Ulrike Gerhard is professor for Human Geography of North America at the Institute of Geography and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA) at Heidelberg University. Her research focuses on current processes in urban development, the discursive structuring of cities, urban inequalities and sustainable urban development. A special focus lies on North American and European cities but often includes a global, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspective. She is editor of the books Urban Inequalities in the Creative City (Palgrave-Macmillan 2017), Kulturgeographie der USA (Springer Spektrum 2017), and Humangeographie Kompakt (Springer Spektrum 2015), and author of Global City Washington D.C. Eine politische Stadtgeographie (transcript 2008). She has published articles in GeoJournal, Agribusiness, Int. J of Retail and Distribution Management, Geographica Helvetica, Geographische Rundschau) and several book chapters in academic books on Urban and Cultural Geography.
Ulrike is member of the Advisory Board of the research network Spaces & Flows, chairperson of the mobility program "Urban Inequality in the Creative City", head of the living lab "Urban Office - Sustainable Urban Development in the Knowledge-based Society" as well as Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL. With her professorship at Heidelberg University she holds a joined position between the Institute of Geography and the Heidelberg Center for American Studies that strives for a strengthening of North American Studies in Geography and, vice versa, a clear positioning of Geography within the field of North American Studies. Three guiding principles leave their mark on her concept of research, teaching and collaboration at Heidelberg University: international networking, interdisciplinary cooperation and innovative teaching.