M.Sc. Franziska Schreiber

M.Sc.  Franziska Schreiber

M.Sc. Franziska Schreiber

PhD Candidate


Since May 2020
Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Stuttgart, Institute of Urban Planning and Design, Department of International Urbanism led by Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley.

Since January 2020
Senior Associate, adelphi and freelance consultant

Head of Urban Transformation Unit, adelphi, Berlin

Junior Officer on Urban Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, World Secretariat, Bonn

MSc. Urban Studies, University College London, London

Research Associate, Urban Design Research Institute, Mumbai

CV Summary

Franziska Schreiber is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of International Urbanism at the University of Stuttgart, Senior Associate at the Think Tank adelphi and freelance consultant on urban transformation processes. She currently also serves as an Advisor on Public Space for City Space Architecture.

Her scientific work focuses on urban experimentation, innovation in planning practice, city visioning, public spaces design, and co-creation processes for sustainable and people-friendly cities.

Between 2015 and 2020, Franziska was heading the Urban Transformation Unit at the Berlin-based Think Tank adelphi, where she managed national and international research and consultancy projects for clients such as Cities Alliance, UNESCO, GIZ, C40, federal ministries, cities and foundations. She also worked at the international city network ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and at various urban research institutes in Germany and abroad, including the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu), the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and the Urban Design Research Institute in Mumbai, India.

She holds a Masters in Urban Studies from the University College London (UCL), UK and obtained her Bachelor degree in Social Science and Geography at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Selected research projects

Project: The future of participatory design of people-centered cities
Funded by: Robert Bosch Foundation
Duration: 11/2020 – 04/2021

Project: e1nszue1ns – Learning by Building
Funded by: University of Stuttgart (Wissenstransferprojekt)
Duration: 10/2020 – 07/2021

Project: Making global goals locally concrete! A learning network between Windhoek, Namibia, and Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, for integrated settlement planning and clean energy – GO GLOCAL
Funded by: Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK).
Duration: 07/2021 – 10/2022


Schreiber, F. (forthcoming): When digital public spaces matter: Role of neighbourhood platforms in times of COVID-19. Accepted by Journal of Public Space.

Schreiber, F. (together with J. Fokdal & A. Ley) (2023): A Catalyst for Innovation? A Conceptual Framework for Analyzing the Potential of Urban Experiments to Transform Urban Planning Practices. In: Planning Theory & Practice (The Taylor & Francis Group / Routledge), 20 April 2023: https://doi.org/10.1080/14649357.2023.2199460

Schreiber, F. (together with J. Nöldeke, Š.Setzen, C. Kropp, A. Ley) (2022): The Social Quality of Design-Build: Lessons Learnt from Higher Education. In: Sustainability 2022, 14, 10816. https://doi.org/10.3390/su141710816

Schreiber, F. (together with J. Fokdal & 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.

Schreiber, F. (2020): Die Stadt von morgen neu ersinnen. In: Polis Magazin, 01/2020, pp. 56-59.

Schreiber, F & Carius, A. (2020): Sense the City. Die Stadt der Zukunft mit allen Sinnen entdecken. Berlin: adelphi.

Becker, A., Schreiber, F., & Göppert, H. (2020): Zwischen Netz und Nachbarschaft. Die sozialräumliche Wirkung digitaler Medien im Kontext antipluralistischer Haltungen und politischer Polarisierung. In J. Üblacker & L. Berg (Eds.), Rechte Räume – Rechtes Denken (pp. 127-154). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Schreiber, F., Burkel, B., Misselwitz, P., & Walther, C. (2020): Globale urbane Transformation. Einbindung von New Urban Agenda, SDGs und Pariser Klimaschutzabkommen in die kommunale und nationale Stadtentwicklung in Deutschland. In: BBSR-Online-Publikation, 4, pp. 1-84.

Dellas, E., & Schreiber, F. (2018): Follow-Up and Review of the New Urban Agenda. In: Planning Theory and Practice, 19 (1), pp. 133-137.

Schreiber, F., & Göppert, H. (2018): Wandel von Nachbarschaft in Zeiten digitaler Vernetzung. In: Vhw-Schriftenreihe, 9, pp. 1-44.

Schreiber, F, Becker, A., Göppert, H., & Schnur, O. (2017). Digital vernetzt und lokal verbunden? Nachbarschaftsplattformen als Potenzial für sozialen Zusammenhalt und
Engagement – ein Werkstattbericht
. In: Forum Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung, 4, pp.211-216.

Schreiber, F., & Carius, A. (2016): The Inclusive City: Urban Planning for Diversity and Social Cohesion. In: Worldwatch Institute (Ed.), State of the World: Can a City Be Sustainable?, pp. 123-141. Washington D.C.: Worldwatch Institute.

Blokland, T. V., Giustozzi, C., & F. Schreiber (2013): The social dimensions of urban transformation: Contemporary diversity in global North cities and the challenges for urban cohesion. In: H.A. Mieg & K. Töpfer (Eds.), Institutional and Social Innovation For Sustainable Urban Development, pp. 117-129. Potsdam: Earthscan from Routledge.