Habitat Unit

Senior Researcher

Dr. phil. Christian Haid

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c.haid@tu-berlin.de

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Christian Haid has been a senior researcher at the Habitat Unit since October 2017. Christian is an architect and urban sociologist and his research focuses on critical urban studies, urban informality, and postcolonial theories. He teaches in the master’s courses in Architecture and Urban Design as well as in the international Urban Management master’s course.

Christian holds a master in Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and a master in Urban Studies from University College London (UCL). In July 2017 he completed his doctoral dissertation “City Life in Limbo – Globalizing Urban Informality and (In)Stabilites in Informal Practice” in urban sociology at Humboldt University Berlin.

Before joining the Habitat Unit team, Christian worked as a lecturer at the international Urban Management master’s course, the Institute of Urban Sociology at Humboldt University Berlin and the Department for Urban Design and Planning at Leibniz University Hanover. He furthermore was a researcher in the EU FP7 Project “DIVERCITIES - Governing Urban Diversity” at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig. After his degree in Architecture he worked as an independent architect as well as project architect and urban planner for 3:0 Landschaftsarchitektur Vienna.  

Education+

2012 – 2017
Doctorate of Sociology (Dr. phil)
Humboldt University Berlin and Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin.
Thesis: City Life in Limbo: Globalizing Urban Informality and (In)Stabilities in Informal Practice
(Supervisors: Prof. Talja Blokland, Prof. Kanishka Goonewardena)

2010 – 2011
Master of Science with distinction in Urban Studies, University College London (UCL Geography and The Bartlett. Supervisor: Prof. Matthew Gandy)  

2001 – 2007
Mag. arch. with distinction in Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. (Supervisor: Professor Nasrine Seraji)

Employment History+

Since 2017
Senior Researcher
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

Since 2016
Lecturer
Urban Managment Master Programme, TU Berlin

2017
Lecturer
Institute for Urban and Regional SociologyHumboldt University Berlin

2015 – 2016
Researcher
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig (UFZ). Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology. Project: Divercities - Governing Urban Diversity (EU FP7 Project)

2012 – 2015
Assistant Professor, Researcher and Lecturer 
Leibniz University Hanover. Department for Urban Design and Planning. Chair for Regional Building and Urban Planning. Prof. Jörg Schröder

2009 – 2012
Director of FABRIC
Architecture Urbanism Research Vienna

2007 – 2010
Project Architect / urban planner 
3:0 Landschaftsarchitektur, Vienna

2006 – 2007
Student Assistant 
University of Fine Arts Vienna

2001 – 2006
Various internships and work experience in offices for architecture and urbanism, in Austria, Germany and France
 

Teaching Activities+

2017
Lecturer 'Integrated urban management project in Albania' at Urban Management Master Programme, Technical University Berlin, in cooperation with GIZ.

2017
Lecturer in Urban Theory at Institute for Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt Universtiy Berlin.

Since 2016
Lecturer in Urban Planning and Governance at Urban Managment Master Programme, Technical University Berlin. 

2016
Seminar - Lecturer 'Exploring Urban Diversity - DIVERCITIES and the  case study of Leipzig', Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Europäische Urbanistik.

2016
Lecturer and Tutor 'Inequalities and Segregation in Urban Settings: A Comparative Perspective NY-Berlin', CUNY/Humboldt DAAD: Urban Studies Summerschool, Humboldt University Berlin. 

2015
Seminar - Lecturer 'Informality and Urban Development in Berlin - Everyday Life, State, Representation' Urban Management Technical University Berlin. 

2014
Input Lecture .Ethnographie und qualitative Methoden für Architekten und Stadtplaner., Abteilung Entwerfen und Architekturtheorie, Leibniz University Hanover.

2014
Seminar Lecture 'Thaipark Berlin'. Gesellschaftliche Grundlagen des Urban Design. Institut für Soziologie, Planung und Architektursoziologie, Technical University Berlin.

2014
Lecturer 'Inequalities and Segregation in Urban Settings: A Comparative Perspective NY-Berlin', CUNY/Humboldt DAAD: Urban Studies Summerschool, Humboldt University Berlin.

2013  2014
Lecturer Master Seminar 'D.I.Y. – Wir machen uns unsere Stadt selbst!'. Leibniz University Hannover.

2013
Lecturer and organizer of 'Interferenz – Strategies of the temporal' Urban Design Project. Leibniz University Hanover.

2013
Seminar Lecture 'Sichtweisen des Informalen'. Die Global Vernetzte Stadt: Theorien. Master für Historische Urbanistik. Center for Metropolitan Studies. Technical University Berlin.

2012  2013
Lecturer and organizer of 'FatC – Food and the City' Urban Design Project. Leibniz University Hanover.

2012
Lecturer for 'Alpen Nord' Urban Design Project. Leibniz University Hanover.

2011  2012
Invited design critic at various schools of architecture such as BTU Cottbus, Department of Architecture, Germany and School for Architecture and Construction at University of Greenwich London, UK.

Publications+

Book contributions

with Großmann K., Alexandri, G., Budnik, M., Haase, A., Hedke, C., Kullman, K., and Shokry, G., forthcoming (2018) Living with diversity or living with difference? International perspectives on everyday perceptions of the social composition of diverse neighbourhoods". Verschraegen, G. & Oosterlynck, S.(eds.) DIVERCITIES: Dealing with Diversity in Deprived and Mixed Neighbourhoods.

with Kullman, K., Großmann K., Haase, A., Budnik, M.; forthcoming (2018) 'Lokale Unternehmen im Quartier – Bindungen, Interaktionen, Anpassung an den Quartierswandel'. Behling, M. (ed) Ökonomie im Quartier.

(2014) 'Food and the Urban Microscale - Informal Urban Markets'. Haid, C., Schröder, J., (eds.). Food and the City - Urban Foodscapes in the Hanover Region, München: Landraum.

Refereed articles

with Hilbrand, H. in review (2017) 'Urban Informality and the State: Geographical Translations and Conceptual Alliances', International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

(2017) 'The Janus Face of Urban Governance: State, Informality and Ambiguity in Berlin'. Davis, D. & Boudreau, J. (eds.) Beyond Dichotomization: Informality and the Challenges of Governance in Cities of the Global North and South, Current Sociology 65(2).

Other articles and publications

with Kullmann, K., K. Grossmann, A. Haase (2015). 'Governing Urban Diversity: Fieldwork entrepreneurs', Leipzig (Germany). Leipzig: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Erfurt University of Applied Science. Research Report.

(2015) 'Die Informelle Ökonomie des Pfandsammelns - Rezension zu Sebastian J. Moser: Pfandsammler. Erkundungen einer urbanen Sozialfigur'. sub\ urban. zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung (3.2)

(2015) 'Pioneer Urbanism and the Ambiguity of Governing Temporary Uses in Berlin', Ecowebtown (no.10-11)

(2013) 'Contentious Informalities - The Narratives of Picnicking at Berlin's Thai Park'. dérive - Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, (51), pp. 43–48.

Books

with Schröder J., eds. (2015) D.I.Y. - Wir machen uns unsere Stadt selbst, München: Landraum.

with Schröder J., eds. (2014) Food and the City - Urban Foodscapes in the Hanover Region, München: Landraum.

Conferences+

Conference Papers

with Hanna Hilbrandt (2017) Globalizing Informality and Everyday Stateness, AAG Annual Meeting Boston, USA. Together.

(2016) The Trouble with Diversity - A European Perspective, Diversity Encounters Conference, Humboldt University Berlin.

(2015) Urban Diversity on the Neighbourhood Scale, Workshop The Infrastructures of Diversity - Materiality and Culture in Urban Space, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany.

(2015) Ruling By Exception - Uneven Geographies Of Law, Order And Policing in Berlin - AAG Annual Meeting Chicago, USA.

(2015) 'Seeing From The South: Rethinking 'Urban Informality' In Berlin' - Workshop Urban Informality beyond the South, Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin, Germany.

(2014) 'Seeing From The South: Rethinking 'Urban Informality' In Berlin' - Workshop Beyond the Straw man - Post-colonial Urban Theory and 'Western' Urban Theory: Perspectives and Possiblities, Ghent University, Belgium.

(2014) 'The Politics of Representation - Discourses of Informal Practices in Berlin', Workshop Disrupting and (Re)Contextualizing 'Urban Informality Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin, Germany.

(2014) 'Planning'City Life in Limbo – (In)Stabilites and Conflict in Informal Practices 'Ethnographic Methods and Writing', Workshop with Prof. Suzanne Hall (LSE), Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin, Germany.

(2013) 'Aestheticizing the Informal - Representations of Urban Informality', RC 21 Resourceful Cities Conference Berlin.

(2013) 'Legitimate or not -Tracing Informal Spatial Practices in Berlin', IGK Annual Conference Toronto 'Empire, City, Nature'.

(2013) 'Anything goes?- Informality and Conflict in Diasporic Practices in Berlin', AAG Annual Meeting Los Angeles.

(2013) 'Rethinking Hanover's Food System – The Potential of a Regional Foodshed', XVI National Conference of the Italian Society of Urban Planners (SIU) Naples, Italy.

(2011) 'Landscapes of Wilderness - Heterotopias of the Post-Industrial City', CRESC annual conference: Framing the City. University of Manchester.

(2010) 'To be continued...Process Oriented and Adaptive Planning Strategies' EUROPAN 10 Congress: European Urbanity- Regeneration Revitalisation Colonisation. Neuchâtel, CH.

 

Conference panel organization and moderation

with Hanna Hilbrandt and Julie-Anne Boudreau (2017) Rethinking State Theory in an Urban World, AAG Annual Meeting Boston, USA.

with Annika Levels, Anna Steigemann (2015) Public Space in the Ideal City, RC21 Conference Urbino Italy.

with Annika Levels, Anna Steigemann (2014) 'Ambiguous Spaces: Moving beyond Dichotomies of Public Space', XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology Facing an Unequal World: Challenges for Global Sociology, Yokohama, Japan.

Academic Workshop Organization+

2015
Workshop organization 'Urban Informality beyond the South' with Christine Hentschel, Hanna Hilbrand, Rivke Jaffe, Martijn Koster, Andrea Varriale, Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin, Germany

2014
Workshop organization 'Disrupting and (Re)Contextualizing 'Urban Informality'' with Solomon Benjamin, Ayona Datta, Felipe de Alba, Melanie Lombard, Abdoumaliq Simone, Andrea Varriale, Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin, Germany

2014
Workshop organization 'Ethnographic Methods and Writing' with Prof. Suzanne Hall (LSE), Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

2012 – 2015
DFG Scholarship International Graduate Program Berlin – New York – Toronto, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin

2013
AULET
Research Grant, Leibniz University Hanover

2012
START
Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Austria

2011
Scholarschip Landesgedächtnisstiftung Tirol, Austria

2008
TISCHE
Scholarship of the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Austria

2006
Studio Award
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna