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Dr Janet Merkel

Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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Dr Janet Merkel is a Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries at the Center for Culture and the Creative Industries at the Department of Sociology. Janet’s academic work explores the mutual relationships between creative practices and urban spaces from a sociological perspective. She is particularly interested in cultural and creative labour, new organisational practices in culture and creative industries, creative collaborations, urban governance, and urban policies for these sectors.

Janet holds a PhD in urban sociology (Humboldt University Berlin, 2012) and a diploma degree in social sciences (Humboldt University Berlin, 2007). Her dissertation was on “Creativity and the City. Role, effects, and forms of public-private coordination in urban development for the promotion of the creative industries”.

During her PhD, she has been working for five years as a junior researcher in the research unit ‘Cultural Sources of Newness’ at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Thereafter she worked as a researcher in the Center for Cultural Policy at Hertie School of Governance, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute on Internet and Governance and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center in Berlin. In January 2015, she joined City University London as a Lecturer for Culture and Creative Industries. Before embarking fulltime on her academic career, she shared her academic passion for urban studies with professional positions and freelance work in web development.

Qualifications

  1. PhD, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Employment

  1. Lecturer in Culture and Creative Industries, City, University of London, Jan 2015 – present

Research

Research Fields

- Urban Politics and Governance
- Urban Cultural Policy
- Creative Cities
- Critical Urban Studies
- New Forms of Organization and Work
- Innovation Studies

Publications

Books (2)

  1. Merkel, J. (2014). Kreativität und Stadt. Online publication edoc Server HU Berlin
  2. Merkel, J. (2009). Kreativquartiere. Urbane Milieus zwischen Inspiration und Prekarität [Creative quarters. Urban milieus between inspiration and precarity]. Berlin: edition sigma. ISBN 978-3-89404-252-3.

Chapters (10)

  1. Merkel, J. (2016). Coworking and Innovation. In Henn, Sebastian, , Cohendet, Patrick, , Barthelt, Harald, and Simon, Laurent, (Eds.), The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation: A multi-disciplinary Approach Cheltenham, Northampton (MA): Edward Elgar.
  2. Merkel, J. (2016). Richard Florida „The Rise of the Creative Class“ (2002). In Eckardt, Frank, (Ed.), Schlüsselwerke der Stadtforschung Berlin: Springer.
  3. Merkel, J. and Anheier, Helmut K., (2014). Berlin – 25 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall. In Anheier, Helmut K., and Hurrelmann, Klaus, (Eds.), Die Hauptstädter. Berlin – 25 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall. Die Hertie Studie Berlin 2014. (pp. 37–72). Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe.
  4. Merkel, J. (2014). Berliner Bezirke und Kieze im Wandel. In Anheier, Helmut K., and Hurrelmann, Klaus, (Eds.), Die Hauptstädter. Berlin – 25 Jahre nach dem Mauerfall. Die Hertie Studie Berlin 2014. (pp. 167–199). Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe.
  5. Merkel, J. (2012). Creative Governance in Berlin? In Anheier, H.K. and Isar, Y.R. (Eds.), Cultural Policy and Globalization. The Cultures and Globalization Series 5 (pp. 328–345). London: SAGE Publications.
  6. Merkel, J. (2012). Kreative urbane Milieus. In Eckhardt, F. (Ed.), Handbuch Stadtsoziologie Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
  7. Merkel, J. (2011). Ethnic Diversity and the "Creative City". The Case of Berlin’s Creative Industries. In Eckhardt, F. and Eade, J. (Eds.), The Ethnically Diverse City (pp. 559–578). Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.
  8. Eckhardt, F. and Merkel, J. (2009). Ethnische Vielfalt als Ressource der Stadtentwicklung? Toleranz im städtischen Alltag - Berlin und Frankfurts Integrationspolitiken im Vergleich. In Hannemann, C., Glasauer, H., Pohlan, J., Pott, A. and Kirchberg, V. (Eds.), Jahrbuch StadtRegion 2009/10. Schwerpunkt: Stadtkultur und Kreativität (pp. 83–102). Barbara Budrich. ISBN 978-3-86649-229-5.
  9. Merkel, J. (2009). Review: Creative Urban Milieus. Historical Perspectives on Culture, Economy, and the City by Martina Heßler and Clemens Zimmermann. In Hannemann, C., Glasauer, H., Pohlan, J., Pott, A. and Kirchberg, V. (Eds.), Jahrbuch StadtRegion 2009/10. Schwerpunkt: Stadtkultur und Kreativität (pp. 152–154). Barbara Budrich.
  10. Manske, A. and Merkel, J. (2008). Kreative in Berlin – GeisteswissenschaftlerInnen in der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft. In Heike, S., Huschka, D., Eilsberger, P. and Wagner, G.G. (Eds.), GeisteswissenschaftlerInnen: kompetent, kreativ, motiviert - und doch chancenlos? Ergebnisse des Expertisenwettbewerbs "Arts and Figures – GeisteswissenschaftlerInnen im Beruf", Band II (pp. 95–117). Budrich UniPress.

