Habitat Unit

Senior Researcher 

Anna Steigemann

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a.steigemann@tu-berlin.de

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Curriculum Vitae

Anna Steigemann works as a senior researcher at the Habitat Unit since November 2016. Anna studied Social Sciences as her major subject and Geography, Ethnology, and Gender Studies as her minors at Humboldt-University of Berlin and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York before pursuing her dissertation at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin.

She completed her doctoral dissertation, "Offering More? How Store Owners and their Businesses Build Neighborhood Social Life", an ethnography of a diverse shopping street, its commercial facilities, and the social interactions therein, at TU Berlin and the CUNY Graduate Center with a "summa cum laude" in August 2016.

Anna's research focuses on critical urban studies, migration and the city – and particularly refugee migration, on classic urban sociology, community and neighborhood studies, governance from below, as well as ethnographic and qualitative social research methods.
At the Habitat Unit, she also works as one of the coordinators of the Wits-Tub Urban Lab, the interdisciplinary bilateral postgraduate studies program for sub-Saharan Africa, while being a researcher in most of the Habitat Unit's current international research projects.

Before joining the Habitat Unit team, Anna worked as an assistant professor at the Chair for Urban Studies & Social Research at Bauhaus-University Weimar (2015-2017) and the Institutes for Sociology and Urban & Regional Planning at TU Berlin (2011-2012), as well as a lecturer and research assistant at the Department for Urban & Regional Sociology at Humboldt's Institute for Social Sciences (2009-2011). There, she contributed to a wide arrange of empirical urban research projects, such as on public space and its social life, interaction in semi-public spaces, refugee migration and urban arrival infrastructures, on urban renewal, residential and commercial gentrification, and on youth in the city.
In addition, she taught a high number of very diverse seminars, empirical research and planning projects in the field of Sociology, Urban Sociology, Geography, Urban Planning, Urban Design and Architecture. Anna also works as a lecturer for TU's Urban Management program since 2011.

Education+

2012 – 2016
Doctorate of Sociology (Dr. phil.), TU Berlin
(Thesis) Offering More? How Store Owners and Their Businesses Build Neighborhood Social Life (summa cum laude) (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Sybille Frank, Prof. Dr. John Mollenkopf, Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel)

2006  – 2009
Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin
(Thesis) From Bakeries to Bars? Commercial Gentrification on Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Häußermann, Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland)

2002  – 2006
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Humboldt-University of Berlin
(Thesis) Deprived Neighborhoods and Hip Hop. The affinity of deprived (migrant) youth for the culture of Hip Hop (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Häußermann and Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank)

Employment History+

Since 2016
Senior Researcher
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Since 2011
Lecturer
Urban Management Masters Course, TU Berlin

Since 2015
Assistant Professor
Chair for Urban Studies & Social Research, Bauhaus University- Weimar

2011-2012
Assistant Professor
Department for Urban and Regional Sociology, Institute for Sociology and Institute for Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin

2009-2011
Lecturer and Research Assistant
Chair for Urban and Regional Sociology, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt- University Berlin
Projects for Hartmut Häußerman: 1. Harmonizing communities: The role of music in the formation of national communities and its potential for enhancing cross-cultural understanding; 2. Playing for Life, 3. Social Monitoring Berlin
Projects for Talja Blokland: Public Space and (In)Security

2006
Radio Journalist Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich

Teaching Activities+

WS 2016/2017
Seminar: Urban Governance and Planning, MA Urban Management, TU Berlin

WS 2016/2017
Project: Jena Winzerla - Großwohnsiedlungen unter anderen Vorzeichen!?. BA Urbanism, Bauhaus-University Weimar

SS 2016
Seminar: Diversity and the City, MA European Urbanism/ Architecture, Bauhaus-University Weimar

WS 2015/2016
Project: Migration statt Schrumpfung!? Wohnen und Leben von Asylsuchenden und Flüchtlingen in Gera. BA Urbanism/Architecture, Bauhaus-University Weimar

WS 2015/2016
Seminar: Urban Governance & Planning, MA Urban Management, TU Berlin

SS 2015
Seminar: Werkstatt Sozialraum: Willkommensstädte, Urbanism & Architecture, Bauhaus-University Weimar

WS 2014/2015
Seminar: Local Partnerships, Social Planning and Participation, Urban Management, TU Berlin

SS 2014
Summer School: Social and Spatial Inequalities in Berlin, Talja Blokland/John Mollenkopf, HU Berlin

WS 2013/2014
Seminar: Local Partnerships, Social Planning and Participation, Urban Management, TU Berlin

SS 2012
Seminar: Forschungskommission,  Urban and Regional Planning/Sociology/Urban Design, TU Berlin

WS 2012/2013
Seminar: Local Partnerships, Social Planning and Participation, Urban Management, TU Berlin

WS 2011/2012
Seminar: Kernseminar Stadtforschung, Urban and Regional Planning/ Sociology/Urban Design, TU Berlin

WS 2011/2012
Seminar: Local Partnerships, Social Planning and Participation, Urban Management, TU Berlin

SS 2011
Project: No Strings Attached?! Kontakte im öffentlichen Raum, Urban and Regional Planning/ Sociology, TU Berlin

SS 2011
Seminar: Sozialstruktur, Geschlechterverhältnisse und räumliche Differenzierung,  Social Sciences, HU Berlin

SS 2010
Seminar: Sozialstruktur, Geschlechterverhältnisse und räumliche Differenzierung,  Social Sciences, HU Berlin

SS 2010
Teaching Assistance Project Seminar: (In)Security and Public Space, Social Sciences, HU Berlin

WS 2009/2010
Teaching Assistance Project Seminar: (In)Security and Public Space, Social Sciences, HU Berlin

Publications+

Book Contributions

(2016/tba) First arrivals in shrinkage. The physical and social development of arrival infrastructures in Thuringia, East Germany. Meeus, B., Van Heur, B., Arnaut, K. (Eds.) Arrival Infrastructures. Migration and Urban Social Mobility, Palgrave Macmillan.

(2016) Paradigmenwechsel vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens ‘Willkommenskultur’ und die Stadtentwicklungspolitik. Wüstenrot Stiftung: Tagungsband Wohnungsleerstände in Deutschland – Ausmaß – Wahrnehmung – Reaktionen.

Refereed Articles

(2017/tba) Social Practices in a Café: Community through Consumption? Special Issue on Praxeological Approaches in Geography, Geographica Helvetica.

with Franziska Werner (2016/tba) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens Willkommenskultur und die sozialräumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen in Gera. Lessenich, S. (Eds.) Geschlossene Gesellschaften. Verhandlungen des 38. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie in Bamberg 2016.

with Frank Eckardt, Franziska Werner (2016)  A Welcoming Policy in Post-Socialist East Germany. Forced Migration Review 51.


Other Articles and Publications

(2013) Kommunikationskonzept Turmstraße - Bericht zur Stärkung der lokalen Identität. Bezirksamt Mitte/Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung.

(2012) No Strings Attached?! Kontakte im öffentlichen Raum, Project Report with MA Students, ISR TU Berlin.

(2009) Book Review on Derek Hyra’s The New Urban Renewal, International Journal for Urban and Regional Research.

(2009) From Bakeries to Bars - Commercial Gentrification in East Williamsburg, NYC. HU Berlin: unpublished Manuscript.

Conferences+

Conference Papers

with Franziska Werner (2016) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration? Thüringens Willkommenskultur und die sozialräumliche Integration von Flüchtigen in Gera, Sektion Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie: Sozial-räumliche Integration von Flüchtlingen, DGS Kongress, Bamberg.

(2016) Vom Schrumpfen zur Integration?! Thüringens 'Willkommenskultur' als Paradigmenwechsel in der lokalen Stadtentwicklungspolitik? Konferenz: Wohnungsleerstände in Deutschland – Ausmaß – Wahrnehmung, Kaiserslautern.

with Lisa Vollmer (2016) Introduction to Empirical Research Methods in Social Sciences, IGK Methods Workshop, Berlin.

