Jona Schwerer

A02: Educational Spaces

Research Associate

Technische Universität Berlin
BH 5-1 | Room 228
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
10587 Berlin


  • Since 2018

    Research Assistant at the CRC 1265 Re-Figuration of Spaces, TU Berlin | Subproject A02: Education: The Spatial Knowledge of Children and young Adults (and its Application) in Planning Contexts

  • 2012-2017

    M.A. Sociology and Technology Studies | TU Berlin

  • 2010-2016

    Student Assistant at the Chair of Methods of Social Research (Prof. Dr. Nina Baur), Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin

  • 2009- 2013

    B.A. Sociology and Technology Studies | TU Berlin

Research Focus

    • Urban Sociology

    • Sociology of Space


    • Qualitative Methods of Social Research


    • Heritage Studies


Working title: The publicness of spaces – On the social construction of public spaces

The dissertation project deals with a main research topic and term of urban sociology – public space. To that end, two considerations serve as starting points for the research.

Firstly, various diagnoses state a transformation of public space and its relationship to private space. These studies indicate, on the one hand, that the relationship between public and private spaces is becoming increasingly ambiguous and, on the other, that different public and private spatial logics overlap. The dissertation aims to argue that, through an understanding of public space in accordance with a sociology of space (cf. Löw 2001), the overlapping and simultaneity of different constructions of space as public and the related negotiations between these constructions of space could be better examined.

Secondly, public space, despite the spatial turn in social sciences (and other disciplines), is often portrayed as a given in literature; for example, in the form of streets or urban parks. Consequently, various analytical dimensions – public spaces as social constructions of space as public, different subjective notions of what constitutes the publicness of spaces as well as the related contested social negotiations – remain underexposed and therewith underexplored.

The dissertation project thus aims to further develop the understanding of public spaces by means of a relational understanding of space as a social process (cf. Löw 2001), in order to investigate how spaces are constructed as public spaces by different social actors. The developed concept of public spaces will be illustrated and empirically reflected upon by using the example of young people in urban spaces. Further, it will be discussed what insights such a concept could, by and large, provide for the analysis of the relationship between public and private spaces.


  • Presentations

    • Presentation: The evolving spatial knowledge of children: Picturing a spatial phenomenon through a meta-analytical lens | 6th International Conference on the Geographies of Children, Youth and Families; University of Campinas, Brazil, 23.05.2019 (with Ignacio Castillo Ulloa and Angela Million)

    • Presentation: „I Spy With My Little Eye…”: Children’s Appropriation and Re-Figuration of Public Space in Defiance of its intended Use | Re-Figuration of Spaces: Mediatization, Mobility, Globalization and Social Dislocation. First International Conference of the SFB 1265; TU Berlin, 21.02.2019 (with Ignacio Castillo Ulloa, Juliane Heinrich and Angela Million)

    • Presentation: Negotiating German colonial heritage in Berlin’s Afrikanisches Viertel | Simulizi Mijini/ Urban heritage activism; TU Berlin, 16.03.2017 (with Susanne Förster und Georg Krajewsky)

  • Monographies

    • Castillo Ulloa, Ignacio/ Heinrich, Anna Juliane/ Million, Angela/ Schwerer, Jona (2021; accepted): The Evolving Spatial Knowledge of Children and Young People. CRC Press Series: The Refiguration of Space. Abingdon: Routledge

  • Edited Books

    • Löw, Martina/ Sayman, Volkan/ Schwerer, Jona/ Wolf, Hannah (eds.) (forthcoming): Am Ende der Globalisierung. Über die Re-Figuration von Räumen. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

  • Book Chapters

    • Castillo Ulloa, Ignacio; Million, Angela; Schwerer, Jona (forthcoming): “I spy with my little eye”: Children’s actual use and experts intended design of public space. In: Million, Angela/ Haid, Christian/ Castillo Ulloa, Ignacio/ Baur, Nina (eds.): Spatial Transformations. The Effect of Mediatization, Mobility, and Social Dislocation on the Re-Figuration of Spaces. Abingdon: Routledge.

    • Castillo Ulloa, Ignacio/ Schwerer, Jona (forthcoming): Qualitative Meta-Analyse. In: Heinrich, Anna Julian/ Marguin, Séverine/ Million, Angela/ Stollmann, Jörg (eds.): Methoden der qualitativen Raumforschung. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch. Stuttgart: utb-Verlagsgemeinschaft.

    • Förster, Susanne/ Krajewsky, Georg/ Schwerer, Jona (2017): Activating German colonial heritage in Berlin’s Afrikanisches Viertel. In: Lee, Rachel/ Barbé, Diane/ Fenk, Anne-Kathrin/ Misselwitz, Philipp (eds.): Things Don’t Really Exist Until You Give Them a Name: Unpacking Urban Heritage. Dar es Salaam: Mkuki na Nyota. S. 136 – 141.

  • Journal Articles

    • Förster, Susanne/ Frank, Sybille/ Krajewsky, Georg/ Schwerer, Jona (2016): Negotiating German colonial heritage in Berlin’s Afrikanisches Viertel. In: International Journal of Heritage Studies. 2016, 7, S. 515 -529.