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Sarah Adam

Communication and Events 

#communication #knowledge #moving image

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 HafenCity University 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

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

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

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

Marie Malchow

Research Associate

#urban sociology #informalities #migration

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 has been working as a research assistant at HafenCity University, currently within the Digital City Science department. Among other things, she coordinates the EU H2020 project MICADO. Her research focuses on the intersection of migration and ICT solutions, as well as the study of living and housing conditions in informal settlements and their current transformation processes.

Contact: marie.malchow(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

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

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

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


Julia Sievert

Research Associate

#sustainability #dynamicmodelling #buildings

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 HCU Team as a research associate in November 2018.

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

Dobroslav Totev

Research Associate / Tech Lead

#software-development #people-and-technology #bleeding-edge-tech

Dobroslav Totev has always been fascinated by technology. And science fiction. But mostly technology. During and after his studies of Computational Visualistics at the University Koblenz-Landau he has gained extensive experience in the field of agile software development. Before joining the HafenCity University he was helping companies in developing innovative software solutions as an IT Consultant. As lead technologist his role in the team is to support, consult, and cross-connect the ongoing research and innovation projects.

Contact: dobroslav.totev(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


Alexandra (Sasha) Weissbach

Research Associate

#urban process planning #publichealth #social inequities

Alexandra (Sasha) Weissbach 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 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.


Contact: alexandra.weissbach(at)hcu-hamburg.de


Student Assistants

Corinna Endreß

Student Assistant

#feministcity #participation #mobilitytransition

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’s supporting 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.

Contact: corinna.endreß(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


Ecesu Esmen

Student Assistant


#sustainableurbanism #climateresponsivearchitecture #netzerocarbonpolicies


Ecesu Esmen studied Architecture at Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) and continued her studies with 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 student at Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning Master Program at HafenCity University and works as a student assistant. Her main interests are sustainable architecture and development, climate responsive architecture and net-zero carbon policies.


Contact: ecesu.esmen(at)hcu-hamburg.de


ChingWei Hsieh

Student Assistant

#IT #DataAnalytics

ChingWei Hsieh is currently writing her bachelor thesis in Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She studied Information Engineering and has strong interest in Data Analysis, Cloud Infrastructure and Technology. She worked as a researcher's assistant before on a program regarding Unity and completed an internship founded by Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin. Currently she is working as a research assistant at HafenCity University Hamburg in the LIG project.

Contact: chingwei.hsieh(at)hcu-hamburg.de

Arjama Mukherjee

Student Assistant

#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

Mert Can Yilmaz

Student Assistant

#smartcity #resilience #publicparticipation


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.


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




Former Team Members

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.


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.


Hülya Lasch - Student Assistant

Hülya Lasch studied urban and regional planning (Bachelor) at Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir/Turkey. She completed her master's degree in urban planning at Hafencity University. From Oct. 2018 to May 2021, she worked as a student assistant, at HCU, on the rebuilding and updating of HCU's geoportal. She also supported the projects SmartSquare, Gracio there, focusing on accessibility, geospatial data management, 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.


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.



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. Since August 2021, she has been working at HCU as a research assistant for the Digital City Science, focusing on agile project management as well as the coordination of the research and development project with LIG Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen.




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.