Deputy Director

Sandra Jasper is Deputy Director of IRI THESys and Junior Professor for the Geography of Gender in Human-Environment-Systems at the Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In 2015, she received her doctorate in Geography from University College London. Before starting her current position at HU Berlin, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge for four years (2015-2019).

Sandra is co-editor of The Botanical City (jovis, 2020) and co-author and co-producer of the documentary film Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin (2017, UK/Germany, 72 mins). Her research interests are in urban nature, soundscapes, and feminist theory. She is currently completing her first monograph on the experimental spaces of West Berlin for which she received a Graham Foundation grant.

Sandra teaches courses on gender and geography, wastelands and biodiversity, and global urbanism.

Sandra is a member of IRI THESys since March 2021.

Research Interests

  • Cultural and environmental geography with an interest in wastelands and urban biodiversity
  • The corporeal and multisensory experience of urban space with a particular interest in sound
  • Gender and geography with a focus on intersectional approaches, environmental justice, old and new materialist and post-humanist perspectives


Sandra’s list of publications can be accessed on her personal webpage at the Geography Department.