Dr. Ing. Josefine Fokdal

Dr. Ing. Josefine Fokdal

Dr. Ing. Josefine Fokdal

Senior Researcher and Lecturer

Telephone +49 (0)178 4146169

Dr.-Ing. at Berlin University of Technology, on social space and urbanization in the megacity Guangzhou, China.

Diploma at Berlin University of Technology, on social housing in Denmark

Master of Architecture, Ball State University, USA, on housing and social space in suburbs in the USA.

CV Summary

Dr. Josefine Fokdal is a senior researcher at the department for International Urbanism, led by Prof. Dr. Ley at the University of Stuttgart. 2015-2016 she was the interim head of the department International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart. She previously worked as a senior researcher at the Habitat Unit (2009 – 2014). Since 2011 Josefine has been part of the research team on networking of urban poor in the housing field. She studied architecture at the Technische Universität Berlin (DE) and Ball State University (USA). In 2014 she completed her doctoral dissertation, “Embodiment of the Urban: Relational Space in the South Chinese Megacity Guangzhou” at the TU Berlin.

Josefine Fokdal was a visiting scholar at the Hong Kong University in 2014. Her research and writings span the fields of spatial theory, housing, governance, informality, urbanization in Asia and urban embodiment. Between 2009-2010 she was one of the leading researcher on the DFG project “Peri-Urbanization in the Pearl River Delta” which has been published in 2014 (Beyond Urbanism: Urban(izing) Villages and the Mega Urban Landscape in the Pearl River Delta in China, LIT).

Josefine Fokdal teaches in the international master’s program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design, in the post-graduate Urban Management course (TU Berlin) and has been teaching master’s courses in Architecture and Urban Design since 2009. Further, she supervises master theses at the IHS (Rotterdam), Urban Management (TU Berlin) and Urban Development (El-Gouna, Egypt). She has a wide range of experiences from working as a consultant to bi- and multi-lateral agencies on urbanization and development policy in the global South as well as in architectural offices. She is a German MC member of the European Network INTREPID (COST Action TD1408) on interdisciplinarity in urban studies and the chair of the International Advisory Board. She is a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde (DGA) and the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA).


Fokdal, J., Bina, O., Chiles, P., Ojamäe, L. & Paadam, K. (eds.) (forthcoming): Enabling the City. Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Encounters in Research and Practice. London, Routledge.

Fokdal, J. (together with F. Schreiber & A. Ley) (2021): Participatory design of people-centered cities – How to shape the future we want? Young urban experts´ take on the steps needed ahead. Stuttgart: Department of International Urbanism, University of Stuttgart. Recommendation paper published on behalf of Robert Bosch Foundation.

Fokdal, J., Ley, A., & Moustandiji, Y. (eds.) (2021): Co-Production of Knowledge in Urban Development. In: Trialog 137 (2). Special Issue.

Fokdal, J. & Herrle, P. (2019): Guangzhou: less contestations, more negotiations. A multi-scalar understanding of the ‘politics of informal urbanization’ in southern China. In: R. Rocco and J. van Ballegooijen (eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization. London, Routledge: pp. 87-98.

Fokdal, J. (2019): Juggling legitimacies: Informal places for burials and worship in Hong Kong. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Vol. 4(3). Special Issue on “Globalizing Informality” edited by Christian Haid and Hanna Hilbrandt, pp. 582-588

Fokdal, J. and Ley, A. (2018): Wer entwickelt die Stadt? Von Beteiligung zu Koproduktion im internationalen Kontext. In: Baum, M.; Böhm, U.; Ley, A.; Schönle, D. (eds.), Lehrbausteine. Basiswissen für Entwurf und Planung. Stuttgart: Städtebau-Institut der Universität Stuttgart, pp. 375-382

Bina, O., Balula, L., Varanda, M., Fokdal, J. (2016): Urban Studies and the Challenges of Embedding Sustainability: A Review of International Master Programs. In: Journal of Cleaner Production, 137, pp. 330-346.

Fokdal, J., Ley, A. and Herrle, P. (2015): From Grassroots Shacks to the Towers of Power: Relationship Building of Transnational Urban Poor Networks. Experiences from Africa and Asia. In: Herrle, P., Ley, A. and Fokdal, J. (eds.), From Local Action to Global Networks: Housing the Urban Poor. London: Ashgate.

Fokdal, J. (2014): Embodiment of the Urban. Relational space in the megacity of Guangzhou. Dr.-Ing., Technische Universität Berlin.