Prof. Dr. Astrid Ley
Chair of International Urbanism, University of Stuttgart
Astrid Ley is a professor for International Urbanism at the Institute for Urban Planning and Design and course director of the international master program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD), University of Stuttgart. She also works as an urban development consultant and trainer to bilateral and international development agencies (oikos human settlement research group). She holds a degree in architecture and urban design from RWTH Aachen and a PhD from TU Berlin. Prior to her position in Stuttgart she was urban development research analyst at the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) and senior urban researcher in a DFG funded research project on “Housing for the Urban Poor: From Local Action to Global Networks” as well as lecturer at Habitat Unit, TU Berlin. Her professional life started as a project coordinator at the “Bundesweite Servicestelle Lokale Agenda 21”, Agenda-Transfer, in Bonn which led to a continues interest in localizing sustainable development in the context of the complexity of cities. Her expertise and publication record include topics related to the urbanisation in the Global South, housing processes, the role of local governance, participation, co-production and civil society.