Gesa Ziemer (Prof. Dr. phil.) is Professor for Cultural Theory and Cultural Praxis and Vice President Research at the HafenCity University Hamburg.


She heads the CityScienceLab, which is a cooperation with the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA, USA), and which researches on the future of cities (with a special focus put on digitalisation). 


She is currently a fellow of the Humboldt Foundation (Feodor-Lynen Program) at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, USA. 


Her research foci are: the digital city, new forms of cooperation, urban public life, and artistic research.


She holds a Guest Lectureship at the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland.






She is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Scientific Council of Germany.


Moreover, she is a member of the Supervisory Committee of Hamburg Innovation, a community for the transfer of knowledge in Hamburg, and a member of the Advisory Boards of Lucerne School of Art and Design and the Choreography Centre PACT Zollverein Essen.


She regularly serves as an evaluator, i.a. for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Swiss National Science Fund, German federal ministries, and private foundations (e.g. Volkswagen, Robert Bosch).



Publications (selected): Performing Citizenship. Bodies, Agencies, Limitations (editor, Palgrave). New Stakeholders of Urban Change (editor, Jovis).  Komplizenschaft - Neue Perspektiven auf Kollektivität (monography, transcript). Perspectives in Metropolitan Research (editor of series, Jovis).






Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer
HafenCity Universität

Überseeallee 16

20457 Hamburg