Elina Kränzle


Elina Kränzle, Doctoral Candidate

MSc Urban Studies
BSc Urbanistik (Urban Planning)

In her research, Elina Kränzle investigates processes of urban development in a context of social and political transformations. She holds a degree in Urbanistik from Bauhaus Universität Weimar and has completed an interdisciplinary Erasmus Mundus Master in Urban Studies with study periods in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid. Between 2015-2018 she worked as university assistant at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space and as assistant to the head of Stadtteilarbeit (district work) at Caritas Vienna, developing projects for inclusive neighborhoods. Since 2018, she has been a Fellow of the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, where she is completing her doctoral thesis that explores different phenomena of space production by the nation-state and links discourses on nationalism and urbanization as constitutive forces of contemporary societies.

Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space E285-02
Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Vienna University of Technology


Email. elina.kraenzle@skuor.tuwien.ac.at


Curriculum Vitae



Since 12/2018 Doctoral Fellow of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“ (German Academic Foundation).
Since 03/2017 Doctoral Candidate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien.
Thesis: “Zones of Insecurity – Nation, Nationalism and the Politics of Public Space” (working title).
09/2013 – 09/2015 Master of Science Cum Laude in Urban Studies, Erasmus Mundus 4CITIESat universities in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid.
Thesis: “Re-appropriating the city of crisis – activism and participation in the governance of public space in Madrid and Berlin”Erasmus Mundus Scholarship awarded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.
10/2008 – 10/2012 Bachelor of Science in UrbanistikBauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.
Thesis: “Flüchtlinge in der Stadt. Eine explorative Studie über Standortbedingungen und Lebensverhältnisse an drei Flüchtlingswohnheimen in Thüringen“Awarded “Best Thesis in Urbanistik of the year 2012” by Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.
08/2010 – 05/2011 Study abroad at Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, USADAAD Primus Scholarship.
09/2000 – 06/2008 Gymnasium bei Maria Ward, Augsburg, Germany Abitur.


Professional Experience

01/2018 – 11/2018 Assistant for “Innovation and Quality Management” at Caritas Wien Stadtteilarbeit (Neighborhood Work), Austria.
Field of Work: Co-ordination and conception of project and research grant applications, support of various community work projects, social business and organisational development, PR.
09/2015 – 02/2018 University Assistant at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Wien, Austria.
Field of work: Research activities (co-ordination of research grant applications, communication and coordination of international co-operations, co-editing of final reports), teaching in the master programs of the faculty, PR and communication, planning and editing of the centre’s publications, conception and organisation of the international conference “UNSETTLED”.
11/2015 – 07/2016 Project Assistant for the Vienna Summer School in Urban Studies 2016, Austrian Academy of Sciences OEAW and Universität Wien, Austria.
Field of Work: Conceptualisation and organisation of the international masters and PhD summer school, co-ordination, communication and PR.
10/2012 – 03/2013 Intern at GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, in the project “Environmentally and Climate-friendly Urban Development in Da Nang”, Da Nang, Vietnam
Field of work: Management of the housing case study “Community-Based Adaptation for Storm-Resilience”, graphic design and PR, research tasks, creation of maps.
06/2012 – 07/2012 Scientific assistant at the DAAD University cooperation project “Urban Minorities“ at the Department of Urban Sociology,  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.
Field of work: Support of the organization of an international workshop, communication, design of PR-materials, support of international workshop participants in Germany.
02/2012 – 03/2012 Intern at the state parliamentary group “Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen“ in the state parliament of Thuringia, Germany.
Field of work: Conceptual design and organization of an expert discussion on strategic regional planning, research tasks, public relations and support of parliamentary processes.
10/2009 – 01/2012 Scientific assistant at the Department of Spatial Planning, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany.