scholarship)

2008 – 2011: Bachelor of Arts Sociology at the School for Social Sciences, University of Mannheim (minor: Psychology)

2010: Erasmus at Department of Sociology, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey

Reserach group AK feminist geographies

DFG-Network 'Feminist Geographies of new Materialisms'



Metropolitan culture (B.A.):

History and Theory of the City I (WiSe 21/22)

Exercise Course History and Theory of the City (WiSe 15/16 - WiSe 19/20)

Urban planning (B.Sc. and M.Sc.):

Transformation I (WiSe 21/22)

History and Theory of the City I (WiSe 21/22)

History and Theory of Housing (SoSe 2021)

Feminist Perspectives on the City and Housing (WiSe20/21)

Teaching research project on student housing in Hamburg (WiSe 19/20)

Urban renewal and housing (SoSe16; SO 17)

Urban Design (M.Sc.):

Transformation I (WiSe 17/18; WiSe 20/21; WiSe 21/22)

Transformations II (SoSe 2021)

Bauriedl, S. and Kuschinski, E. (2021): Geschichten der deutschsprachigen Feministischen Geographien. In: Autor*innenkollektiv Geographie und Geschlecht (Hsrg.): Handbuch Feministische Geographien. Arbeitsweisen und Konzepte: 20-39

Kuschinki, E.; L. R. Reichle (2020): Why housing is a feminist issue oder warum die Wohnungsfrage feministisch zu stellen ist. In: Feministische Geo-RundMail. Informationen rund um feministische Geographie. Themenheft: Feministische politische Ökonomie 81, 33-36. Online unter: ak-feministische-geographien.org/rundmail/

Kuschinski, E. (2019). Profitable Wohnungspolitik und die Reproduktionskrise der 'Anderen' Das Hamburger Bündnis für das Wohnen. Femina Politica Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft 28 (1), 125-129.

Freshinski, E. N. (2019). Beziehungsweise Recht auf Stadt. Feministische Perspektiven auf Formen kollektiver Stadtgestaltung. Común (1/2019), 18-19. Online: comun-magazin.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Comun-01-2019.pdf

Kuschinski, E. (2019). Das Patriarchat aus dem Haus werfen. Inteview by S. Kellermann. In: Gebaute Gesellschaft, kritisch-lesen.de Nr. 51. Online: www.kritisch-lesen.de/c/1548

Kuschinski, E.; N. Fraeser, H. Hilbrandt, A. Schafran and M. Grubbauer (2018). Enacting social change. Responses in academic practice. Commentary. In: Grubbauer, M. and K. Shaw (Eds.). Across Theory and Practice. Thinking Through Urban Research. Berlin, Jovis, 231-237.

Kuschinski, E.; A. Gilbert and C. Lemanski (2018). Learning from experiences elsewhere. Policy learnings. Commentary. In: Grubbauer, M. and K. Shaw (Eds.). Across Theory and Practice. Thinking Through Urban Research. Berlin, Jovis, 87-89.

Kuschinski, E.; N. Fraeser and H. Hilbrandt (2018). Working as an urban scholar today: For a critical urban practice within and beyond the neoliberal university. In: Grubbauer, M. and K. Shaw (Eds.). Across Theory and Practice. Thinking Through Urban Research. Berlin, Jovis, 206-215.

Kuschinski, E.; N. Fraeser, S. Klosterkamp, J. Kühn and T. Martens (2017). We take the risk of hope. Überlegungen zu akademischer (Reproduktions-)Arbeit im Anschluss an das Vernetzungstreffen Feministische Geographien in Hamburg. sub\urban. zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung 5 (3), 137-146.

