Our DenkRaum-Fellows 2021

Dr. Viktoria Bachmann


Leibnizstraße 4, R. 331
Phone: +49 431 880-2827
Telefax: +49 431 880-1989

Title project idea: The City as a Place for Dialogue

As a student of psychology and philosophy I already tackled questions on fundamental principles of human life. In my psychology diploma I investigated to what extent different forms of discourse are suited to reflection on life-guiding concepts. My dissertation focused on fundamental concepts of a good life in the history of philosophy. Since then I have addressed the thinking of Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Mohammed, among others. I am currently working on the dynamic conceptualization of human beings in early Greek philosophy, which centers upon human beings’ possibility for self-transformation.

Against this background, it is the cultural dimension of ”Urban Design“ that particularly interests me. What attracts me to DenkRaum is the collaboration with researchers from other disciplines to jointly research the current, practical dimension of our notions of the good in urban living and to develop our skills for everyday political discussion. Discussions held outside the scientific context are often judgmental; actors from different “parties” often fail to really listen to each other. The arguments of the “opposite side” are not understood in themselves but judged from one’s biased perspective as inadequate. Such dynamics lead to radicalization and divisions in society. A city of the future should be able to find ways out of these dead ends.

Dr. Annika Hanert


Phone: +49 431 500-23985

Title project idea: NaviKiel: Spatial Orientation and Navigation of Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities in Urban Surroundings

As a psychologist and neuroscientist, I am particularly interested in our memory and its corresponding brain structures. In my current projects I am investigating how memory is consolidated during sleep, and what impairments occur in aging and neurodegeneration such as Alzheimer's disease.

In both healthy and abnormal aging processes not only memory but also spatial orientation decreases.

My interest in "Urban Design" relates to the elderly's ability to participate in urban space. The trend towards urbanization goes hand in hand with the demographic change towards an aging society. For this reason it is of growing importance to include age-appropriate spatial orientation facilities in the planning of cities. Together with DenkRaum Fellows from other disciplines, I would like to pursue questions related to this, and help to ensure that older and disabled people can be autonomous in our cities for as many years as possible.

Dr. Jonas Hein


Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 8, R. 03.015
Phone: +49 431 880-1044
Telefax: +49 431 880-4658

Title project idea: Future on the Waterfront: Water as a risk and an element of urban design.

I am a human geographer working on the political ecology of a just socio-ecological transformation. Currently, I am particularly interested in the (re)territorialization of the Jakarta Bay and in the spatial configuration of the land-sea transition zone. In Northern Germany I am currently investigating the environmental conflict on the fairway adaptation of the Elbe River, using empirical social research methods (qualitative interviews and content analysis of newspaper articles.)

In DenkRaum I wish to contribute to the creation of scenarios for the development of sustainable urban designs, adapted to climate change; I am particularly interested in investigating the role of water for urban development.

Dr. Julia Kroh

Business Administration

Westring 425, R. 205
Phone: +49 431 880-1552
Telefax: +49 431 880-1166

Title project idea: Interactive, Integrative, and Interdisciplinary: Towards the Innovative City of the Future

In my doctoral dissertation I focussed on the management of stakeholders in complex innovation processes and the innovative, energy-efficient restructuring of urban districts. In several empirical studies I was able to show how different and even critical stakeholders can be successfully involved in urban innovation to achieve the UN sustainability goals and in service innovation.

Integrating heterogeneous stakeholders in innovation processes is a theme I am working on beyond the scope of my dissertation: for example, in the development of digital innovations in the energy industry.

In my opinion research becomes particularly exciting when various different stakeholders join forces; this is where innovative and creative ideas emerge. This is just what I am hoping for in DenkRaum: an exciting, horizon-broadening exchange with other scientists and partners from politics and industry, from which innovative projects on the city of the future will arise.

Dr. Sören Weißermel


Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 8, R. 03.006
Phone: +49 431 880-3244
Telefax: +49 431 880-4658

Title project idea: A Just Transformation? The Reconstruction of Cities in Times of Climate Emergeny

I am a human geographer and my research interests include human-environmental relations, critical development research, urban research and urban climate policy. In my current project I am investigating the socio-spatial implications of urban climate policy using the city of Kiel and its call for climate emergency as an example. With regard to the energetic refurbishment of residential buildings, questions of mobility and the design and use of urban space, the notion of justice within the transformation of cities on the way to a post-fossil age is a pressing issue.

Against this background, urban design needs to face the challenge of climate and just urban development: How can ecological and social demands and needs be combined with inclusive design, thus avoiding further displacement and exclusion?