Prof. Dr. Martina Löw

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    Advanced Researcher

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    Technische Universität Berlin

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Biography: Prof. Dr.Martina Löw is a Professor of Sociology at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Her areas of specialisation and research are sociological theory, urban sociology, space theory and cultural sociology. She was a Visiting Professor and held fellowships at universities in Gothenburg (Sweden), Salvador da Bahia (Brazil), St. Gallen (Switzerland), Paris (France) and Vienna (Austria). From 2011 to 2013, she was President of the German Sociological Association. She is currently the head of the Collaborative Research Centre “Re-Figuration of Spaces” (DFG).

Selected Publications:

  • Knoblauch, H./Löw, M. (2020): The Re-Figuration of Spaces and Refigured Modernity – Concept and Diagnosis. IN: Historical Social Research 2020 45 (2): 263-292. doi: 10.12759/hsr.45.2020.2.263-292

  • Löw, M. (2019): Social and Spatial Uncertainty and Inequality: The Refiguration of Spaces as Today’s for Cities. IN: M. Smagacz-Poziemska u.a. (ed.): Inequality and Uncertainty. Current Challenges for Cities. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 23-41.

  • Löw, M. (2018): Vom Raum aus die Stadt denken. Bielefeld: transcript.

  • Fuller, M. G./Löw, M. (2017, Hg.): Spatial Sociology: Relational Space After the Turn. Current Sociology Monographs, 65(4).

  • Löw, M. (2015): Managing the Urban Commons: Public Interest and the Representation of Interconnectedness. IN: Christian Borch, Martin Kornberger (Hg.): Urban Commons: Rethinking the City. Abingdon/New York: Routledge, 109-126.

  • Löw, M. (2013): The City as Experiential Space: The Production of Shared Meaning. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(3): 894-908.

  • Löw, M. (2008): Soziologie der Städte. Frankfurt am Main.

  • Löw, M. (2008): The Constitution of Space. The Structuration of Spaces Through the Simultaneity of Effect and Perception. European Journal of Social Theory, 11(1): 25-49.

  • Löw, M. (2006): The Social Construction of Space and Gender. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 13(2): 119-133.

  • Löw, M. (2001): Raumsoziologie. Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Wissenschaft, derzeit 10. Auflage. (published in an updated version 2015 under the title Sociologie de L’Espace in French by the publisher Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme Paris, in 2016 under the title The Sociology of Space in English by Palgrave Macmillan, 2018 under the title Socjologia Przenstrzeni in the Polish language by Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, and 2020 in the Korean language by Germinal Publishing, South Korea.)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Urban Studies
  • Space Theory
  • Social Theory

Current Position(s):

  • Professor of Sociology of Planning and Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Head of the Collaborative Research Centre on “Re-Figuration of Spaces”, Berlin

Past Position(s)

  • Professor of Sociology, Technical University Darmstadt

Prizes & Awards:

  • DFG Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1265 “Re-Figuration of Spaces” (head)
  • “LOEWE – focus: Intrinsic Logic of Cities,” funded by the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (Initiative for Excellence) (coordinator)
  • President of the German Sociological Association / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie DGS
  • Visiting Scholar at the Transregional Centre for Democratic Studies at The New School for Social Research, New York, USA
  • Awarded the Christian-Wolff prize from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg for excellent research work, with special emphasis on the habilitation thesis “Raumsoziologie/Sociology of Space”

Memberships & Networks:

  • Member of the Steering Committee “Focusing on Grand Challenges,” Berlin University Alliance
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Research Committee on Sociological Theory RC16, International Sociological Association
  • Member of the Senate Evaluation Committee of Leibniz Association (SAE)
  • President of the German Sociological Association / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie DGS