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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



Maša Avakumovic

Research Associate

Maša studied at the University of Zagreb and Ghent University and holds an M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics. During her studies she successfully completed an internship as Data Scientist at a leading telematic solutions company in London. After her graduation, Maša worked as IT Business Consultant in the private sector. She then worked as Research Associate at the Logistics Department at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg, before joining the City Science Lab in October 2019. Her research focus lies on strategic planning and developing decision support systems.

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

Dr. Katharina Borgmann

Research Associate

Katharina M. Borgmann (Dr.-Ing.) graduated from architecture and urban design, and obtained her PhD in city planning. She has gained several years of professional experience during her work as an architect and urban designer in Israel, China, and India. As a post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer across Asia and Germany she taught bachelor, master, and doctoral students. Her main research focus is centred around local context and urban pattern analysis in Asia as well as the cross-cultural transfer processes of sustainable urbanisation strategies and their impact on local contexts in South-East and East Asia. Before joining the CityScienceLab, she was involved in projects dealing with alternative mobility concepts and scenario development. These research topics as well as her teaching activities are aimed at contributing to a better understanding of sustainable urban development and the role therein of city-building scholars and professionals. Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and she has received grants and scholarships from German and European funding institutions to support her work.

Contact: katharina.borgmann(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Jesús López Baeza

Research Associate / Science Lead

Dr. Jesús López Baeza is a PhD in Architecture. He has led and participated in several national and international projects in Europe and Asia. His work encompasses social cohesion, activities and livability of urban spaces, and citizen preferences in urban public spaces, urban identity production, spatial perception, agent-based modeling, among other dynamics in the field of advanced socio-spatial analysis.

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

Dr. phil. Hilke Berger

Research Associate

Hilke Marit Berger (Dr. phil.) studied communication and media sciences as well as theatre studies in Leipzig. She works at the interface of urban planning and cultural studies with a focus on practices of participation, and issues of collective urban design. She has been working for the ministry of Culture and Media in Hamburg, responsible for the context of urban development and cultural practices. She organized, coordinated and worked for several artistic and scientific projects, festivals, theatres and universities. She teaches and publishes internationally.

Contact: hilke.berger(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Elisa Antonie Casper

Research Associate

Antonie Casper studied urban planning at HCU Hamburg and TU Istanbul. In her Master's degree in Planning and Participation (University of Stuttgart) she focused on mediation, participation formats, methods and techniques and on deliberative democracy. Since 2019 she has been working in research projects that investigate the influence of digitalization on the city, the society and civic participation. She is interested in the extended possibilities of participation formats through digital tools as well as as the handling of the provided technology by the civil society.

Contact: antonie.casper(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Juiwen Chang

Research Associate

Juiwen, also known as Ariel, has been working at HCU as research associate since 2017. She was graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2013 and worked for Hampshire County Council and German Aerospace Center since then. Her specialties focus on GIS python programming, remote sensing and has some experience in system design and implementation. She is working for Sustainable Urban Region (NUR) project since 2020 September.

Contact: juiwen.chang(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

Johanna Fleischer

Research Associate

Johanna Fleischer is a sociologist and fashion designer. She completed her design studies in 2010 at the École supérieure des arts et techniques de la mode Berlin (ESMOD Berlin). After graduation she started to study Science and Technology Studies at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). Furthermore, she worked as a teacher for handicrafts and social studies at a comprehensive school, where she participated in the restructuring of the school to an inclusive concept. In 2020 she graduated at TU Berlin with a Master’s degree in sociology, specialized on public participation in cities and the formation of urban public spaces. Since 2020 she has been working as a research assistant and lecturer at the interface of the City Science Lab and the study program Metropolitan Culture at Hafen City Universität Hamburg (HCU), with a focus on digitization in cities.

Contact: johanna.fleischer(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

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 / Research Program and Transfer


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

Inga Reimers

Research Associate

Inga Reimers is an ethnographer and studied Cultural Anthropology, History of Arts and German Language at the University of Hamburg and the UCAM (Spain). In her PhD research (Eating with/as a method) she is working on the purpose of food and meals in different cultural and social contexts and focuses on ethnographic methodology. In the course of her research she was associated to the graduate program "Assemblies and Participation: Urban Publics and Performance" and held a scholarship from the Pro Exzellenzia excellence center. Before she came to the HCU she worked as an editor for the TV-Show "Konspirative KüchenKonzerte". Her further research interests are in the areas of rural cultures, New Work and Digital Humanities.

