Global Urban Studies Institute


Grimm­straße 12 b
10967 Berlin


Prof. Dr. Kosta Mathéy
Dipl.-Ing. Silvia Matuk
(Stellv. Leitung)


+49 (0)30 9560–9575
+49 (0)170 7113337



The Global Urban Studies In­stitute, GLOBUS, is de­di­cated to in­ter­na­tional urban de­ve­lo­pment with a focus on newly de­ve­loping eco­nomies in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The basic phi­lo­sophy of the GLOBUS In­stitute is grounded in the ex­pe­rience that con­ven­tional textbook know­ledge does not provide ade­quate gui­dance in di­recting ba­lanced urban growth in these re­gions. In ad­dition to Sus­tainable Urban De­ve­lo­pment, a strong em­phasis must be at­tri­buted to:

  • In­ter­di­sci­plinary cooperation
  • Social in­te­gration with pro-poor recognition
  • The pro­motion of local iden­tities in de­ve­lo­pment pro­cesses and the sus­tainable pro­tection of their cul­tural heritage
  • Com­pa­rative Housing Policy Studies
  • Mi­ti­gation of and ad­ap­t­ation to the threat of dis­asters and change of ecosystems
  • In­ter­na­tional networking
  • An evi­dence based theo­re­tical foundation
  • Ori­en­tation at vi­sionary long-term scenarios
  • Planning of pro­cesses rather than structures
The ac­ti­vities of the GLOBUS In­stitute are based on more than 30 years of ex­pe­rience in in­ter­na­tional coope­ration pro­jects, field re­search and aca­demic in­st­ruction in over 40 coun­tries wor­dwide. The in­stitute relies on a large network of as­so­ciate members and partner in­sti­tu­tions. It is closely linked to the TRIALOG Re­search As­so­ciation and its pro­fes­sional network, the United Na­tions Human Sett­lement Pro­gramme (UN-HA­BITAT), AR­CHIMED aca­demic pu­blishers and a number of highly re­co­gnized in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­sities (FU Berlin, HCU Hamburg, Pan­af­rican Uni­versity Tlemcen (Al­geria), ISPJAE Havana, Wits Uni­versity Jo­han­nesburg, VGU Uni­versity Saigon, Cairo Uni­versity etc.).

GLOBUS spe­cia­lizes in a number of know­ledge fields in the context of so­ciety, planning and buildings


Since 2018 an inter-in­sti­tu­tional coope­ration agreement has been es­tab­lished with the In­stitute of He­ritage Studies (IHS) with the aim to ho­listi­cally ad­dress common fields of in­terest such as the role of tan­gible and in­tan­gible he­ritage in its di­versity of ex­pression and its in­cor­po­ration in future sus­tainable de­ve­lo­pment pro­grams and processes.

Ac­ti­vities of the GLOBUS In­stitute fall into three main fields:

RE­SEARCH:  Own em­pi­rical re­search and coor­di­nation of re­search teams and net­works, do­cu­men­tation and pu­bli­cation of re­search results.

CON­SUL­TANCY: To mu­ni­ci­pa­lities and in­ter­na­tional coope­ration agencies such as GIZ, KfW, UN-HA­BITAT, ILO, EC etc.

TUITION AND TRAINING: Tailor made training courses among others on emerging aspects of urban de­ve­lo­pment planning, cur­ri­culum de­ve­lo­pment for post­gra­duate higher edu­cation in­sti­tu­tions, or­ga­niz­ation of in­ter­na­tional conferences.

Com­munity Based Urban Vio­lence Pre­vention Re­search Project

As the latter half of the 20th century has wit­nessed vio­lence and crime rates soar in many urban centers of de­ve­loping coun­tries, the re­search project Com­munity Based Urban Vio­lence Pre­vention (U‑CARE) has been lead by the GLOBUS In­stitute since 2008 to ex­plore and eva­luate ex­pe­ri­ences and po­ten­tials of com­munity based and par­ti­ci­patory go­ver­nance stra­tegies for vio­lence pre­vention in dif­ferent urban set­tings. Me­tho­do­lo­gi­cally the venture is based on field studies con­ducted in Nairobi (Kenya), Jo­han­nesburg (South Africa), Yaoundé and Douala (Ca­meroon) and their com­pa­rative ana­lysis through the joint team of re­se­ar­chers from these cities. The project aims to strengthen re­search ca­pa­cities in cities of the Global South, re­flect on the ad­vances in the fields of urban vio­lence pre­vention, local go­ver­nance and urban planning and build a strong in­ter­di­sci­plinary network ca­pable of ad­dressing the pro­blems of rising vio­lence, par­ti­cu­larly in Sub-Sa­haran Af­rican and Latin Ame­rican cities.