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Excellent research requires outstanding researchers. In particular in the social sciences, where research happens without expensive large-scale equipment or other infrastructure, the staff members are the crucial resource. This is in particular the view of the IRS, which thus supports motivating and inspiring working conditions. The IRS understands itself as a place of learning, where overlaps of the goals of the Institute and the staff members´ personal career goals are productively searched for and exploited. Among this there count measures of individual support – such as for doctoral candidates and post-docs – just like the reconciling of career and family life. Among the Institute´s matters of course there count, among others, adequate resources, ínspiration by high-ranking, internal events, the transfer of responsibilities as well as offers of further education and further development.

Part of the further development of the Institute and its staff members is also its extensive, strategic networking. Thus, in the context of its strategy of internationalisation the IRS also supports foreign stays for the purpose of research and networking as well as temporary stays of foreign scientists at the IRS, who provide research at the IRS with new ideas and perspectives.   

New Colleagues

Research Associate

Lisa Vollmer joined the research group "Urban Politics" of the research focus "Politics and Planning" as a PostDoc-researcher in February 2024.

After studying art history and cultural studies at the University of Bremen and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and historical urban studies at the Technical University of Berlin, she received a DFG scholarship in the International Research Training Group Berlin-New York-Toronto at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin. From 2015 to 2022 she worked as a researcher at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, first at the Chair of Urban Planning, then as a post-doc at the Institute for European Urban Studies. In 2021/2022 she held a substitute professorship in Urban Planning at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Her research focuses on housing, social movements, governance and participation.


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