Spatial Sociology, Poverty, Migration, Social Inequality, Urban Development, Social Policy, Planning Theory, Participation, Evaluation, Action Research, Community Organising

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Academic Career

Simon Güntner studied social sciences and urban planning in Konstanz, Duisburg and Cardiff. From 2000 to 2005 he was a research fellow at the Institute for Sociology at TU Berlin. In 2006 he took up the position of a policy officer for the transnational city network EUROCITIES in Brussels, where he coordinated policy dossiers such as housing, employment and social affairs, education, migration and asylum. From 2009 bis 2018 he was a Professor for Social Sciences and Social Policy at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). There, his main research areas were poverty, migration and urban development. Since 2000, he has been involved in numerous international research projects, developed and implemented various approaches to action research and transnational learning. He is a liaison professor for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Hans Böckler Foundation.

Teaching and Research 

Simon’s main areas of teaching are sociology and social theory, sociology of housing, urban and spatial sociology, qualitative research methods, community organising and planning theory.

Simon’s research areas include various aspects of the social life in cities, poverty, migration and urban development. He also regularly carries out evaluation studies of local, national and European policies concerning urban development and social affairs. 

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