Felicitas Klemp

Since October 2018 Felicitas Klemp works in the lead project of research department “Institutional Change and Regional Public Goods” at the IRS as a research affiliate. As a part of the lead project, Ms. Klemp is also working on her dissertation project.

In her studies of urban planning at the HafenCity University of Hamburg, she completed her Bachelor of Arts "Metropolitan Culture", gaining sensitivity for urban transformation and infrastructures. She earned her Master of Science in "Global Transformation and Environmental Change" at the University of Hamburg. Thematic emphases during her studies and also the self-organized research stay for her master thesis in Vancouver / Canada were Urban Farming, Local Nutrition and Governance. The topic of her Master’s thesis was “Vancouver’s Local Food System in Context of Governance“.

She was as a research intern at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), in Bruges, Belgium for a period of three months. During her stay she worked on the research program “The Role of Regions in Global Governance”. Using the example of city networks such as the European "Covenant of Mayors", she examined possibilities of a stronger establishment of cities and their greater responsibility for the goals of European climate policy.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Research on Infrastructure
Infrastructural Policy
Governance Research
Small and Medium Sized Cities
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Expert Interviews
Document Analysis


Ongoing Lead Projects

The lead project aims to understand the political construction and governance of critical infrastructures in relation to their spatiality. Infrastructures are increasingly viewed in terms of their vulnerability to disruption and the resulting security risks. Political resources are devoted to adequately securing "critical infrastructures" such as water supply and energy networks. <br/>But which infrastructures are considered critical and why? The perception and governance of infrastructures are particularly relevant for cities due to their high concentration of people, infrastructure, economic and cultural assets. Accordingly, urban climate adaptation, which seeks to prepare for disruptions such as extreme weather events, and the digitalisation of urban infrastructures, as a potential improvement tool but also as a possible new source of uncertainty for infrastructure networks, serve as fields of investigation.<br/> more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

The dissertation project uses interpretive discourse analysis (Hajer 1995, 2005, 2008) to examine the political construction of critical infrastructures. The project analyses definitions, sectors and related discourses around ‘critical infrastructure’, using Sweden and Germany as case studies. The research focuses on the local level, particularly on urban areas that see themselves as ‘smart cities’. The discourses on critical infrastructures and smart cities have developed largely independently of each other. This project will link them together to address the question of criticality on a local level. more info

Selected Publications by Year

Vogelpohl, A., & Klemp, F. (2018). The Creeping Influence of Consultants on Cities: McKinsey’s Involvement in Berlin’s Urban Economic and Social Policies. Geoforum, 91, S. 39-46.

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Vogelpohl, A., & Klemp, F. (2018). The Creeping Influence of Consultants on Cities: McKinsey’s Involvement in Berlin’s Urban Economic and Social Policies. Geoforum, 91, S. 39-46.


Infrastrukturen in der technologisierten Gesellschaft – Die Storylines der Bedrohung

NKG XVII: Technocultures & Technoscapes

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Politische Konstruktion von Kritischen Infrastrukturen

Zurück zur Geopolitik? Leitbilder, Risikoszenarien, Diskurse und Emotionen in der Politischen Geographie,

Universität Münster, Münster , Germany