Habitat Unit

Senior Researcher 

Emily Kelling

Emily Kelling Post Neu

emily.kelling@tu-berlin.de

Curriculum Vitae

Emily Kelling is part of Habitat Unit since January 2021. Her research covers urban studies, housing, and questions of space, politics and power. She has been teaching these subjects in undergraduate and graduate programmes of sociology, urban design and architecture. She has a keen interest in the combination of sociology with architectural tools such as mappings. 

At Habitat Unit, she is working in a research project on the development of joint teaching formats with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements in Bangalore and the African Center for Cities in Cape Town, funded by the Bosch Stiftung.  

Emily is an associate of the Research Centre ’Re-Figuration of Spaces’ at TU Berlin (SFB).  

Before joining Habitat Unit, Emily completed her PhD in sociology on informal housing in London in 2020 at the Institute of Sociology at Technische Universität Berlin. She also worked there in research and teaching from 2013-2019. In 2020, she was part of a DFG funded research project on new urban tourism and its impacts on housing quality in Berlin (TU Berlin and TU Darmstadt).

Emily was a guest researcher at Universidad de Chile (Chile), Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo; at HafenCity Universität Hamburg (Germany); and at University College London’s (UK) the Bartlett Development Planning Unit.

Education+

2013-2019  
PhD in Sociology, Technische Universität Berlin, Title: Urban informality: space, power and legitimacy in addressing London’s housing need. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Martina Löw (TUB), Prof. Dr. Arnold Windeler (TUB), Assoc. Prof. Jorge Fiori (UCL), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Colin Marx (UCL)

2011-2012
Master of Science in Urban Development Planning at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.  

2008 - 2011
Bachelor of Arts at University College Maastricht, Maastricht University.

Employment History+

Since 2021
Senior Researcher and lecturer
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin 

April - December 2020
Senior Researcher  
Planning and Construction Economics / Real Estate, Department of Architecture, TU Berlin

2013 - 2019  
Researcher and lecturer
Sociology of Planning and Architecture, Department of Sociology, TU Berlin

20212 - 2013  
Graduate Teaching Assistant
MSc Building and Urban Design in Development, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London

Teaching Activities+

SS 2021
Research and Design Masters Studio: Homemaking: Practices and infrastructures by multi-locals in Berlin (Habitat Unit) together with Dr. Moritz Ahlert, Dr. Anna Steigemann and Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz
Joint Summer School with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and the African Center for Cities (Habitat Unit)

SS 2019
Seminar: Wohnsoziologie (Sociology TU Berlin)
Seminar: Einführung in die Raumsoziologie (Sociology TU Berlin)

WS 2018-2019
Seminar: Urban informality (Sociology TU Berlin)
Masters Lecture: Introduction to Urban Design (Urban Design TU Berlin)

SS 2018
Seminar: Social inequality and housing (Sociology TU Berlin)
Seminar: Wohnhaft im Verborgenen Vol. 2 (Sociology TU Berlin)

WS 2017-2018  
Masters Lecture: Introduction to Urban Design (Urban Design TU Berlin)
Research and Mapping Studio: Wohnhaft im Verborgenen (Sociology TU Berlin), with Dagmar Pelger (CUD TU Berlin)

SS 2017
Seminar: Soziologieklassiker raumsoziologisch lesen, with Prof. Dr. Martina Löw (Sociology TU Berlin)

SS 2016
Seminar: Zur Politik des Sichtbarmachens / Verbergens (Sociology TU Berlin)
Seminar: Wohnsoziologie, with Dr. Martin Fuller (Sociology TU Berlin)

WS 2015-2016
Masters Lecture: Introduction to Urban Design (Urban Design TU Berlin)
Seminar: Obdachlosigkeit: Scheitern, Not, Hoffnung (Sociology TU Berlin)

WS 2014-2015
Masters Lecture: Introduction to Urban Design (Urban Design TU Berlin)
Masters Seminar: Stadt- und Raumsoziologie (Sociology TU Berlin)

SS 2014
Masters Seminar: Social Conditions of Urban Design (Urban Design TU Berlin)

