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Sandra Jasper

Sandra Jasper (University of Cambridge) ist Postdoktorantin im Forschungsprojekt "Rethinking Urban Nature", European Research Council. 


Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte

  • Experimental Fields: A Cultural History of West Berlin
  • Soundscapes of Late Modernity


  • Urban and cultural geography
  • Multi-sensory geographies 
  • New materialist geographies
  • Historiographies of nature
  • Urban wastelands
  • Experimental methodologies (film and sound recording)


Jasper, S., Experimental fields: A cultural history of West Berlin (under contract with Columbia University Press, manuscript submission date: September 2018).

Edited books
Gandy, M. and Jasper, S., The botanical city (Berlin: Jovis, forthcoming, January 2019).

Articles in peer-reviewed journals
Jasper, S., ‘Sonic refugia: Nature, noise-abatement, and landscape design in West Berlin’, The Journal of Architecture, (forthcoming summer 2018).
Gandy, M. and Jasper, S., 2017. ‘Geography, materialism, and the neo-vitalist turn’, Dialogues in Human Geography, Vol. 7(2) 140–144.
Jasper, S. and Merrill, S. 2014, ‘Was ist so Berlin? Eine kritische Rezension aktueller Linien und Fragestellungen der Stadtforschung in der deutschen Hauptstadt’, sub/urban Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung Vol. 2(2), pp. 5–14. (Available in English: ‘What is so Berlin? A critical review of urban research’s trajectories and issues in the German capital’).

Chapters in books
Jasper, S., 2014. ‘Acoustic ecology: Hans Scharoun and modernist experimentation in West Berlin’, in Gandy, M. & Nilsen, B.J. (eds.) The acoustic city (Berlin: Jovis), pp. 145-155.
Jasper, S., 2013. ‘Architecture for expanded listening: Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonie in Berlin’, in Cascella D. & Inverni, P. (eds.) What matters now? (What can’t you hear?) , Noch Publishing [ebook].
Jasper, S., 2011. ‘Phantom limbs: Encountering the hidden spaces of West Berlin’, in Gandy, M. (ed.) Urban constellations (Berlin: Jovis), pp. 153-157.

Book reviews
Jasper, S., ‘Patina: A profane archaeology by Shannon Dawdy’ The AAG Review of Books (forthcoming, fall 2018).
Jasper, S., 2018. ‘Urban memory and visual culture in Berlin: Framing the asynchronous city, 1957–2012 by Simon Ward’ German Studies Review, Vol. 41(1), pp. 205-207
Jasper, S., 2017. ‘Metropolitan preoccupations: The spatial politics of squatting in Berlin by Alexander Vasudevan’ Cultural Geographies, Vol. 24, pp. 505–506.


Executive producer and co-author of the award-winning feature-length documentary film Natura Urbana |The Brachen of Berlin (UK/Germany, 2017, 72 mins).


June 2015
University College London, PhD in Geography
July 2008
Humboldt University Berlin, Magister in Geography and Gender Studies

Present appointment
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
Job Title:Post-doctoral Research Associate: ERC-funded project Rethinking Urban Nature
Start Date: 1 October 2015 – 30 April 2019

Previous employment
Department of Geography, University College London
Job Title: Research Associate: ERC-funded project Rethinking Urban Nature
Start Date: 7 July 2014 – 26 June 2015 (Doctoral)
27 June – 30 September 2015 (Post-doctoral)

Scholarships and grants
Graham Foundation
Publication grant for Experimental Fields: A Cultural History of West Berlin (Columbia University Press) (2018)
Doctoral Studentship
awarded by the UCL Urban Laboratory, University College London (2008-2012)
Graduate Research Scholarship
for Cross-Disciplinary Training at the Bartlett School of Architecture, awarded by UCL (2009)
Central Research Fund
awarded by the University of London for travel and archival research (2010)
Research Projects Funds
awarded by the Doctoral School, University College London (2009) and (2010)

Administrative Experience
Since 2015
PhD Advisory Committee, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.
Since 2008
Founder of Stadtkolloquium, an interdisciplinary academic forum organised by doctoral students interested in urban studies.

Academic and professional affiliations
College Research Associate at King’s College, Cambridge (by appointment; since 2016)
Member of the Society of Architectural Historians (by subscription; since 2014)
Member of the Association of American Geographers (by subscription; since 2011)
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (by subscription; since 2010)
Zeit-Stiftung Alumni (by election; since 2008)
Member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie (by subscription; since 2007)
DAAD Alumni (by appointment; since 2003)


University of Cambridge, UK (since 2015):
Landscape and Power (Part II, guest lecturer)
Geographies of Global Urbanism (Part II, guest lecturer)
Berlin field class (second-year undergraduate, co-convenor)

University College London, UK (2008-2014):
Cities, Space and Power, MSc Urban Studies (guest lecturer)
Urban Practices, MSc Urban Studies (studio tutor)
Cyborg Urbanisation: Perspectives on Nature in Cities, MSc Urban Studies (guest lecturer)
Landscape and Power (ancillary classes for affiliated students)

College of Art & Design, Sint-Lukas Brussels, Belgium (2011-2013):
The Art of Listening, MA in Transmedia – Arts, Media and Design (co-convenor)

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