University of Calgary

Marit Rosol

  • Associate Professor
  • Tier ll CRC - Global Urban Studies


- Fields: Critical Food Studies, Housing, Urban Gardening, Participation, Governance

- Theory: Political Economy, (Urban) Political Ecology, Governmentality, Hegemony

Member of the O' Brien Institute of Public Health (OIPH, since 2017)


Marit Rosol joined the Department of Geography of the University of Calgary in July 2016 as Canada Research Chair in "Global Urban Studies". Her current research is interested in how global trends of economic integration, state restructuring and the ongoing economic and ecological crises impact social equality in urban communities. By applying an international comparative approach, she will focus on two primary areas of social well-being and social reproduction: (1) Food Justice and (2) Affordable Housing. These research fields are linked through the underlying economic and political processes, and in the everyday life of urban residents.

Prior to coming to Calgary, she worked at the Department of Human Geography at the University of Frankfurt from 2006 until 2016. Between August 2007 and August 2008 Marit Rosol held a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service. In 2012 she finished her Habilitation research project (advanced post-doctoral thesis) on the question of "governing through community", based in parts on her empirical work on City Plan Community Visions Vancouver / Canada. The conceptual framework entailed a combination of a political-economy perspective on neo-liberal restructuring of (local) statehood and planning policy and the neo-Foucauldian governmentality approach. Marit Rosol received her PhD on „Community Gardening in Berlin“ from the Departement of Geography at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2006. She studied Urban and Regional Planning at the Technical University of Berlin and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2018 | Visiting Scholar, Concordia University Montreal, Department of Geography, Planning & Environment (May)
  • 2017 | Visiting Professor, Humboldt-Universiaet zu Berlin, Department of Geography, Germany (October)
  • 2017 | Visiting Professor, Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt, Department of Human Geography, Germany (September)
  • 2017 | Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Geography & Planning Department, Canada (May)
  • 2016 ongoing | Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Department of Geography, Canada
  • 2015 | Visiting Scholar, University of California Berkeley, Department of Geography, USA
  • 2015 | Visiting Scholar, University of California Santa Cruz, Community Studies Program, USA
  • 2014–2015 | Visiting Professor (Lehrstuhlvertretung) Economic and Social Geography, Department of Geography, TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2012 | Habilitation (advanced post-doctoral degree) Goethe-Universität Frankfurt; Venia Legendi for Geography
  • 2012 | Vistiting Professor (Vertretungsprofessorin) for Human Geography, Department of Geography Universität Bremen, Germany
  • 2007–2008 | Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography, Simon-Fraser University, Canada (funded by DAAD)
  • 2006–2016 | Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 2003 | Research in Toronto (Canada) and Seattle (USA) for Doctoral Thesis
  • 2002–2006 | Ph.D in Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, Dr. rer. nat. (funded by DFG - German Research Foundation), Fellow of Research Training Group „Urban Ecology” Berlin
  • 2000 | Internship and Research in Montevideo, Uruguay for Master Thesis
  • 1997–1998 | Graduate Study at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain (funded by German Exchange Service DAAD)
  • 1994–2001 | Graduate and Undergraduate Degree at Department of Urban and Regional Planning (ISR), Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin), Germany, Dipl-Ing. (equiv. to Master of Planning)

Student Supervision


I am looking for 2 new graduate students within my field of research (Critical Urban Food Geographies) with a very specific profile for Master and PhD level studies in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary. Start date will be January 2019 (preferably) or September 2019.
Position 1 (PhD level) entails research assistance with a SSHRC funded research project. Position 2 (MA or PhD level) is an open call for research proposals related to one of my research interests. 

Please apply internally at least 1 month before program admission deadline (i.e. Aug. 15 for start in January, Dec. 5 for start in September).  Successful candidates will also need to apply for program admission. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

For details see pdf at:
Please apply only if you meet the criteria and qualification profile as outlined in the pdf and follow the "How to apply" guide provided there closely. Generic and incomplete application will not be considered.

