Habitat Unit

Previous Staff Member

Dr. Nina Gribat

Nina Gribat


Room A 313
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Curriculum Vitae

Since April 2014, Dr. Nina Gribat has worked at Habitat Unit as a senior researcher. She studied architecture at the Technical Universities of Darmstadt and Berlin (graduating as Dipl. Ing in 2003) before spending a year at the Bauhaus Kolleg 'Transitspaces' at Bauhaus Foundation Dessau. In 2006, Nina finished an MA in Planning Research and Theory at the Department of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield. In 2010, she was awarded a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) on the topic of 'Governing the Future of a Shrinking City: Hoyerswerda, East Germany'.

Between April 2014 and September 2014, Nina had an interim professorship at the Department of International Urbanism, where she had worked for two years in developing, teaching and coordinating the MSc Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design, MSc IUSD.

Nina's research interest lie in three areas: (1) planners' perspectives on urban development conflicts and protests; (2) the governance of urban shrinkage processes; and (3) historical and contemporary approaches to educational reform in architecture and planning faculties.

Between April 2014 and July 2015, Nina was awarded a TU Berlin incentive grant Anschubfinanzierung. Nina is member of the editorial collective of the DFG funded open access journal: sub\urban.zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung


2007 – 2010
Philosophical Doctorate (PhD), Sheffield Hallam University, Great Britain (Thesis) Governing the future of a shrinking city: Hoyerswerda, East Germany. (Supervisors: Dr. Margo Huxley, Dr. Alan Patterson).

2005 – 2006
Master of Arts in Planning Research and Theory (M. A.), The University of Sheffield, Department of Town and Regional Planning
(Thesis) Analysing Stories of Creating Futures for Localities in Crisis: Understanding Narratives of Change and Their Ethical Underpinnings. (Supervisors: Dr. Jamie Gough, Dr. Aidan While).

2003 – 2004
Bauhauskolleg Transitspaces , Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

2000 – 2003
Diploma in Architecture (Dipl.-Ing), TU Berlin
(Thesis) High Speed – Stand Still. (Supervisors: Prof. Kees Christianse; Prof. Dr. Dietrich Henckel).

Intermediate diploma in Architecture, TU Darmstadt.

Employment History+

Since 2014
Senior Researcher
Habitat Unit, TU Berlin

2013 – 2014
Interim Professorship
Department of International Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Stuttgart

2011 – 2013
Department of International Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Stuttgart

Coordination of the bi-cultural master programme Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (MSc IUSD)

2010 – 2011
Research Fellow (6 months)
IRS - Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner

2007 – 2009
Associate Lecturer
Department of Geography, Sheffield Hallam University

2003 – 2004
Freelance, project-based, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Research Projects+

Since 2015
Planners' Perspectives on Urban Conflict

Habitat Unit, TU Berlin (In preparation)

Live Projects – Laboratories for Change?

Funded by Auswärtiges Amt as part of a DAAD Transformation Partnership

2007 – 2010
Doctoral Dissertation
Governing the Future of a Shrinking City: Hoyerswerda, East Germany(Supervisors: Dr. Margo Huxley, Dr. Alan Patterson). 

2003 – 2004
Transitspaces, Bauhaus Dessau, head of research: Dr. Regina Bittner.

Teaching Activities+

SS 2012 – 2014
Seminar: Urban Policy, Planning and Sustainable Urban Management II. International Masters Programmes, University of Stuttgart

Design Project: Integrated Research and Design II. Master Course Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design, University of Stuttgart

Seminar: Master Thesis Preparation. Master Course Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design, University of Stuttgart

Seminar: Self-directed Study. Master Course Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design, University of Stuttgart

WS 2011 – 2013
Lecture: Urban Policy, Planning and Sustainable Urban Management I. International Masters Programmes, University of Stuttgart

Design Project: Integrated Research and Design I. Master Course Integrated Urbanism & Sustainable Design, University of Stuttgart

SS 2010
Seminar: Vergessene Stuttgarter Schule. Studiengang Architektur und Stadtplanung, Universität Stuttgart

Supervision of numerous Bachelor and Masters Dissertations



with Matthias Görlich and Philipp Misselwitz (forthcoming 2016) Vergessene Schulen: Architekturlehre zwischen Reform und Revolte um 1968; Leipzig: Spector Books.


Book contributions

with Huxley, M. (2015) Conflicts over the Government of Urban Shrinkage. In: Gualini, E., Planning and Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments, London, Routledge: 164-184.

(2012) Conflicting Economic and Cultural Subjectivities: Governing the Future of a Small and Shrinking City. In: Lorentzen, A. und van Heur, B. (Hrsg.) Cultural Political Economy of Small Cities, London, Routledge: 179-193.

(2009) Über die Zukunft reden in Hoyerswerda - eine Reise durch die Zeit. Brigitte Reimann und Franziska Linkerhand - Aktuell bis heute, wenn auch vielleicht nicht 1 zu 1. In: Philipp, U.,  Lebensraum Stadt - Aspekte stadträumlicher Entwicklung, Görlitz, Bildungswerk für Kommunalpolitik Sachsen e.V.: 31-36.

with Hilfling, L. (2006) E30 Transit/Stasis. In: Bittner et al, Transitspaces. Berlin, Jovis: 90-115.


Refereed articles

(2009) Translating productively: texts, contexts and concepts. People, Place, Policy, 3, 2: 122-131.


Other articles and publication

(2015) Das Unsichtbare sichtbar machen. Die Networks of Dispossession kartieren türkische Stadtentwicklungsprozesse. Ein Interview mit Yaşar Adnan Adanali. sub\urban.zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung, 3, 1: 153-164.

(2013) Review: Learning the City: Knowledge and Translocal Assemblage, by Colin McFarlane, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, International Planning Studies, 17, 4: 425-427.

(2012) Review: Mobile Urbanism: Cities and Policymaking in the Global Age, edited by Eugene McCann & Kevin Ward (Foreword by Allan Cochrane) Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, International Planning Studies, 17, 3: 327-330.

(2011) Review: Planning cultures in Europe. Decoding cultural phenomena in urban and regional planning, edited by Jörg Knieling and Frank Othengrafen, Farnham Surrey, Urban Research & Practice, 4:3, 364-366.


Conference Papers

(2015) Kahlschagsanierung versus Mediaspree and Tempelhof in Berlin, Urban conflicts and changing planning practices, American Association of Geographers, Chicago.

(2015) Selbstverständnisse von Planer_innen im Umbruch: eine Gegenüberstellung von Berufsbilddiskussionen,
Wie plant die Planung? Kulturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven auf die räumliche Planung
, Symposium by Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft.

(2014) The workings of 'local' and 'global' in contexts of urban conflicts: the case of Stuttgart 21, Becoming Local, AESOP Thematic Group Workshop, Paris.

(2014) The changing rationalisations and practices regarding urban shrinkage, decline and abandonment in Germany since the 1980s, Royal Geographical Society, Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, London.

(2014) Social Architecture: between radical politics and project/object? joint presentation with Sandra Meireis
yearly meeting of the AG Architektursoziologie of the Deutsche Soziologische Gesellschaft (DGS): Designed to improve? Buildings, interventions and the makings of the 'social' in interdisciplinary urban practice, Hamburg.

(2013) Implementing a bi-cultural MSc programme, presentation as part of the panel New North-South Relationships, The Changing Role of Universities in Global Knowledge Creation, AESOP Conference, Dublin.

(2012) Das Auftauchen von 'Schrumpfenden Städten' in der deutschen Stadtforschung aus der Gouvernementalitätsperspektive, Neu(nt)e Kulturgeographie: Kulturgeographische Forschungen nach dem Cultural Turn, Zum gesellschaftspolitischen Gehalt der Neuen Kulturgeographie, Hamburg.

(2011) Conflicts over the Government of Urban 'Shrinkage', joint presentation with Dr. Margo Huxley Planning/Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments Conference, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin.

(2010) A critical governmentality perspective for contemporary urban analyses. Critical Urbanism at the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference, London.

(2009) Governing through place: working on a small town's future - conflicts around its culture and economy. The case of Hoyerswerda, East Germany, Cultural Economy of Small Cities at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Las Vegas.


Conference panel chairs

(2015) The Politics of Land: urban planning and conflict in the Global North and South
with Dr. Melanie Lombard and Dr. Barbara Pizzo, RC 21 Conference, Sociology of Urban and Regional Development, International Sociological Association, Urbino.

(2015) Democracy, Social Change and Politics in the Global North and South? Urban Development Conflicts
with Dr. Melanie Lombard, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), Chicago.

