Researcher & Doctoral Candidate
Room A 621
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21906
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907
Jakub Galuszka started his PhD at the Habitat Unit in October 2015. His research looks at the co-productive urban governance arrangements and the role of the urban poor sector in development of housing policies in Metro Manila, the Philippines. Since September 2016 he works as a coordinator of the Wits-TUB Urban Lab project.
Before joining the Habitat Unit he worked and conducted research in Poland, the Philippines, Georgia and South Africa. This involved his cooperation with the EC1 Lodz – City of Culture - an institution responsible for reconstruction of city centre in Lodz, Poland and the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading programme focusing on upgrading of low-income and informal areas in Cape Town, South Africa.
This work has spanned monitoring and evaluation, project coordination, formulation of funding applications and policy recommendations in the fields of urban governance, upgrading of informal areas and community-based development.
He holds Msc in International Cooperation and Urban Development from the Technical University of Darmstadt and MA in Sociology and Ethnology from the University of Lodz. During his studies and work Jakub received a number of grants (Erasmus Mundus, DAAD, Peter Kirk Travel Scholarship), was engaged in independent and collaborative researches and published in urban planning journals.
Doctoral Dissertation (Preparation)
2010 – 2012
Master of Science (M. Sc.), Mundus Urbano - Erasmus Mundus Double Degree. International Cooperation and Urban Development - TU Darmstadt. Urbanism, Habitat and International Cooperation - Pierre Mendes-France University.
2002 – 2008
Master of Arts in Ethnology (M. A.), University of Lodz, Poland
2002 – 2007
Master of Arts in Sociology (M. A.), University of Lodz, Poland
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin
2013 – 2015
Monitoring and Evaluation Researcher
Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading, Cape Town, South Africa
Employee/ post-graduate Programme
Polish Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia
Philippine Institut for Development Studies, Metro Manila, Philippines
2008 – 2010
Urban Sociology Head Specialist
EC1 Lodz City of Culture (EU-funded city centre regeneration project), Lodz, Poland
UNRWA; Universty of Cape Town - School of Public Health and Family Medicine, South Africa; Plan C - Research Support to Libya Housing Profile; Centre of Economic Researchers, Poland; Lodz Art Centre, Poland; Technical University Lodz, Poland
Urban upgrading for violence prevention in South Africa: Does it work?
University of Cape Town - School of Public Health and Family Medicine (IDRC/DIFID funded Safe and Inclusive Cities programme).
International New Town Institute/ African Centre for Cities.
Our City – New Centre of Lodz Project EC1 Lodz
EC1 Lodz – Miasto Kultury/University of Lodz.
Space of Festing, Space of Art. Cultural and Urban Contexts of Meeting Points in Modern Cities,
Peter Kirk Memorial Fund.
European Project Semester, International Faculty of Engineering, Technical University of Lodz.
Ed. (2011) The New Center od Lodz. EC1 Lodz - Miasto Kultury.
(2017) Evidence-based Planning and Housing Approaches Bias: Methodological Alternatives for Broadening Policy Options in Mass Housing Programs, ed.: Garland A. Urban Perspectives: Climate Change, Migration, Planning and Financing. Washington D.C: Wilson Center, USAID, 64-85.
(2011) Lodz city centre reconstruction project in the context of its sociospatial characteristic. The New Center of Lodz. p. 5-35.
Refereed articles in English
(2017) Examining patterns of policy change in a post-socialist city: the evolution of inner-city regeneration approaches in Łódź, Poland, after 1989. Town Planning Review, 88(6), 639-664.
with Tali Cassidy, Melikaya Ntshingwa, Richard Matzopoulos (2015) Questioning of a Cape Town Safety Intervention as a Model for Good Practice: A Partnership between Researchers, Community and Implementing Agency. International Journal of Security & Development, 4(1): 27. p. 1-12.
(2014) Community-based approaches to settlement upgrading as manifested through the big ACCA projects in Metro Manila, Philippines. Environment and Urbanization, vol. 26(1).
(2013) Multicultural past as hope for the future? Spatial representations of the history of Lodz as an attempt to transform the city’s image and identity. Ece-urban - Lviv Centre for Urban History of East Central Europe, no. 11.
(2012) Housing provision and improvement programs for low income populations in the developing world. A review of approaches and their significance in the European context. Bulletin of Geography 2(18)/2012: 29-38.
