Gala Nettelbladt joined the IRS in January 2018 as a Research Associate in the department of ‘Regeneration of Cities and Towns’. Her research is concerned with negotiations and conflicts around migration and far-right politics in urban planning and governance, examining how they relate to issues of urban exclusion, participation, and local democracy.
She has a dual background in Social Sciences and Urban Planning, with a BA in European Studies from King’s College London and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, Sciences Po as well as 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. 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, supporting the organisation of the symposium Dangerous Conjunctures: Resituating Balibar/Wallerstein‘s »Race, Nation, Class«.
As PhD fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, she is working on her PhD dissertation tentatively entitled 'Governing conflict: The urban politics of far-right contestations in Cottbus and beyond' (2019-2022), which is affiliated with the Department for Urban and Regional Sociology, Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Since 2020, she is part of the German editorial collective sub\urban. Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung.