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Sarah Adam

Communication and Events 

Sarah Adam M.A. studied History and English Literature at the Universities of Freiburg, Naples,Italy and Hamburg. She is an experienced Arts & Cultural Manager, Event Producer as well as Marketing, and Project Manager. Before joining the CSL-team she curated and organized the dokumentART, Neubrandenburg in 2018. In addition to that she works as a freelance curator for several film festivals and institutions, is a member of the cinema collective B-Movie and of the artist group A Wall is a Screen.

Contact: sarah.adam(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr.-Ing. Jan Barski

Research Associate

Dr.-Ing. Jan Barski holds a Master of Science degree in spatial planning from the Wroclaw University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English studies (translation) from the University of Wroclaw. His PhD thesis was dedicated to the topic of industrial suburbanization, while his experience as assistant teacher revolved around regional development, European policies, city-building, and spatial analysis. His further academic interests include European programmes and the overlaps of planning and language sciences. In his career, he has been both a member and the leader of international and cross-disciplinary teams which have worked on scientific research and project applications. His responsibilities at the CityScience Lab consist of an overall engagement in the Lab’s project involvement, with special focus put on European programmes, as well as of research activities.

Contact: jan.barski(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Jesús López Baeza

Research Associate

Jesús López Baeza is Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at the University of Alicante, Spain. He carries out research on the study of urban phenomena using location-based social media data and GIS open data  specializing in advanced spatial analysis. Part of his work encompasses social cohesion, activity and livability of urban spaces, and citizen preferences in urban public spaces, among other dynamics. He combines his research with architectural design practice.

Contact: Jesus.Baeza(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Jan Behrens

Research Associate

Jan Behrens studied Digital Media in Bremen and graduated in the International Cartography Master programme at TU Munich, TU Vienna and TU Dresden. He has also worked as a software developer for several years. He is experienced with programming for rich internet applications, web mapping, usability engineering, and open source methodologies.

Contact: jan.behrens(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Maria Dauwalter

Research Associate

Maria Dauwalter completed an engineering degree in computer science and mathematics. Since December 2017 she has been a research associate at CityScienceLab. In the project DIPAS (digital participation system) she works on the conception and development of applications for informal citizen participation in planning projects.

Contact: maria.dauwalter(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Till Degkwitz

Research Associate

Till Degkwitz studied business informatics and political sciences at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Since 2009 he worked as freelance software developer for ad hoc-analytical systems in business intelligence. His current focus are processes of data analysis in urban data platforms and transforming forms of participation in the context of emerging information and communication technologies.

Contact: till.degkwitz(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Nina Hälker

Research Associate

Nina Hälker studied "Next Media" at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and Social and Educational Science at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Before she came to HCU, she worked as editorial assistant at "Mittelweg 36", the journal of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. Since September 2015 she is research assistant at the City Science Lab@HCU. Her work focuses on urban research at the intersection of social and computational science.

Contact: nina.haelker(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Katrin Hovy

Research Associate

Katrin Hovy studied architecture in Konstanz and Urban Design in Hamburg. During her studies, she worked in urban planning and architecture offices, at the international building exhibition (IBA) Hamburg and as a student assistant at the HCU.  In 2014 she was a scholar at the ‘Brennerei next generation lab’ in Bremen. Since October 2015 she is research assistant at the City Science Lab@HCU.

Contact: katrin.hovy(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Andre Landwehr

Research Associate 

Andre Landwehr studied Sustainable Urban Management at Malmö University in Sweden and Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer/Oldenburg. After his studies he worked for two urban innovation and participation projects at the environmental authority of the city of Malmö. Before studying and working in Sweden, he worked for several years for a Hamburg-based company in the conception and development of online tools in the field of technical building equipment and energy efficiency.

Contact: andre.landwehr(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Jonas Luft

Research Associate

Jonas Luft studied "computer science - digital media and games" at the
University of Applied Sciences Trier before graduating in computer science
at the Technical University Berlin. He is a research associate at the
CityScienceLab since november of 2018 and investigates computational
approaches to societal problems.

Contact: Jonas.Luft(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Marie Malchow

Research Associate

Marie Malchow studied Cultural Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and the University of Mumbai (B.A.), as well as Urban Planning at HafenCity University and the Middle East Technical University Ankara (M.Sc.). During her studies she researched living conditions in informal settlements and their current transformations. In January 2018 Marie joined the CityScienceLab as a research assistant.

Contact: marie.malchow(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Thomas Mensing

Research Associate

Thomas Mensing studied Geomatics at HafenCity University Hamburg. His area of concentration is Geoinformation Technology. Mensing's master's thesis was about designing and implementing web-based "Story Maps" (WebGIS) for the purpose of education. Since May 2016 he is research assistant at the City Science Lab@HCU.

Contact: thomas.mensing(at)hcu-hamburg.de 

Martin Niggemann

Research Associate

Martin Niggemann studied „Social Sustainability and Demographic Change“ at the Institute for Applied Social Sciences at the FH Dortmund and Social Pedagogics at the Catholic University in Paderborn and Cologne. Before working at the HCU, Martin worked in quartier management and as research assistant at the FH Dortmund. In his work, he concentrates on socio-cultural dimensions of Urban Studies, the qualitative surveying of urban spaces and the research in perspectives and impact that digital technologies have in the urban context. He joined the SmartSquare research project at the CityScienceLab in January 2018.

Contact: martin.niggemann(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Sarah Pieper

Lab Management


Sarah Pieper studied European Studies at the University of Osnabrück with a focus on International relations and Policy Making. During her studies she worked as an intern in Brussels and spent a semester at the University of Malmö, where she studied Peace and Conflict Studies.


Contakt: sarah.pieper(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Prof. Dr. Jörg Pohlan

Professor for Urban Development and Quantitative Methods of Urban and Regional Research

Jörg Pohlan (Dr. rer. pol. habil.) is Geographer and Professor for Urban Development and Quantitative Methods of Urban and Regional Research at the HafenCity University Hamburg. His research focuses on the analysis of socioeconomic and demographic changes in cities and regions as well as their financial situation.

Contact: joerg.pohlan(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Holger Prang

Research Associate


Holger Prang graduated with an engineering degree in Media Technology. He is part of the CityScope team involved in the development of data-driven negotiation themes and knowledge management to support participation and collaboration throughout disciplines. His PhD studies focus on semantic data analytics and knowledge mapping in spatial and social phenomena.


Contact: holger.prang(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Frank Rogge


Frank Rogge is responsible for the procurement and provision of prepared map foundations for teaching and research. Digital mapping and analysis of urban informations. Creation of thematic maps for research projects. Gathering of historical geodata and maps. Coaching of students for an effective knowledge transfer and application of AutoCad and ArcMap. GIS-based visualization of metadata and preparation of 3D terrain and building data. Takes part in the establishment and administration of future geodata infrastructure at the HCU and the HCU-portal "Stadtlabor".

Contact: frank.rogge(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Lisa Reudenbach

Research Associate

Lisa Reudenbach studied Spatial Planning at Technical University of Dortmund and Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in São Paulo. During her studies she researched on informal development processes in cities in Tanzania, Bangladesh and Brazil. Before joining the CityScienceLab in May 2019, she worked at the United Nations in Brussels, where she managed an innovation fund for promoting inclusive cities and urban poverty reduction around the world. Prior to that, she worked at GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) in Morocco and Germany, where she developed formats for knowledge transfer and exchange between municipalities on topics such as integrated urban development, waste management, mobility and energy.

Contact: lisa.reudenbach(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Prof. Dr. Jochen Schiewe

Professor for Geoinformatics and Geovisualization

Jochen Schiewe is a Professor for Geoinformatics and Geovisualization at HCU Hamburg. Before being appointed to this professorship, he did his PhD at Leibniz University of Hanover, his state doctorate at University of Vechta and after that was working as a Visiting Professor at University of Bonn and at University of Osnabrück as an extraordinary professor. His research focus is on cartographic algorithms, modelling and visualization of uncertainties, research on the usability of cartographic visualizations and geovisual analytics. Additionally, he works in several study groups, e.g. as Vice President of the German Association of Cartography (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kartographie (DGfK)) and Head of the DGfK Committee for Cartography and Research.

Contact: jochen.schiewe(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Dr. Raphael Schwegmann

Research Associate

Raphael Schwegmann is interested in global geographies of technology. After two years as a postdoctoral lecturer at University of Münster he joined CSL@HCU as a postdoctoral research associate in December 2018. He holds a joint German-French doctorate (‘cotutelle’) in History from Heidelberg University/EHESS Paris, a doctorate in Geography from University of Eichstätt, a joint European LLM from Goethe University Frankfurt/ULB Brussels, a MA in Human Geography (special focus: Economic Geography) from Goethe University Frankfurt and a BA in History and French from University of Göttingen.

E-Mail: raphael.schwegmann(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Benedikt Seitzer

Research Associate

Benedikt studied Geophysics (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) at Münster University. During his studies he did research in fluid dynamics, nonlinear physics and also gained first experiences in high-performance computing. As a research intern at the IGPP in San Diego in 2014, Benedikt did research in normal modes seismology. He worked in Geoinformatics for one and a half years before joining the CityScienceLab Team in April 2019.


Contact: Benedikt.Seitzer(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Julia Sievert

Research Associate

Julia Sievert studied Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University and Environmental Studies at Knox College (Galesburg, IL). During her studies, as part of her master’s thesis research, she combined open data driven analysis of urban densification practice with bottom-up material stock modeling. She maintains an ongoing interest in the sustainable, efficient use of materials in urban development. Julia joined the CityScienceLab as a research associate in November 2018.

Contact: Julia.Sievert(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Nicola Stradtmann

Research Associate

Nicola Stradtmann studied business management at Georg-August Universität Göttingen. Working as a Commercial Director at two listed new media companies as well as a Corporate Finance Consultant at Berenberg Consult Hamburg she acquired a wide range of skills concerning the development of business models and plans and their implementation within the scope of project management. Before joining the CSL-team she worked as a project manager in the field of innovation management at the KIT Karlsruher Institute of Technology. She then joined the newly founded Campus Transfer GmbH which manages the technology transfer between industry and science and where she was responsible for the creation of the area of Finances and Personnel. Since 2018 Nicola Stradtmann works in the project management of the collaborative project Smart Square.

