Henrik Lebuhn

Henrik Lebuhn, Prof. Dr.

Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Sociology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
KTH & TU Wien Visiting Professor 2019


Henrik Lebuhn is Assistant Professor for urban and regional sociology at the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin. He holds a PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining the urban sociology team at HU Berlin in 2009, he was a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley, Visiting Faculty for Urban Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), and Lecturer at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at FU Berlin. In 2016, he was a Research Fellow at the City University of New York (CUNY) and in 2017 at the Rikkyo University in Tokyo. His  research interests include urban politics in comparative perspective, migration and borders, urban citizenship, urban social movements, and participatory politics. In 2015, his essay on ‚Understanding the City through Crisis’, published in Critical Planning, was awarded the ‘Edward Soja Prize for Critical Thinking in Urban and Regional Research’. He is co-editor of the Journal ‚PROKLA – Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft’ and of the book series ‚Raumproduktionen’ (Westfälisches Dampfboot). He is currently working on a collaborative exhibition project partnering with the Department for Cultural and Social Geography at HU Berlin and the Berlin City Museum. In this project, students from HU Berlin are conducting research on invisible, material and symbolic borders in Berlin that shape access to and exclusion from public space and urban resources. The research material will feed into an interactive media installation and invite visitors of the City Museum at the Humboldt Forum to enter a critical dialogue about contemporary urban borders in Berlin.

Selected Publications:

Lebuhn, Henrik (forthcoming): Insurgent Citizenship, in: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies (edited by Anthony M. Orum), Wiley 

Lebuhn, Henrik (2018): Urban Citizenship. Politiken der Bürgerschaft und das Recht auf Stadt, in: Belina, Bernd et al: Raumproduktionen II – Theoretische Kontroversen und politische Auseinandersetzungen, Westfälisches Dampfboot, Münster, 120-135

Lebuhn, Henrik (2018): Stadtbürgerschaft ‘Light’: Migration und Vielfalt in der neoliberalen Stadt, in: PROKLA – Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft, Nr. 191, 325-333

Lebuhn, Henrik (2017): Shifting Struggles over Public Space and Goods in Berlin. Urban Activism between Protest and Participation, in: Hou, Jeff; Knierbein, Sabine (Eds.): City (Un)Silenced. Urban Protest and Public Space in the Age of Shrinking Democracy, London, Routledge, 145-155

Lebuhn, Henrik (2015): Neoliberalization in Post-Wall Berlin. Understanding the City through Crisis, in: Critical Planning. A Journal of the UCLA Planning Department, Vol. 22, 99-118

Lebuhn, Henrik (2015): Between Neoliberal Governance and the Right to the City. Participatory Politics in Berlin and Tel Aviv, in: International Journal for Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), 39.4, 704-725, with Adriana Kemp & Galia Rattner

Lebuhn, Henrik (2014): Politiken der Bürgerschaft. Migration, Stadt, Citizenship. in: sub/urban. Zeitschrift für kritische Stadtforschung, 2.3, 11-34, with Sabine Hess

Lebuhn, Henrik (2013): Local Border Practices and Urban Citizenship in Europe. Exploring Urban Borderlands, in: CITY. Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture, Theory, Policy, Action, 17:1, S. 37-51