Contact: inga.reimers(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

Imanuel Schipper

Research Associate

Imanuel Schipper holds MAs in theatre and dance studies and in acting. He has been working as a dramaturg for many years with the well-known German Performance group, Rimini Protokoll with whom, he has developed a contemporary way of documentary theatre as intervention, as political think tanks. He has been a deputy professor, senior lecturer, senior researcher at different universities and art academies in Germany, Switzerland, and other countries in the field of performance studies, cultural theory and art theory. He works and publishes widely on the interface between scientific research, teaching, and artistic practice. In his research he analyses such terms as “theatricality“, “performativity“, “dramaturgy“, “staging“,  “reception“ and “mediality“ – coming from the theatre studies – beyond the boundaries of the theatre, for example in design, urban design, scenography and curation. He is working on his PhD on „Relational Dramaturgies" at Leuphana University Lüneburg.

Contact: imanuel.schipper(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Daniel Schulz

Research Associate

Daniel studied architecture with a major in urban planning at the TU Berlin, where he worked as a student assistant on citizen participation and digitalization, developing tools for planning, urban research and stakeholder management. For some years now, he has been working as a web developer and media designer with his own company. At CityScienceLab, he has been working on the development of GIS-based planning tools and, as part of the UrbanDataHub, on building Hamburg's urban data ecosystem since 2019.

Contact: daniel.schulz(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

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

Aleksandra Sliusarenko

Research Associate

Aleksandra (Sasha) Sliusarenko holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from the Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. During and after her studies she focused on gaining practical experience in architecture and urban planning in her hometown and then, after moving to Hamburg in 2017, continued her career path in Germany. In July 2020, she joined the CityScienceLab as a research associate.

Kontakt: aleksandra.sliusarenko(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

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



Student Assistants

Ágota Barabás

Student Assistant

Agota Barabas graduated at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (Bucharest, Romania) trained as a Regional and Urban Planner. She gained professional experience by working with various types of EU funded projects together with city administrations from the design phase to management in Romania. Currently, she is enrolled in Resource Efficiency in Planning and Architecture Master Program at HafenCity University and works as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab since 2018. She mainly supports the Digital City Science: Instruments for Analysis and Visualizing - Skill Seminar and occasionally assists the MICADO Project. Her main interests are digital transformation of cities, spatial and social justice, resiliency.

Contact: agota.barabas(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Mete Boncukçu

Student Assistant

Mete Boncukcu studied Civil Engineering at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. During his Bachelor, he focused on the Energy Optimization of the buildings. He is currently enrolled in M.Sc. Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University to get insight into the sustainable vision in urban design. He is working on location-based data analyses and data integration between different digital platforms. He joined the team of CityScienceLab as a student assistant in September 2019. 

Contact: mete.boncukcu(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Marie-Thérèse Jakoubek

Student Assistant

Marie-Thérèse Jakoubek is a trained filmmaker and photographer. She studied film and visual arts at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Her graduation film, "February 27", was shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals. She is currently enrolled in the M.Sc. Program "Urban Design" at HafenCity University. Since fall 2019 she has been working as a student assistant for the City Science Lab and as a tutor for the online teaching platform "Escape Routes: Urban Structures of Migration". Her research interests range from temporary accommodation to supply infrastructures. Anchored in artistic research, the method of storytelling plays a central role in her work.

Contact: marie-therese.jakoubek(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Hülya Lasch

Student Assistant

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

María Moleiro

Student Assistant

María Moleiro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Universidad Simón Bolívar, in Caracas, Venezuela.  Since then, she conducted for over seven years her own architectural firm along with two associates dedicated to the design and construction supervision of projects in varied fields such as industrial, commercial and mostly high-end residential.  In addition to her practice, she has been visiting instructor at university level in Venezuela, as well as founding member of a NGO dedicated to the documentation and broadcast of Venezuelan contemporary architecture. In October 2018 she began her studies as a candidate for the M.Sc. REAP Program (Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning) at HafenCity Universität, with a strong focus on the research of sustainable measures for urban development. Since October 2019, she is tutor for the project courses at the REAP Master Program as well as student assistant for the City Science Lab.

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

Arjama Mukherjee

Student Assistant

Arjama Mukherjee studied Architecture at Piloo Mody College of Architecture in India during which she worked for various architectural practices. After finishing her studies she continued work in India as an architect and later briefly, as an urban planner, before deciding to do her Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy Design at Politecnico di Milano. She is currently studying in the master’s program in urban planning at HafenCity University as part of a double degree program between Politecnico di Milano and HafenCity University. Since May, 2020 she has been working as a student assistant at the CityScienceLab and is supporting the project OCTOPI.

Contact: arjama.mukherjee(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Inken Reimer

Student Assistant

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 research 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

Mert Can Yılmaz

Student Assistant


Mert Can Yilmaz is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey), where he studied City and Regional Planning (BSc) and Urban Design (MSc). He is currently pursuing his studies with a second master's degree in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University. He joined the CityScienceLab in May 2020 as a student assistant and is also working as a research assistant in Global Change and Spatial Strategies at the HCU. As an urban planner and technology-enthusiast, his research interests include resource efficiency, resilience and discourse on the digital transformation of cities and urban planning.


Contact: mert.yilmaz(at)hcu-hamburg.de