Senior Researcher

Dirk Gebhardt was a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at GRITIM from June 2013 to june 2015. His research looked at the role of cities in the multi-level governance of migrant integration in Europe. He  explores the ways in which cities make (different) use of the scope they have to develop policies in given national contexts and try to identify broader trends of how cities across Europe try to shape local forms of citizenship that compliment national (or regional) forms of belonging.

Dirk holds a PhD in Geography from Humboldt-University Berlin. He previously worked as a policy advisor for EUROCITIES, the Brussels-based network of major European cities, where he developed mutual learning activities and projects for integration policy makers in European cities.

He taught a variety of courses at bachelor and master level related to urban development and migration at Humboldt-University Berlin and has worked in a variety of research, consultancy and urban development projects in Berlin.



Dirk's research interests include the interplay between urban development and migration, local citizenship, scalar relations of integration policy-making, qualitative and quantitative research methods in social sciences and approaches of joint research between academics and practitioners.



Integration policy and the neighbourhood level - between municipal integration policies and urban social development policies (Integrationspolitik und die Quartiersebene - zwischen kommunaler Integrationspolitik und Sozialer Stadtpolitik). In: Matthias Drilling, Olaf Schnur, Philipp Zakrzewski (Ed.), Quartier und Integration. Wiesbaden.



Initiatives for a Right to the City. Theory and Practice of Urban Appropriation (Initiativen für ein Recht auf Stadt. Theorie und Praxis städtischer Aneignungen). Hamburg: VSA-Verlag (Ed., with Andrej Holm)



Public Action for the Social Inclusion of Immigrants in European Cities and the Role of EUROCITIES. (La acción pública para la inclusión social de los inmigrantes en las ciudades europeas y el papel de EUROCITIES). In: Fondacion CIDOB: Políticas públicas y modelos de ciudadanía, 87-92.



Fine and Crude distinctions. Life styles and residential mobility logics in Berlin. (Große und Feine Unterschiede. Lebensstile und Handlungslogiken der Wohnmobilität in Berlin). PhD Dissertation, Humboldt-Universität Berlin.



Cities and Economic Migration. Challenges and Local Policy Responses. EUROCITIES Brussels (with Simon Guentner).



The city à la carte? Life Styles and the Culturalisation of Inequality in German Urban Geography. (Die Stadt à la Carte? Lebensstile und die Kulturalisierung von Ungleichheit in der Deutschen Stadtgeographie). In: ACME. An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 7, 3, 482-509.



A Stigma-Map of Berlin. (Ein Stigmastadtplan von Berlin). In: Reuber, P.; Wolkersdorfer, G. (Ed.): Politische Geographie. Handlungs- und diskursorientierte Konzepte. Heidelberg. (with Best, U.).


Ghetto-Discourses. Geographies of stigmatisation in Marseilles and Berlin. (Ghetto-Diskurse. Geographie der Stigmatisierung in Marseille und Berlin). Praxis Kultur- und Sozialgeographie 24. Potsdam. (with Best, U.).