Nils Julian Meiß
Nils is a PhD student in the Research Training Group and works in the field of Urban Studies and Ethnology. His research interests are the social production of space, everyday life in cities, digtial urbanism and the right to the city. In his PhD project he investigates a critical-dialectical perspective on the interplay of urbanization and digitalization processes by focussing on possibilities of appropriation, change and the claiming of rights. He explores how political-emancipatory practices, different social forms and self-determined common spaces are created within the condition of digital transformation and beyond urban governance strategies like ‚Smart City‘. He studied Human Geography and Sociology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and graduated as Master of Arts. In his DAAD-funded master's thesis, he conducted an empirical case study in Shenzhen (People’s Republic of China) and dealt with social boundary processes and spatial practices in so-called „urban villages“. Nils has already worked as a research assistant at the University of Cologne and RWTH Aachen University.