Current PhD Students

Hanna Augustin (Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt), 2015 to present


Some papers are also available here:

Edited Special Issues in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • ROSOL, Marit/ BÉAL, Vincent / MOESSNER, Samuel (2017): Greenest cities? The (post-)politics of new environmental regimes. In: Environment and Planning A 49(8). With 7 contributions.

Academic Journals (peer reviewed)

  • MÖSGEN Andrea/ ROSOL, Marit/ SCHIPPER, Sebastian (2018) State-led gentrification in previously ‘un-gentrifiable’ areas: Examples from Vancouver/Canada and Frankfurt/Germany. European Urban and Regional Studies: online first. 10.1177/0969776418763010.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2018): Alternative Food Networks as Alternative Economies [original in German: Alternative Ernährungsnetzwerke als Alternative Ökonomien]. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, ahead of print.
  • ROSOL, Marit/ BÉAL, Vincent / MOESSNER, Samuel (2017): Greenest cities? The (post-)politics of new environmental regimes. In: Environment and Planning A 49(8): 1710–1718.
  • Tim - adical Writing Collective (2017): Vulnerabilities, complicities and injustices: ‘Tim-adical’ actions for change in the neoliberal academy. In: ephemera. theory & politics in organization, 17(3): 691-704. (authors: Kean Birch, Sophie Bond, Tina Harris, Dawn Hoogeveen, Nicole Laliberte, Marit Rosol)
  • ESPINOSA SEGUí, Ana, / MAćKIEWICZ, Barbara / ROSOL, Marit (2017): From Leisure to Necessity: Urban Allotments in Alicante Province, Spain, in Times of Crisis. In: ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 16(2): 276-304.
  • DÖRRY, Sabine/ ROSOL, Marit/ THISSEN, Fee (2016): The significance of creative industry policy narratives for Zurich's transformation toward a post-industrial city. In: Cities 58: 137-142.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2015): Social mixing through densification? The struggle over the Little Mountain public housing complex in Vancouver. In: Die Erde 146 (2-3): 151-164.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2015): Governing Cities through Participation: A Foucauldian analysis of CityPlan Vancouver. In: Urban Geography 36(2): 256-276.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2014): Food security through urban gardening? – Experiences from Toronto [original in German: Ernährungssicherung durch urban gardening? – Erfahrungen aus Toronto]. In: Standort. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Geographie 38(4): 220-224, Special Issue: ‚Eating and Drinking’.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2014): On resistance in the post-political city – Conduct and counter-conduct in Vancouver. In: Space and Polity 18 (1): 70-84.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2014): Participación pública en la gobernanza posfordista de espacios verdes urbanos: El caso de los huertos comunitarios en Berlín. In: Hábitat y Sociedad N° 7: 15-30. Special Issue: “La agricultura en la planificación urbana: entre la participación y el mercado” (reprint of IJURR 2010).
  • ROSOL, Marit (2013): Governing (in) the neoliberal city. The Foucauldian analysis of neoliberalism as a contribution to urban research. [original title: Regieren (in) der neoliberalen Stadt. Foucaults Analyse des Neoliberalismus als Beitrag zur Stadtforschung]. In: Geographische Zeitschrift 101 (3-4): 132–147.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2013): Vancouver's "EcoDensity" Planning Initiative: A Struggle over Hegemony? In: Urban Studies 50 (11): 2239-2255. pdf
  • SIGJ2 WrIting Collective (2012): What Can We Do? The Challenge of being New Academics in Neoliberal Universities (Intervention). In: Antipode 44 (4): 1055-1058. pdf on academia (authors: Kean Birch, Sophie Bond, Tina Harris, Dawn Hoogeveen, Nicole Laliberte, Marit Rosol)
  • ROSOL, Marit / SCHWEIZER, Paul (2012): Ortoloco Zurich – Urban Agriculture as an Economy of Solidarity. In: City – Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 16 (6): 713 - 724. pdf
  • ROSOL, Marit (2012): Community volunteering as a neo-liberal strategy? The case of green space production in Berlin. In: Antipode 44 (1): 239-257. pdf
  • ROSOL, Marit (2010): Public participation in post-Fordist urban green space governance: The case of community gardens in Berlin. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 34 (3): 548–563. pdf 500kB
  • ROSOL, Marit (2008): Participatory after and temporary use of inner city vacant land – Examples from Berlin [original title: Partizipative Nach- und Zwischennutzungen innerstädtischer Brachflächen - Praxisbeispiele aus Berlin.] In: Berichte zur Deutschen Landeskunde. 82 (3), Leipzig: 251-66
  • HEEG, Susanne / ROSOL, Marit (2007): Neoliberal urban policy in a global context – An overview [original title: Neoliberale Stadtpolitik im globalen Kontext – Ein Überblick.] In: Prokla – Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialwissenschaft. Heft 149, Vol. 37 (4), Münster: 491-509. pdf 4,2 MB
  • ROSOL, Marit (2005): Community GardensA potential for stagnating and shrinking cities? Examples from Berlin. In: Die Erde, Vol. 136. 2. Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin. Berlin: 23-36. pdf link

