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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

Till Degkwitz

Research Associate

Till Degkwitz studied computer science, political science and state science at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and Bremen University while working as a freelance software developer for data analytical systems in business intelligence. His current research focusses on processes of data analysis and visualisation in and with urban data platforms, collaborative tools in urban planning as well as transformative forms of participation in the context of emerging information and communication technologies. Since 2019 he works as a Research Associate for the CityScienceLab in the projects Urban Data Hub, Connected Urban Twins and Cockpit for Social Infrastructure.

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

Rico Herzog

Research Associate

Rico Herzog studied environmental engineering, industrial engineering and engineering and policy analysis at the Technical Universities of Darmstadt and Delft. With a background in spatial planning and in computational modelling and simulation of complex socio-technical systems, his research revolves around digital urban twins and their contribution to a sustainable urban transformation. Further academic interest lies in public value conflicts in urban planning and in serious gaming approaches.

Contact: rico.herzog(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.

Contact: 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

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

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

Ferris Storke

Research Associate

Ferris studied Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, as well as International Relations at the University of Geneva. After his studies, he worked for NGOs in the fields of children’s rights and environmental peacebuilding, a Think Tank focusing on security policy, the Crisis Management Centre of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, as well as MINUSMA, the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Mali. Since September 2020, he has been undertaking a Master’s degree in Information and Data Science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

Contact: ferris.storke(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



Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Michael Ziehl

Research Associate

Michael Ziehl is an Urbanist and Urban Researcher. Besides his doctoral degree in Philosophy (Metropolitan Culture) he holds a Master of Science in the field of Urban Planning and is a graduate engineer in the field of Architecture. As expert in the Co-Production of Urban Resilience and user-driven project development he is running Urban Upcycling – Agency for Urban Resources. Within the City Science Lab he is lead researcher on citizen co-design in the Connected Urban Twins project.

Contact: michael.ziehl(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Student Assistants

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

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