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”. 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.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Urban Research
Governance Research
Urban Planning and Development
Migration Studies
Urban Studies
Political Science
Urban and Regional Sociology
Urban Planning
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Semi-Structured Interviews
Expert Interviews
Document Analysis
Content Analysis
Case Study Design
Ethnographical Methods


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