Felicitas Klemp
Research Associate | Politics and Planning

Since October 2018 Felicitas Klemp works in the lead project of the Research Area “Politics and Planning” 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“.

Within the framework of her cumulative dissertation project, the topic of critical infrastructures is addressed with different approaches. Felicitas Klemp was in Stockholm for a research stay in autumn 2021 and at Lund University at the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CenCIP) research centre and the Faculty of Human Geography, funded by a DAAD scholarship. As part of her research stay in Lund, Felicitas Klemp gave a guest lecture on 27.10.2021.


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 cumulative dissertation project tries to approach the topic of critical infrastructures with different approaches. Central aspects are "space" and "scale". First, the perspective of the nation state is examined, because nation states define sectors and infrastructures that are considered critical; they thus have a formative role. Then, the city level is examined as a planning unit, because decisions are also made at this level that influence the nature and functions of infrastructures. Finally, we zoom into the health sector in hospitals, because processes and decisions that change infrastructures also take place here.<br/>Critical infrastructures are inherently potentially affected by failure events, because "critical" refers to the possible failure of infrastructure. Therefore, concepts that guarantee maintenance occupy a special position. In Germany, the focus is on the protection concept, whereas in Nordic countries such as Sweden, resilience is significant as a concept. 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.


Digitalisation Between the Promise of Effectiveness and the Threat of Vulnerability: Which Perceptions and Actors Shape Digitalised Urban Infrastructures?

On-/Offline Interferences. Digitalisation and Socio-Spatial Transformations

IRS, Erkner (digital), Germany

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