Kuschinski, E. (2017). Nachdenken über die Wohnungsfrage Modelle und Theorien zur Wohnungsfrage in Bündnissen für das Wohnen. In: Schader-Stiftung (Ed.). Die Rückkehr der Wohnungsfrage. Ansätze und Herausforderungen lokaler Politik. Tagungsreader mit Kurzfassungen der Vorträge und Impulse der Fachtagung am 19. und 20. Juni 2017 im Schader-Forum, Darmstadt, 107-110. Online: www.schader-stiftung.de/fileadmin/content/Tagungsreader_Rueckkehr_der_Wohnungsfrage_03.pdf

Kuschinski, E. (2014). Sozialer Wohnungsbau lohnt sich nicht Ökonomisierung der Frankfurter Wohnungspolitik am Beispiel der ABG Frankfurt Holding. In: Heeg, S. and M. Rosol (Eds.). Gebaute Umwelt. Aktuelle stadtpolitische Konflikte in Frankfurt am Main und Offenbach. Forum Humangeographie 12, 23-40.

Presented Papers

"Wohnungen als soziale Infrastruktur: Zwischen alltäglicher Reproduktion und Verwertungsdruck", Deutscher Kongress für Geographie", Kiel, September 2019

"Die doppelte Vergesellschaftung des Wohnens im Kontext aktueller Wohnungspolitik in Hamburg", Doktorand*innenkolloquium "Wohnungsfrage(n) ohne Ende. Aktuelle und historische Entwicklungen in der Wohnungspolitik", Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, July 2018

"Die doppelte Vergesellschaftung der Wohnung  – Gedanken zu einer feministisch-materialistischen Lesart der Wohnungsfrage", Forschungswerkstatt Kritische Geographie, Frankfurt am Main, June 2018

"Vom Doppelcharakter der Ware Wohnung und fortgesetzter ursprünglicher Akkumulation", Forschungskolloquium Stadt/Raum/Planung, HafenCity Universität Hamburg, June 2018

"Nachdenken über die Wohnungsfrage – Modelle und Theorien zur Wohnungsfrage in ‚Bündnissen für das Wohnen‘“,Fachtagung der Schaderstiftung "Die Rückkehr der Wohnungsfrage. Ansätze und Herausforderungen lokaler Politik", Darmstadt, June 2017

"Multiskalare Wohnungspolitiken – ‚Bündnisse für bezahlbares Wohnen‘ als mobile urban policies", Jahrestagung AK Geographische Wohnungsmarktforschung „Internationalisierung des Wohnens - Marktentwicklung, Politiken, Forschungsansätze", Luxemburg, June 2017

"The intersections of vulnerability, power and housing policies – the case of a forced eviction in Frankfurt/Main", RGS London Annual Conference "Nexus Thinking", Royal Geographical Society, London, August 2016.


Organized workshops and panels

Everyday Practices of Solidarity. Relational Learning Under Conditions of Multiple Crises. DAAD-sponsored Workshop. HCU and Schaltzentrale Hamburg, 19-22 September 2018

Network meeting feminist geographies, Hamburg, 27-29 April 2017


Invited lectures and commentaries


E. N. Freshinski: "Beziehungsweise Recht auf Stadt". Digital lecture in the seminar "Feministische Stadt", Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. June, 2020

"Reproduktionsort und Ware: Die Wohnung als Kristallisationspunkt gesellschaftlicher Widersprüche". Lecture at alpha nova & galeria futura, Berlin, September 2019

E. N. Freshinski: "Struggling with(in) the University - Feminist Negotiations", HafenCity Lectures: Testing University, HafenCity University Hamburg, January 2019. www.youtube.com/watch

Counselling at the theatre production "Who Reclaims?! - ein collagierter Streifzug durch die Raumfrage" by the feminist theatre collective Swoosh Lieu, Frankfurt am Main, August 2018

Lecture at a field trip organized by the department of Urban Planning at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: "Wohnungspolitik in Hamburg - das Bündnis für das Wohnen", Universität Hamburg, April 2018

guest researcher

Venetsiya Dimitrova

Since May 2021 Venetsiya Dimitrova is a guest research associate at the Chair for History and Theory of the City, awarded a doctoral scholarship by Pro Exzellenzia. She was previously a research assistant in the interdisciplinary research project Large-Scale Projects as Innovation Drivers in the Construction Industry in cooperation with the TUHH. She studied Architecture at the TU Berlin and TU Delft, as well as Planning and Environmental Research in Newcastle University, UK. In her doctoral research, she focuses on the internationalization of architectural professional practice and knowledge transfer in the construction industry, dealing more specifically with the role and responsibilities of project architects in renowned architectural firms.



Henning-Voscherau-Platz 1 | room 5.046
20457 Hamburg
Mail: venetsiya.dimitrova(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Current Occupation
Since May 2021: guest research associate and doctoral scholar at the Chair for History and Theory of the City, funded by ProExzellenzia plus

Previous Academic Engagements
09/2017 - 04/2021: Research assistant at the Chair History and Theory of the City, HCU for the interdisciplinary research project “Large-Scale Projects as Innovation Drivers in the Construction Industry” in cooperation with the TUHH

05/2015 – 09/2015: Student assistant at the Cluster of Excellence Image-Knowledge-Gestaltung at the Humboldt University of Berlin

09/2016 – 09/2017: Planning and Environmental Research (MA), Newcastle University
Thesis: Collaborative Housing Projects and the Socio-Spatial Qualities of their Porous Spaces. The Case Studies of Spreefeld Berlin und Regenbogenfabrik Berlin
10/2010 – 09/2015: Architecture (MSc), Technische Universität Berlin
Thesis: Hansaplatz and the Heterotopias of Everyday Life: A Phenomenological Critique of Foucault's Concept of Heterotopias
02/2013 – 07/2013: Semester abroad (ERASMUS), Technische Universiteit Delft
10/2008 – 04/2011: Architektur (BSc), Technische Universität Berlin


Edited volumes

Thiel, J., V. Dimitrova and J. Ruge (Eds.) (2021). Constructing Innovation: How Large-Scale Projects Drive Novelty in the Construction Industry. Perspectives in Metropolitan Research 7. Berlin, Jovis.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Grubbauer, M. and V. Dimitrova (2021). Exceptional architecture, learning processes, and the contradictory performativity of norms and standards, European Planning Studies (ahead-of-print)

Dimitrova, V. (2021). Internationalization of the architectural practice: Mobilizing dependence to secure and enhance (relational) autonomy on the construction site. socio.hu No. 8: 108 – 117.

Book chapters

Dimitrova, V., M. Grubbauer, J. Ruge and A. Bögle (2021). Large-scale projects as ‘arenas’ for interaction: negotiating professional cultures of architects and engineers. In: Thiel, J., V. Dimitrova. and J. Ruge (Eds.). Constructing innovation: How large-scale projects drive novelty in the construction industry. Berlin, Jovis, 176-193.

Thiel, J., V. Dimitrova and J. Dreher (2021). Large-scale projects as ‘frame changers’in the construction industry? In: Thiel, J., V. Dimitrova. and J. Ruge (Eds.). Constructing innovation: How large-scale projects drive novelty in the construction industry. Berlin, Jovis, 61-78.

Presented papers

"Knowledge Practices of Mid-Career Architects: Building a Career and Responding to the Internationalisation of Professional Activities", 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), Manchester, August 2019

"Organizing the city through architectural projects: Non-standard Solutions, Multi-sited Cooperation, and Stable Networks in the Construction of the "Elphilharmonie", Hamburg", together with Monika Grubbauer, 35th EGOS Colloquium, Edinburgh, July 2019

 "Mid-career professionals as "knowledge actors": Impacts on knowledge mobility and the transnational urban development", Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (AAG), Washington D.C., April 2019

"The Messy Knowledge Practices of Transnational Urban Development", Workshop "Inkorporierte Anforderung, intrinsische Motivation oder externer Zwang? Praktiken des Umgangs mit Mobilitätsanforderungen in der Arbeitswelt", University of Bremen, November 2018

Research Associate

Luisa Escobar

Since October 2018 Luisa Escobar is working as a reseach associate at the professorship History and Theory of the City, at HafenCity University Hamburg. She completed a Master in Urban Studies in an internatinal programm in wich she studied at 6 Universities in 4 European cities. Previously she made her Bachelor in Sociology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her research interests are housing policies, housing cooperatives, right to housing and right to the city, urban social movements and social movements against mega-projects.

Luisa Escobar is research assistant at the DFG-funded research project Urbanization and finance in developing countries: marketization, institutionalization and internationalization of housing microfinance in Mexico.

PhD research project: Civil society's role on contemporary policies for self-organized housing in Mexico (working title). Research the influence, challenges and dilemmas of different civil society actors participating in the formulation and implementation in Mexico of a program for self-organized housing using microfinance instruments.



Henning-Voscherau-Platz 1 | room 4.126
20457 Hamburg
Phone +49(0) 40 42827 - 4394
E-Mail: luisa.escobar(at)hcu-hamburg.de 

Current Occupation

Since Oktober 2018: research associate at the professorship History and Theory of the City, HCU Hamburg, for the research project "Urbanization and finance in developing countries: marketization, institutionalization and internationalization of housing microfinance in Mexico"

Reviewer activities:

Journals: Community Development Journal

Previous Academic Engagements

2016: Teaching Assistant for the course "Urban Sociology of Mexico City" at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) with Prof. Lucía Ávarez Enríquez

2015 – 2016: Advisor of the General Council of the National Electoral Institute

2013 – 2014: Researcher for FGB (Communication and Consultants company) for the program "Indigenous Communication Plan"

2012 – 2013: Researcher and social promoter collaborating in the case "Right to Housing at Lomas de Cuautitlán" collaborating with Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Humans Rights Center

2011: Research Assistant at the project "Gender, violence and Racism between high school students from the narrow coast of Guerrero state" with Dr. Haydée Quiroz Malca from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos

2010: Research assistant at the project "Culture and Social Sciences" at the Centro de Estudios Sociológicos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Master Thesis: "Spatialities of Prefigurative Initiatives" in Madrid

2016 – 2018: Master of Science in Urban Studies 4CITIES UNICA EUROMASTER at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Wien, Københavns Universitet, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

2014: Diploma Course "City, security and citizen participation", coordinated by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Universidad Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Bachelor Thesis: Relaciones Vecinales y Espacio Público en la Zona Metopolitana de la Ciudad de México. (Neighbourhood relations and public space in the metropolitan area of México City) case study in "conjunto urbano de interés social Rancho San Miguel", Chicoloapan, Estado de México

2004 - 2009: Bachelor in Sociology. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Summa Cum Laude.

Grubbauer and Escobar (forthcoming), World Bank experiments in housing: microfinance for self-organized housing in Mexico in the era of financial inclusion, International Journal of Housing Policy.

Escobar, L. and M. Grubbauer (2020). Housing microfinance, saving and credit cooperatives, and community development in low-income settings in Mexico, Community Development Journal, bsaa051, https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsaa051

Participation in workshops and panels

"Financialization, microfinance and self-organized housing in Mexico", Conference "Financialization and Development in the Global South", Buenos Aires, Argentina, 26-28 November 2019.

'Critical Perspectives on Housing Microfinane', international workshop organized at HCU as part of the three-year research project funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), Hamburg, 29 –30 November 2018.

Guest lectures

Guest Lecturer at the Microfinance course, BSc in International Development, University College Cork, Ireland, February 2021

Research Associate

Dr. Alessandra Manganelli

Dr. Alessandra Manganelli is a philosopher and urban planner with a doctorate in planning. She is a project collaborator in interdisciplinary research project Construction Innovation. She is responsible for the preparation of research applications for follow-up projects.



HCU Hamburg 
Urban and Regional Economics

Henning-Voscherau-Platz 1
D-20457 Hamburg

5th Floor | Room 5006a
Phone: +49(0)40/42827-5123
Email: alessandra.manganelli@hcu-hamburg.de

Current Occupation 

Participant to the Royal Geographical Society Conference (London 31th August – 3th September 2021), with a contribution titled “Values and Reflexivity in Food Organisations. Learning from the FoodShare Toronto´s Good Food Box and the Brussels´GASAP”

Since June 2019 | Senior Research Associate (Post-Doc) at the chairs for History and Theory of the City and Urban and Regional Economics (Prof. Monika Grubbauer, Prof. Gernot Grabher)


2019-2020 | Institution: European Committee of the Regions (CoR, Brussels)
Role: Scientific expert for the writing of an opinion paper on the European Commissions´ strategy ´From Farm to Fork`, from the perspective of cities  and regions.

