The Institute always hosts guest researchers from Germany and abroad, who use the infrastructure of the Institute and present their projects for discussion.
Nirali Joshi is a part time lecturer at King’s College London, where she has recently submitted her PhD in Human Geography. She is an architect and urbanist with an MSc in Urban Policy and Governance from the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and BArch. from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Prior to doctoral studies at King's, Nirali practiced professionally in The Gambia and India as an architect, and subsequently as a consultant in research, studies and documentation with organisations such as the Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) and Centre for Urban Policy and Governance, TISS.
As a visiting fellow at IfL, Nirali aims to progress on a research article that makes empirical contribution to legal-political geographies of large urban transportation systems in a post-colonial context and further identifies thematic and theoretical domains for comparative scholarship on sociological understandings of public transport space. Nirali’s key areas of interest are urban, legal and health geographies, the built environment and quotidian practices of place-making, ethnography of the state and everyday experiences of mobility and transport.
Fabian Namberger is a PhD student at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He studied Political Science (BA) at the Free University of Berlin and Sociology (MA) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. During his dissertation, he was also an International Visiting Graduate Student at the Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto, and from 2013 to 2016, an associate researcher at the Peace and Conflict Research Department of the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, FU Berlin. In his doctoral thesis, he deals with the question of how mobility platforms are changing our cities, using the example of Toronto to examine the socio-material effects and transformations of an Uberisation of the urban. As a visiting scholar at the IfL, Fabian Namberger is working on two scientific journal publications in the context of the PUTSPACE project.
currently works at the University of Lancaster, where he investigates flexibility in energy demand and is also affiliated with the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, where in September 2020 he completed the Marie Curie WIRL-COFUND Fellowship. During his fellowship at Warwick he investigated car parking as im|mobility in the context of social practices and infrastructures. This project also looked at digitalisation of im|mobilities and social media as tools to publicise social situations of mobility. His previous engagement with Leibniz-IfL includes PUTSPACE fellowship (Nov. 2020 - Mar. 2021), during which he worked on a research paper about digital reconfiguration of publics in the context of transportation, organised a workshop about Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platforms and wrote a science fiction story exploring issues of digitalisation and dataification in mobilities.
During his stay at the IfL he plans to finish the manuscript of the research article and prepare proposals for international research funding in the area of mobilities research. As part of the visit he also intends to contribute to ongoing projects and publications in the area of transportation, infrastructuring, mobility studies as well as critical and human geography.