Dr Sandra Jasper is a cultural and urban geographer working at the University of Cambridge. She is an Associate of King’s College.
My research interests are in the areas of urban cultures and urban nature with a particular focus on Berlin from the 1960s to the present. After studying Geography and Gender Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin, I obtained a PhD from University College London, where my doctoral research was based at and funded by the UCL Urban Laboratory.
I am currently working as a postdoc on the five-year ERC-funded project Rethinking Urban Nature. Running until 2019, this ground-breaking project will challenge existing understandings of urban nature using an innovative interdisciplinary framework in a comparative international context. Using four cities as case studies — London, Berlin, Tallinn, and Chennai — the project will show that a theoretically nuanced and historically grounded exploration of the intersections between critical urban discourses and recent advances in urban ecology provides a vital counterpoint to narrowly utilitarian approaches to urban nature. In addition to a series of academic outputs the project will also create a documentary film, an exhibition, a website, and a series of workshops and public events.