Journal Articles (8)

  1. Merkel, J. (2015). Coworking in the city. Ephemera, 15(2), pp. 121–139.
  2. Merkel, J. (2014). Gärtner der urbanen Arbeitswelt. Wie Coworking Spaces kuratiert werden. WZB Mitteilungen, 145, pp. 21–22.
  3. Merkel, J. (2014). The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy by Daniel Silver and Grodach, Carl 2013 (eds). International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38(3), pp. 1124–1125.
  4. Merkel, J. (2013). The Creative Capital of Cities. Interactive Knowledge Creation and the Urbanization Economies of Innovation – By Stefan Krätke. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(1), pp. 357–358.
  5. Merkel, J. (2012). Auf der Suche nach Austausch. Digitale Nomaden und Coworking Spaces [In search of exchange. Digital nomads and coworking spaces]. WZB-Mitteilungen, 136, pp. 15–17.
  6. Merkel, J. and Oppen, M. (2010). Wo Neues gewagt wird. Wie städtische Kulturen Kreativität fördern [Where the new takes the chance. How urban cultures support creativity]. WZB Mitteilungen, 127, pp. 16–19.
  7. Merkel, J. and Manske, A. (2009). Prekäre Freiheit. Die Arbeit von Kreativen. [Precarious freedom. The work of creatives]. WSI-Mitteilungen, 62(6), pp. 295–305.
  8. Merkel, J. (2008). Raum für Neues. Wie Solo-Selbstständige Stadtquartiere in kreative Milieus verwandeln [Space for the new. How selfemployed people transform urban quarters into creative milieus]. WZB Mitteilungen, 122, pp. 27–29.

Reports (5)

  1. Merkel, J. (2016). From a divided city to a capital city: Berlin’s cultural policy frameworks between 1945 and 2015..
  2. Pratt, A., Dovey, J., Moreton, S., Virani, T., Merkel, J. and Lansdowne, J. (2016). The creative hubs report: 2016. London: British Council.
  3. Merkel, J. (2015). Berliner Kulturpolitik in interntional vergleichender Perspektive. Hertie School of Governance Berlin.
  4. Merkel, J. and Oppen, M. (2013). Coworking Spaces: Die (Re-)Organisation kreativer Arbeit. [Coworking Spaces: The (Re-)organisation of creative work]. Berlin: Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.
  5. Merkel, J. and Oppen, Maria, (2012). Bedeutungsvolle Orte. Eine kultursoziologische Annäherung an kreative Handlungsressourcen in Städten. Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung.

Other (2)

  1. Merkel, J. (2013). Several short articles about cultural policy in Germany.
  2. Merkel, J. (2009). Stadt der kreativen Talente. Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft als Motor der Berliner Stadtentwicklung? [The city of creative talents. Creative industries as Berlin’s urban development motor].

Education

Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

- MA Cultural Policy
- BA Contemporary Cultural Policy (2nd year)
- BA Cultural Work & the Enterprising Self (3rd year)
- BA Managing Creative Businesses (1st year)
- BA Research Methods (2nd year)

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (39)

  1. Negotiating the Creative City: The Case of Berlin’s Cultural and Creative Governance, Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting 2016. San Francisco (2016).
  2. Organizer Paper Session Negotiating the ‘creative city’ A new cultural governance for the ‘creative city’?, Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting 2016, San Francisco, together with Friederike Landau (TU Berlin). San Francisco (2016).
  3. Curating creative encounters: the case of collaborative spaces. Meeting Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS). London (2016).
    Description: Meeting Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS)
  4. Co-working and Innovation. 4rd Annual European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy in Florence, October 8-10 2015. Florence (2015).
  5. Organizer Paper Session “Co-Working | Co-Fabrication | Co-Making | Co-What?!” (together with Dr. Suntje Schmidt, IRS Berlin). Berlin, 59th German Geography Congress (2015).
  6. Co-working spaces as new resilient urban infrastructures for creative work. Oxford (2015).
    Description: Session on “Resilience and Creative Industries”, organized by Roberta Comunian (King’s College, London) Fourth Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015, Mapping Economies in Transformation, Oxford, 19-23 August 2015
  7. “Co-working and urban informality”. Workshop “A culture of informality for city leadership”. City University London, May 11, 2015 (2015).
  8. “Between buzz and project ecologies: Exploring knowledge production in co-working spaces”. AAG Chicago 2015 (2015).
  9. Discussant, Panel Session “Institutionalizing local buzz and global pipelines? The Potential of Innovation Hubs and Labs to Stimulate Creativity and Entrepreneurship.” AAG Chicago 2015 (2015).
  10. Digital Divide in the Creative City. Wassenaar, Netherlands (2014).
    Description: Workshop on The New Cultural Commons, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)
  11. Curating social relations. Amsterdam (2014).
    Description: 3rd Annual European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy in Amsterdam (Call for Papers)
  12. Controversies around creativity in cities. WZB Berlin Social Science Center (2014).
    Description: Workshop co-organizer (together with Prof. Dr. Michael Hutter, WZB)
  13. Being present/multiple becomings: Artists and the City. Berlin, City Hall (2014).
    Description: Public talk accompanying gallery performance “Part of the Game”, Brandon La Belle (Invited)
  14. Between networks and community: The role of co-working spaces for internet-enabled entrepreneurship. London (2014).
    Description: RGS conference (Call for Papers)
  15. Housing in Berlin. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin (2014).
    Description: Panel discussion co-organizer (together with Dr. Andrej Holm, Humboldt University and Nicole Zeuner, FES)
  16. Spatialities of collaboration: emerging practices in creative urban economies. Paris (2014).
    Description: EURA CITY FUTURES III, Cities as strategic places and players in a globalized world, Panel session co-organizer (together with Juliana Martins, University College London)
  17. Summer Institute in Urban Studies (SIUS). University of Manchester (2014).
  18. Curating innovation through co-working. Volkswagen Foundation, Hannover (2014).
    Description: Symposium “Revival of Places” (Invited)
  19. Cities and urban labour. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin (2013).
    Description: Panel discussion co-organizer (together with Ingo Siebert, August Bebel Institute Berlin and Nicole Zeuner, FES)
  20. The role of arts and culture in social deprived neighbourhoods. Berlin Senate (2013).
    Description: Meeting working group urban regeneration (Invited talk)
  21. Nourishing the scene: The role of co-working spaces for internet-enabled entrepreneurship. Berlin (2013).
    Description: Early Stage Researchers Colloquium on Internet and Society 2013, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Invited talk)
  22. Coworking spaces as urban infrastructures. Berlin (2013).
    Description: Annual meeting Urban and Regional Research Section of the German Sociological Association (Call for Papers)
  23. The Independent Scene and the Creative City Berlin. Center for Cultural Policy, Hertie School of Governance (2013).
    Description: Panel discussion organizer (together with Christophe Knoch , Coalition Independent Scene Berlin)
  24. Contentious urban governance: The case of Berlin’s creative industries. Berlin (2013).
    Description: RC 21 conference “Resourceful cities” (Call for Papers)
  25. Telling about Society and Cities. Weimar (2013).
    Description: Invited Lecture Bauhaus Research School Weimar (Invited talk)
  26. Curating Urban Encounters: Coworking spaces and urban knowledge production. Kings College, London (2013).
    Description: Association of Urban Creativity (Invited talk)
  27. Event series on “Urbanity”. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin (2013).
    Description: Panel discussion co-organizer (together with Ingo Siebert, August Bebel Institute Berlin and Nicole Zeuner, FES)
  28. Creating structure from talk? On boundaries, obstacles and failures in new forms of creative governance, or when too much novelty hampers innovation in governance. Technical University Berlin (2012).
    Description: Third Berlin Forum on Innovation in Governance (Call for Papers)
  29. Power & conflict about/in the city, for the PhD network “City – Space – Architecture”. WZB Berlin (2011).
    Description: Workshop co-organizer (together with Nona Schulte-Römer, WZB)
  30. Städtische (T)räume. Strukturen des Arbeitens in der Kultur – und Kreativwirtschaft [Urban dreams and spaces. Structures of work in creative industries]. München (2010).
    Description: Invited lecture for conference “KreativORTungen”
  31. Stadt als kulturelle Quelle von Neuheit [The city as a cultural source of newness]. Technical University Darmstadt (2010).
    Description: Invited talk for the workshop "Planning as cultural technique“
  32. Kreativität und Stadt [Creativity and the city]. University of Göttingen (2009).
    Description: Invited talk for Annual Meeting of the Urban and Regional Research Section of the German Sociological Association
  33. Städtische Kreativität [Urban Creativity]. Center for Metropolitan Studies Technical University Berlin (2009).
    Description: Invited talk for Workshop “Re-urbanization in cities”
  34. Interactions in the development of creative industries and urban spaces: Berlin’s Kastanienallee as a creative urban milieu. Humboldt University Berlin (2008).
    Description: Interdisciplinary Symposia "Simmel and the urban – an interdisciplinary exchange in honor of Georg Simmel’s 150th Birthday“ (Invited talk)
  35. Ethnic Diversity and the ‘Creative City’. The Case of Berlin’s Creative Industries. Bauhaus-University Weimar (2008).
    Description: Conference "Ethnically Diverse City“ (Call for Papers)
  36. Simmel and Urbanity – an interdisciplinary exchange for Georg Simmel’s 150th Birthday. Humboldt University Berlin (2008).
    Description: Symposium co-organizer (together with Graduate Studies Group Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Research)
  37. The Decline of Social Capital in Shrinking Cities in East Germany. Trento, Italy (2005).
    Description: European Summer School on Social Capital, European Consortium of Sociological Research (Call for Papers)
  38. 4rd Annual European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy in Florence, October 8-10 2015.
  39. 4rd Annual European Colloquium on Culture, Creativity and Economy in Florence, October 8-10 2015.

Keynote Lectures/Speeches (2)

  1. Berlin’s cultural policy between 1945 and 2015. Organized by Seminar Les capitales européennes et la culture depuis 1945: Berlin, Londres, Madrid, Paris. Paris-Sorbonne University. December 4, 2015. Paris, (2015).
  2. Co-working the city. Urban Sociology Think and Drink Colloquium, Department of Sociology, Humboldt-University Berlin. January 4, 2016.

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