Contact: Nicola.Stradtmann(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Rosa Thoneick

Research Associate

Rosa Thoneick studied Applied Cultural Studies, Psychology and Journalism in Dortmund and Iowa (Bachelor), and Urban Design in Hamburg and Brussels (Master). She has acquired experience in diverse urban research projects in China, Portugal, France, Belgium and Germany. Her research focus lies in sustainable and social architectures, participatory building and planning processes, migration and citizenship and storytelling in urban contexts. Rosa Thoneick also works as a journalist on these topics. Since October 2018 she works as a Research Assistant for the CityScienceLab where she develops Digital Participation Systems and ICT solutions for the support of arrival processes.

Contact: rosa.thoneick(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Marc-André Vollstedt

Research Associate

Marc has studied Computer Science (Bachelor of Computer Science) and Business Information Systems (Master of Science) at the University of Paderborn. During his studies as well as in private he already gained insight the area of metaheuristics, optimization and machine learning. After he has finished his studies he worked for around five years as an IT-Project Manager and Data Scientist at the Otto Group. Now he joined our CityScience Team as an data scientist, system architect and developer.  

Contact: marc.vollstedt(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Vanessa Weber

Research Associate

Vanessa Weber is research assistant in the DFG-Project „Curating (in) the city. New challenges for public art“. Her research interests lie in the field of cultural sociology and related disciplines such as media studies and science and technology studies (STS). She is currently part of the research training group „Loose connections. Collectivity in digital and urban spaces“ at the University of Hamburg. Her PhD thesis explores practices of filtering relating to the cultural implications of sensors and algorithms.


Contact: vanessa.weber(at)hcu-hamburg.de



Yuxiang Zhang

Research Associate

Yuxiang Zhang studied architecture and urban planning at Tsinghua University and TU Berlin and has worked at CHORA Conscious City Lab, MAD architects, and Li Xiaodong Atelier. He is currently developing web-based systems for data-driven social planning and urban knowledge dissemination at the CityScienceLab, HCU.

Contact: Yuxiang.zhang(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Student Assistants

Gustavo Brant

Academic Tutor

Gustavo is an aspiring Architect and Urban Designer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from RWTH Aachen University. In between working and studying in Germany and Switzerland, he supported the United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat) for the Child Friendly Cities Initiative project Public Spaces for Children in Mozambique. He currently studies Urban Design at the HafenCity Univesity Hamburg. Since March 2019, Gustavo Brant is part of the City Science Lab Team and is tutor for the seminar Mobilität von morgen - für Städte und Arbeitgeber (The Mobility of Tomorrow - For Cities and Employers). 

Contact: gustavo.brant(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Annalena Brinckmann

Research Associate

Annalena Brinckmann studied Architecture (B.A.) at the Technical University of Munich. During her Bachelors programm she spent almost two years in Rio de Janeiro, studying Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. As an intern at a local NGO in a favela of the Complexo do Alemao she got in contact with the urban reality of life in informal settlements of Rio de Janeiro. Within that context she worked in different academical and practical projects and focused on understanding the political, social and structural coherences of the South American metropolis. Currently, Annalena studies Urban Design (M.Sc.) at the HafenCity University Hamburg.

Contact: annalena.brinckmann(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Flora Fessler

Research Associate

Flora Fessler studied Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna as well as at the University Paris Descartes. At the Vienna University of Technology she also completed a Bachelor programme on Urban and Regional Planning. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program Urban Design at the HafenCity University Hamburg. Her research focus includes aspects of Urban Anthropology concerned with processes of spatial and social transformation and the study of communication and participation within the context of process-oriented planning procedures. Since December 2017 she is part of the team of the CityScienceLab.

Contact: flora.fessler(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Hülya Lasch

Research Associate

Hülya Lasch studied Urban and Regional Planning (Bachelor) at the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir / Turkey. After her study, she gained practical experience as a real estate appraiser in Bursa / Turkey. She completed a training as a GIS and Geodata Specialist at the GIS Academy Hamburg. Her internship at the CityScienceLab included accessibility models with ArcGIS and their process automation with Python. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program Urban Planning at Hafencity University. Since October 2018 she is working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and supports the project SmartSquare.

Contact: Huelya.Lasch(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Inken Reimer

Research Associate

Inken Reimer studied Urban Planning at HafenCity University as well as Spatial Planning at Blekinge Institute of Technology. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program Urban Planning at Hafencity University. Her reserach focus lies in planning and studying qualitative open spaces. Since May 2018 she is working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and supports the project SmartSquare.

Contact: Inken.Reimer(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Luisa Stühlmeyer

Student Associate

Luisa Stühlmeyer studies Metropolitan Culture at HafenCity University Hamburg since October 2017. In February 2018 she started working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and supports the project  CityScopeCruise.

Contact: luisa.stuehlmeyer(at)hcu-hamburg.de