Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1988
    Studied education at Marburg University, Germany

  • 1988 – 1990
    Continued studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1990
    Diplom degree with distinction in education with a minor in sociology and psychology

  • 1990 – 1992
    Student employee in the German Research Foundation (DFG) research project "Social determinants of development of alternative POS-payment systems"

  • 1991 – 1993
    Doctoral fellowship through the graduate support programme at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1993
    Doctorate from the Department of Social Sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt, field of doctorate: sociology

  • 1993 – 2001
    C1 assistant professor and C2 senior assistant professor in the Department of Education at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, field of work: sociology

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the subject areas history, philosophy and social sciences at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, venia legendi (authorisation to teach): sociology

  • 2001
    Acting professor of urban and regional sociology in the Department of Sociology at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany

  • 2001 – 2002
    C2 senior assistant professor in the Department of Education at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, field of work: sociology

  • 2002
    Offer of a C4 professorship in sociology, social work and education at the Comprehensive University of Duisburg, Germany

  • 2002
    - 2013 C4 professor of sociology at the Darmstadt University of Technology

  • 2008
    Offer of a W3 professorship in sociology and social policy with a focus on urban, regional and local policy research at Goethe University Frankfurt

  • since 2013
    Full professor (tenured) of sociology of planning and architecture at TU Berlin

Selected publications

  • Löw, M.: Soziologie der Städte. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp 2008.

  • Löw, M.: Raumsoziologie. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft 2001, currently 5th edition.

  • Berking, H., Löw, M. (eds.): Die Eigenlogik der Städte. Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2008.

  • Baur, N. et al.: Handbuch Soziologie. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2008.

  • Löw, M., Berking, H. (eds.) Die Wirklichkeit der Städte. Special issue 16: Soziale Welt, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2005.

  • Löw, M.: Pre-structured Urban Development Opportunities – The theoretical idea of an intrinsic logic of cities and European case studies. In: Studies in Urban Humanities 1(2), 2009, Edited by IUH (Institute for Urban Humanities), The University of Seoul, pp. 135-153.

  • Löw, M., Ruhne, R.: Domesticating Prostitution: Study of an Interactional Web of Space and Gender. In: Space and Culture 12(2), 2009. pp. 232-249.

  • Löw, M.: The Constitution of Space. The Structuration of Spaces Through the Simultaneity of Effect and Perception. In: European Journal of Social Theory 11(1), 2008. pp. 25-49.

  • Löw, M.: The Social Construction of Space and Gender. In: European Journal of Women's Studies 13(2), 2006. pp. 119-133.

  • Löw, M.: Blickfänge: Räumlich-geschlechtliche Inszenierungen am Beispiel der Prostitution. In: Helmuth Berking (ed.): Die Macht des Lokalen in einer Welt ohne Grenzen. Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2006. pp. 181-198.


Selected projects

  • The social order of the sexes. Reconstructing the life stories narrated by bisexuals; funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2010

  • LOEWE – Research topic: Intrinsic Logic of Cities; funded by the Hessen Ministry of Science and Art (Excellence Initiative of the State of Hesse) (Spokesperson), 2008 – 2011

  • Solar Decathlon 20092; funded by the Darmstadt University of Technology, 2008 – 2010

  • Gender, rationalisation and technology. The design of industrial working spaces in Germany 1900-1970; funded by the Hessen Ministry of Science and Art, 2007 – 2008

  • Research Training Group "Topology of technology"; funded by die DFG (co-applicant), 2006 – 2009

  • "City and Theatre II", an empirical study on the image of the Staatstheater in Darmstadt; funded by the Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2006 – 2007

  • Interactional web of space and gender, based on the example of prostitution; funded by die DFG, 2005 – 2008

  • "City and Theatre I", an empirical study on the theatre and free-time literacy of citizens of Darmstadt; funded by the Staatstheater Darmstadt, 2004 – 2005

  • Research Training Group "Technology and Society"; funded by the DFG (co-applicant), 2003 – 2007

  • Interactional web of space and gender, based on the example of prostitution; funded by the Hessen Ministry of Science and Art, 2003 – 2004

  • Darmstädter Frauenbarometer – Sicherheit (women's barometer of their safety in Darmstadt); funded by the Darmstadt University of Technology and the City of Darmstadt, 2003 – 2004

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the senate and of the University Board of the Darmstadt University of Technology, since 2009

  • Board of trustees of IBA Basel 2020, since 2009

  • Business manager of the Sociology Department, 2008

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) peer reviewer for empirical social research, since 2007

  • Board of trustees for the National Urban Development Policy of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), since 2007

  • Executive committee of the German Sociological Association (GSA) (2nd Chairperson), since 2007

  • Advisory board of Zeitschrift für Soziologie (Journal of Sociology), since 2007

  • Vice dean for research and development, 2007 – 2009

  • Editor of the series: Materialitäten. Soziologische Texte zu Körper, Bewegung und Raum (Materialities: Sociological texts on the body, movement and space), together with Gabriele Klein and Michael Meuser, since 2005

  • Deputy chairperson of the scientific advisory board of the Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS), located in Erkner near Berlin, 2005 – 2009

  • Spokesperson of the graduate school for urban studies at the Darmstadt University of Technology, since 2004

  • Council of the German Sociological Association (GSA), 2003 – 2007

  • Deputy head of the University council, 2003 – 2005

  • Spokesperson of the section Women's and Gender Studies in the German Sociological Association (GSA), 2001 – 2006

  • Member of the executive committee of the section Urban and Regional Sociology in the German Sociological Association (GSA), 1993 – 1995

Additional qualifications

  • Regularly review for journals (e.g., Soziale Welt (Social World), Sozialer Sinn (Social Meaning), Zeitschrift für Qualitative Bildungs-, Beratungs- und Sozialforschung ZBBS (Journal of Qualitative Educational, Advisory and Social Studies), Gender, Place and Culture, Social Geography, Zeitschrift für Soziologie (Journal of Sociology), Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie (Cologne Journal of Sociology and Social Psychology), International Journal of Urban and Regional Research)

  • Research funding and promotion (e.g., German Research Foundation (DFG), Volkswagen Foundation, Baden-Württemberg ministry for social affairs, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Austrian Science Fund (FWF))

  • M.A. and B.A. courses (Aquin)

  • Regularly participate as juror or consultant in city development projects: including, Frankfurt Hoch Vier/MyZeil shopping centre 2006, Berlin Tempelhof airport 2008, Saarbrücken "Stadtmitte am Fluss" (city centre on the river) 2008/2009


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