René Kreichauf

Research staff

  • Current position PhD Researcher
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.70
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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René Kreichauf is an urban researcher from Berlin, Germany. He studied urban planning and urban sociology at the Technical University Berlin as well as urban studies within his international master's program at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Wien, Københavns Universitet, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. As a research assistant, he has worked at several university and research institutions, such as the Department for Urban and Regional Sociology at TU Berlin and the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning. In 2011, René lived and worked in Chicago and Detroit investigating social polarization processes and urban shrinkage. His research and publication activities focus on urban transformation trends, social inequality, urban minorities and migration. His PhD project investigates the arrival and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in European and North American cities.

Previous education

2012 - 2014: MA Urban Studies (4Cities), joint program of six universities: Autónoma Universidad de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Københavns Universitet, Universität Wien, Université libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel

2007 - 2011: BSc Urban and Regional Planning, Technical University Berlin

Previous positions

07/2015: John Lewis Fellowship, Humanity in Action, Atlanta (USA)

04/2015 – 06/2015: Department for Urban Sociology, Bauhaus University Weimar, Assistant Professor

03/2013 – 07/2013: Department for Sociology, Technical University of Vienna, student research assistant

03/2013 – 07/2013: – Center for Urban Dialogue and European Policy, research fellowship, Vienna (Austria)

11/2012 – 02/2013: Heinrich Böll Foundation – European Union, EU-Intern

04/2009 – 09/2012: Department for Urban Sociology, Technical University Berlin, student research assistant

08/2011 – 02/2012: Center for Metropolitan Studies, freelancer at the research project Urban Economics

04/2011 – 05/2011: The Chicago Urban Art Society, project assistant

10/2009 – 07/2010: Department Urban Regeneration at the Leibniz-Institute of Regional Development and Structural Planning, student research assistant

Key publications

Kreichauf, René (2016 forthcoming) Europäische Lagerlandschaften - Die Sozialräumliche Exklusion Asylsuchender in Berlin, Kopenhagen und Madrid, in: Uwe Altrock (Ed.): Jahrbuch Stadterneuerung, Universitätsverlag der Technischen Universität Berlin: Berlin.

Kreichauf, René (2015 forthcoming) Ghettos in Small Towns? The Research on Ethnic Segregation and Stigmatisation Processes in Small Town Germany, in: Sociologica – Italian Journal of Sociology (Symposium - Rescaling immigration paths: Emerging settlement patterns beyond gateway cities).

Kreichauf, René (2015 forthcoming) Das Flüchtlingslager – Raumtheoretische Zugänge, in: Malte Ebner van Eschenbach et al. (eds.): Sammelband der ZSM- Nachwuchsforscher_innentagung Sozialräumliche Forschungsperspektiven, Barbara Budrich Verlag: Leverkusen.

Kreichauf, René (2015) From Fortress Europe to the European Fortress City – The Translation of EU Asylum and Border Policies into Space, in: René Seyfarth and Frank Eckardt (eds.): Urban Minorities, Bauhaus Urban Studies, Bd. 6. Verlag Königshausen & Neumann: Würzburg. 

Kreichauf, René (2015) Die Grenzen der Schrumpfung: Gestalterische Perspektiven oder Sterbehilfe für schrumpfende Städte?!, in: Jens Dangschat et al. (eds.): Raumplanung. Jahrbuch des Departments für Raumplanung der TU Wien 2015. Neuer Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Wien.