Previous Academic Engagements 

2014-2019 | Doctoral Degree in Engineering Science (PhD): Architecture (KULeuven) and in Sciences (VUB) Awarded by the FWO Research Foundation (Flanders)

Thesis title: Unlocking Socio-Political Dynamics of Alternative Food Networks through a Hybrid Governance Approach. Highlights from the Brussels-Capital Region and Toronto.

2017 | Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Studies in Food Security School of Nutrition, Ryerson University, Toronto Awarded by the FWO Stay Abroad Research Grant


2015 | Post Graduate Intensive European Module on Spatial development and Planning (ESDP), KULeuven

2011-2013 | MSc in Urban Planning and Policy Design, Politecnico di Milano (cum laude)

2012-2013 | International Student Exchange Programme at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Department of Architecture, Urbanism and Planning (ASRO).

2009-2011 | BSc in Urban and Regional Planning, Politecnico di Milano (cum laude)

2005-2008 | BA in Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities, University of Bologna (cum laude)

1997-2007 | Diploma in Piano, Music Conservatory “Rinaldo Franci”, Siena

Manganelli, A. (2020). Realising local food policies: a comparison between Toronto and the Brussels-Capital Region’s stories through the lenses of reflexivity and colearning, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning,  22(3), 366-380, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2020.1740657

Manganelli, A., van den Broek, P. and Moulaert F. (2019). Socio-political dynamics of alternative food networks: a hybrid governance approach, Territory, Politics, Governance, 8(3), 299-31 DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2019.1581081

Manganelli, A. and Moulaert F. (2019). Scaling out access to land for urban agriculture. Governance hybridities in the Brussels-Capital Region, Land Use Policy, 82 (2019),  391-400, doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.12.015

Manganelli, A. and Moulaert F. (2018). Hybrid Governance Tensions fuelling Self-reflexivity in Alternative Food Networks: the case of the Brussels GASAP (Solidarity Purchasing Groups for Peasant Agriculture), Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 23(8), 830-845, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2018.1477745

research outreach

Urban Food Futures (2021). Navigating the sinuous path of urban food strategies, retrievable at urbanfoodfutures.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Urban-Food-Futures-2021-Navigating-urban-food-strategies-FINAL.pdf.

European Committee of the Regions (CoR). (2020). From farm to fork – the local and regional dimension. Position paper on the European Strategy From Farm to Fork (EU Green Deal): retrievable here: cor.europa.eu/EN/our-work/Pages/OpinionTimeline.aspx
Role: substantial contribution to the writing of the paper.

Large-Scale Projects as Innovation Drivers in the Construction Industry
Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Landesforschungsförderung | Anschubförderung, 2017-2010
Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher (speaker), Dr. Joachim Thiel (coordinator), Prof. Dr. Monika Grubbauer, Prof. Dr. Annette Bögle (all HCU Hamburg), Prof. Dr. Cornelius Herstatt, Dr. Stephan Buse (TU Hamburg-Harburg) Project Website

Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Studies in Food Security School of Nutrition, Ryerson University, Toronto Awarded by the FWO Stay Abroad Research Grant (2017)

Guest researcher

Melis Aydin

Melis Aydin is an architect and PhD student from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, and a guest researcher at Hafencity University Hamburg for two semesters. Her research is concerned with Turkish migrants to Germany of the past years, particularly the academics who have left the country, and the socio-spatial practices of these people who establish themselves in German cities under conditions of uncertainty and precarity. She is interested in migration, cities, gender, and feminist geographies.

Assistant lecturer

Andreas Jasiulek

Andreas Jasiulek has been a assisant lecturer at the Department of Urban History and Theory since April 2020. He is active in the seminars History and Theory of the City I and II for the study programme Metropolitan culture at the department. Building on his Bachelor's degree in Social Work at HAW Hamburg and a practical semester abroad in Athens, he completed an interdisciplinary Master's in Urban Design at HCU. Within this framework, he studied for two semesters at the partner university Universidad de Buenos Aires and subsequently did research for his Master's thesis. His research focuses on social inequalities in urban spaces, precarious housing conditions, segregation processes, participatory urban design and informal urban development. 

