Prof. Gabriel Ahlfeldt Ph.D. is an Associate Professor for Urban Economics and Land Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also is an Affiliate of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) and an associate of the Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin. Before he started working at the LSE, he studied economics at the University of Freiburg, the University Carlos III de Madrid and the Free University Berlin. His PhD in economics was awarded from the University of Hamburg. Visiting positions include the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE, the ETH Zurich and the Universidad Federal Rio de Janeiro. In 2012 he habilitated in Spatial Externalities, Economics and Policies.
Dr. habil Gabriel Ahlfeldt’s research concentrates on the effect of large transport projects and architectural developments on local house prices, local political preferences and urban structure. He is also interested in how various agglomeration forces shape the spatial concentration of economic activity.
In his function as director of URBANCONTEXT, Dr. Gabriel Ahlfeldt is, in addition to his research work, in charge of directing and coordinating the research activities of the Institute and its staff.
Dr. Nicolai Wendland teaches and is habilitating at the Department of International Economics at the Darmstadt University of Technology and is an associate of the Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin. He studied Business Administration at the Free University Berlin and the Universitat de Barcelona. During his PhD he worked at internationally renowed institutions like the London School of Economics, the Boĝaziçi Üniversitesi Istanbul and the ETH Zurich. Before finishing his PhD at the Darmstadt University of Technology he worked on questions about historical and contemporary urban and regional research.
Nicolai Wendland´s expertise and skills lie, on the one hand, in the quantification of the economic effects of urban and regional planning actions. He specializes in particular in analyzing the spatial effects on cities of infrastructural development. On the other hand, he evaluates the determinants of the quality of urban life and the attractiveness of space. Corresponding results were published in leading economic and urban journals, for which Dr. Nicolai Wendland also works as a referee.
In his function as director of URBANCONTEXT, Dr. Nicolai Wendland is, in addition to his research work, in charge of directing and coordinating the research activities of the Institute and its staff.
Prof. Dr. Volker Nitsch holds a Chair in Economics and is head of the faculty for International Economics at the Darmstadt University of Technology. Previously, he was head of International Economics at the Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research (KOF) of ETH Zürich, Junior Professor in Economic Politics at the Free University of Berlin and Referee in the Department of Economics at the Bankgesellschaft Berlin. He studied Economics at the Free University and the Humboldt University of Berlin.
Volker Nitsch has published in various topics in the field of international economic relationships and urban economics. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and a visiting researcher at several central banks. Currently, his leading research interest is the analysis of the determinants of successful urban development.
Christiane Scholz is project manager at URBANCONTEXT and a research assistant at the Darmstadt University of Technology. She graduated in social sciences at the Humboldt University Berlin and has been working at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). Her research interests are urban and regional sociology, family and gender research and processes of individualization of modern societies.
In her function as a project manager of URBANCONTEXT she is in charge of coordination of projects, conception and organization of conferences, funding, data and media and public relations.
Kristoffer Möller is working as a research assistant at the Technical University of Darmstadt where he is also writing his PhD in urban economics. He studied economics (BA) at the University of Göttingen and obtained a MA (hons) in international economics at the University of Seville and Göttingen. Focus of his research interests were developing, regional economics and trade which were practically complemented with his work at the German Chamber of Commerce in Madrid.
For his PhD he concentrates on the driving forces of spatial urban concentration and its potential sources. He is also interested in the effects of infrastructure projects on regions and cities.
Sevrin Waights is currently writing his PhD in urban economics at the London School of Economics and is also holds a position as a research assistant at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He obtained a BSc (hons) in Economics at the University of Bath and an MSc in Human Geography at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded a distinction. Previously he worked at Cambridge Econometrics where his experience in regional economics and his expertise in applied economic research were employed on projects for a wide range of clients from the European Commission down to individual local authorities of the UK.
For his PhD he combines economic theory with applied quantitative research to identify, evaluate and propose policy solutions to major urban problems such as congestion and pollution, social and ethnic segregation, deprivation and crime.