The fellows program for urban research forms part of the cluster "Interdisciplinary Urban Research“ at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU).
The program enables four-month fellowships 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.
The architect and urban planner Oto Nováček from Slovakia was Fellow in 2019. His main research goal is to understand whether it is possible to quantify spatial interventions and subsequently evaluate them. As such, his key focus is on the development of an “emotional mapping” tool, a map-based questionnaire that enables citizens to share their perspectives on the city they live in. Oto Nováček believes that the future of urban planning lies within more flexible planning methods and active citizens involvement in the processes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next application process for fellowships for international postdocs will start in 2022.