Refereed articles in Polish
(2011) Local culture – global culture. Transformation of musical creativity in the context of cultural globalization. Culture-History-Globalization, 1 (9)/2011. p.21-33.
(2010) Local creation as reflected in contemporary popular music. Humanistic Review, 1/2010, p.105-123.
(2009) Space of manifestation: how graffiti transforms urban space. Regional and Local Studies (Polish Section of Regional Studies Association), 1(35)/2009, p.110-126.
Other articles and publications in English
(2013) Community-based approaches towards upgrading of informal settlements: Alternative strategies and recommendations for policymaking. Policy Note, Philippine Institute for Development Studies 2013-03.
Other articles and publications in Polish
(2011) Social aspects of the revitalization of the Lodz Fabryczna railway station area. Urban Planning Review, 1/2011.
(2010) The New Centre of Lodz project as a cause of enhancing a city's metropolitan functions. Library of Statistical News.
(2009) Lodz transformations at the beginning of XXI century. Lodz City Chronicle, 4/2009, p.72-80.
(2009) Culture and space. On the path to cities' renaissance. Culture of the City, 2-3/2009, p. 37-46.
(2017) Where is the study of post-soviet cities positioned and why it needs to capitalize on the discussion on urbanization in 'the South': Politecnico di Milano: 'N-AERUS conference. What urban in a hyper-connected Global South?'
(2017) Does evidence data inform policies? Transformation of housing delivery approaches in South Africa and the Philippines in the last 25 years, Ardhi University, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: 'IAPS Symposium'.
with Jennifer van der Bussche (2016) Facilitating Change in Participatry Ways, Cite Flasco / Technical University of Berlin / University of Witwatersrand, Quito, Ecuador: 'Transforming Postgraduate Education and New Approaches Towards Capacity Building'.
(2009) Sociological research in the context of city spatial reconstruction, Center of Lodz as an Instrument of Metropolitan Strategy of City and Region, Regional Chamber of Architects, New, Lodz, Poland.
(2009) Metropolization processes on an example of New Center of Lodz, Metropolization Processes in Scientific Theory and in Practice, Institute of Demography and Statistics, University of Lodz and Statistics Office in Lodz, Lodz, Poland.
(2009) New Center of Lodz - space of culture as a city revival factor? Alternative Culture(s) and Urban Space, International Alternative Culture Center (Hungary) and Urban Laboratory at European Humanities University (Lithuania) in cooperation with Central European University and McMaster University (Canada), Budapest, Hungary.
(2006) Symbolic manifestations of a space in a city, International student conference on the topic of Borders, University of Lodz, University of Magdeburg and University of Wroclaw, Lodz, Poland.
(2005) Relations between mainstream and perhipery on an example of musical subcultures, International student conference Relations between center and periphery, University of Wroclaw, University of Magdeburg and University of Lodz, Wroclaw, Poland.
(2018) Urban governance in an exclusionary socio-political context of Metro Manila: Urban Talk, Floating University, Berlin.
(2017) Evidence-based planning and housing approaches bias. Methodological alternatives for broadening policy options in mass housing programs. Reducing Urban Poverty Seminar, Wilson Center/World Bank, Washington D.C.
Finalist of the Graduate Student Urban Poverty Paper Competition sponsored by the Wilson Center, the World Bank, USAID, Cities Alliance and IHC-Global.
DAAD co-funding award for SLE International Development Cooperation: Training for Trainers (Humboldt University of Berlin).
DAAD co-funding award for SLE International Development Cooperation: Training in Disaster Risk Reduction (Humboldt University of Berlin).
2010 – 2012
European Commission, Erasmus Mundus, Category B scholarship for Master Studies in International Cooperation and Urban Development/Urbanism, Habitat and International Cooperation.
2010 – 2012
DAAD scholarship for Master Studies in International Cooperation and Urban Development.
July – October 2008
Peter Kirk Travel Scholarship/Peter Kirk Memorial Fund project funding: Space of Festing, Space of Art, Cultural and Urban Contexts of Meeting Points in Modern Cities.
2007 – 2008
Socrates Erasmus, Sociology
(Sakarya University, Turkey).
Steering Committee of the N-AERUS: Network Association of European Researcher on Urbanization in the South.
DAAD Alumni Association.
Erasmus Mundus Alumni Association.