Authored Books

  • ROSOL, Marit (2006): Community Gardens in Berlin.  A qualitative analysis concerning potentials and risks of civic engagement in the green sector against the background of changing statehood and spatial planning. [original title: Gemeinschaftsgärten in Berlin. Eine qualitative Untersuchung zu Potenzialen und Risiken bürgerschaftlichen Engagements im Grünflächenbereich vor dem Hintergrund des Wandels von Staat und Planung]. Mensch & Buch Verlag, Berlin. 

Edited Books

  • KUMNIG, Sarah / ROSOL, Marit / EXNER, Andrea*s (Eds.) (2017): Contested Green. Between neoliberal urban development and city making from below. [original: Umkämpftes Grün. Zwischen neoliberaler Stadtentwicklung und Stadtgestaltung von unten.] Bielefeld: Transcript. (for a book review - in German - see here)
  • HEEG, Susanne / ROSOL, Marit (Eds.) (2014): Built Environment. Urban political conflicts in Frankfurt am Main and Offenbach. [original title: Gebaute Umwelt. Aktuelle stadtpolitische Konflikte in Frankfurt am Main und Offenbach]. Forum Humangeographie 12. Institut für Humangeographie, Frankfurt a.M.

Book Chapters (* = peer reviewed)

  • * ROSOL, Marit / BLUE, Gwendolyn / FAST, Victoria (2018, in press): Smart” but unjust? Re-thinking the smart city critique with Nancy Fraser [„Smart“, aber ungerecht? Die Smart City-Kritik mit Nancy Fraser denken]. In: BAURIEDL, Sybille / STRÜVER, Anke (Eds.): Smart City. Digitale Technologien, Raumproduktion, Intervention. Bielefeld: Transcript (publication date: Oct. 2018).
  • ROSOL, Marit (2018): Politics of Urban Gardening. In: WARD, Kevin / JONAS, Andrew E.G. / MILLER, Byron / WILSON, David: The Routledge Handbook on Spaces of Urban Politics. New York: Routledge, 134–145.
  • * ROSOL, Marit (2017): Community Gardening in the neoliberal city [Gemeinschaftlich Gärtnern in der neoliberalen Stadt]. In: KUMNIG, Sarah / ROSOL, Marit / EXNER, Andrea*s: Contested Green. Between neoliberal urban development and city making from below [Umkämpftes Grün. Zwischen neoliberaler Stadtentwicklung und Stadtgestaltung von unten]. Bielefeld: Transcript, 11-32. pdf
  • ROSOL, Marit (2016): Community volunteering and the neoliberal production of urban green space. In: BEEBEEJAUN, Yasminah (Ed.): The Participatory City. Berlin: Jovis, pp. 85–93.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2015): Feeding the just city [original title: Die ernährungsgerechte Stadt schaffen]. In: STRÜVER, Anke (Hrsg.): Food Geographies – Among sustainability, insecurity and responsbility [Geographien der Ernährung – Zwischen Nachhaltigkeit, Unsicherheit und Verantwortung]. Hamburg: Institut für Geographie der Universität Hamburg (Hamburger Symposium Geographie, Band 7), 51-65
  • ROSOL, Marit / SCHIPPER, Sebastian (2014): The foucauldian concept of governmentality. [original title: Das foucaultsche Konzept der Gouvernementalität]. In: OSSENBRÜGGE. Jürgen / VOGELPOHL, Anne (Hrsg.): Theories in spatial and urban research. [Theorien in der Raum- und Stadtforschung – Einführungen]. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, 271–289.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2014): Recording the unrecorded. Marit Rosol in an interview with Bohn & Viljoen. In: VILJOEN, André / BOHN, Katrin (Eds.): Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing productive cities. London and New York: Routledge, 178-183. (Winner of the 2015 RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects - President's Award for Outstanding University Located Research)
  • ROSOL, Marit / DZUDZEK, Iris (2014): Participative planning. [original title: Partizipative Planung]. In: BELINA, Bernd / NAUMANN, Matthias / STRÜVER, Anke (Hrsg.): Guide to critical urban geography [original title: Handbuch kritische Stadtgeographie]. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, pp. 212–217. (second edition: 2016)
  • ROSOL, Marit (2013): Downtown and inner city development. [original title: City und Innenstadtentwicklung]. In: ROLFES, Manfred / UHLENWINKEL, Anke (Hrsg.): Metzler guide to geography 2.0 [original title: Metzler Handbuch 2.0 Geographieunterricht]. Braunschweig: Westermann, pp. 240 – 246.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2012): The impact of shifting governing contexts on grassroots gardening initiatives – Community Gardens in Berlin, Germany. In: DAVIES, Anna (Ed.): Enterprising Communities: Grassroots Sustainability Innovations. Advances in Ecopolitics 8. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 123 – 142. abstract
  • *  DÖRRY, Sabine / ROSOL, Marit (2011): Creative industries as engine of urban development? – The case of Zurich [original title: Kreativwirtschaft als Motor der Stadtentwicklung? – Das Beispiel Zürich.] In: MUSIL, Robert / MATZNETTER, Walther (Eds.): Europe – Metropolises in transition [original title: Europa: Metropolen im Wandel.] Wien: Mandelbaum-Verlag, pp. 123 – 136.
  • FRITSCHE, Miriam / KLAMT, Martin / ROSOL, Marit / SCHULZ, Marlies (2011): Social Dimensions of Urban Restructuring – Urban Gardening, Residents’ Participation, Gardening Exhibitions. In: Endlicher, Wilfried et al. (Hrgs.): Perspectives in Urban Ecology - Ecosystems and Interactions between Humans and Nature in the Metropolis of Berlin. Berlin und Heidelberg: Springer (Germany), pp. 261-295.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2011): Uneven provision with open green spaces – A / No topic for landscape planning? [original title: Ungleiche Versorgung mit Grün- und Freiflächen – (K)ein Thema für die Freiraumplanung?] (In: BELINA, Bernd / GESTRING, Norbert / MÜLLER, Wolfgang / STRÄTER, Detlev (Hrsg.): Urbane Differenzen. Disparitäten innerhalb und zwischen Städten (= Raumproduktionen: Theorie und gesellschaftliche Praxis 9), Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot, pp. 98 - 114.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2010): CityPlan Vancouver - Strategic planning through new forms of governance? [original title: CityPlan Vancouver - Strategische Planung durch neue Governanceformen?] In: HUTTER, Gérard; WIECHMANN, Thorsten (Hrsg.): Strategische Planung. Zur Rolle der Planung in der Strategieentwicklung für Städte und Regionen. Reihe Planungsrundschau Nr. 18, Kassel, Verlag Uwe Altrock, pp. 121-141. Editorial.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2010): Community Gardens - Political struggles around the use of inner city space. [original title: Gemeinschaftsgärten - Politische Konflikte um die Nutzung innerstädtischen Raumes]. In: REIMERS, Brita (Hg.): Gärten und Politik. München, Oekom Verlag, pp. 206-215.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2007): Community Gardening in Berlin – Creative production and use of urban green space. in: DEBEN, Léon / BONTJE, Marco: Creativity and diversity: Key challenges to the 21st century city. Amsterdam: Spinhuis, pp. 196-209. (in English)
  • *  HAIDLE, Ella / ROSOL, Marit (2005): About the rural within the urban – Community gardens in Buenos Aires and Berlin [original title: Vom Lande in der Stadt – Gemeinschaftsgärten in Buenos Aires und Berlin.] In: LandLiebe –Landleben. Ländlicher Raum im Spiegel von Sozialwissenschaften und Planungstheorie, Planungsrundschau Ausgabe 12, Berlin, pp. 141-153.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2004): Community gardens in Berlin and North American cities. „Green Oases“ through informal work?  [original title: Community Gardens in Berlin und nordamerikanischen Großstädten – „Grüne Oasen“ durch informelle Arbeit?]. In: MANNING, Stephan / MAYER, Margit (eds.): Praktiken informeller Ökonomie: Explorative Studien aus deutschen und nordamerikanischen Städten. Arbeitspapier Nr. 2 der Abteilung Politik des John-F.-Kennedy-Instituts der Freien Universität Berlin, Berlin: Selbstverlag Freie Universität Berlin, pp. 35-53. pdf 1,6 MB
  • BLANKENBURG, Tanja / ROSOL, Marit (1998): Rykestraße - Story of a neighbourhood [original title: Rykestraße – Geschichte eines Quartiers]. In: S.T.E.R.N. et al. (Hg.): Das SelbstBau-Modell. Eine Mietergenossenschaft in Prenzlauer Berg. Berlin: Christoph Links Verlag, pp. 15-21.