(2015) Live Projects: Laboratories for Change? International and interdisciplinary seminar about teaching methodologies in applied study projects. Founding workshop, sub/urban – einer neuen interdisziplinären Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung.

with Dr. Melanie Lombard (2015) Urban Planning, Land and Conflict, North and South, Annual International Conference Royal Geographical Society and Institute of Britisch Geographers, Edinburgh.

(2015) Towards Sustainable Urban Transformations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
International symposia, Integrated Urbanism Dialogues I, Keplersaal at Planetarium, Schloßgarten, Stuttgart.

(2011-2013) Different workshops on teambuilding, organisational development and project management with external expert on development of organization Gerd Lüers.

Die Vergessene Stuttgarter Schule, Symposium with contemporary witnesses of the Academic reform movement / teaching experiment of the 1966-72 at the University Stuttgart.

with Dr. Benjamin Nölting und Dr. Christine Dissmann Bilder des Wandels – Wandel der Bilder, Workshop for junior scientists of the network for East Germany research, Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft, TU-Berlin.


Working Papers

with Dissmann, C. und Nölting, B. (2008)  Analysen zu Ostdeutschland, Bilder des Wandels, Wandel der Bilder, Zentrum für Technik und Gesellschaft. TU-Berlin: discussion paper 28/08.

Invited Lectures+

with Hannes Langguth and Mario Schulze (2014) Stadträumliche und Architektonische Praktiken der Absoluten Gegenwart. Eine Spurensuch rund um das Ostkreuz, Absolute Gegenwart, Institut für Zukunft Leipzig, ://about blank, Berlin.

(2014) Choreography and Protest: close readings – Körper und Raum / Partizipation und Verweigerung, Live Art Festival: Choreographie und Protest, Kampnagel, Hamburg.

(2014)Study, Act, Think! Publishing Architecture from within Academia, Roundabout Lecture, Institute for Architecture, TU Berlin.

(2014) Zweckmäßigkeit im Wandel: Von der Verwissenschaftlichung zur Politisierung - Radikale Architektur- und Planungsexperimente zwischen Universitätsreform, Revolte und Berufspraxis, Lunch Time Lecture Series of Architecture Theory at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart.

(2012) Stuttgart informal? Towards a user-based urbanism, with Philipp Misselwitz, Stuttgart Supergreen: Laboratorium der Stadtentwicklung, Akademie Schloss Solitude.

(2011) Zum Begriff des Gegen-Verhaltens (counter-conduct) als kritisch-analytisches Werkzeug für die zeitgenössische Stadtforschung, Humangeographisches Kolloqium at Institute for Human Geogrpahy at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.

(2010) Zum Regieren des Wachstums in der Schrumpfung, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin, Berlin.

(2008) Shrink to fit, Regeneration/Degeneration Symposium, Department of Geography, Glasgow.

(2008) Brigitte Reimann und Franziska Linkerhand. Aktuell bis heute, wenn auch vielleicht nicht eins zu eins, Symposium Lebensraum Stadt (living environment city), Hoyerswerda.

(2007) Die Rolle von Ort in den Geschichten über die Zukunft von Ostdeutschland. Ein Bericht vom Schritt ins Unbekannte, Wöchentliche Seminarreihe at Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

Fellowships and awards

2010 – 2011
DAAD Rückkehrstipendium
awarded for a full stipend

FAZIT Stiftung
awarded for a full stipend

2007 – 2009
Sheffield Hallam University PhD Bursary
Faculty of Development and Society, awarded for a full stipend

2005 – 2006
Incentive Award Scheme
Department of Town and Regional Planning, The University of Sheffield, awarded for a full stipend

2005 – 2008
Fee Waiver Programme
Department of Town and Regional Planning, The University of Sheffield

Field work support, Urban and Regional Studies and research support, Graduate School of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University

JR James Travel Award
Department of Town and Regional Planning, The University of Sheffield

Stipend of Bauhaus Dessau Foundation


Research grants

DFG Starthilfe für wissenschaftliche Zeitschriften
awarded for sub\urban.zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung

DAAD research grant
Transformation partnership Live Projects – Laboratories for Change? 
awarded for carrying out one workshop.

DAAD research grant
awarded for the second funding phase of the MSc IUSD

Professional and Academic Affiliations+
Other Projects+

sub\urban.zeitschrift für kritische stadtforschung
member of the collective of editorial staff and board member of trustees sub\urban e.V.