The fellows program for urban research forms part of the cluster "Interdisciplinary Urban Research“ at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU).
The program enables week-long visits for senior researchers and experts, as well as a four-month fellowship for international postdocs involved in the CityScienceLab at HCU. Participants are invited to engage with faculty and students and bring their expertise to the research and teaching dealing with digital cities, smart cities and technical innovations in civil engineering. Each fellowship is endowed with a monthly stipend of € 2.500, and additionally provides the cost of lodging and a travel grant.
In 2018 the following fellows have spend three months in Hamburg as visiting scholars: Dr. Christine Mwongeli Mutuku, a political scientist at the University of Nairobi, conducted research on smart cities in Africa. Dr. Luis Carvalho, an economic geographer at the University of Porto, examined smart city development and the diffusion of open data. The architect and city planner Alicia Silvia Gerscovich of the Universidad de Buenos Aires was researching social housing with a focus on the application of research results to city planning, and specifically the transfer of the Hamburg model to Argentina.
The international CityScienceLab, a collaboration with the "Changing Places" research group at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a center for basic and applied research in the field of digital city development.
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius