Gala Nettelbladt
Research Associate | Regeneration of Cities and Towns

Gala Nettelbladt joined the IRS in January 2018 as a research associate in the department of “Regeneration of Cities and Towns”, where she works in the DFG-funded project “Zuwanderungstrategien – Planungspolitiken der Regenerierung von Städten”.

She has a dual background in Social Sciences and Urban Planning, with a BA in European Studies from King’s College London and an MRes in Interdisciplinary Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Her studies were funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Using infrastructure as a method for critical urban studies, her Master’s dissertation investigated the politics of city-making processes at play in the reception of refugees in Mannheim, Germany. Prior to joining the IRS, she worked as a research assistant at the Development Planning Unit, University College London and as a project assistant at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Projects

Ongoing Lead Projects

As one of the most pressing issue of our times, immigration has gained particular relevance at the local level. The recent increase of refugee migration to Germany has instigated new negotiation processes in urban policy and planning. At the national level, the transition of Germany into an immigration country is envisaged by the government, and a new immigration law is underway to create new legal pathways for labour migration. Simultaneously, immigration has become a central focus of the mobilisation for new right-wing parties and movements. These current conflicts over immigration lead to a multiplicity of new dilemmas for municipal decision makers. Consequently, this research project investigates how urban migration policies are negotiated and formulated, which actors participate in policy formulation and how migration-related segregation tendencies are addressed. more info

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

Many cities are reliant on immigration to turn their declining populations back into growing ones. Nevertheless, despite the increasing competition for younger inhabitant, students, and qualified professionals, as well as widespread growth policies, cities have to date barely developed their own immigration strategies. The management of immigration has so far been seen as the task of national migration regimes. When it comes to local integration policies, cities react solely to the influx of migrants and the national allocation of refugees and asylum seekers. A linkage between urban-development and integration concepts rarely takes place. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Nettelbladt, G., & Boano, C. (2019). Infrastructures of Reception: The Spatial Politics of Refuge in Mannheim, Germany. Political Geography, (71), 78-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.02.007
2018
Astolfo, G., Boano, C., Karimi, K., Manley, E., & Nettelbladt, G. Refugee Spaces: The Actual Spaces of Migration

Selected Publications by Type

Contribution to Forum or Blog
Astolfo, G., Boano, C., Karimi, K., Manley, E., & Nettelbladt, G. Refugee Spaces: The Actual Spaces of Migration
Journal Article
Nettelbladt, G., & Boano, C. (2019). Infrastructures of Reception: The Spatial Politics of Refuge in Mannheim, Germany. Political Geography, (71), 78-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.02.007

Talks

2019
'Dann fliegt mir die Stadt um die Ohren': Die Konfliktpolitiken städtischer Planung im Kontext migrationsbezogener Proteste

Stadt – Migration – Moral, Universität Tübingen

April/12/2019

Democratising the City? Situating Migration-Related Conflicts in Agonistic Planning Theory

13th AESOP Young Academic Conference, Technische Universität Darmstadt

April/04/2019

Infrastructures of reception: The spatial politics of refuge in Germany

Infrastructures of Care: Spaces of Refuge and Displacement, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

February/01/2019

2018
Openness as conflict: The contentious politics of planning in the context of migration in cities

Open City Forum, Technische Universität Braunschweig & Technischen Universität Dortmund

November/07/2018