WS 2013-2014
Masters Seminar: History of Urban Design (Urban Design TU Berlin)
Seminar: Einführung in die Planungssoziologie (Sociology TU Berlin)

Year 2012-2013
Seminar: Transforming Local Areas: Urban Design for Development, supporting Dr. Camillo Boano , Dr. Caroline Newton, William Hunter and Giorgio Talocci (BUDD, DPU, UCL)
Studio: Building and Urban Design in Practice, supporting Dr. Camillo Boano , Dr. Caroline Newton, William Hunter and Giorgio Talocci (BUDD, DPU, UCL)

Publications+

Books  

(2020) Wohnhaft in Verborgenen: Die Hostelwirtschaft mit Wohnungslosen in Berlin, Emily Kelling, Dagmar Pelger, Martina Löw & Jörg Stollmann (Herausgeber), Universitätsverlag der Technischen Universität Berlin
Open Access via https://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/11090.

Journal Articles

(2019) Dispersed Dwelling as Enforced Commoning. Berlin's Hostel Industry with Homeless Newcomers, Dagmar Pelger & Emily Kelling, in Oase Journal for Architecture, Issue 104

(2019) Knowing urban informalities, Colin Marx & Emily Kelling, in Urban Studies, Volume 56, Issue 3, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018770848  

(2013) Toward an Architecture of Dissensus: Design Politics in South-East Asia, Camillo Boano & Emily Kelling, in Footprint: Delft Architecture Theory Journal, Volume 7, Issue 2, Spring 2013. https://doi.org/10.7480/footprint.7.2.769

Book chapters  

New Urban Tourism and the right to complain: Tourism as a catchall for urban problems, Emily Kelling & Annika Zecher, im Sammelband The Power of New Urban Tourism: Spaces, Representations and Contestations herausgegeben von Sybille Frank, Claudia Ba, Claus Theodor Müller, Anna Laura Raschke & Kristin Wellner, Routledge, im Erscheinen.

Wohnhaft im Verborgenen. Neue Räume prekären Wohnens in der Berliner Hostelwirtschaft, Anne Gunia, Emily Kelling & Dagmar Pelger, im Sammelband Figurationen der Wohnungsnot herausgegeben von Frank Sowa, Beltz Juventa, im Erscheinen.  

Multiskalares Mapping, Dagmar Pelger, Emily Kelling & Jörg Stollmann, im Sammelband Methoden der qualitativen Raumforschung. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch herausgegeben von Séverine Marguin, Angela Million, Jörg Stollmann & Juliane Heinrich, Transcript, im Erscheinen.

(2021) Urban design as an interdisciplinary enquiry, Emily Kelling, im Sammelband Methods and Tools of Urban Design herausgegeben von Undine Giseke, Martina Löw, Angela Million, Philipp Misselwitz & Jörg Stollmann, Jovis

(2020) Einleitung: Offenlegung eines verborgenen Phänomens, Emily Kelling, in Kelling et al

(2020) Konzeption und Vorgehensweise: Interdisziplinäre Feldarbeit und kollektives Mapping, Emily Kelling & Dagmar Pelger, in Kelling et al

(2020) Vier Betrachtungsebenen: Die Hostelwirtschaft mit Wohnungslosen in Berlin, Finya Eichhorst, Anne Gunia, Emily Kelling, Farina Runge, Alina Schütze, Lisa Wagner & Jonas Wulf, in Kelling et al


(2020) Fazit: Tolerierte Fehlversorgung, Finya Eichhorst, Anne Gunia, Emily Kelling, Dagmar Pelger, Farina Runge, Alina Schütze, Lisa Wagner & Jonas Wulf, in Kelling et al

(2013) Foreword zu The City of Euphemia 3. Camillo Boano, Emily Kelling & Caroline Newton in BUDDlab Volume 5

Other  

(2013) Reading the Cracks: Post-Field Trip Reflections Concerning Urban Transformation in Bangkok, Camila Cocina, Emily Kelling, Francesco Pasta & Tim Wickson, in DPU News, Issue 55

(2013) Book Notes (Buchbesprechungen) (4) in Environment and Urbanization, 2013, Volume 25, Issue 2.

