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René Kreichauf


Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin

René Kreichauf is an urban researcher from Berlin, Germany. He studied urban planning and urban sociology at the Technical University Berlin as well as urban studies within his international master's program at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Wien, Københavns Universitet, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. As a research assistant, he has worked at several university and research institutions, such as the Department for Urban and Regional Sociology at TU Berlin and the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning. In 2011, René lived and worked in Chicago and Detroit investigating social polarization processes and urban shrinkage. His research and publication activities focus on urban transformation trends, social inequality, urban minorities and migration. His PhD project investigates the arrival and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in European and North American cities.

Work Experience

03/18-07/18 Special Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University - The State University of New Jersey
10/15-07/16 Lecturer in Sociology at Technical University Berlin
04/15-07/15 Research Assistant at Department for Urban Sociology, Bauhaus University Weimar
03/13-08/13 TA and Research Assistant at Department for Sociology, Technical University of Vienna
11/12-02/13 Intern at Heinrich Böll Foundation – European Union
04/09-09/12 TA at Department of Urban Sociology, Technical University Berlin
10/09-07/10 Student Research Assistent at Department for Urban Regeneration at the Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space 


07/2015 John Lewis Fellowship on Civil And Human Rights, Humanity in Action, Atlanta (USA)
03/2013 - 07/2013 europaforum.wien – Center for Urban Dialogue and European Policy, research fellowship, Vienna (Austria)


06-07/17 Fellowship Concordia University Montreal for participation in the summer school The Policy and Politics of Refugee Resettlement in Canada (Montreal, Canada)

Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Scholarship Recipient for Master studies


Short-term scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes for attending the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in San Francisco (USA) and the Annual Congress of the European Regional Science Association in St. Petersburg (Russia)


KWA scholarship of the University of Vienna for studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid


ERASMUS grant for studies at the Københavns Universitet


06/2017 2017 IMISCOE - Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award for From Forced Migration to Forced Arrival: The Campisation of Refugee Accommodation Centres in European Cities (750 Euro)
11/2012 1st Prize of the Balg Mächler Award for Urban Studies and Urban Development from the Ilse Balg Foundation Germany for Bachelor Thesis (2,500 Euro)

Media Appearances

02/2016    René Kreichauf on the current challenges of housing refugees in Germany (Interview Deutschlandradio Kultur): Flucht, Architektur und Stadtplanung. Bauen im Aufnahmezustand [Link]                  
11/2015              René Kreichauf on integrating and housing refugees (Interview Deutschlandradio Kultur): Unterbringung von Flüchtlingen - Es geht um Isolation, Abschreckung und Kontrolle [Link]
02/2012 René Kreichauf on migration and ethnic segregation in German small towns (Interview Volksstimme): Überhöhte Wahrnehmung - Klein-Moskau liegt nicht am Kanal [Link]

Towards Urban Asylum. Policies, Approaches and Consequences of the Reception of Refugees in European and US American Cities (Dissertationsprojekt)

Dissertation in Politik

Mentoring Team:
First supervisor: Prof. Markus Kienscherf
Second supervisor: Prof. Bas Van Heur
Third supervisor: Prof. David Bassens

Forced migration is a global phenomenon, which is politically regulated on supranational and national levels. However, it is the city where the arrival, accommodation and integration of refugees take place. Whereas current research explores the failures of nation-states to address the needs of refugees and to provide solutions to the challenges of housing and integration, there is a lack of studies on how urban policies will be central to refugee resettlement, housing challenges and integration practices. This PhD extends the debate towards the city’s abilities to handle and integrate refugees in European and US-American migration regimes. To do so, it focuses on 1) the relation between state authority and urban autonomy and the development of national and local housing and integration policies, 2) the local implementation of housing forms and their objectives, 3) built and social urban (infra-)structures as well as 4) the refugees’ perception on the consequences of housing and integration practices. Applying a qualitative research approach consisting of policy and stakeholder analysis, interviews with experts, local authorities and persons affected as well as spatial analyses of refugee infrastructures, the thesis plans to clarify the role of the urban in the face of different political systems and national approaches towards refugees in arrival cities in Europe and the US. It assumes that metropoles, as traditional migrant destinations, develop particular practices – despite national frameworks – towards urban asylum systems.


Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft