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Ulrike Gerhard

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Phone: +49 6221 54-5542

 
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nordamerika@geog.uni-heidelberg.de
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Wintersemester 17/18:
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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerhard

Ulrike Gerhard is professor for Human Geography of North America at the Institute of Geography and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University. She specialized in Urban Geography as well as Cultural Geography, often with an interdisciplinary perspective. Before coming to Heidelberg in 2011, she held temporary professorships at the University of Würzburg and Munich. She did her PhD at the University of Marburg, after spending two years at Canadian Universities (Wilfried Laurier University, Waterloo and University of Alberta, Edmonton). She holds a Master’s degree (Diplom) in Geography, Political Science, and Economics from the University of Marburg. Ulrike Gerhard is member of the Advisory Board of the research network Spaces & Flows, chairperson of the mobility program "Urban Inequality in the Creative City" as well as Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL. Locally, Ulrike Gerhard is head of the living lab "Sustainable Urban Development in the Knowledge-based Society" which runs an Urban Office established at the cutting edge between university, the city of Heidelberg and the International Building Exhibition Heidelberg (IBA). She is member of the Board of Directors of the HCA, as well as associate partner in various interdisciplinary research co-operations at Heidelberg University. She is the speaker of the AK Hochschullehre Geographie which engages into innovative learning methods. By establishing the joint professorship between the Institute of Geography and the HCA at Heidelberg University, she is striving for a strengthening of North American Studies in Geography and, vice versa, a clear positioning of Geography within the field of North American Studies. Three guiding principles leave their mark on her concept of research, teaching and collaboration at Heidelberg University: international networking, interdisciplinary cooperation and innovative teaching.

Research Areas

Ulrike Gerhard´s predominant area of research is Urban Geography. Questions of global city research, recent urban developments, planning issues as well as research on consumers and trade have been examined with it. Current projects analyze the spatiality of social inequality in cities as well as the discursive structuring of cities; which are mainly looked at from an interdisciplinary perspective involving the fields of sociology, linguistics, ethnology and economics. Her spatial focus is Canada and the US, as well as Germany, among these also Heidelberg.

Teaching

Ulrike Gerhard is striving for an innovative teaching approach which accommodates the students´ recent requests but also pursues and completes problems that lead to geographic research. Additionally, an internet platform Lehrraum Geographie has been established under her auspices in order to provide common grounds for innovative teaching among (German) universities. Her main fields in teaching are within Urban, Economic and Population Geography, North America´s Regional Geography as well as qualitative and quantitative Social Research.

