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Lebenslauf / Curriculum Vitae


from 02/08    
Visiting PhD at Columbia University (NYC), Department for Germanic Languages and Literatures, DAAD Scholarship.

from 03/2005 
PhD project: "The Surreal City. Symbolic Topographies of Urban Space"; Affiliated PhD-candidate at the "Centre for Metropolitan Studies Berlin- New York" at the TU-Berlin.

08/2006 - 11/2007
"European Masters in Comparative Urban Studies" at the University of Urbino and Milan (Italy) with a focus on urban governance. Thesis: "The Cyborg City. Landscapes of Stories - Artifacts and Socio-Narrative Figurations in Urban Space. A Comparison of the Symbolic Topographies of Street Lamps in Copenhagen and Berlin" (Grade A).

Master of Arts (Magister Artium) in Sociology, Psychology, Occupational and Economical Studies, grade 1.2 (very good=1.0; failed=6.0), Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (Germany). Majors: qualitative methodology, autobiographical-narrative interviews, micro-sociology, conversation analyses, research design, evaluation, urban sociology, environmental psychology. Thesis: "City Planning as Creating Urban Reality - A Qualitative Research on Urban Planning Processes" (grade 1.0); 270 CP (ECTS).


04/2005 - 02/2008
Teaching Assistant: Teaching three different seminars - titles of seminars:  "Cyborg City", "Urban Space and Materiality", "Life in Space". Reading in Sociology of Everyday life, Urban Sociology, Chicago-school, Actor-Network-Theory (ANT), Cultural Studies and Urban-Philosophy. The course included field studies, individual presentations and empirical research. Taught at the undergraduate and graduate level.

10/1996 - 02/2004  
Tutor: Five different seminars in: urban sociology, qualitative sociology, symbolic interactionism, micro-sociology, gender studies and a introduction course in descriptive statistic. Readings in Micro-Sociology, Symbolic-Interactionism (Goffman) and the construction of gender, including analyses of newspaper articles, interview segments, and other materials.


01/2005 - 04/2006  
Research-Project Manager: Occupation: EU-Research project "Cognitive presentation of urban space - A market analysis of the spatial and functional uses of residential areas". Working with cognitive maps and narrative interviews. Developing a research design, training local residents in ethnographic methodology, analyzing and presenting the findings.

03/2001 - 10/2005  
Research Assistant and Student Assistant: Occupation: Analyzing quantitative data from hospital services using SPSS and Excel. Qualitative research: developing research design, analyzing drinking habits of children by interviewing kindergarten educators. Visualization and documentation of statistical data.

03/2001 - 12/2003  
Student Assistant: Occupation: Research project "Models of teleworking - A quantitative study on ergonomic conditions of teleworking". Analyzing basic statistical data by using SPSS and Excel.

08/1998 - 10/1998  
Internship: Occupation: evaluation of living standards, presentation of statistical data, participating at planning boards, evaluation of local residents and their satisfaction with their urban environment.


Paper presentation at the international conference TAG (the theoretical archaeology group) at Columbia University; Title: "Material Societies and the Hierarchy of Things".

Paper presentation at the international workshop "Urban Ontologies - Importing Actor-Network Theory into Urban Studies" at the Center for Metropolitan Studies (TU-Berlin); Title: "Cyborg City - Socio-Narrative Networks and Symbolic Figurations in Urban Space - Towards an Urban Ontology".


from 02/2008
New York City (US): Stay at Columbia University as a PhD visiting scholar, curses in cultural studies and sociology.

05/2007 - 09/2007
Copenhagen (DK): Stay at the department of Geography as part of a European Masters program in "Comparative Urban Studies".

08/2006 - 10/2006
Urbino (Italy): Masters program in Comparative Urban Studies" at the Università DI Urbino "Carlo Bo.

03/1999 - 09/2000
Bangor (UK): Stay at the University of Bangor as part of an exchange program, studies in sociology and psychology, "Erasmus" scholarship.

03/1998 - 07/1998  
Vienna (Austria): Stay at the University of Vienna, studies in sociology and philosophy.

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