Manuel Lutz gives courses on historical and contemporary Berlin as a place and object of urban conflict.
He studied in Dortmund, Rostov am Don and Toronto and graduated in 2008 at the Technical University of Dortmund in interdisciplinary studies of spatial planning. In 2009 he started his doctorate in political science with a special focus on political geography at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technical University Berlin. His dissertation examines the informal settlements of homeless people in the USA and the local and state regulation of the homeless in the context of the restructuring of the welfare state. He has been teaching at the Freie Universität Berlin since the summer semester 2015 with a focus on theory and practice of urban movement, transformation of the local state, and urban development, using Berlin as an example. His latest publications include: "Uncommon Claims to the Commons: Homeless Tent Cities in the US" in Dellenbaugh et al (2015); "The Roots and Implications of America's Homeless Tent Cities" in CITY (2015) Vol. 19/5 (with Chris Herring).