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Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley

Area of Research: Urban Development and Spatial Planning
Thematic Priority: International urbanism, Urban Governance, Informal settlement development, Co-production in housing, Transdisciplinary urban research, Participatory and integrated urban development

Field of Work

International urbanism addresses global processes of urbanisation and urban transformation, metropolization in times of global change (climate change, globalisation, migration). Particular , focus both is in social-spatial segregation, the role of informality and co-production in urban development, actor networks and participatory planning processe.

Specific activities include:

  • Basic and applied research promoting a better understanding of urban transformation in cities, mega-cities and urbanised regions
  • Consultancies, planning services and applied research projects in the development planning field
  • Capacity building and training of key stakeholders involved in urban planning processes
  • Design and implementation of international exhibitions, workshops, symposia and publications

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Personal Information

Astrid Ley, born 1974, is a professor for International Urbanism at the Institute for Urban Planning and Design and course director of the international master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD), University of Stuttgart. Furthermore she is active in transformative research projects - e.g. the future city labs on sustainable mobility culture and city-space-building as well as the BMBF project WECHSEL on sustainable transformation of urban space. She is actively involved in the discussion on localizing the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda and member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. She also works as an urban development consultant and trainer to bilateral and international development agencies (oikos human settlement research group). She holds a degree in architecture and urban design from RWTH Aachen and a PhD from TU Berlin. Prior to her position in Stuttgart she was urban development research analyst at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and senior urban researcher in a DFG funded research project on “Housing for the Urban Poor: From Local Action to Global Networks” as well as lecturer at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin.


Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley
Urban Design Institute (SI)
Specialty: International Urbanism
Tel. +49 711/685-83372

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