Conferences+

(2018) ‘Invisible housing: the production of new spaces of precarious housing’. Emily Kelling & Dagmar Pelger, Talk at the Symposium „Urban Studies in Education and Research“, hosted by Technische Universität Dresden, November 2018.  

(2018) ‘Wohnhaft im Verborgenen. Neue Räume prekären Wohnens in der Berliner Hostelwirtschaft’ ‘Residing in the hidden: new spaces of precarious housing in Berlin’s hostel industry], Emily Kelling & Dagmar Pelger, Talk at the conference ‘Figurationen der Wohnungsnot’ [Figurations of housing need] hosted by Technische Hochschule Nürnberg, September 2018.

(2016) ‘The idiosyncratic invisibility of London’s informal housing’, Poster Presentation at the ‘Inequalities’ conference by the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES) and the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, November 2016.  

(2016) ‘Housing informalities in London’, Conference Paper presented at the panel ‘Informality, Transgression and Urban Governance’, at the conference ‘The transgressive city: Comparative perspectives on governance and the possibilities of everyday life in the emerging global city’, of the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Sociology International Sociological Association (RC21), Mexico City, 21 – 23 July 2016  

(2016) ‘Shed living: housing in the shadows’, Paper presented at the Centre for Public Policy, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, July 2016.

(2016) ‘Praktiken im Feld des informellen Wohnens’ [Practices in the field of informal housing], Paper presented at the lecture series of the Chair of Organisational Sociology, Technische Universität Berlin, February 2016.

(2016) ‘Shed living: housing in the shadows’, Paper presented at the lecture series Urban Design Shorts of the student-led Urban Design Forum of the Technische Universität Berlin,  February 2016  

(2015) ‘Informal housing in London’, Lunchtime Talk at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London, May 2015.  

(2015) ‘Informality as conceptualised by Erhard Friedberg’, Presentation to The Bartlett Doctoral Informality Network, University College London, May 2015.  

(2014) ‘Emergent mechanisms of exclusion: Informal housing in London’, Conference Paper presented at the Mid-term conference ‘Public spaces and private lives in the contemporary city’ of the Research Network 37 Urban Sociology of the European Sociological Association, Lisbon, 19-22 November 2014.

(2014) ‘The proliferation of informal housing in geographies of the global north’, Paper presented at the international workshop Restructuration of Space, Technische Universität Berlin, 26-28 June 2014.   

(2013) ‘London's Backyard Informality’, co-authored with Caroline Newton, Conference Paper presented at the panel ‘Informal Ways of Residing’, at the conference ‘Being at Home in the Housing Market’, of the Research Committee on Housing and the Built Environment of the International Sociological Association (RC43), Amsterdam, 10-12 July 2013.

Invited Lectures+

(2019) ‘In/visible Housing: The New Spatialities of Precarious Housing of Homeless (former) Refugees in Berlin’, Emily Kelling & Dagmar Pelger, Invited talk at the Workshop „Inside Out, Outside In: Shifting Architectures of Refugee Inhabitation“, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, January 2019.  

(2018) ‘London’s backyard peripheries’, Invited talk at the Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Symposium „Mobilising the peripheries. Focus Europe: From Fragmented Periphery to Metropolitan Region“, April 2018.

(2017) ‘Die verborgene Verdichtung Londons’ [The invisible densification of London], Talk in the Urban Design Salon of HafenCity Universität Hamburg „To whom it may concern“, February 2017.

Grants, Awards and Fellowships+

2018
Among the top 10 submissions in the „Research to Market Challenge“ of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin und Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. With Tim Wickson und Julie Metzdorff.

2016
Gesellschaft von Freunden der TU Berlin e.V., research, travel and conference grant to visit: Bogotá, Columbia (Internationaler Design Workshop); Santiago, Chile (lecture at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile); and Mexico City, Mexico (conference of the research cluster 21 of the International Sociological Association).

2015
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), research grant (phD research), and student  fee grant for being a Visiting Research Student at the University College London.

2015
Studentship by the University College London

2011
Prize for being among the top students of University College Maastricht in the academic year 2010-2011