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Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies

About us

Executive Director

Prof. Dr. Ilse Helbrecht (Geography Department)


Prof. Dr. Ilse Helbrecht

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba

Prof. Dr. Regina Römhild

Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner

Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland

Dr. Heike Oevermann

Supporter of the Georg-Simmel Center

The following Institutes of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin support the Georg-Simmel Center financially (in alphabetical order):

Department of European Ethnology

Geography Department

Department of Social Sciences


Department of Cultural History and Theory

Department of Art and Visual History

Department of History

Department of Romance Literatures and Linguistics

Department of German Literature

Department of Psychology

Department of Computer Science

Research project ‘Claiming the public space:Urban interventions and the shift from vertical to horizontal urban planning’ (2016-2018)

Cooperation project of the GSZ (Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies), TACT (International Research on Art and the City) and CISR (Centre for independent Social research).  

Projekt management: Dr. Heike Oevermann, Dr. Eszter Gantner and Dr. Oleg Pachenkov.

The project is supported by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Research Group Linkage Programme.

DFG-Research Project

"Heritage, Urban Development and Architecture:
Synchronal Discourse Analysis of the Transformation of Historical Industrial Sites"
DFG-Research Project (2011-2014)

Dr. Heike Oevermann with:
Prof. H. A. Mieg, Metropolitan Studies Humboldt Universität Berlin
Prof. J. Cramer, Building Studies Technische Universität Berlin

Research Project "SEiSMiC"

Organization of a network of "social innovation in urban spaces" in eleven european countries. (2014-2016)

Project Management: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaschuba, Prof. Dr. Jörg Niewöhner

Research Assistent: Jens Adam

Graduate Studies Group

Marco Copercini (graduates@gsz.hu-berlin.de)

GSZ Reading Group


Urban Research Group: Urban Commons

Mary Dellenbaugh (m.dellenbaugh@gmail.com)

Urban Research Group: NYLON BERLIN

Boris Vormann (Boris.vormann@fu-berlin.de)

Urban Research Group: New Urban Tourism

Christoph Sommer (christoph.sommer@gsz.hu-berlin.de)

Associated Networks

The Artist and the City (Dr. Eszter Gantner)

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