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 as Associate Professor for Urban Culture and Public Space (since 2016) at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning. There, she also directs 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 the updating of a (spatial) critique of everyday life, epistemology of lived space, post-disciplinary approaches in urban studies, planning theory and postmodern urbanism. Her particular field of expertise focuses on local and communit aspects of 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 . Sabine 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, in 2017) and "Public Space Unbound. Urban Emancipation and the Post-Political Condition (with Tihomir Viderman, March 2018), all with Routledge.


Associate Professor, Dr. phil. Sabine Knierbein
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