Sub-Project III

Urban Geographic, Sociodemographic and Migration Sociological Dimensions of Decentralized Living and Housing

Prof. Dr. Havva Engin
heads the Heidelberg Centre for Migration Research and Transcultural Pedagogy (Hei-Mat). Engin researches and works on educational institutions' handling of heterogeneity as a result of migration and also addresses the literacy skills of multilingual children.

Dr. Christina West
is a research coordinator and director of the Real-World Laboratory: Asylum Seekers "Urban Office – Sustainable Urban Development in a Knowledge Society" at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. West completed her transdisciplinary PhD in urban development at the University of Mannheim and in Barcelona. At the Chair of Economic Geography of the University of Mannheim, West has been a senior researcher in the fields of urbanism, utopia and heterotopia, value orientation, migration, research and transformation. West was stand-in professor for geography didactics at the University of Koblenz-Landau and in 2014 was a visiting scholar and coordinator for the "Urban Innovations" programme for the EU Academic Programme in Hong Kong. West's current research is focused on "Transversal Urbanism".

Svenja Kück
is a doctoral student in the research cluster Human Geography of North America. She studied cultural anthropology and French at the University of Göttingen and Aix-en-Provence. She completed her Master degree at the University of Osnabrück at the Institute of Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS). In her master’s thesis, she examined the topic "The interview as an interactive communication process".
In her dissertation project, Svenja Kück examines the conditions and forms of doing heimat by refugees in the city. Refugees and asylum-seekers are equipped with different sets of rights and confronted with varying ascriptions. Thereby they face different hurdles and realities, which also have a major influence on processes of doing heimat.