Center for Metropolitan Studies

Dr. Avi Sharma


Avinash Sharma

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

+49 30314284-11

Einrichtung Center for Metropolitan Studies
Gebäude HBS
Raum HBS 115
Adresse Hardenbergstraße 16-18
10623 Berlin


seit 2019DFG Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS), Technical University Berlin
2016-2018BMBF Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Center for Metropolitan Studies (CMS), Technical University Berlin
2014Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies, Berlin
2009-2013Earl S. Johnson Senior Lecturer, Department of History and the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), University of Chicago
2009Ph.D, University of Chicago, History
2007-2009Preceptor, Department of History and the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), University of Chicago
2003-2006Lecturer, University of Chicago
2000M.A., University of Chicago, Social Science (MAPSS)
1997B.A., Reed College, History


2022Seed Funding for Global South Cooperations: TU Berlin & Autonomous University of Mexico - Cuajimalpa (matching). "Repurposing Existing Urban Assets: Sustainable and Cost-Effective Strategies to Address Vulnerability in Mexico City and New Delhi" (Declined)
2021Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies - War and Society Research Group
since 2019German Research Council Research Fellow (Urban Environments)
2016-2018Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Research Fellow
2009-2012Earl S. Johnson Fellowship
2007Freehling Travel Award
2007Eric Cochrane, Research Travel Grant
2005-2006Fulbright Research Residence Extension
2004-2005Fulbright Fellowship for Dissertation Research
2002Kunstadter Research Fellowship for Dissertation Research
2000-2004University of Chicago University Fellowship


  • Global, Urban and Environmental History
  • Migration and Forced Migration
  • Informal Settlement




Urban Resilience in Global Context. Actors, Agendas and Narratives.
Bielefeld: Transcript (With Dorothee Brantz) Open Access

We Lived for the Body: Natural Medicine and Public Health in Imperial Germany.
Dekalb, IL: NIU Press.


Migration, Identity, and Everyday Urbanism: Negotiating Space and Place in the City. Journal of Urban History.  Vol. 47(4): 899-906.

The City Under Stress: Waking to a Multispecies Urban.  In Eveline Dürr and Regine Keller, Urban Environments as Spaces of Living in Transformation.  RCC Urban Environments Initiative.

Before Resilience: Surviving in Postwar Berlin, 1945-1950. In Dorothee Brantz and Avi Sharma (eds.) Urban Resilience. Historical and Contemporary Practices in a Global Context. Bielefeld: Transcript (Forthcoming)

Mass Displacement in Post-Catastrophic Societies. Vulnerability, Learning, and Adaptation in Germany and India, 1945-52. Bulletin of the German Historical Institute, Vol. 64: 1-35.

Green Cities. A Dialogue. Written with Dorothee Brantz. Transformations in Environment and Society, Vol. 1: 15-25.

Susan Cayleff: Nature's Path. A history of Naturopathic Healing in America. Isis. A Journal of the History of Science Society, Vol. 108: 728-9.

Who Leads in a G-O World? Multi-Nationals, Sustainable Development, and Corporate Social Responsibility in a Changing Global Order. Washington International Law Journal, Vol. 24: 589-612.

Wilhelmine Nature: Natural Lifestyle and Practical Politics in the German Life-Reform Movement, (1890-1914). Social History, Vol. 37: 36-54.

Rethinking Asymmetries in the Marketplace: Medical Pluralism in Germany, 1869-1910. In Martin Dinges (ed.) Medical Pluralism in Comparative Perspective: India and Germany, 1800-2000. Stuttgart: Robert Bosch, 71-84.

Medicine from the Margins? Naturheilkunde from Medical Heterodoxy to the University of Berlin, 1889-1921. Social History of Medicine, Vol. 24: 334-351.

On the Anti-Politics of Health: Conflict, Consensus and Hygiene Reform in Germany, 1871-1914. Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 10: 83-96.

Präsentationen (Auswahl)

Refugee Urbanisms.  The Presence of the Past in Unstable Urban Orders. Presented at Conference “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities”. Harnack House (Berlin), March 4.

Slow Violence and the Study of War and Society. Reflections on the Future of (peace and) Violence Studies. Presented at the NIOD War and Society Conference (Amsterdam), June 29

"We Refugees." On the Vulnerability of Citizenship in India (and Elsewhere). Presented at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (Amsterdam), May 11.

Forced Migration, Survival, and the State. Cases from Germany and South Asia, 1945-1955. Presented at the IGK Colloquium, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, May 16.

Shock Migration and the Transformation of the Urban: Planning and Political Contestation in Postwar Berlin. Presented at the IGK Colloquium, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, October 24.

Migrant Epistemologies in Unstable Times. Mass Displacement, Identity and Exclusion in Berlin and Amritsar, ca. 1945-52. Presented at the German Historical Institute (GHI) West, Berkeley, CA, October 18.

Commentator for World of Slums? International Development and the Politics of Housing, 1950s to 1960s as part of Transforming Cities: Urbanization and International Development Policies in the Global South in the Twentieth Century, German Research Foundation (DFG) and Free University of Berlin, Berlin, October 11.

Mass Displacement and Urban Transformation in Berlin and Amritsar, 1945-1952. Presented at the IGK Colloquium, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, June 5.

Does Financial Stress cause Xenophobia? Urban Histories of Exclusion and Marginalization. Presented at Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, March 27.

Strangers and Survival: Rebuilding Postwar Berlin, 1945-52. Presented at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. May 19.

Displaced Persons in Post-War Berlin. Conflict and Collaboration in Times of Scarcity. Presented at the Berlin-Istanbul Lecture Series: Urban Space and Refugees, Berlin, November 25.

On the Afterlives of Destruction: Rubble and Resilience in Postwar Berlin