Dr. Florian Koch


Dr. Florian Koch
Management IP Urban Transformations
Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstraße 15 / 04318 Leipzig / Germany
phone +49 341 235 1736

Foto Florian Koch

Main research interests

Urban Politics, Climate Adaptation, Planning Theory

Curriculum Vitae

since 04/2018

Professor at HTW Berlin; Guest Scientist at UFZ

01/2015 − 03/2018

Coordinator of the Integrated Project “Urbans Transformationens” (POF 3 T13)

01/2011 – 01/2015

Director of the Institute for European Studies, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla
Professor for Regional Development and European Studies, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
Long Term Scholar of the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service
Coordinator of the Jean-Monnet-Modul "La Union Europea y America Latina: Alianza para el desarollo sostenible?"

06/12 - 07/12

Resident Research Associate at York University, Toronto, Canada, Centre for German and European Studies

02/2009 – 10/2010

Academic Coordinator and Postdoctoral Fellow of the study program “Urban and Spatial Planning”, University of Applied Sciences, Erfurt, Germany

10/2004 – 12/2008

Ph.D., Humboldt University Berlin (Georg-Simmel-Centre for Metropolitan Studies) (Germany)
Dissertation: The European City in Transformation. Urban Planning and Urban Politics in postsocialist Warsaw”.

PhD-Fellowship by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Research Stay at Cracow School of Economics (DAAD-Fellowship)

11/2002 – 09/2004

Research Fellow and urban planner at the Institute for Urban Research and Structure Policy - IfS GmbH, Berlin, Germany.

10/1996 – 10/2002

Studies of spatial Planning (equivalent to Masters Degree). Technical University Dortmund, Germany and University “La Sapienza” Roma, Italy (Erasmus-Program).


Sustainability Visiting Expert, UNILAK, Kigali, Rwanda, fellowship from Elsevier Foundation and TWAS The World Academy of Science

Head of  DKN Future Earth Working Group "Urban Sustainability Transformations – Integrative Urban Research” (together with K. Krellenberg)

Head of the DKN Future Earth Co-Design- project "SDGs in cities" (together with K. Krellenberg)

World Social Science Fellow for „Sustainable Urbanization“, International Social Science Council, Paris and Future Earth Fellow 2015 (Villa Vigoni)


Publications F. Koch 2003-2015 pdf

2019 (4)

2018 (14)

2017 (7)

2016 (5)

2015 (5)