Sabine Knierbein (Austria)

Sabine Knierbein (Graduate Engineer Landscape Architecture, 2004; Dr.phil. in European Urban Studies, 2009) is Associate Professor for UrbanCulture and Public Space at TU Wien, Austria. Her current research focuses on the Critique of Everyday Life in cities under late capitalism, witnessing global urbanization. Sabine has worked on public space for two decades, starting on construction sites as a landscape gardener. She is founding member and currently coordinator of the Thematic Group for Public Spaces and Urban Cultures of the Association of European Schools of Planning, as well as member of the International Network of Urban Research and Action (INURA).Her work as invited scientific expert comprises several countries (Austria,Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil a.o.). Her wider research interests are: urban emancipation under post-political conditions; urban resistance, ethnography of construction sites, open source-based urban design, post-positivist planning, spatial theory of knowledge, urbanismo afectivo. Her publications comprise Public Space and the Challenges of Urban Transformation in Europe (2014) jointly with A. Madanipour and A. Degros, Public Space and Relational Perspectives – New Challenges for Architecture and Planning (2015) jointly with C. Tornaghi and CityUnsilenced. Public Space and Urban Resistance in the Age of ShrinkingDemocracy (2017, forthcoming) with J. Hou, all with Routledge. Further publications are available in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and French.

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