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Carola Hein

LDE professor Water, Ports & Historic Cities

Dr.ing. C.M. Hein
+31 71 527 2727

Carola Hein is the initiator of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus PortCityFutures programme and, since January 2022, besides being a professor at TU Delft, also a professor at Leiden University and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Since early 2022 she holds the Unesco Chair 'Water, Ports and Historic Cities'.

More information about Carola Hein

Carola Hein is UNESCO Chair and LDE Professor Water, Ports and Historic Cities in the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus PortCityFutures Centre. She explores socio-spatial long-term developments as foundation for future planning. Among other major grants, she received a Guggenheim fellowship for her research on global networks of petroleum, an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to explore port city relationships, and Volkswagen Foundation grants for mixed method digital humanities projects. Her current research focus is on port city territories, water values and the global architecture of oil.

(Co-)edited books and monographs

Her (co-)edited books and monographs include: Oil Spaces (2021), Urbanisation of the Sea (2020), Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage (2020), The Routledge Planning History Handbook (2018), Uzō Nishiyama, Reflections on Urban, Regional and National Space (2017), History, Urbanism, Resilience, Proceedings of the 2016 IPHS conference (2016), Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks (2011). She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and magazines.

LDE professor Water, Ports & Historic Cities

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie/ Ontw. Sociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


Guest researcher

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China
  • No relevant ancillary activities
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