New book out now: The Botanical City

This unique collection of essays explores the botanical dimensions of urban space, ranging from scientific efforts to understand the distinctive dynamics of urban flora to the way spontaneous vegetation has inspired artists and writers. The essays explore developments in Berlin, London, Lahore, Tokyo, and many other cities, as well as more philosophical reflections on the meaning of urban nature under the putative shift to the Anthropocene. Edited by Matthew Gandy and Sandra Jasper.

For more info check out the jovis website.


Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin / Online film screening + Urban ecology panel discussion



Enjoy a personal screening of the film, followed by a recorded panel discussion exploring themes around urban ecology, landscape architecture, history, city planning, language, and more. This event is free, but you must RSVP to receive links to the content. These will be emailed out by Friday April 17th, so that you may enjoy at any time during the weekend in your own time zone.

Panelists will include:

• Jules Cooch Manager of Public Outreach & Education at the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden (Discussion Moderator)

• Sandra Jasper
Film Co-author and Junior Professor of Geography + Gender in Human-Environment-Systems at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

• Kat Superfisky
Urban Ecologist at City of Los Angeles + Founder of Grown in LA

• Evan Meyer
Executive Director at Theodore Payne Foundation + Street Plants author

• Lila Higgins
Senior Manager of Community Science at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County + Co-founder of City Nature Challenge + Author of Wild LA

Free for all, just sign up here!


Assistant Professor at Humboldt Uni

From January 2020, Sandra will be joining the Geography Department at Humboldt University Berlin as Assistant Professor.

Dr Sandra Jasper

Dr Sandra Jasper is a geographer and urbanist writing about cities, nature, soundscapes, and feminism. She is interested in the connections between cities and bodies (human and nonhuman). Her current work covers three themes: cities as experimental fields (how urban wastelands and other marginal spaces serve as cultural and scientific laboratories); metropolitan soundscapes (how sound in cities is constituted, sensed, and governed); feminist materialisms (how nature, life, and the human subject are conceptualised in geography and beyond).

She is Assistant Professor of Geography and Gender at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and associated researcher at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin. Sandra worked for four years at the University of Cambridge before joining Humboldt-Universität in 2020. In 2015, she obtained her PhD in Geography from University College London. Her doctoral research was based at and funded by the UCL Urban Laboratory.

Sandra is currently completing her first monograph on the experimental spaces of West Berlin for which she received a Graham Foundation grant. Her research has been published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Journal of Architecture, and Dialogues in Human Geography, among other journals.