Selection of recent publications
  • Gerhard, U. (2017): Reurbanisierung – mehr als ein neoliberaler Diskurs. In: Gamerith, W. / Gerhard, U. (Hg.): Kulturgeographie der USA. Heidelberg: Springer Spektrum: S. 145-152.
  • Gamerith, W. /Gerhard, U. (2017): From New York to L.A.: Aufstieg, Blüte und Krise der US-amerikanischen Stadt. In: Gamerith, W. / Gerhard, U. (Hg.): Kulturgeographie der USA. Heidelberg: Springer Spektrum: S. 127-135.
  • Gerhard, U. / Hoelscher, M. (2017): Introduction. Inequalities in the Creative City: A New Perspective on an Old Phenomenon. In: Gerhard, U. / Hoelscher, M./ Wilson, D. (Hg.): Inequalities in Creative Cities: Issues, Approaches, Comparisons . New York: Palgrave-Macmillan: S. 3-14.
  • Gerhard, U. / Hoelscher, M. (2017): Knowledge Makes Cities: Education and Knowledge in Recent Urban Development. The Case of Heidelberg, Germany. In: Gerhard, U. / Hoelscher, M./ Wilson, D. (Hg.): Inequalities in Creative Cities: Issues, Approaches, Comparisons . New York: Palgrave-Macmillan: S. 129-164.
  • West, C. / Marquardt, E. /Gerhard, U.(2017): Co-design und co-production von Wissen für die nachhaltige Stadt - Das Reallabor Urban Office in Heidelberg . GAIA 26/1(2017): 58 – 59.
  • Gerhard, U. (2016): Creative Class Culture. In: The International Encyclopedia of Geography. New York: Wiley. DOI:10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0168
  • Brosius, C.; Gerhard, U. (2016): Natur in den Städten. Das apokalyptische Narrativ. In:Ruperto Carola 8: 89-97
  • Gerhard, U. / Marquardt, E. (2015): The Greener, the Happier? Urban Sustainability in the Knowledge City: Policies, Programs and Practices in the German Context. In: Wilson, David (Hg.): The Politics of Urban and Regional Sustainability. Appraising the Concept and Process. Champaign: Common Grounds Publishing, pp. 65-86.
  • Basten, L. / Gerhard, U. (2015): Stadt und Urbanität. In: Freytag, T. / Gebhardt, H. / Gerhard, U. / Wastl-Walter, D. (Hg.) (2015): Humangeographie kompakt. Heidelberg, pp. 115-139.
  • Bund, E. / Gerhard, U. / Hoelscher, M. / Mildenberger, G. (2015): A Methodological Framework for Measuring Social Innovation. In: Historical Social Research 40 (3) (Special Issue: Methods of Innovation Research Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches), pp. 48-78.
  • Fuchs, S. / Gerhard, U. / Krüger, F. / Titz, A. (2015): Der Mittlere Westen – Dynamische Veränderungen im Herzen der USA. In: Geographische Rundschau 67 (3), pp. 4-11.
  • Gerhard, U. (2015): Lost in the Heartland? Strukturwandel und wachsende urbane Ungleichheiten im US-amerikanischen Rustbelt. In: Geographische Rundschau 67 (3), pp. 20-27.
  • Gerhard, U. (2014): Die Bedeutung von „Rasse“ und Klasse im US-amerikanischen Ghetto. In: Geographische Rundschau 66 (5), pp. 18-24.
  • Rothfuß, E. / Gerhard, U. (2014): Urbane Ungleichheit in vergleichender Perspektive. Konzeptionelle Überlegungen und empirische Befunde aus den Amerikas. In: Geographica Helvetica 69, pp. 67-78.
  • Gerhard, U. / Pioch, E. (2014): Organizational culture as differentiator in international retailing. In: The Service Industries Journal 34 (8), pp. 729-749.
  • Gerhard, U. / Putlitz, A. (2013): Wissensgesellschaft und die Europäische Stadt. Ein Konzept zur wissenschaftlichen Begleitforschung im Rahmend er Internationalen Bauausstellung Heidelberg. In: Stadt Heidelberg (Hg.): Wissen-schafft-Stadt. Schriftensammlung zur IBA-Vorbereitungsphase 2008-2012, Bd. 2.
  • Gerhard, U. (2012): Reurbanisierung – städtische Aufwertungsprozesse in der Global City-Perspektive. In: Brake, K. / Herfert, G. (Hg.): Auf dem Weg zu einer Reurbanisierung. Zwischen Diskurs und Realität. Wiesbaden, pp. 30-45.
  • Gerhard, U. / Seckelmann, A. (2012): Kopf oder Zahl? Vermittlung qualitativer Methoden in der humangeographischen Hochschullehre. In: Dörfler, T. /Rothfuss, E. (Hg.): Raumbezogene qualitative Sozialforschung – Perspektiven der Humangeographie. Wiesbaden. pp. 255-273.
  • Gerhard, U. / Warnke, I. (2011): From Dreamland to Wasteland? The Discursive Structuring of Cities. In: Schmid, H. / Sahr, W.-D. / Urry, J. (Hg.): Cities and Fascination: Beyond the Surplus of Meaning. (=Re-Materialising Cultural Geography). Farnham, pp. 129-146.
  • Gerhard, U. (2011): Global City Washington, D.C.? An Urban Geography of the Political Sector. In Hahn, B. / Zwingenberger, M. (Hg.): Global Cities – Metropolitan Cultures: A Transatlantic Perspective. Heidelberg, pp. 83-99.
  • Gerhard, U. (2011): Die Räumlichkeit sozialer Ungleichheit. In: Gebhardt, H.; Glaser, R.; Radtke, U.; Reuber, P. (Hg.): Geographie. Physische Geographie und Humangeographie. Heidelberg, 2. Aufl., p. 707.
  • Gerhard, U. / Hahn, B. (2011): Transnationalisierung und Globalisierung in Handel und Konsum. In: Gebhardt, H.; Glaser, R.; Radtke, U.; Reuber, P. (Hg.): Geographie. Physische Geographie und Humangeographie. Heidelberg, 2. Aufl., pp. 1012-1018.
Monographien & Herausgeberschaften
  • Gamerith, W. / Gerhard, U. (2017) (Hg.): Kulturgeographie der USA: Eine Nation begreifen. Heidelberg: Springer Spektrum: 297 Seiten.
  • Gerhard, U.; Hoelscher, M.; Wilson, D. (Hg.) (2017): Inequalities in Creative Cities: Issues, Approaches, Comparisons . New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 270 S.
  • Freytag, T. / Gebhardt, H. / Gerhard, U. / Wastl-Walter, D. (Hg.) (2015): Humangeographie kompakt. Heidelberg.
  • Gerhard, U. (2010): Marktbericht: Einzelhandelsimmobilien in den Mittelzentren Mainfrankens. (=IHK-Berichte). Würzburg.
  • Gerhard, U. / Seckelmann, A. (Hg.) (2008): Innovative Hochschullehre in der Geographie. Empfehlungen aus der Praxis. (= VGDH-Schriften). Bonn.
  • Gerhard, U. (2007): Global City Washington, D.C. Eine politische Stadtgeographie. Bielefeld.
  • Gerhard, U. (1998): Erlebnis-Shopping oder Versorgungseinkauf? Eine Untersuchung über den Zusammenhang von Freizeit und Einzelhandel am Beispiel der Stadt Edmonton, Kanada. (= Marburger Geographische Schriften 133). Marburg.
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