Habitat Unit

Researcher and Doctoral Candidate

Laura Henneke

Room: A 410
Curriculum Vitae
Laura Henneke has joined Habitat Unit in October 2023 as a
researcher and PhD Candidate. She is part of the Urban-Rural
Assembly (BMBF, 2019-2024) research team, looking at inclusive
transformation to sustainability processes at urban-rural interfaces
in China and Germany. 

After working in architecture firms in Berlin and Sydney, Laura
joined the PhD program in visual sociology at the Centre for Urban and
Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Here she also launched the ‘Infrastructural Explorations’, a series of
walkshops to critically engage with urban infrastructure. Laura Henneke
worked as research assistant and associate lecturer. In her own research
project, Laura investigates logistics infrastructure along the China-Europe
transportation corridor through visual methods. Before joining the Urban-Rural
Assembly research team, Laura was a researcher and lecturer at the Department
of Design and Spatial Planning at TU Darmstadt, where she taught courses on
sustainable urban development.
Education +

Dual-Degree Master’s in Urban Design and Architecture at TU Berlin and Tongji University Shanghai
Thesis: Arab Migrants in the City of Yiwu – A Case Study of the Impact of the New Silk Road on Chinese Urban Development

Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning at TU Berlin
Thesis: Trockenmauerbau in den Cevennen

Employment History+

Since 2023
Research Associate
Habitat Unit, Technical University of Berlin

2021 – 2023
Research Associate
Technical University of Darmstadt.

2016 – 2019
Associate Lecturer and Research Assistant
Goldsmiths College, University of London.

2015 – 2016 
Junior Architect
Archebiosis Architects, Sydney. 

2010 – 2013
Working Student 
Markus Bruns Architekt, Berlin. 

Research Projects +

Since 2023
Urban Rural Assembly: Managing inclusive transformation-to-sustainability processes at the urban-rural interface of the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China, BMBF-funded reserach project. Habitat Unit, TU Berlin. Researcher.

2021 – 2023
Nachhaltiges Tourismuskonzept für Hanau und den westlichen Teil des Main-Kinzig-Kreises im Kontext des Regionalparks RheinMain (NaTourHuKi): BMBF-funded reserach project. Department of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, TU Darmstadt. Researcher.

Politics of Patents: Re-imagining Citizenship via Clothing Inventions 1820-2020. ECR funded research project at Goldsmiths College London. Research Assistant.

Since 2018
Infrastructural Explorations. Series of walkshops to critically engage with urban infrastructure. Centre of Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Co-curator with Louise Rondel. 

Teaching Activities +

SuSe 2023
Master Entwurf: Lebensadern – Klimaanpassung im Herzen von Wiesbaden Biebrich. TU Darmstadt.

WiSe 2022/23
Master Entwurf: Zwischen Schlossplatz und Schrottplatz – ein 15-Minuten Quartier für Wiesbaden Biebrich. TU Darmstadt.

SuSe 2022
Master Entwurf: Innovationscampus Offenbach – revitalisieren, vernetzen, experimentieren. TU Darmstadt.

WiSe 2021/22
Seminar: Freiräume entwerfen – Transformationen von Infrastrukturflächen. TU Darmstadt.

WiSe 2018 + WiSe 2019
Seminar: London – Introduction in Urban Sociology. Goldsmiths College London. 

Publications +

Book contributions: 
(2023) ‘Fleeting Beauty and Constant Noise - Perception of the Urban Landscape’, in L. Koegst, O. Kühne, and D. Edler (eds) Multisensory Landscapes. Springer Nature. With Jörg Dettmar and Sandra Sieber.

(2020) ‘Conceptualising cities and migrant ethnicity: The lessons of Chinese London’, in J. Solomos (ed.) Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms. London; New York: Routledge. With Caroline Knowles.

Editing of Journal Issues:
(2019) ‘A Conversation Connecting Racism and Migration: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’, Graduate Journal of Social Science, 15(1). With Vanessa Hughes, Peter Rees, Ignacio Rivera Volskoy, Sarah Walker and Kaoru Takaheshi.

Refereed articles:
(2020) ‘Small commodities, big infrastructure. A visual essay on the socio-spatiality of commodity trade infrastructures in Yiwu, China’, Articulo - Journal of Urban Research, (21).

(2017) ‘Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Rising Impact on Socio-Spatiality in European Cities’, Mapping China Journal, 1(1), pp. 116–123.

Other publications:
(2019) ‘“A network of infrastructures”: Exploring Public Libraries as Infrastructure – Streetsigns’. With Alice Corble and Louise Rondel.

(2018) ‘Infrastructural Explorations – Streetsigns’. With Louise Rondel.

(2015) ‘Harmony Through Commerce - How Yiwu Embraced Islam’, MONU Magazine, 22 (Transnational Urbanism), pp. 42–48.

Organization of Public Events+

2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
Infrastructural Explorations. A series of walkshops in London, Manchester and Antwerp. With Louise Rondel.

A conversation on connecting racism and migration. Symposium at Goldmiths College, University of London. With Vanessa Hughes, Peter Rees, Ignacio Rivera Volskoy, Sarah Walker and Kaoru Takaheshi.

Invited Lectures+

‘Yiwu: Starting Point of the New Silk Road’, Navigating Urban Life: Mobilities, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

‘Yiwu, first stop on the New Silk Road: Shifting social and spatial dynamics in China’. Department of Sociology and Human Geography Lunch Seminar, University of Oslo.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships+

British Council Newton Fund: Stipendium für dreimonatige Feldforschung in China und Doktorandenstelle an der Tongji University, Shanghai. 

Goldsmiths Graduate School Fund: awarded for conducting fieldwork along the China-Europe transportation corridor.

2017 – 2020
University of London: fee-waiver awarded for excellence.

DAAD: full scholarship for Dual Degree Master studies at Tongji University Shanghai, China.

Professional and Academic Affiliations+

Present Spaces: A collaborative unit at the intersection of Research, Design, Sociology & Urbanism (www.presentspaces.com). Co-founder with Alvaro Marquez Fernandez.