Assistant lecturer

Joscha Metzger

Joscha Metzger has been an assistant lecturer at the Department of History and Theory of the City since October 2019. He is active in the course of housing policy and economics for the study programme Urban Planning at the department. He studied geography and history in Freiburg and subsequently completed his doctorate at the Institute of Geography at the University of Hamburg on the subject of "Cooperatives and the New Housing Question". Since May 2020 he has been working for STATTBAU Hamburg Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft (Urban development company) in the field of construction management and project development.

Student Assistant

Mara Bahls

Mara Bahls is a student assistant since october 2019 at the chair for History and Theory of the City in the research project Housing Microfinance in Mexico. She is studying Urban Planning as an undergraduate at the HafenCity University in her seventh semester.


Lea Fast

Lea Fast supports the Department of History and Theory of the City as a tutor since october 2020.  She is studying urban planning at the HafenCity University Hamburg in her seventh bachelor semester.


Claudia Preiksch

Claudia Preiksch supports the department of history and theory of the city in teaching and research since october 2020. She is the Tutor for History and Theory of the City in the winter term 2021/22. She is in her fifth bachelor semester of Metropolitan culutre at HafenCity University.

Previous research and teaching associates

Hanna Hilbrandt was postdoctoral researcher at the chair for History and Theory of the City until february 2020. Her PhD at the Open University (UK) in association with the Center for Metropolitan Studies (TU Berlin) explored the relationship of informal and regulatory practices in the everyday politics of governing the margins of Berlin. Her research interests revolve around postcolonial urban studies, precarisation of housing, financialisation in cities of the Global South, as well as urban policies and planning. Research projects at HCU included as a DAAD P.R.I.M.E fellow the project Global markets / local shifts: Urban restructuring through municipal debt in Mexico City and Johannesburg.

Since march 2020 she is professor for Social and Cultural Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Zurich.

Nina Fraeser worked as a research assistant at the Department of Urban History and Theory until August 2020. Prior to that, she completed a Master in Urban Studies at six European universities, where she learned to combine approaches to the urban from geography, sociology and cultural studies. She did her doctorate at the University of Hamburg under Prof. Christine Hentschel on the topic "Collective Dealing with Sexualized Violence in Leftist Contexts. A queer-feminist analysis". Her focus is on urban social movements, practices of commoning, creative-autonomous space (re)production and queer-feminist perspectives in urban research. At HCU, she taught urban design, urban planning and metropolitan culture, theoretical approaches to urban research, academic writing in English, commons and housing. Since June 2020 she is part of the DFG research group "Right-Gender-Collectivity" at the Center for Interdisciplinary Women* and Gender Studies at the TU Berlin and works in the subproject "The Reinvention of the Collective" on Urban & Housing Commons.

Nina Fraeser can now be reached at: nina.fraeser@tu-berlin.de and www.zifg.tu-berlin.de/menue/mitarbeiter_innen/nina_fraeser/parameter/de/

Previous guest researcher

Emily Kelling was from October 2016 till March 2017 guest researcher at the professorship History and Theory of the City. She is working as research and teaching associate at thedepartment of Sociology of Planning and Architecture at the Technical University Berlin.

Contact: emily.kelling(at)tu-berlin.de

Kate Shaw is a critical urban geographer based at the University of Melbourne. She is interested in the culture of cities and the political-economic and social processes that shape them. Kate Shaw was a visiting fellow with HCU from September till December 2017 while working on a new book titled The squander and salvage of urban waterfronts, which looks at the redevelopment of deindustrialised dock and harbours.

Contact: kates(at)unimelb.edu.au

Previous student assistants

Lukas Behrend

Hannah Fasching

Jule Jeske

Lorenda Opoku

Lily Altmeyer

Simon Meyer

Carl Schwenger

Karim Edzards

Andreas Jasiulek

Anna Kreuzer

Jantje Morgenstern

Felipe Silva

Rebekka Keuss

Julian Hess