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Research Fellows

Dr. Niloufar Vadiati

Research Fellow

#digitalurbanism #urbanairmobility #urbanlegacy

Dr. Niloufar Vadiati is an urban geographer interested in grassroots projects in urban digitalisation and smart cities. She studied urban planning for her Bachelor's at the University of Tehran and her Master's at the University College London (UCL). At HafenCity University Hamburg, she obtained her PhD in urban geography by focusing on the socio-economic legacy of mega-events/mega-projects among local communities. After working as a legacy consultant for numerous sport-mega-events, she has redirected her research path toward urban digitalisation by writing a DFG research proposal about urban alternatives to smart cities in collaboration with Digital City Science at HCU. Her current project at Digital City Science is LUV, in which she is working on the social legacy of urban air mobility among local communities.

Contact: niloufar.vadiati(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Research Associates

Mai Ahmed

Research Associate

#datagathering #urabaninformatics #placemaking

Mai Ahmed holds a Master’s of Science degree in architecture engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt. Her research is focusing on data gathering in order to form better solutions. She is passionate about technology, so she obtained an IT professional diploma to be able to combine between architecture and technology. She started her career path as a junior researcher at computer aided design lab at Alexandria university. Also, she worked as an architect and interior designer in several firms. Afterward, she co-founded a Start-up called Hommect, and stayed in the business for 3 years. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, her thesis is regarding virtual placemaking. In January 2022, she Joined HCU as a Data analyst in SURE project.

Contact: mai.ahmed(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Agota Barabas

Research Associate

#transformationresearch #sustainability&society #digitaltools

Agota Barabas graduated from “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism (Bucharest, Romania) trained as a Regional and Urban Planner. She gained professional experience by working with various EU-funded projects from the design phase to implementation in Romania. Currently, she is enrolled in the Resource Efficiency in Planning and Architecture Master Program at HafenCity University. She joined the DCS as a student assistant, mainly supporting teaching activities within the Digital City Science – Tools for Exploring Urban Systems seminar. Since 2021 October, she has been actively working on the SURE Facilitation and Synthesis project.

Contact: agota.barabas(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 Digital City Science consist of an overall engagement in 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 HafenCity University, 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

Klara-Marie Brandenburger

Research Associate

#migration #participation #sustainable urban development

Klara-Marie Brandenburger studied ‘urban studies’ at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói, Brazil. She studied the Master ‘Sustainability, Society and the Environment’ at the CAU Kiel and additionally completed the modules for the Master ‘Migration and Diversity’ to be able to focus on ecological and social sustainable and just urban and regional development. Her research focuses on urban sociology, built environmental education and the participation of marginalized groups within urban and regional development and decision making-processes. She joined the MICADO Project at the DCS in June 2021.

Contact: klara-marie.brandenburger(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Jesús López Baeza

Research Associate / Science Lead

#research #project management #urban dynamics

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

Juiwen Chang

Research Associate

#GIS #DataVis

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

Balázs Cserpes

Research Associate / Tech Lead

#dataviz #webmapping #urbancomplexity

Balázs Cserpes studied spatial planning at TU Wien, his master thesis dealt with questions of the applicability of social media analysis in urban planning. Following the completion of his diploma, he worked as a project assistant at Simlab (Institute of Spatial Planning/TU Wien) on various international research projects, focusing on data visualization, web mapping and digital tools in spatial planning. His research and teaching interests are concerned with visualizing the spatial effects of complex social trends, such as changing working patterns and practices. He joined the DCS team in September 2022 and works as the Tech Lead of the team.

Contact: balazs.cserpes(at)hcu-hamburg.de



Tim Fraske

Research Associate

#geography #urban mobility #socio-technical systems

Tim Fraske, M. Sc. studied geography in Kiel and Heidelberg. His research focuses on urban and economic geography, especially the analysis of socio-technical systems, digital transformations, and urban mobility. During and after his studies, he gained practical experience at the Fraunhofer IAO Stuttgart. Since August 2021, he has been working as a research associate at HafenCity University Hamburg in the i-LUM project

Contact: tim.fraske(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Kunal Tuljaram Gaidhankar

Research Associate / BIM Lead

#BIM #IOT #Data

Kunal Tuljaram Gaidhankar hails from a small mining town called Kolar Gold Fields in Southern India. He is an Alma Matter to Hafencity University Hamburg where he earned his Master of Science degree in Resource Efficiency in Planning and Architecture and School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi from where he holds his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He has a close affinity to everything BIM and is exploring to bridge it with new innovative digital technologies. He has experience of working on BIM Projects as a lead in the America, Australia, and the Middle East. He also has worked on a wide spectrum of Architectural Projects in India, holding a high regard for Adobe. Apart from which he has volunteered with grassroots and NGO’s for the upliftment of homeless. He has also done humanitarian aid on the call of UN. As a certified Autodesk Expert Elite he complements ongoing research projects with his knowledge of BIM at the Digital City Science lab. With his previous experience as a field researcher and initiator of the Cities fit for Climate Change project by the GIZ, he also shares his interest in collaborative and participatory resident first approach to community development opportunities in developing economies and specially the Indian subcontinent.

Contact: kunal.gaidhankar(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Dr. Ayse Glass

Research Associate

#Architecture #ArtificialIntelligence #DataGeneration

Dr. Ayse Glass has a doctorate in architecture, her specialty is acoustics, as well as algorithmic and generative design. After studying architecture, she completed her Master's degree in building physics and materials science with a focus on concert hall acoustics. She received her doctorate in construction technology. She developed a design method and an interactive simulation program, together with a computer scientist. Part of the work was to analyze the generated data for design optimization. She is also a practicing architect with buildings in Istanbul, Italy, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, and Libya. She is currently researching in the field of synthetic data generation and smart city use cases for the project "Platform Data Fusion Generator - DaFne". She is interested in music, for example with performances at the Thalia Theater as a musician.

Contact: ayse.glass(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Anna Maria Landgraf-Hollenstein

Communication and Event Management

Anna Maria Landgraf-Hollenstein studied Journalism (B.A.) and Political Science and Philosophy (M.A.). During her studies she worked as an intern for several media outlets, e.g. arte Germany, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and ZDF in Washington D.C.. She worked as a freelance journalist for the german documentary filmmaker Stefan Lamby among others. In addition to her journalistic work, she was also involved in the „Medienbericht für die Bundesregierung 2016“ published by the Hans-Bredow-Institute. After her time in Journalism, she began to work as a Project Manager at fischerAppelt for several media campaigns.

Contact: anna.landgraf(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Andre Landwehr

Research Associate 

#mobility #data #analysis

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

Hülya Lasch

Research Associate

#urbanhealth #socio-spatialinequalities #geospatialdata #GIS

Hülya Lasch studied urban and regional planning (Bachelor) at the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir/Turkey. She completed her master's degree in urban planning at the Hafencity University. She has worked as a student assistant, at DCS, on the rebuilding and updating of HCU's geoportal. She also supported the projects SmartSquare and Gracio, where she was focusing on accessibility, geospatial data visualization, citizen participation and digital planning tools. Since May 2021, she has been working as a research assistant at the Chair of Urban Development and Quantitative Methods in Urban and Regional Research with Prof. Dr. Jörg Pohlan at HCU. Her scientific interests are urban health, city ​​epidemiology and socio-spatial inequalities. She again joined the DCS to work on the project Medifly and to support geospatial data related projects.

Contact: huelya.lasch(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Dr. Rafael Milani Medeiros

Research Associate and Adjunct Professor / Synergy Lead

#sociotechnical change #urban mobility #digitization  

In city digitization, planning, design, and studies, he is a generalist specialized in urban bicycling. A student that lived the transition from the analog to the digital representations and realities. Witness of remaining practices and things predicted to disappear by the voices of technological determinism. Received high school professional training in design (1997), a bachelor of product design (2003), master’s (2012), and doctorate (2018) in urban management, and doctor in sociotechnical change (2019). Ignoring any boundaries between theory and practice, he was a consultant for urban mobility design of software and hardware applications that are now circulating around - others soon will be. Well in his professional past, accumulated extensive experience in publishing, entrepreneurship, and institutional communication, not necessarily related to cities. He is now developing his post-doctoral research on a critique of artificial intelligence and intelligent transport system, besides teaching introduction in digital city science.

