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Dr. Markus Kip

Dr. Markus Kip
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Solidarity has been a main concern in Markus's research projects addressing a wide array of topics ranging from undocumented migration, labour unions, commons, homelessness and post-socialist cities. In his sociological dissertation, completed in 2016 at York University in Toronto, he focused on the contested practices of solidarity with undocumented migrant workers in German trade unions. As a co-founder of the Urban Research Group at the Georg-Simmel-Centre (Humboldt University, Berlin), Markus concentrated on the study of urban commons. Between 2010 and 2014, Markus collaborated with Douglas Young and Lisa Drummond on the project “Socialist Cities in the 21st century: Modernist legacies and contemporary urban policy-making” that was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He learned one of his favourite urban research methods, urban walks and psychogeography as a member of the Open Urban Institute (OUI) in Frankfurt. He is also proud to have been an organizer of day laborers and can-and-bottle collectors (“canners”) with the homeless-led organization “Picture The Homeless” from 2004 to 2006.

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