Tim Rottleb
Research Associate | Economy and Civil Society

Since May 2018 Tim Rottleb has been working as a research associate for the Research Area “Economy and Civil Society” in the Junior Research Group “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education: International Branch Campus Development at the Interface of Network and Territorial Embeddedness”.

He completed his B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on Political Science which was followed by a M.A. in Politics and Economics of the Middle East, both at Philipps University in Marburg. During his studies he was mainly interested in researching various forms of societal conflicts in the MENA region and their urban dimension. With his M.A. thesis he explored the interrelation of contested public space in Cairo and processes of urban development as a material-spatial condensation of class antagonisms in Egypt. During his Master studies he worked as a research assistant at the research project “Re-configurations” at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies in Marburg. In addition, he has gained experience in the field of international development by working for UN-Habitat in Cairo and the UN World Food Programme in Berlin.

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

In the past twenty years, the number of students completing university studies in a foreign country has constantly been on the rise. In addition, many universities are investing in international branch campuses (IBCs) abroad. These are initial indices for a parallel globalisation of knowledge-intensive branches of the economy and of the university landscape. The Leibniz Junior Research Group “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education” (TRANSEDU) is concerned with the relationship between globalised economic processes and the internationalisation of the academic and research landscapes. more info

The IRS is a participant in the “Innovation Hub13 – fast track to transfer”, a project funded as part of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research's (BMBF's) “Innovative Hochschule” initiative, and obtained by the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. Prof. Dr. Suntje Schmidt developed the sub-project “Open Region: Regional Challenges as Starting Points for Innovation”, which resides at the intersection of innovation promotion and regional development. The aim of the project is to create the conditions for the integration of until now unconsidered innovation actors, in order to develop cooperative solutions for regionally relevant problem areas in Brandenburg. more info

Ongoing Qualification Projects

This dissertation project investigates transnational urban education zones (TUEZs) in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. These purpose-built urban areas were created to host offshore campuses of foreign universities. TUEZs like Dubai International Academic City or Education City appear to be part of distinctive urban development strategies while at the same time being connected discursively to transformative economic rationales. The project aims to make sense of the strategic decisions of governments to establish such zones, how they relate to urban imaginaries connected to global city ambitions, and how they are connected to future aspirations towards a knowledge-based economy. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2022
Schulze, M., & Rottleb, T. (2022). Case Study: University Offshore Campuses and the Regional Development of Iskandar Malaysia. In J. Ilieva, N. Healey, V. Tsiligiris, C. Ziguras, P. Killingley, & W. Lawton (Eds.), The Value of Transnational Education Partnerships (pp. 52). British Council. https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/value_tne_fullreport.pdf
Rottleb, T., Kleibert, J. M., & Schulze, M. (2022, Mar). Developing Successful Transnational Education Hubs: Key Challenges for Policy Makers. Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). http://hdl.handle.net/10419/251349
Rottleb, T., & Kleibert, J. M. (2022). Circulation and Containment in the Knowledge-based Economy: Transnational Education Zones in Dubai and Qatar. Environment and Planning A, 54(5), 930-948. [online first]. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0308518X221077105
2021
Kleibert, J. M., Rottleb, T., Schulze, M., & Bobée, A. (2021, Jun 10). Strategy First: Ten Questions to Answer before Starting an International Campus. Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). https://leibniz-irs.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Transferpublikationen/IRS_Dialog_Policy_Paper_2-2021.pdf
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2021). Transnational Education Zones: Towards an Urban Political Economy of ‘Education Cities’. Urban Studies, 58(14), 2845-2862. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020962418
2020
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2020). Global Geographies of Offshore Campuses. Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung. http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223315
Beadle, B., Do, S., El Youssoufi, D., Felder, D., Gorenflos López, J., Jahn, A., Pérez-Bosch Quesada, E., Rottleb, T., Rüter, F., Schanze, J-L., Stroppe, A-K., Thater, S., Verrière, A., & Weltin, M. (2020). Being a Doctoral Researcher in the Leibniz Association: 2019 Leibniz PhD Network Survey Report. Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-69403-1