(2015) First arrivals in shrinkage. The physical, communication and social development of arrival infrastructures in Thuringia, East Germany, Urban Arrival Infrastructures. An International Workshop on Migration and Cities in the 19th and 21st Century, Brussels.

(2015) Do I need to grow blond hair to become German? Place Making Practices of Business Owners on a "diverse" Berlin Shopping Street., Panel The Challenge of Diversity: Does Urban Diversity Contribute to the Ideal City?, RC21 conference, Urbino, Italy.

(2015) Place Making Practices of Business Owners in the course of a Berlin Urban Renewal Program., Panel Networks and encounters in contested spaces RC21 Conference, Urbino, Italy.

(2015) Do I need to grow blond hair to become German? Place Making Practices of Small Business Owners, 2nd Special Session Retail aspects in Urban Geography and Urban Planning. Immigrant retail geographies, AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.

(2014) Local businesses as socially inclusive leisure spaces, Joint Session RC 23/RC 28, ISA 2014 Conference, Yokohama, Japan.

(2014) Shopping for Community? Place Making Practices of Small Business Owners, AAG Annual Meeting, Tampa.

(2014) Business Ballet. Ethnography of the Physical and Verbal Interactions in a Neukölln Café., Ethnography Workshop with Prof. Suzanne Hall, Berlin.

(2014) Shopping for Community?! Local businesses as main features of urban infrastructure and local social inclusion. Tagung Neue Kulturgeographie XI: Infrastrukturen der Stadt, Universität Bremen.

(2013) Walking for community?! Shopping for community?! How local businesses foster walking activity and related social networking for neighbourhood residents., Walk21International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities, Munich.

(2013) Walking Tour Neighbourhood management and policies in Berlin-Wedding, RC 21 Conference 2013, Berlin.

(2012) Introduction to Qualitative Methods, IGK Workshop, TU Berlin.

(2012) Segregation and Housing Politics in Berlin, Auto-Construction Workshop Mexico/ Weimar/ Berlin.

(2012) Leopoldplatz – Schauplatz einer neuen Bürgerlichkeit? Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, TU Berlin.

(2012) Socially Inclusive Planning in Berlin, Urban Management Summer School, TU Berlin.

(2011) Social Housing Policies and Socially Integrative City for CUNY Summer School, HU Berlin.

Conference Panel Organization and Moderations

(2016) City of Refuge - Refugee Accommodations and their Spatial and Social Consequences for the Urban, with Franziska Werner, International Association for Forced Migration Conference, Poznan, Poland.

with Annika Levels and Christian Haid (2015) Ambiguous Imaginaries – Public Space in the Ideal City. Representations, policies, contradictions and challenges for tomorrow's urban life. RC21 Conference, Urbino, Italy, August 26-29 2015.

with Annika Levels and Christian Haid (2014) Ambiguous Spaces: Moving beyond Dichotomies of Public Space, RC21 session, ISA 2014 Conference, Yokohama.

(2013) Colonization and Space: On the Politics of Gentrification, Segregation and Pacification, Empire, City, Nature: 2nd Annual Conference IGK, Toronto.

(2013) Global Urban Luxury Industries and Metropolitanism, Grand Hotels at the Fin de Siècle: Global Dimensions, Local Experiences, CMS Berlin.

(2012) Urban Renewal and Citizen Protest, Urban-Activism-Scholarship: Global Discourses in Local, Historical and Contemporary Contexts, 1st Annual Conference CMS, TU Berlin.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships+

2012  2015
DFG Doctoral Scholarship / DFG-Fellowship
Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin

2013  2014
DFG Scholarship
for Visiting Professor Positions at the Graduate Center of City University New York Association for Asian Studies (AAS) 2015 Annual Conference, Chicago

2011
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Doctoral Stipend
(declined due to TU position)

2007 – 2008
DAAD Graduate Stipend
For an academic year at the Center for urban Research at CUNY, New York

Professional and Academic Affiliations+