Contact: rafael.medeiros(at)hcu-hamburg.de

María Moleiro

Research Associate

#architecture #cityplanning #microclimate

María Moleiro graduated as an architect from the Simón Bolívar University (Venezuela). She has been associate director at an architecture studio, visiting instructor at university level, as well as member of an NGO dedicated to the dissemination of Venezuelan architecture. In 2021 she completed her Master studies from the REAP Programme at HCU, with a focus on sustainable urban development in the fields of mobility and water management, for developing and developed regions, and the impact of digital planning tools for microclimate assessment. Since November 2021 she works as a researcher at Digital City Science as project manager for TOSCA, an open source GIS toolkit, for stakeholders support in decision-making processes.

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

Arjama Mukherjee

Research Associate

#research #dynamicurbanism #participatoryplanning

Arjama Mukherjee studied Architecture in Piloo Mody College of Architecture in India and worked in several architectural firms and as an urban planner in an affordable housing project. She received her Master in Urban Planning and Policy Design in the double degree program between Politecnico di Milano and Hafencity University Hamburg in 2021 focusing on application of digital tools to improve participation in urban planning processes in the Indian context. Arjama is a research associate at Digital City Science at HCU where she is project manager for TOSCA, an open source GIS toolkit aimed at fostering integrated urban development in India and Ecuador.

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

Martin Niggemann

Research Associate

#urbansociology #urbannarratives #technologyimpact

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 HafenCity University in January 2018.

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

Filipe Mello Rose

Research Associate

#participation #network analysis #platform urbanism

Filipe Mello Rose holds a Masters in Urban Governance Studies and a Bachelor in Social Sciences from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (known as Sciences Po). Over the past years has done exchanges and research stays at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil) and at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. His research currently focusses on the critical assessment of digital citizen participation and on civil society involvement in the context of smart city development and platform urbanism. In addition to his work at Digital City Science, Filipe Mello Rose is a research associate in Urban and Regional Economics at HCU.

Contact: filipe.mellorose(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Johanna Ruge

Research Associate

#interdisciplinarity #models #designprocesses

Johanna Ruge, M. Sc., studied structural engineering at the KIT in Karlsruhe. During her studies, she has been a member of Engineers Without Borders for four years and planned and realized three development cooperation projects in Sri Lanka and Columbia. Since April 2018, she is a research associate and doctoral student at HCU. Situated at the interface between design studies and philosophy of engineering, her research focuses on the role and potential of model-use as a method in epistemological design processes and interdisciplinary collaborations. Her work has been awarded the YEP Outstanding Contribution Prize by the IABSE Association, as well as a doctoral scholarship by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.


Contact: johanna.ruge(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Qasem Safariallahkheili

Research Associate / Solution Architect

#GIS #Research #2D_3D_cartography

Qasem Safariallahkheili (safari) completed his master’s thesis in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at KNTU, Tehran, Iran, in which he developed a model using spatial parameters for real-time credibility assessment of Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) on GeoWeb. He gained his experiences by researching for two years at French National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the GeoVIS research team working on GPU-based, interactive and data-driven cartographic style exploration for 3D geospatial data as a team member.

Contact: qasem.safari(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Catherine Vandermeulen

Lab Management & Coordination

Catherine Vandermeulenstudied Geography at University of Ottawa (B.A), as well as studying Urban Studies at Université du Québec à Montréal (M.Sc). Moreover, she holds Master of Architecture degree in Post-Professional, Urban Agriculture at McGill University. She has worked in the consultancy, urban planning, and research fields in Montreal, Canada, and has a variety of experiences on a global scale. She is currently working as a lab manager for Digital City Science at HCU, where she is responsible for arranging and administering official document work as well as establishing cooperation between projects and team members.

Contact: catherine.vandermeulen(at)hcu-hamburg.de




External Research Associates

Swati Kulashri

Research Associate

#cityplanning #policyresearch #smartgovernance

Swati Kulashri received a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the National Institute of Technology Trichy, a Master degree in City planning from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in India and a second Master degree in European Territorial Development from Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. In India, she worked as a scientist for two years in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research where she was a Co-Principal Investigator for several national flagship projects. She worked with several national and state level ministries, the UNDP, local authorities and end-users to achieve the project goals of regional development, infrastructure planning, upgradation of rural areas and capacity building. She also worked as an Architect and Planner for one year at the NBCC Limited in India where she prepared master plans for smart sub-cities in New Delhi. In Germany, she worked with EU-Interreg projects focussing on sustainable urban development and mobility in the Baltic Sea Region. Currently, she is working as a freelance consultant for Digital City Science to manage the on-going and potential cooperation projects with developing and emerging countries. Her interests include interdisciplinary research and innovation strategies for regional development.




Student Assistants

Matin Akbari

Student Assistant

#communityengagement #place-making  #urbandesign

Matin Akbari studied Architecture and completed his master's in Urban Design in Iran. He dedicated his dissertation to the subject of Urban Greenways, concentrating on Social and environmental empowerment. As a lecturer and researcher at the University of Kurdistan, he developed his experiences in historical-cultural neighborhoods, settlements on topographical terrains, and urban rehabilitation programs. He is also interested in how cities' social and environmental features intertwine. He has been working as a Senior Architect in different architecture firms since August 2012, and he has won two international urban design competitions so far. Since April 2022, Matin has been a research assistant at Digital City Science.

Contact: matin.akbari(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Francesca Ceola

Student Assistant

#humangeography #migrations #countercartographies

Francesca Ceola has studied Sustainable Development (MA with Hons) at the University of Edinburgh and completed her masters in Human Geography (MS) at the Institute of Geography and Territorial Planning, University of Lisbon. She is currently doing an Erasmus+ traineeship at HCU with the EU H2020 MICADO project. Her research works’ foci have been to map the intersections between refugee studies, makeshift urbanisms, migrant infrastructures, and socio-ecological urban landscapes. An enthusiast of counter cartographic methodologies, she is involved in transdisciplinary collective projects in Lisbon and Hamburg that interlace counter-mapping with migrations and performative and visual arts.

Contact: francesca.ceola(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Élida M. Dreer

Student Assistant

#dataintegration #bioclimaticdesign #smartmodeling

Élida M. Dreer graduated from the Federal Technological University of Paraná in Brazil, where she studied Bachelor in Architecture & Urban Planning and Technology in Graphic Design. She gained professional experience as IT developer for database, BI, and BPM projects. In the field of architecture, she worked in the certification of sustainable buildings and in projects for modeling and simulating bioclimatic architecture. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University. Her main interests are bioclimatic design and data-based technologies for sustainable cities and buildings.

Contact: elida.dreer(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Vincent Holtorf

Student Assistant

#software-development #Unity #mixed-reality 

Vincent Holtorf is studying M.Sc Digital Reality at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW). His interest in realtime application, mixed reality and every form of digital reality was inspired through his B.Sc Media System at the HAW. Since December 2021, Vincent has been working as a student assistance for the Digital City Science, where he is visualising and implementing the many functions of the Tangiable Table.

Contact: vincent.holtorf(at)haw-hamburg.de

Chintan Patel

Student Assistant

#energyefficiency #public-private-partnership #circulareconomy

Chintan Patel graduated from CEPT university (Ahmedabad, India) with specialization in the discipline of construction technology. After graduation, he worked as quality engineer for a light rail transit project. He also gained experience in content-management-system through his freelancing for an online contract database. He is currently enrolled in master's program resource efficiency in architecture and planning at Hafencity University. At DCS, he works for the SURE Facilitation and Synthesis project.

Contact: chintan.patel(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Mohammad Sohanur Rahman

Student Assistant

#geoinformatics #environment #hydrography

Mohammad Sohanur Rahman completed his bachelor degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. Geographic Information System (GIS), Python and Data Science become his point of interest when solving the problem related to Urban Planning, Environment and Sustainability. He is perusing master degree in Geodesy and Geoinformatics from HafenCity University Hamburg. His research interests lie in the area of Geoinformatics, Sustainability and Hydrography. He is working as Student Assistant to support the SURE project in Digital City Science.

Contact: mohammad.rahman(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Maksym Yermakovych

Student Assistant

Maksym Yermakovych is currently finishing his Master in Geodesy and Geoinformatics at Hafencity University. He studied Cartography at the National University of Kyiv and was involved in engineering and land management project in Ukraine. Maksym is working as a student assistant at Digital City Science since November 2021, where he is a part of LIG and TOSCA projects. His main interests are geospatial data analysis and digital mapping.

