Elke Beyer has been a researcher in the DFG-funded project Transnational Spaces of Production at the Habitat Unit since December 2016. Elke studied history and East European studies at the University of Cologne and University College London. In 2016, she completed her doctoral dissertation, “Producing Socialist Urbanity. City centre planning in the Soviet Union in the 1960s”, at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich (successfully defended Jan 19, 2017).
Elke Beyer’s research focuses on urban studies in the socialist and post-socialist world, the histories of post-war modern architecture and urbanism, transnational practice and the transfer of knowledge and ideas. She was a researcher at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich (2006-11), where she also taught on the master’s and bachelor’s courses in Architecture, at the Leibniz Institute for Society and Space, Erkner (2013-14), and in the project Shrinking Cities, Berlin (2002-06). She has a wide range of experiences from exhibitions and publishing in the field of urban research. She is a member of the Second World Urbanity network.