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New Urban Development in Berlin

Urbanization is everywhere. Life in cities won’t be the same with an ever growing population. Today it is more important than ever to analyze the processes regarding urban geography.

Course periodJuly 1, 2019 - July 12, 2019 Session I
Category Metropolitan Studies & Urban Development
Course levelsMaster
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time), as well as active participation. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2019, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee690.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

For the first time in history over 50% of the world population lives in cities. In Europe and worldwide, cities face various dynamics and challenges which are reshaping their structures and the situation of their inhabitants. This seminar analyses

  • how cities are effected by various internal and external dynamics (including e.g. migration, growth and decline, social exclusion, globalisation).
  • how they are dealing with these challenges (e.g. through infrastructural planning, growth strategies, and community participation approaches).

The seminar targets students in all relevant disciplines who are interested in the various aspects of Urban Geography, including e.g. city and regional planning, geography, politics, social sciences and economics.


preliminary Course program (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 40 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions.


Schedule (Track D)


Monday: 9 am – 12.30 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 3 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 3 pm
Friday: 8.30 am – 12 pm


Week 2

Monday: 9 am – 12.30 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 3 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 3 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12.30 pm


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Master students and advanced undergraduate students (final year) of all subjects with an academic background and a strong interest in the various aspects of Urban Geography, including e.g. city and regional planning, geography, politics, social sciences and economics.

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Prof. Dr. Lech Suwala

Lech Suwala is Visiting Professor of Urban Studies and Regional Studies at Technische Universität Berlin. Before that, he was a Visiting Associate Professor for Innovation Management at Ritsumeikan University, Japan, Osaka and Research Associate at the Institute of Economic Geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is a geographer and economist with working experience in both science and industry.

He previously held positions as Research Fellow at Simon-Fraser-University, Vancouver, Canada; Lecturer at the University of Namibia, Windhoek and University of Applied Sciences on Technology and Economics, Berlin.

Lech Suwala's expertise includes spatial creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship research, European and regional planning, as well as smart und green approaches towards urban development. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Regional Studies, German Journal of Economic Geography), monographs (Springer) and internationally edited volumes (Ashgate, Routlegde, Springer).

Mr. Mattias Romberg, Dipl.-Geogr.

Mattias Romberg is currently employed at the Institute of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, at the Department of Economic Geography as a research associate and doctoral researcher. In his teaching, he focuses on the theoretical foundations of economic geography, but also includes applied research and empirical methods. Here the city itself, and especially Berlin, is the focus of various analyses, which encompass topics such as green space and its economic benefit, night economy and special forms of retailing. Another emphasis lies on the topic traffic and city. During his part-time project job at Deutsche Bahn AG he acquired manifold practical experience which enables him to give his students a varied insight into this exciting field of urban research.

Dr. Janet Merkel

Janet Merkel holds a lectureship for culture and creative industries at City, University of London since 2015. She holds a PhD from Humboldt University Berlin in urban sociology. Between 2007 and 2014, she has been working at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) in the research unit ‘Cultural Sources of Newness’ and was a research fellow at Center for Cultural Policy at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Her research interests include cultural work, creative industries, sociology of creativity and new forms of work organization (co-working) as well as urban politics and governance for culture and creative industries. She employs qualitative research approaches such as case study analysis, interviews and document analysis. Her research has been published in both peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Ephemera, Urban Studies) and internationally edited volumes (e.g., Sage, Routledge, Edward Elgar).

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin