Dr. Ing. Katleen De Flander

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  • Discipline:

    Urban Planning

  • University:

    Technische Universität Berlin

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Biography: Dr.-Ing. Katleen De Flander is an urbanist and scientific project curator whose research focuses on tackling the urban poly-crises and advancing socio-ecological transformations within contemporary complexities. More specifically, her work intends to contest and re-shape urban resource flows and the unjust distribution of services, access, and opportunities. Alongside her position as SMUS Scientific Coordinator, she works as a post-doc researcher at K LAB, TU-Berlin, on two research projects that look at the intersection of critical mapping, socio-environmental transformation, and Municipalist Movements.

Selected Publications:

  • De Flander, K. (2017): Re-organising the Urban Stratum. Dissertation TU Berlin.

  • De Flander, K./Ayala Cortés, J. (Eds.) (2015 and 2017): LAB2: Different Urbanisations. Critical Dialogues Series: the New Urban Agenda ‘on the ground’. and FIELD WORK 3: UN Data. Critical Dialogues Series: the New Urban Agenda ‘on the ground’. Potsdam: Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies IASS. Online version and complimentary videos:

  • De Flander, K./Brugmann, J. (2017): Pressure-Point Strategy: Leverages for Urban Systemic Transformation. Sustainability 9 (99).

  • De Flander, K. (2015): The Urban Stratum. In: Fragile Beauty, edited by Antonia Stolz, Ioan Brumer, and Manuel Rivera. Berlin: Round not Square.

  • De Flander, K. (2015): Closed Cycles – Open City. In Johnson, C., Toly, N., Schroeder, H. (Eds.), The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime. Cities and Global Governance, 4. New York, NY [u.a.]: Routledge, 37–62.

  • De Flander, K. (2014 online, 2017): Operationalizing holistic urban concepts. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 7, 1, 141–144.

  • De Flander, K./Hahne, U./Kegler, H./Lang, D./Lucas, R./Schneidewind, U./Simon, K.-H./Singer-Brodowski, M./Wanner, M./Wiek, A. (2014): Resilienz und Reallabore als Schlüsselkonzepte urbaner Transformationsforschung. Zwölf Thesen. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 23, 3, 284–286.

  • De Flander, K. (2013): Resource-Centered Cities and the Opportunity of Shrinkage. In: Khare, A./Beckman, T. (Eds.) Mitigating Climate Change. The Emerging Face of Modern Cities. Berlin [u.a.]: Springer, 45–57.

  • De Flander, K. (2010): Towards 0‑impact industrial sites: a 0‑impact tool. In compilation book of the SB10 conference in October 2010 “Towards 0‑impact Buildings and Built Environments”.  Amsterdam: Techne Press. ISBN: 978–90-8594–028‑9.

  • De Flander, K./Rovers, R. (2009): One laminated bamboo-frame house per hectare per year. Construction and Building Materials, 23, 210–218.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Urban Socio-Environmental Transformations
  • Urban Systems Change
  • Critical Mapping
  • Transdisciplinary Research

Current Position(s):

  • Since 2020: Scientific Coordinator, SMUS, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Since 2018: Post-Doc Researcher, K LAB, Technische Universität Berlin

Past Position(s)

  • 2011-2017: Research Associate and Research Fellow, IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2010-2011: Researcher, RiBuilT Research Institute for the Built environment of Tomorrow, ZUYD University, the Netherlands
  • 2009-2010: Project Manager, Centre of Sustainable Building CEDUBO, Flanders, Belgium
  • 2005-2006: Researcher, Urban Environment Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Prizes & Awards:

  • 2019-2020: Robert Bosch Stiftung – Project Funding “Critical Mapping in Municipalist Movements”,” docked at K LAB, Technische Universität Berlin
  • 2018-2021: VolkswagenStiftung – Project Funding “Mapping for Change”, docked at K LAB, Technische Universität Berlin
  • 2011-2015: Research Fellowship at the IASS Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
  • 2001: Postgraduate Scholarship at the Bauhaus Kolleg, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau