Christoph Sommer is completing his PhD in geography at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; he inquires policy making with respect to urban tourism conflicts (the case of Berlin). His main areas of interest include research on urban policy, governance, the anthropology of policy, tourism and new municipalism. He also worked as employed scientific advisor in the field of urban (tourism) development (CIMA Consulting, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce), recently he was involved in the creation of Berlins new Tourism Strategy (visitBerlin). Christoph Sommer co-founded the Urban Research Group New Urban Tourism at the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies. Contact: christoph.sommer[@]gsz.hu–berlin.de
Dr. Natalie Stors studied human geopgraphy with a focus on tourism development and destination management at Trier University. In 2019, she finished her PhD project on Airbnb-hosts as actors in New Urban Tourism, which looked into the characteristics of Airbnb-hosts, their motivation for renting out as well as the resulting spatial implications. Her main research interests include urban tourism and the sharing economy. She is currently employed as a post-doc researcher at Trier University. Natalie Stors co-founded the Urban Research Group New Urban Tourism at the Georg Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies. Contact: stors[@]uni-trier.de
Florian Eggli is a PhD candidate in Tourism Studies at the University of Lausanne and simultaneously working at the Institute of Tourism at Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts. His doctoral research is focused on the current tourism development of Lucerne, Switzerland. He holds a Master degree in International Tourism Management of London Metropolitan University and a Bachelor in Social Anthropology of the University of Berne, whereof he spent two terms at Humboldt University of Berlin at the Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies to nourish his interest in European ethnology, place making and urbanism.
Claus Müller studied Economics (Major), Sociology and Political Science at Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and subsequently Historical Urban Studies at TU Berlin. During his studies, he held several position as research assistant e.g. at the isw für Strukturpolitik und Wirtschaftsförderung (Institute for structural policy and economic development) Halle/Saale, at the Department for Historical Research at IRS Erkner, as well as at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at TU Berlin. Since 2014, Claus Müller works as a research associate at the Department for Planning & Construction Econmics/Real Estate at TU Berlin and since May 2018 in the DFG-sponsored research project „Neighborhoods in the Tourist Trap“. Contact: claus.mueller[@]tu–berlin.de
Dr. Agnetha Bartels, studied Social Pedagogy and Organization Studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. She concluded her PhD in the research training group “Transnational Social Support” with an ethnography in the Couchsurfing Community focussing on young mobile people. She works as researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Social Work and Organization Studies, University of Hildesheim. Main areas of interest and work: transnationalism, qualitative research methods, youth and mobility, youth and religion.
Luise Stoltenberg is completing her PhD in sociology at Universität Hamburg, Germany. For her dissertation project, she is studying the online hospitality networks of Airbnb and Couchsurfing with regard to the notion of dwelling and home. She conducted fieldwork in the US, Japan, and Germany and was funded by a grant for the support of young academics by Universität Hamburg. Luise’s research interests range from the sociology of everyday life, the sociology of digital cultures, to mobility and tourism studies. Contact: stoltenbergluise[@]gmail.com
Thomas Frisch studied sociology, English and Portuguese, and holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Salzburg. He has done extensive research on Favela Tourism and New Urban Tourism including fieldwork in Germany, Brazil and the United States. In his PhD thesis, he is exploring evaluation practices as ways to cope with the uncertainty of future developments in two different contexts: tourism and climate change. In the context of tourism, he has examined how the design and affordances of review systems on online platforms, such as Airbnb, shape its users’ behavior and transform the tourist experience. Currently, Thomas is a research associate in the Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” (CLICCS) at Universität Hamburg.
Nils Grube is urban geographer based in Berlin. Since 2017 he holds a position as research assistant at the Chair of Planning Theory and Urban-Regional Policy Analysis, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning (TU Berlin). In his ongoing phd he investigates the emergence of sustainable urban tourism policies in European metropolises due to increasing touristification conflicts. His research perspective is based both on critical urban theory as well as on reflections on the interrelations between planning policy and practice. He is co-initiator of the Urban Research Group New Urban Tourism at the Georg-Simmel-Center for Metropolitan Studies and active member of the Critical Geography Group Berlin (Kritische Geographie Berlin). Contact: n.grube[at]isr.tu-berlin.de