Short CV/Education and training

  • Gabriela Christmann studied social work at the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten (1981 – 1985) as well as sociology and political science at the University of Konstanz (1985 – 1991). She received her doctorate at the University of Konstanz in 1996. In 2003 she habilitated in sociology at the Technische Universität Dresden.

Selected publications

  • Christmann, G., Bernhardt, C., & Stollmann, J. (Eds.) (2020). Visual Communication in Urban Design and Planning: The Impact of Mediatisation(s) on the Construction of Urban Futures. (Urban Planning, Special Issue; Vol. 5, No. 2). Cogitatio Press.

  • Christmann, G. (Ed.) (2020). Struggling with Innovations. (European Planning Studies, Special Issue; Vol. 28, No. 3). Taylor & Francis.

  • Kusenbach, M., & Christmann, G. (Eds.) (2017). Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience Building at the Social Margins. (International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Special Issue; Vol. 35, No. 2).

  • Christmann, G., Grabher, G., Ibert, O., & Kilper, H. (Eds.) (2015). Constructing Resilience, Negotiating Vulnerability. (Social Sciences, Special Issue).



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Smart Villagers. Digitalisations und social innovations in rural areas (funded by: Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space), 2019 – 2021

  • Digital urban planning (funded by: German Research Foundation in the context of the Collaborative Research Centre 1265 „Re-Figuration of Spaces“ at the Technical University Berlin), 2018 – 2021

  • Socio-spatial Transformations in German-Polish „Interstices“. Practices of Debordering and Rebordering (De-Re-Bord) (funded by: German Research Foundation), 2018 – 2020

  • Mediatisation processes in urban planning and transformations in the public sphere (MedPlan) (funded by: Leibniz association, SAW 2017), 2017 – 2020

  • Social Entrepreneurship in Structurally Weak Rural Regions: Analysing Innovative Troubleshooters in Action (RurAction) (funded by: European Union, Horizon 2020, MSCA-ITN), 2016 – 2021

  • Socio-Cultural Constructions of Vulnerability and Resilience. German and Polish Perceptions of Threatening Aquatic Phenomena in Odra River Regions (funded by: German Research Foundation), 2016 – 2018

  • Social Innovations in Structurally Weak Rural Regions. How Social Entrepreneurs Foster Innovative Solutions to Social Problems (funded by: European Union, Horizon 2020, MSCA-RISE, 2016 – 2018

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the expert panel “Increased mobility between academy and practice” advising FORMAS The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, since 2019

  • Member of the Editorial Board of “Urban Planning” (Open Access Journal), since 2018

  • Member of the Managing Board in the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) “ReFiguration of Spaces” at the Technical University of Berlin and Head of the focal area “Spaces and Communication” in the CRC, since 2018

  • Section Editor for the currently emerging world’s largest “Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies” which will be published by Wiley Blackwell, 2013 – 2019

  • Member of the expert panel “Climate Change” advising FORMAS – The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, 2013 – 2016

  • Member of the Managing Board of the Potsdam Research Cluster for Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability (PROGRESS), University of Potsdam, 2010 – 2014

  • Member of the Managing Board in the Section “Sociology of Knowledge” of the German Sociological Association, 2009 – 2014

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