Christian Jacobs

Christian Jacobs

Sociology and Geography

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Christian Jacobs is a doctoral student in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity and a PhD candidate at the University of Göttingen. After studying sociology and geography at the Universities of Göttingen and Utrecht, Christian received his MA in Sociology in 2013. His final thesis examined the significance of contact opportunities in public space of neighbourhoods for the frequency of interethnic contacts. From 2009, Christian had already been working at the Institute as a student assistant, where he was mainly contributing to the 'Diversity and Contact' (DivCon) study. His research interests are in urban and diversity studies, city planning, housing policies, spatial structures and public spaces of cities. His research focuses on Germany.

In his dissertation Christian investigates the influence of city planning on spatial structures of diversity and the housing opportunities/patterns of diverse groups in German cities. His aim is to analyze interventions of public and private planners as well as the underlying ideas of those planners. Analyzing this field becomes especially interesting, as the composition of cities – through the diversification of urban societies – as well as the structures of urban planning have changed significantly in recent times.

Christian’s project is part of the umbrella project 'Cities and the Challenge of Diversity: a Study in Germany and France'.


[2018] (with Michalis Moutselos, Julia Martínez Ariño, Maria Schiller, Karen Schönwälder and Alexandre Tandé) Economy or Justice? How Urban Actors Respond to Diversity. Urban Affairs Review, 2018 (early view online).   Link

[2018] (with Karen Schönwälder, Julia Martínez-Ariño, Michalis Moutselos, Maria Schiller and Alexandre Tandé) Why do some cities adopt more diversity policies than others? A study in France and Germany. Comparative European Politics, 2018 (early view online).   Link

[2017] Das Zusammenleben in der vielfältigen Stadt planen. In: BBSR (Hg.): Flüchtlinge – zwischen Ankommen und Zusammenleben, Informationen zur Raumentwicklung (IzR), Heft 2/2017, S. 44-49.

[2016] How public space affects interethnic contact: a methodological conceptualization. MMG Working Paper, (16-05).