Current projects

Research Cooperation, "The 'Cities for People' Project"

"Learning from U.S. labor unions? Potentials for the cross-border dissemination of strategies: Organizing and Campaigning"

International Conferences

Urban Security Work Spaces: Policing the Crisis - Policing in the Crisis, August 28-30, 2010, Berlin (

The Right to the City: Prospects for Critical Urban Theory and Practice, Nov. 6-8, 2008, Berlin (
4th Annual TGK Conference: In Search of the Postfordist City: Concepts and the Meaning of Urban Space and Society, New York, Sept. 2008
The Politics of Public Space, Oct. 5-7, 2006, New York
Policing Crowds – Privatizing Security, June 23-25, 2006, Berlin
The Just City – A New Agenda for the Urban Age?, Mai 24, 2006, Berlin

International research projects

The Urban Question under Conditions of Globalization, with Neil Brenner, NYU, and Peter Marcuse, Columbia University

» Post-doctoral theses
» Postgraduate candidates
» Graduate thesis candidates (Diplom/Master)


DFG grant

From Welfare to Work. "From Welfare to Work. A German-American Comparison of Local Social and Employment Policies considering in particular the Third Sector in Berlin and Los Angeles"

Chaired by Margit Mayer
with Volker Eick, Britta Grell, Jens Sambale, Oliver Standke

Timeframe: Feb 2000–June 2003

Scope: This project critically scrutinized the contribution of nonprofits and other welfare organizations in the newly emerging local workfare systems on the basis of comprehensive case studies on Berlin and Los Angeles. Similarities and differences central to the integration of “disadvantaged" groups into welfare and labor markets were identified and analyzed in the context of current processes of welfare states transformation in the U.S. and Germany.

Publication: Eick, V.; Grell, B., Mayer, M.; Sambale, J. 2004: “Nonprofits and the transformation of local employment policies", Westfälisches Dampfboot, Münster.

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