Urban and Population Geography working group

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ADLAF-Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Rainer Wehrhahn

Sep 14, 2020

Prof. Dr. Rainer Wehrhahn was elected Chairman of the ADLAF Board for 2 years.


The ADLAF is an interdisciplinary association of research institutes and individual scientists of all disciplines who are mainly concerned with Latin America.

New Publication from Prof. Dr. Rainer Wehrhahn

Apr 25, 2019

  • Wehrhahn, R., Pohlan, J., Hannemann, C., Othengrafen, F., Schmidt-Lauber, B. (Eds.) (2019): Housing and Housing Politics in European Metropolises. Jahrbuch Stadtregion 2017/2018. Springer: Wiesbaden.  Link
  • Neoliberal paradigms and the privatisation of housing have recently been confronted with social movements in many large European metropolises. The political and social need for more participation in housing, for new forms of urban land politics and for specific and powerful rental regulation is obvious. The special book section analyses these dimensions of housing and housing politics in a comparative European perspective and discusses new policy approaches for urban housing. Furthermore, the Jahrbuch StadtRegionoffers scientific articles and reports, as well as a monitoring section and book reviews related to interdisciplinary urban research and planning issues.
  JahrbuchStadtRegion 2017/18

New Publication from Sören Weißermel

Jan 31, 2019

  • Weißermel, S. (2019): Die Aushandlung von Enteignung - Der Kampf um Anerkennung und Öffentlichkeit im Rahmen des Staudammbaus Belo Monte, Brasilien. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag (Series: Erdkundliches Wissen, Vol. 163). Link

Two new publications in Urban Geography and Urban Studies

Dec 18, 2018

  • Liao, K., Breitung, W. und R. Wehrhahn (2018): Debordering and rebordering in residential borderlands of suburban Guangzhou. In: Urban Geography, Link
  • Liao, K., Wehrhahn, R. and W. Breitung (2018): Urban planners and the production of gated communities in China: A structure agency approach. In: Urban Studies, Link

Development, approaches and potentials of critical geography - Lecture and discussion with Bernd Belina

Nov 20, 2018

Inspired by anglophone radical and critical geography, various approaches to critical geography have spread and established themselves in Germany over the last decade. Marxist, poststructuralist, feminist and postcolonial approaches are used as theoretical tools to analyze various issues ranging from migration and global inequality, to gender relations or environmeltal justice, to urban development.

Starting with the question of what is actually critical about critical geography, Bernd Belina ist going to present various approaches and the conflicts of content associated with them. These approaches will then be discussed from a critical perspective using the example of the rise of the (new) Right.

29.11.2018 at 19:00 | Hansa 48

Working Group Critical Geography Kiel

Hans-Bobek-Award Ceremony 2017 for Sören Weißermel

Nov 20, 2018

Sören Weißermal receives the Hans-Bobek-Award 2017 from the Austrian Geographicel Society (ÖGG) for his dissertation "The negotiation of dispossession. The struggle for recognition and public in the context of the dam construction in Belo Monte, Brazil".

Annual Conferens of the Institute for "Protest- und Bewegungsforschung" in Berlin (09.-10.11.2018)

Oct 30, 2018

This year's annual conference of the Institute for "Protest- und Bewegungsforschung" is about local and non-local conditions and contexts of local protests:

  • How do local events and structures influence the appereance and dynamics of protests?
  • What are the existing relationships between local and non-local protests?
  • What are the similarities and differences between local protests in different places and at different times?

These and other questions will be the focus of the conference, wich will take place on 9th and 10th November at the Center for Technology and Society of the TU Berlin.

Martin Sarnow will present the topic: „Demokratische Revolution oder im Treibsand der Institutionen? Entwicklungen, Widersprüche und Perspektiven munizipalistischer Bewegungen am Beispiel von „Barcelona en Comú“".

link to event

Herr*krit summerschool 2018 in Kassel (23.07-27.07)

Jun 06, 2018

From 23.07. - 27.07.2018, the second domination critical summerschool takes place in Kassel. Researchers, students and activists offer a diverse programme with more than 60 workshops and crash courses, city walks and a cultural programme reflecting on various critical perspectives in society.

Amongst others, Norma Tiedemann (University of Kassel) and Martin Sarnow (CAU Kiel) offer a crash course on the topic "The new Municipalisms - rebellious cities and social movements". Link

Applications are due on 15 June.


Research Workshop Critical Geographie in Frankfurt/Main (14.06.-17.06.)

Jun 06, 2018

The first research workshop on Critical Geography took place in autumn 2008 - it aimed at creating space for an explicitz critical debate of geographical contents. This series will be continued with the anniversary research workshop in June 2018. The main focus is hereby, amongst others, on "Critical Geography and (queer) Feminism!" as well as "Neonationalism and the New Right".


08.06.2018 ADLAF Award 2018 ceremony for Sören Weißermel

Jun 06, 2018

In the course of this year's conference of the German Research Working Group on Latin America (ADLAF) in Berlin, Sören Weißermel will be awarded with the ADLAF Prize for his dissertation "The negotiation of dispossession. The struggle for recognition and public in the context of the dam construction in Belo Monte, Brazil".

06.06.2018 Ceremony of the Faculty Award 2017 for Sören Weißermel

Jun 06, 2018

On Wednesday, 06 June, Sören Weißermel will be awarded with the Faculty Prize for his dissertation "The negotiation of dispossession. The struggle for recognition and public in the context of the dam construction in Belo Monte, Brazil", completed in July 2017.

Colloquium at the Geographical Institute by Dr. Xénia Havadi (Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca) Chances and challenges of participative urban development in post-socialist cities – Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Jun 06, 2018

Nowadays, the homogeneous physical space imagined by centralized state planning of cities under socialism divides into different, overlapping or excluding dimensions, including the fragmentation of social space. The top-down planning of socialist cities changes into a profit-driven urbanization and relentless commodification of urban space. Now, spatial and urban planners of cities are confronted with the phenomena of ‘turbo-urbanism’ under ‘turbo-capitalism’, but also with socio-cultural heterogeneity.

This presentation focuses on innovative interventions that emerge in Cluj-Napoca contributing to the recovery of urban landscape and creation of social space. The survey depicts examples of long-term recovery and temporary actions for reintegrating disused, un-built and unplanned spaces in the city focusing on actors, legal framework and regulations, social and economic constraints and liberties of these interventions. The analysis concludes with remarks about the chances and challenges of participative urban development in a post-socialist context and its impact on the spatial planning discourse.


16.15 – 17.45

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 12, Geography Lecture Hall (R.09)


Dec 11, 2017

The department of Human Geography of the CAU Kiel's Institute of Geography is offering a Job for a Research Assistant aiming for a doctor's graduation (50%), starting on 15.02.2018 or later, limited for three years.

Applications are to be sent until 28.12.2017 in a summarized PDF to Prof. Dr. Rainer Wehrhahn wehrhahn@geographie.uni-kiel.de

Further Information can be taken from the enclosed PDF-Flyer


Lecture with Ana Fani Carlos (São Paulo): The ”metageography “ and the urban analysis

Jul 14, 2016

Metageography as a path towards understanding urban space under financial capital presents two levels of analysis: On the level of theory, we assume the thesis according to which social relations are created as space-time relations, highlighting the need to identify the relations between society and space, dialectically focusing on the social production of space.  On the level of urban reality, we assume the thesis according to which capital accumulation today is carried out, first and foremost, through the reproduction of urban space. The investigation is focused on the case of São Paulo, Brazil.

Monday  27.6.2016 at 16:15   Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 12 Room 9

"Großstädte auf dem Globus"

Apr 25, 2016

The books published by the Working Group Urban and Population Geography during the last year are shortly presented in the unizeit issue no. 86 (09.04.2016). Link 

"Interculturally tinted glasses"

Jan 26, 2016

The current issue of unizeit introduces the project Urban Dynamics: Global perspectives for a Sociocultural Urban Management. The article Interculturally tinted glasses presents the projects aims and the international network of universities beyond it, that includes the CAU with the Institute of Romance Studies and the Department of Geography. Link

Call for Participation - Symposium Paris 2016

Dec 17, 2015

International Symposium „Urban Dynamics: Global Perspectives for Socio-Cultural Urban Management“
Paris, March 15-19 2016

Cities have always been a primary destination where different cultures meet, interact, and – on occasion – come into social conflict. Yet “urban laboratories” have also given rise to creative activity and political reform movements. Currently, our urban societies are confronted by different challenges: the trend toward urbanization continues unabated; economic crises have increased the risk of social dislocation; and political and economic factors have given rise to increasing migratory movements that are generating heterogeneous spaces. In light of the foregoing, at the Symposium international and local experts from science and practice, together with postgraduate students will discuss the social and cultural challenges of our cities of tomorrow. The Symposium will be held in the frame of the Erasmus+ Postgraduate Training Program “Urban Dynamics”.

CFP_Symposium Paris 2016

EU is fostering the Urban Dynamics Project at Kiel University

Oct 19, 2015

The project "Urban dynamics: Global Perspectives for Socio-cultural Urban Management" of Kiel University is being fostered by the European Union with 235,000 euros.

Press release

Sleepless in Hamburg?

May 22, 2015

Sleepless in Hamburg?Hamburg has in recent years seen rent levels increase in the extreme. Students have suffered particularly with many unable to find appropriate affordable accommodation.

The department of Geography at the University of Kiel is, as part of a PhD thesis, investigating this impact on students in Hamburg's housing market. The focus question is: how do students find appropriate living accommodation?

For this purpose we are looking for students who have moved to or within Hamburg in the last 18 months, who are interested to participate in a short interview of approximately 45 minutes in duration.

We are particularly interested in the perspective of foreign students and understanding their specific needs and challenges.

If you are interested in contributing to the improvement of the student housing situation here in Hamburg please follow  this link.

Colloquium at lunch time – the spanish cities and urban systems: An urban and theoretical approach

Nov 25, 2013

Dear colleagues,

we are pleased inviting you to our 'colloquium at lunch time’. Our colleague, Prof. Dr. Rúben Lois from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), will do us the compliment of sharing thoughts about his latest field of research:

Prof. Dr. Rubén Lois González, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

“The Spanish Cities and Urban Systems: An Urban and Theoretical Approach”

With Spain witnessing similar processes as other Mediterranean countries, it is possible to make distinctions between different periods of historical urban design. This element is very important in order to understand urban and metropolitan structures since urban and metropolitan realities are a new approach to planning in contemporary Spain.

Our "colloquium at lunch time" will take place at Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 14, Room 418 on Wednesday, the 27th of November 2013, at 12:15.

AG Stadt-Geo