Tim Rottleb
Research Associate | Dynamics of Economic Spaces

Since May 2018 Tim Rottleb has been working as a research associate for the department “Dynamics of Economic Spaces” 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.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Urban Planning and Development
Knowledge Economy
Economic Sciences
Political Science
Urban Geography


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

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


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

Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 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

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”

Leibniz-Institut für Raumbezogene Sozialforschung, Erkner, Germany

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

25. Internationaler DAVO-Kongress 2018

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt | Campus Westend , Frankfurt am Main, Germany


  • Steering Group des Leibniz PhD Netzwerks (External organisation)