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


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

Gemeinsames Kolloquium IRS-Humboldt Universität Wirtschaftsgeographie


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”


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

25. Internationaler DAVO-Kongress 2018



  • Steering Group des Leibniz PhD Netzwerks (External organisation)


Now, you can learn about research on society and space by listening online. On May 8th 2019, the new IRS podcast "Society@Space“ was launched with its first episode "Welcome to Nottingham, Malaysia“. In it, three internationally renowned guests of IRS, who did research on the globalisation of higher education, talk about their work: Sarah Hall (Nottingham, UK), Francis Collings (Waikato, New Zealand) amd Kris Olds (Madison, USA) were in Erkner in early January of 2019 following an invitation by Jana Kleibert (IRS) to coach three PhD students working in the Leibniz Junior Research Group TRANSEDU. more info