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Prof. Dr. habil. Sigrun Kabisch

Research focus

  • Interdependencies between natural, social and built environment
  • Urban vulnerability and resilience
  • Healthy cities and quality of life
  • Socio-spatial differentiations in large housing estates

Official position

Head of Department


Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology

Business address

Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Academic education and degrees

1974 - 1978


​Diploma in Economics/Sociology, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


​PhD in Sociology, Karl-Marx-Universität Leipzig

​1988 - 1989

Postgradual studies University Education


Facultas docendi (Urban and Regional Sociology)


​Habilitation, University Leipzig


​Venia Legendi, Urban Geography


Professional career

Since 1992


​Senior Researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

1994 - 1996

​Deputy head of Department for Landscape Ecology

1997 - 1999

​Head of Working Group Environmental Economy and Sociology

2000 - 2004

​Head of department Urban and Environmental Sociology

Since 2004


Deputy Department Head, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Campus Mitte (CCM)


Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Leipzig

​2014 - 2020


Speaker of the Integrated Project "Urban Transformations: sustainable urban development towards resource efficiency, quality of life and resilience", HGF-project

​2020 - 2022


uVITAL "User-Valued Innovations for Social Housing Upgrading through Living Labs",  Trans-Atlantic Platform “Social Innovations”

Since 1979


Long-term Study „Housing and Living in Leipzig-Grünau” (11th survey: 2020, ongoing project)



Honors, awards and positions

Since 2018

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board: Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) URBAN EUROPE

2018 - 2019

EU High Level Expert Group for the new Horizon 2020 Program on “Innovating Cities”, Member

Since 1995

Member of IAPS International Association for People-Environment Studies

Since 2000

Member of the German Sociological Society

Since 2015

​Member of Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung


10 most important peer-reviewed papers (10 out of 50, Scopus h-index: 14)

  1. Chen X, de Vries S, Assmuth T, Dick J, Hermans T … Kabisch S et al. Research challenges for cultural ecosystem services and public health in (peri-)urban environments. Sci Total Environ. 2019;651 (Part 2): 2118-2129.

  2. Kabisch S, Koch F, Gawel E, et al. (eds.): Urban transformations - Sustainable urban development through resource efficiency, quality of life and resilience, Future City 10, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2018.

  3. Altrock U, Grunze N, Kabisch S. (eds): Großwohnsiedlungen im Haltbarkeitscheck: differenzierte Perspektiven ostdeutscher Großwohnsiedlungen, Springer VS, Wiesbaden, 2018.

  4. Haase A, Schmidt A, Rink D, Kabisch S. Leipzig’s inner east as an arrival space? Exploring the trajectory of a diversifying neighbourhood. Urban Plann. 2020;5(3): 89-102.

  5. Kabisch S, Finnveden G, Kratochvil P, Sendi R, Smagacz-Poziemska M, Matos R, Bylund J. New urban transitions towards sustainability: Addressing SDG challenges. Sustainability. 2019:11(8): 2242.

  6. Koch F, Kabisch S, Krellenberg K. A transformative turn towards sustainability in the context of urban-related studies? A systematic review from 1957 to 2016. Sustainability. 2018; 10(1): 58.

  7. Grossmann K, Kabisch N, Kabisch S. Understanding the social development of a post-socialist large housing estate: The case of Leipzig-Grünau in eastern Germany in long-term perspective. Eur Urban Reg Stud. 2017;24(2): 142-161.

  8. Banzhaf E, Kabisch S, Knapp S, Rink D, Wolff M, Kindler A. Integrated research on land-use changes in the face of urban transformations – an analytic framework for further studies. Land Use Pol. 2017; 60: 403-407.

  9. Kabisch S, Ueberham M, Schlink U, Hertel D, Mohamdeen A. Local residential quality from an interdisciplinary perspective : combining individual perception and micrometeorological factors. In: Kabisch, S., et al. (eds.) Urban transformations. Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2018; p. 235-255.

  10. Haase D, Kabisch S, Haase A, Andersson E, Banzhaf E et al. Greening cities – To be socially inclusive? About the alleged paradox of society and ecology in cities. Habitat Int. 2017; 64: 41-48.

 Foto: Sigrun Kabisch

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