Georg-Simmel Center for Urban Studies

Organisation of the Center

Structure of the Center


Executive Director

Prof. Dr. Ignacio Farías (Institut für Europäische Ethnologie)

Prof. Dr. Sandra Jasper (Vice executive director)



Prof. Dr. Talja Blokland

Prof. Dr. Ignacio Farías 

Prof. Dr. Ilse Helbrecht

Prof. Dr. Sandra Jasper

Prof. Dr. Christine Barwick

Dr. Henrik Schultze


Consultative Committee


Prof. Dr. Susanne Frank (TU Dortmund, Stadt- und Regionalsoziologie),
Prof. Dr. Eveline Dürr (LMU München, Ethnologie),
Prof. Dr. Martina Löw (TU Berlin, Soziologie),
Prof. Dr. Christine Hentschel (Universität Hamburg, Kriminologie, insbes. Sicherheit und Resilienz),
Prof. Dr. Susanne Heeg (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Geographische Stadtforschung)


Supporter of the Georg-Simmel Center

The Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies is supported by the following institutions of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (in alphabetical order):

Department of European Ethnology

Geography Department

Department of Social Sciences




Guest Researchers

As the Georg Simmel Center, we are pleased to welcome scholars at the Center for a certain period of time. In the following, you will find important information about these guest stays:

  • In principle, stays are possible for one semester. Depending on the resources of the Center, an extension is possible.
  • The application deadline for a stay for the coming winter or summer semester is June 15 and December 15 respectively.
  • In addition to a CV, a strong exposé (max. 1 page) explaining the topic area and the thematic proximity to the research fields of the GSZ must be submitted by this application deadline at the latest.
  • We expect our guests to participate regularly in the academic events and other activities we offer, as well as to present their own research in one of these events.
  • In principle, each guest should have their own funding, as the GSZ does not award scholarships to finance the stay.
  • The Georg Simmel Center can only offer office space subject to availability. Generally, at this time, office space is more likely to be unavailable due to our tight space constraints.



The GSZ office is located on the 4th floor of the  M*hrenstr. 41, 10117 Berlin. In addition to the four offices for our visiting scholars and the coordination of the centre, we have a larger seminar room that we use for our events.