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.