Selected Publications by Type

Journal Article
Rottleb, T., & Kleibert, J. M. (2022). Circulation and Containment in the Knowledge-based Economy: Transnational Education Zones in Dubai and Qatar. Environment and Planning A, 54(5), 930-948. [online first]. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0308518X221077105
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2021). Transnational Education Zones: Towards an Urban Political Economy of ‘Education Cities’. Urban Studies, 58(14), 2845-2862. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098020962418
Expertise / Position Paper / Policy Paper
Rottleb, T., Kleibert, J. M., & Schulze, M. (2022, Mar). Developing Successful Transnational Education Hubs: Key Challenges for Policy Makers. Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). http://hdl.handle.net/10419/251349
Kleibert, J. M., Rottleb, T., Schulze, M., & Bobée, A. (2021, Jun 10). Strategy First: Ten Questions to Answer before Starting an International Campus. Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS). https://leibniz-irs.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Transferpublikationen/IRS_Dialog_Policy_Paper_2-2021.pdf
Other Contribution to Book
Schulze, M., & Rottleb, T. (2022). Case Study: University Offshore Campuses and the Regional Development of Iskandar Malaysia. In J. Ilieva, N. Healey, V. Tsiligiris, C. Ziguras, P. Killingley, & W. Lawton (Eds.), The Value of Transnational Education Partnerships (pp. 52). British Council. https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/value_tne_fullreport.pdf
Other transfer publication
Beadle, B., Do, S., El Youssoufi, D., Felder, D., Gorenflos López, J., Jahn, A., Pérez-Bosch Quesada, E., Rottleb, T., Rüter, F., Schanze, J-L., Stroppe, A-K., Thater, S., Verrière, A., & Weltin, M. (2020). Being a Doctoral Researcher in the Leibniz Association: 2019 Leibniz PhD Network Survey Report. Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:0168-ssoar-69403-1
Working Paper, Discussion Paper
Kleibert, J. M., Bobée, A., Rottleb, T., & Schulze, M. (2020). Global Geographies of Offshore Campuses. Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung. http://hdl.handle.net/10419/223315

Talks

2022
Gateways for transnational higher education: How Doha, Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah embed their regional hinterlands in networks of the global knowledge-based economy

34. Deutscher Orientalistentag

September/15/2022
Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Worlding Dubai as an International Education hub: Offshore Campus Development and Urban Imaginaries of a Globalizing City

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2022

August/31/2022
Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Gateway Cities of Transnational Higher Education? Doha, Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah as Regional Amplifiers in the Networks of the Global Knowledge-Based Economy

6th Global Conference on Economic Geography 2022

June/09/2022
Trinity College und University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Gateway cities of transnational higher education? Doha, Dubai and Ras al-Khaimah as regional amplifiers in the networks of global capitalism

Cosmopolis Lunch Seminar

March/31/2022
Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Department of Geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel , Brüssel, Belgium

2021
Making a ‘knowledge city’: worlding Dubai through offshore campus development

AGAPS Graduate Student Workshop 2021

July/28/2021
online

Anticipated Benefits and Missed Opportunities of Offshore Campus Imports – Experiences from Southeast Asia and the Arab Gulf Region

Third TNE-Hub Research Symposium

March/31/2021
Hosted online by King's College London, London, United Kingdom

2019
Aufbau einer Wissensökonomie oder urbanes Spektakel? Die Rolle von Transnationalen Urbanen Bildungszonen in Dubai und Ras al-Khaimah

Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2019

September/26/2019
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Transnational Urban Education Zones in the Context of Economic and Urban Development Strategies in the WANA Region

Gemeinsames Kolloquium IRS-Humboldt Universität Wirtschaftsgeographie

February/19/2019
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Geographisches Institut, Berlin, Germany

Building the Knowledge Economy, Transforming Cities? Transnational Urban Education Zones in the Nexus of Urban and National Economic Development Strategies in the Globalising West Asia and North Africa Region

International Workshop “Constructing Transnational Spaces of Higher Education”

January/11/2019
Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

2018
International Branch Campuses in the MENA-Region – Spatial Condensations of a Social Relationship of Forces

25. Internationaler DAVO-Kongress 2018

October/06/2018
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt | Campus Westend , Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Memberships

  • Steering Group des Leibniz PhD Netzwerks (External organisation)

News
July/01/2021

Universities are increasingly investing in offshore locations, partly to generate revenue in the form of tuition fees, partly to achieve reputational gains. There are currently almost 500 offshore campuses worldwide. At the same time, campuses are also being closed every year. The Junior Research Group TRANSEDU, headed by Jana Kleibert, investigates the internationalisation strategies of universities. Under the title "Strategy First: Ten Questions to Answer before Starting an International Campus", Jana Kleibert, Tim Rottleb, Marc Schulze and Alice Bobée have now presented a policy paper that addresses university leaders and political decision-makers and analyses the risks of international campus developments. more info