Book reviews and other publications

  • ROSOL, Marit (2012): Social mixing as state-led gentrification? Book Review Essay on: Gary Bridge, Tim Butler, and Loretta Lees (2012, Eds.): Mixed Communities. Gentrification by stealth?, Bristol: The Policy Press, Bristol. In: Social Geography, 7: 47-49.
  • SCHWEIZER, Paul / ROSOL, Marit (2012): Ortoloco Zürich – Ein Gemeinschaftsgarten als gelebtes Beispiel für eine alternative, solidarische Ökonomie. Hg. von der Stiftungsgemeinschaft ‚anstiftung & ertomis’, München. pdf 800kB
  • Book Review (2012): Martinez, Miranda J. (2010): Power at the roots. Gentrification, Community Gardens, and the Puerto Ricans of the Lower East Side. In: Urban Studies, 49 (5): 1155-1157.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2009): Stadtplanung im Umbau. In: Forum Wissenschaft. 26 (1): 10-13. pdf 3,3 MB
  • Book Review (2009): Richardson, Liz (2008): DIY Community Action. Neighbourhood problems and community self-help. In: Urban Studies, 46 (9): 2008-2010.
  • Book Review (2008): BARTLETT, Peggy (ed.) (2005): Urban Place: Reconnecting with the Natural World. In: Urban Studies, 45 (2) (2008): 451-453.
  • Book Review (2007): BELINA, Bernd (2006): Raum, Überwachung, Kontrolle. Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot, Münster. In Social & Cultural Geography, Vol. 8.5 (2007): 800-802.
  • ROSOL, Marit / WEIß, Julika (2005): Community Gardens in Toronto und Seattle – interkulturell, ökologisch, ernährungssichernd. In: Stiftung Interkultur (Hg.). Skripte zu Migration und Nachhaltigkeit Nr. 1, München. pdf 600 kB
  • ARNDT, Christoph / HAIDLE, Ella / ROSOL, Marit (2004): Grass roots oases. Inner urban community gardens in Buenos Aires and Berlin [original title: Graswurzeloasen. Innerstädtische Gemeinschaftsgärten in Buenos Aires und Berlin]. In: Trialog – Zeitschrift für das Planen und Bauen in der Dritten Welt, Heft 81, Juni 2004, Darmstadt: 12-17.
  • ROSOL, Marit (2001): Housing cooperatives in Uruguay - An analysis of claims and reality of collective self-help (Diplomarbeit/ Master Thesis)




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