Contact: maksym.yermakovych(at)hcu-hamburg.de




Former Team Members

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. She curated and organized the dokumentART, Neubrandenburg in 2018 and is a member of the cinema collective B-Movie and of the artist group A Wall is a Screen. Sarah left the DCS in March 2022 to continue working in the Arts and Cultural sector.


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.


Mete Boncukçu - Student Assistant

Mete Boncukcu studied Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. During his Bachelor, he focused on the Energy Optimization of the buildings. He studied M.Sc. Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HafenCity University to get insight into the sustainable vision in urban design. He worked on location-based data analyses and data integration between different digital platforms. He worked as a student assistant from September 2019 till March 2021.


Corinna Endreß - Student Assistant

Corinna Endreß studied Social Sciences at the University of Augsburg and is currently doing her M.A. in Sociology at the University of Hamburg (UHH). She supported the participation process of the "Medifly" project at the City Science Lab since October 2021. In her research, she’s been focusing on urban sociology, especially feminist and inclusive urban and transportation planning, as well as the mobility transition - how it can be made ecologically and socially sustainable and what social conflicts accompany the issue of mobility.


Ecesu Esmen - Student Assistant

Ecesu Esmen studied Architecture at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and continued her studies in Urban Design Master Program at the same university. She gained experience in the fields of architecture and urban design by working in various companies in Turkey and Germany. Currently, she is a graduate of the Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning Master Program at HafenCity University. Her main interests are sustainable architecture and development, climate responsive architecture, and net-zero carbon policies.


Jan Jessen - Student Assistant

Jan Jessen studied Computer Science at TU Dresden and Media Technology (B.Sc.) at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In his freelance work, he works on developing interactive ways of visualizing data as well as finding and verifying new ideas with rapid prototyping. At the moment, he studies "Digital Reality" (M.Sc) and works on further developing the CityScopes-Platform for GRACIO project.


Jonas Luft - Research Associate

Jonas Luft studied "Computer Science - Digital Media and Games" at Trier University of Applied Sciences and completed his master's degree in computer science at the Technical University of Berlin. He worked as a research assistant at HCU and did research about algorithmic solutions for social issues. Since May 2021, he is writing his dissertation "Automatic georeferencing of legacy maps" at the HCU g2lab (Lab for Geoinformatics and Geovisualization) with Prof. Dr. Jochen Schiewe as part of the sharing.city.college.



Marie Malchow - Research Associate

Marie Malchow studied Cultural Studies, Knowledge Management and Logistics at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and the University of Mumbai (B.A.), as well as studying Urban Planning at HafenCity University and Middle East Technical University Ankara (M.Sc.). Since January 2018, she had been working as a research assistant at HafenCity University, within the Digital City Science department. Among other things, she coordinated the EU H2020 project MICADO.




Christine Montag - Research Associate

Christine Montag studied business administration at the University of Applied Science in Rosenheim. Since then, she has gained practical experience in digital marketing, agile project management/scrum, business coaching and training. She has been working at HCU as a research assistant for the Digital City Science in the research and development project with LIG Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen. Since January 2022 she is working as as Talent Acquisition Manager in the HR section at Gebr. Heinemann. 




Lisa Reudenbach  - Research Associate 

Lisa Reudenbach studied Spatial Planning at Technical University of Dortmund and Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in São Paulo, where she researched on informal development processes in cities in Tanzania, Bangladesh and Brazil. Before joining the HafenCity University in May 2019, she worked at the United Nations in Brussels, and at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Morocco and Germany. Since May 2021 she works as Urban Innovation Specialist for UNITAC Hamburg.



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, 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.




Dobroslav Totev - Research Associate / Tech Lead

Dobroslav Totev during and after his studies of Computational Visualistics at the University Koblenz-Landau has gained extensive experience in the field of agile software development. Before joining HafenCity University he was helping companies in developing innovative software solutions as an IT Consultant. As a lead technologist, his role in the team was to support, consult, and cross-connect the ongoing research and innovation projects.




Alexandra (Sasha) Weissbach - Research Associate 

Alexandra (Sasha) Weissbach holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from the Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. In July 2020, she joined HafenCity University as a research associate. Public and urban health issues are her particular scientific interests, which led her to work in the Medifly project in 2021.



Mert Can Yilmaz - 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 is working as a student assistant since May 2020 and is also 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.