Pierre Böhm CV -

Pierre Böhm

Pierre Böhm has been working on his doctoral thesis at the Fachgebiet Neuere Geschichte since January 2013. He holds a Diplom-Ingenieur degree (equivalent to Master of Science) in spatial planning from the Technische Universität Dortmund. Upon graduation he wanted to further acquaint himself with questions of public administration and building laws. Therefore, he was selected for the governmental traineeship programme with the State of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ministry of Building and Traffic from which he successfully graduated as Bauassessor (graduate civil servant). During his works as a trainee he focused on strategic urban development and contributed to the implementation of a new revitalisation programme for the city centre of Hattingen. Always wanting to link built environment and social considerations, he focused his previous research on demographic change, energy efficiency and migration. The latter topic led to his PhD project through which the journey of planning ideas travelling the globe is linked with his keen interest in planning history.

PhD Project

Residential Segregation in 20th Century African Cities – A Transnational Comparison between British, French and German Imperial Policies

Planning history, especially if it is linked to colonial cities, is very often confined to national containers. However, planning ideas and measures were moving swiftly across national and language borders, and the decades between First and Second World War proved to be very intensive in this respect. This research tries to uncover some of these international relations at two levels: firstly it addresses the planning profession’s development in Europe which served as educational background for most colonial urban planners. Urban challenges discussed here did subsequently impact developments overseas as those debates were transmitted and echoed in the colonial context. Secondly, the work intends to identify traces of the exchange of ideas between European metropoles and colonial cities as well as among the latter ones. In general the research project is based on a transnational approach which has been gaining ground over the past few years. This approach offers a new lens through which to look at urban development in order to come up with a new and different level of results, complementing previous findings. In order to compare French as well as traces of German and British/South African colonial policies in urban development, Algiers (Algeria) and Windhoek (Namibia) have been selected as case studies. Thus the transnational approach will also be applied to cross beyond classical regional boundaries in Africa. The focus of the work is on direct and indirect policies and means applied between 1914 and 1945 under the respective colonial administration to enforce residential segregation.

Professional Experiences

Since 10/2011 Programme and Consortium Manager, Mundus Urbano – Fachbereich Architektur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
03/2011-09/2011 Research Assistant, Chair for Design and Regional Development – Fachbereich Architektur, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
07/2008-09/2008 Student Assistant, Administation, Marienhospital, Herne, Germany
05/2002-01/2004 Student Assistant, Administrative Accounting, Katholische Kliniken Ruhrhalbinsel, Hattingen, Germany
07/2001-04/2002 Civilian Service, Administrative Accounting, Katholische Kliniken Ruhrhalbinsel, Hattingen, Germany

Talks and Conferences

  • International Conference “Colonial and Post-Colonial Urban Planning in Africa” | 5-6 September 2013 | Lisbon, Portugal
  • International Conference “Windows upon Planning History” | 7-9 February 2013 | Kassel, Germany
  • Conference “Encounters of Empire: Inter-imperial Transfers and Imperial Manifestations, c.1870-1950” | 17-18 January 2013 | Cologne, Germany

University Studies and Degrees

Since 01/2013 Doctoral Studies(Institut für Geschichte, Fachbereich Gesellschafts- und Geschichtswissenschaften, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)
10/2008-12/2010 Bauassessor(Oberprüfungsamt für den höheren technischen Verwaltungsdienst, Bonn, Germany)
10/2002-10/2007 Diplom-Ingenieur Raumplanung(Fakultät Raumplanung, Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany)

Scholarships and Awards

06/2015 IPID4all/DAAD | PhD Travel grant


  • Mundus Urbano, Fachbereich Architektur, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Graduate School for Urban Studies (URBANgrad), Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Architekten- und Stadtplanerkammer Hessen