Associate Professor, Dr. phil. Sabine Knierbein

Faculty of Planning and Architecture (Vienna University of Technology)

Sabine Knierbein was born in Lippetal, Germany, in 1977. Having passed her A-levels in 1997, she realized an apprenticeship as landscape gardener before she started to study landscape architecture in 1999. She currently holds a degree in landscape architecture (2004) and a doctoral degree in European Urban Studies which she received at Bauhaus University Weimar (2009). At TU Wien, Austria, she first worked as PostDoc Assistant (2008-2013), then as Assistant Professor (2013-2016) and has recently been granted the position as Associate Professor for Urban Culture and Public Space (2016) at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning. There, she has also directed the Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space ( since 2008. Sabine has published in German, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and has worked in Germany, England, Brazil and Argentina before she settled in Austria. Her research interests include the production of public spaces, epistemology of lived space and everyday life, urban politics, post-disciplinary approaches in urban studies, planning theory and postmodern urbanisms. Her particular field of expertise is global urban restructuring and urban societies' incentives to resist to, to alter and to overcome structural change. Sabine is a founding member of AESOP's Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures and currently coordinates the group, in cooperation with an active team of members. She is co-editor of "Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe" (with Ali Madanipour and AglaƩe Degros in 2014), "Public Space and Relational Perspectives: New challenges for Architecture and Planning" (with Chiara Tornaghi) and "City Unsilenced. Public Space and Urban Resistance in the Age of Shrinking Democracy" (with Jeff Hou, forthcoming in 2017), all with Routledge.


Associate Professor, Dr. phil. Sabine Knierbein
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