Urban Areas

Dr. Gerhard Braun
Professor of Geograhical Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences
Institute of Geographical Sciences
Human Geography

Malteserstr. 74 – 100, 12249 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban development
  • Urban economy
  • Spatial research and planning
  • Urban research

Dr. Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum
Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Fabeckstr. 23-25, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Near East
  • Assyrians
  • Babylonians
  • Sumerians
  • Akkadians
  • Israel
  • Syria
  • Iraq
  • Middle East
  • Astronomy
  • Astrology
  • Science
  • Early states
  • School and education in pre-modern societies
  • History of knowledge
  • Oldest writing
  • Decipherment
  • Nimrud
  • Nineveh
  • Libraries
  • Cuneiform
  • Sumerian
  • Akkadian
  • Ancient Near East, Near East, Middle East: History and cultural history
  • 4. - 1st millennium BC
  • History of the influences of the Ancient Near East to the present day
  • Ancient Near East and Europe: mythology

Dr. Ronald Daus
Professor of Romance Languages

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute of Romance Languages

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Romania Nova
  • Contacts between Romance and non-European peoples
  • Metropolitan studies
  • Cities in Africa, Latin America, and Asia

Dr. Michael Goebel
Professor of History

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Friedrich Meinecke Institute

Koserstraße 20, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Global history
  • Latin American history
  • Migration history
  • Immigration in Europe esp. France
  • Urban history
  • History of empires

Dr. Oliver Ibert
Professor of Geograhical Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences
Institute of Geographical Sciences
Human Geography

Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Dynamiken von Wirtschaftsräumen, 15537 Erkner

Phone (Office)
Phone (Assistant)
03362/793-152, -150

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic geography with a special focus on innovation processes and the spatial organization of the knowledge economy
  • Relationship between urban and regional development and economic structural change
  • Economic development and cluster development

Dr. Elena Meyer-Clement
Professor of Chinese Studies

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Political, economic, and social change in the PRC, in particular:
    • Urbanization
    • Transformation of rural areas
    • Chinese Communist Party
    • Private enterprise
    • Cultural policy

Dr. Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek
Professor of German Literature

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures
German Literature

Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture of emotions
  • Satire, irony, comedy
  • German-Jewish contemporary literature
  • Modern poetry
  • Theater of the Enlightenment
  • Neurocognitive poetics

Prof. Dr. Boris Vormann

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies
Graduate School of North American Studies

Lansstraße 5-9, 14195 Berlin

Please note

Mr. Vormann may be reached via the Office of News and Public Affairs (phone number listed above).

Areas of Expertise

  • Current political debates in the U.S.
  • U.S. domestic policy, especially urban and social policy
  • Economic and political inequalities in the United States
  • Foreign and security policy of the United States
  • American national identity
  • Presidential elections in the United States