Urban Studies

Who builds the city? How are urban development in the global South and the global North connected? Does urbanization automatically lead to anonymization; and what is meant by ruralization?

Urban life and global change are intimately linked with one another. In order to understand cities and towns, we need to examine them at three levels: as a singular town whose built structures create a particular social space; as urban environment with specific social formations as a shared phenomenon across urban spaces; and as an element of transregional connections whose form influences the concrete city as well as its urbanity. The research undertaken at the Chair of Urban Studies relies on a variety of methods and interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations. The regional focus of the chair is on Southern Africa (Zambia and South Africa) and Switzerland.