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Professor Christian Schmid

Visiting Senior Research Associate

Professor Christian Schmid is a Visiting Senior Research Associate at the UCL Urban Laboratory from January 2017 to May 2017.A geographer, sociologist and urban researcher, he is Titular Professor of Sociology at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich, and Researcher at ETH Studio Basel and the Contemporary City Institute.

His research has been at the forefront of debates on planetary urbanisation and comparative urban studies, and he has written and edited numerous publications on Zurich’s urban development, on urban and regional planning, and on theories of the city and of space.

He co-founded the International Network for Urban Research and Action (1991), was a researcher at the Laboratoire de Géographie Urbaine, Université Paris X Nanterre (1993-94), and worked in the interdisciplinary research project La ville: villes de crise ou crise des villes at the Institute of Architecture, University of Geneva (1995-96). He was then an assistant lecturer at the Geographical Department of the University of Bern (1997-2001).

In 1999, he became the scholarly director of project Switzerland: An Urban Portrait at ETH Studio Basel. A book with the same title was published in 2005, authored by Roger Diener, Jacques Herzog, Marcel Meili, Pierre de Meuron and Christian Schmid. He became a lecturer in Sociology at the ETH Zurich Department of Architecture in 2001 and also a lecturer at ETH Studio Basel from 2007.

He studied geography and sociology at the University of Zurich, and received his PhD from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (2003). His dissertation Stadt, Raum und Gesellschaft: Henri Lefebvre und die Theorie der Produktion des Raumes (City, space and society: Henri Lefebvre and the theory of the production of space), was published by Steiner Verlag.

His co-edited book Urban Revolution Now: Henri Lefebvre in Urban Research and Architecture (with Łukasz Stanek and Ákos Moravánszky, Ashgate, 2014) was launch at UCL Urban Laboratory in 2015 (listen to the event on Soundcloud).

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