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Tjark Gall

PhD Candidate ('20-'23) at Laboratoire Génie Industriel (LGI), CentraleSupélec, University Paris Saclay
Topic: Urban Mobility Futures, supervised by Bernard Yannou, Sylvie Douzou, and Flore Vallet

Doctoral Researcher at Anthropolis Chair by Jakob Puchinger, IRT SystemX, France

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I am an urbanist who lived and worked in Germany, China, Malawi, Uganda, the Netherlands, and now France. During my stay abroad in Shanghai and subsequent work in Lilongwe, I developed an intense curiosity to understand how our global cities work and what is needed for more sustainability and inclusiveness.

This resulted in co-founding the think tank Urban Framework, focusing my studies in Germany on urban research in the Global South while completing an MSc in Urban Management and Development to understand the multiple dimensions which interplay in the urban realm. Along this path, I worked in various positions related to urban research, design and development, attended and organised workshops, wrote papers, and presented at several conferences. These activities culminated in my current activity as PhD candidate on Urban Mobility Futures.

Since October 2020, I am based in Paris pursuing a PhD at the Anthropolis Chair, co-managed by IRT SystemX and LGI, CentraleSupélec, University Paris Saclay, on the topic of developing human-centred scenarios for Future Urban Mobility. With an urbanism background, the focus lies on understanding spatial, socio-economic, and technological trends in the field of urban mobility to co-create scenarios that can inform policy-making, as well as service design. The goal is to develop a methodology that can be applied in Paris Saclay and tested in other contexts.


Professional Experiences: Project Manager @ ISOCARP Institute – Centre for Urban Excellence (NL, 2018-2020), Research Assistant @ Institute for Sustainable Urbanism, the Department of Architecture, and the Institute for Building Maintenance and Structural Design, Technical University Braunschweig (GER, 2012-2019), Architectural Assistant @ KPN Architekten (GER), Ismail Mehmood Designs (MWI), Stilkonzept Architektur (GER, 2012-2016).

Academic Experiences: MSc Urban Management and Development, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS(, Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL, 2018), MSc Architecture, Technical University Brunswick (GER, 2019), BSc Architecture plus, Technical University Brunswick (GER, 2015), exchange studies CAUP, Tongji University Shanghai (PRC, 2013), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

Awards/Scholarships: Nominated for Best Thesis Award for DAIDA Foundation, IHS, Rotterdam (2018), Braunschweiger Bürgerpreis (Citizen’s Award of Brunswick, 2017), The Most Innovative Urban Assessment Concept Award (WSBE Conference Hong Kong, 2017), 1st Place: Dean’s Award – Best Poster & Presentation (ISOCARP YPP Workshop 2016), Lower Saxony Scholarship 2016, Germany Scholarship 2017, Scholarship of German Academic Exchange Service 2013.

Professional Memberships: International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP, since 2018), Design Society (since 2020, World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF, since 2020), Young Academics Network, Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP YA, since 2016).

Conference papers9 documents

  • Flore Vallet, Sebastian Hörl, Tjark Gall. Matching Synthetic Populations with Personas: A Test Application for Urban Mobility. DESIGN2022, May 2022, Cavtat, Croatia. pp.1795-1804, ⟨10.1017/pds.2022.182⟩. ⟨hal-03682282⟩
  • Tjark Gall, Flore Vallet, Sylvie Douzou, Bernard Yannou. Anticipate, Adjust, Adapt: Managing Sustainability Transitions through multiple Scenarios of Urban Mobility Futures.. European Transport Conference 2021, Association for European Transport, Sep 2021, Online, United Kingdom. ⟨hal-03351857⟩
  • Tjark Gall, Flore Vallet, Bernard Yannou. Co-Creating Sustainable Urban Futures: An initial Taxonomy of Methods and Tools. 57th ISOCARP World Planning Congress, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), Nov 2021, Doha, Qatar. pp.1621-1632. ⟨hal-03448456⟩
  • Tjark Gall, Flore Vallet, Sylvie Douzou, Bernard Yannou. Re-defining the System Boundaries of Human-Centred Design. International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED21, Design Society, Aug 2021, Gothenburg, Sweden. pp.2521-2530, ⟨10.1017/pds.2021.513⟩. ⟨hal-03319886⟩
  • Tjark Gall, Sindi Haxhija. Storytelling of and for Planning - Urban Planning through Participatory Narrative-building. Proceedings of the 56th ISOCARP World Planning Congress, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), Nov 2020, The Hague, Netherlands. ⟨hal-03168709⟩
  • Pilar Pérez Flores, Tjark Gall. Re-Thinking the Land Ownership-Model in Malawi: Counteracting Challenges of informal Land-Management by facilitating Land-Use Tools in the Context of rural-urban Transition. International Urban Conference, African Centre for Cities, Feb 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. ⟨hal-03168725⟩
  • Tjark Gall. A methodological approach to measure interrelations between urban form and flood-related risks in Kampala, Uganda. 54th ISOCARP World Planning Congress | Cool Planning: Changing Climate and our Urban Future, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), Oct 2018, Bodø, Norway. ⟨hal-03168723⟩
  • Tjark Gall. Urban Gestalt and Social Vulnerability: A Case Study of Kampala, Uganda. ResNexus 2018 Conference, Wageningen University, Nov 2018, Wageningen, Netherlands. ⟨hal-03168722⟩
  • Tjark Gall. Tackling urban challenges in sub-Saharan Africa through indicator-based Sustainability Assessment. 52nd ISOCARP Congress | Cities we have vs. Cities we need, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), Sep 2016, Durban, South Africa. ⟨hal-03168728⟩

Book sections2 documents

  • Tjark Gall, Zaheer Allam. Strategic Foresight and Futures Thinking in Urban Development: Reframing Planning Perspectives and Decolonising Urban Futures. Future Cities Series: Practical Guidance for innovative, resilient and inclusive Cities of the Future, UN-Habitat, ISOCARP, 2022, 9789075524727. ⟨hal-03832837⟩
  • Tjark Gall, Giulia Carbonari, Annemie Wyckmans, Dirk Ahlers. Co-Creating Local Energy Transitions Through Smart Cities: Piloting a Prosumer-Oriented Approach. Malgorzata Hanzl, Jim Reilly, Mahak Agrawal, Ricardo Moura. Review of World Planning Practice. Volume 16: Post-Oil Urbanism, International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), 2020, 978-90-75524-65-9. ⟨hal-03168646⟩

Reports1 document

  • Lucile Buisson, Félix Carreyre, Manon Eskenazi, Adrien Bonnet, Tjark Gall, et al.. Le véhicule automatisé comme objet de recherche. [Rapport de recherche] ENPC; ENTPE (Vaulx-en-Velin). 2022. ⟨hal-03637399⟩