Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Monika Streule

Dr Monika Streule is an urban anthropologist and lives in Zürich, Switzerland. She is researching and teaching as the Chair of Sociology in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zürich. Her research interests are the social production of space, urbanisation processes, and qualitative, critical and reflective methods of urban studies. Currently she focuses on comparative urban studies and a relational understanding of territory in a post- and decolonial perspective.

In 2016, she obtained her PhD at ETH Zürich for her thesis on the metropolitan urbanisation processes of Mexico City. For this ethnographic research of such an unusual metropolitan scale, she developed, applied and discussed novel empirical strategies for urban studies. She was a visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM in 2005 and 2013. After receiving her MA in Anthropology, Sociology and Political Sciences from the University of Zürich UZH, conducting research on the social impact of urban transformation processes in the historic centre of Mexico City, she has, since 2009, been working for the Faculty of Architecture of ETH Zürich.

During her fellowship at the IAS, Monika Streule will be writing and publishing a series of papers resulting from her PhD research project, focused on current urban transformations in Mexico City and the ethnographic methodology which she has developed. As an associated research fellow at the UCL Department of Human Geography, she will also work on the outline of a new research project, which will further accentuate her expertise in transdisciplinary comparative methodologies and urban postcolonial theories.