Chair of International Urbanism Department and Co-Director of the Institute for Urban Planning and Design, University of Stuttgart
Course Director of the Masters’ Degree Program on Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD)
Urban Development Research Analyst. German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
2011 – 2014
Post-Doctoral Researcher. Habitat Unit, Technical University Berlin
Project: “Housing for the Urban Poor: From Local Action to Global Networks”
Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing. in Architecture),Technical University Berlin
Dissertation: “Housing as Governance. Interfaces between Local Government and Civil Society Organisations in Cape Town, South Africa”
Consultant for Urban Development and trainer to bilateral and international development agencies (oikos human settlements research group)
2003 – 2013
Member of the Teaching and Research Team. Habitat Unit, Technical University Berlin
Graduate Engineer (Dipl.-Ing. in Architecture and Urban Design), Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen
Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley is currently Chair to the Department of International Urbanism, co-director of the Institute for Urban Planning and Design (Städtebau-Institut) and course director of the international masters’ program on Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD) at the University of Stuttgart. Her expertise in urban development has led her to work as a consultant for the Oikos Human Settlements Research Group while assessing bilateral and international development agencies. She holds a degree in architecture and urban design from Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen and a Doctor of Engineering degree from the Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin).
Professionally, she started as project coordinator of the Bundesweite Servicestelle Lokale Agenda 21 or the Agenda-Transfer in Bonn. Later on, she joined the teaching and research staff at Habitat Unit in TU Berlin where she lectured on urban design and urban management. In 2010, she held a lectureship position at the School of Architecture and Planning in the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which led to a permanent position as a visiting senior lecturer and researcher.
Before joining the University of Stuttgart, she was a research analyst on urban development for the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) as well as a senior researcher at Habitat Unit in TU Berlin on the project “Housing for the Urban Poor: From Local Action to Global Networks”, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Her field of expertise and publications comprise diverse topics related to urbanization processes in the Global South with an emphasis on informality, housing and upgrading processes, local governance, community-led processes, participation, and co-production in urban development. Furthermore, she has been co-editor of the series “HABITAT-INTERNATIONAL – Schriften zur internationalen Stadtentwicklung” published by LIT Verlag since 2013.
PUBLICATIONS AND EXPERTISE (SELECTION)
Ley, A. and Fokdal, J. (2018): Reallaborforschung aus internationaler (Stadtentwicklungs-)Perspektive. Transformative Ansprüche im Globalen Süden, in: Reallabor für nachhaltige Mobilitätskultur (ed.), Stuttgart in Bewegung – Berichte von unterwegs. Berlin: Jovis (forthcoming).
Herrle, P., Ley, A. and Fokdal, J. (2015) (eds.): From Local Action to Global Networks: Housing the Urban Poor, Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, ISBN: 978-1-4724-5051-7.
Ley, A. (2012): Juggling with Formality and Informality in Housing: Some Lessons from the New South Africa, in: Berking, S., McFarlane, C. and Waibel, M. (eds.): Urban Informalities: Reflections on the Formal and Informal. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate, p. 13-28.
Ley, A. (2010): Housing as Governance. Interfaces between Local Government and Civil Society Organisations in Cape Town, South Africa (Dissertation). Münster/Berlin: LIT Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-643-10330-7.
Herrle, P., Ley, A. and Jachnow, A. (2006): The Metropolises of the South: Laboratory for Innovations? Towards better urban management with new alliances, Development and Peace Foundation, Policy Paper 25, May 2006.