Julia Nast

Julia Nast


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Biographical details

Julia is a joint PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin and King’s College London. She has studied sociology and political sciences at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, U.S and graduated from Humboldt University Berlin with a MA in Social Sciences in 2012. During her studies Julia became increasingly interested in the role of neighbourhoods for inequality, especially in the area of education and youth work. Her master’s thesis looked at the dynamics of parental networks in socially mixed schools in Berlin, Germany. During her studies and her PhD, Julia also followed her interest in education, inequality, and neighbourhood change by working on several project for different NGOs and foundations. 

Research interests

The neighbourhood they live in? Localised organisational habitus and neighbourhood inequality in child related organisations in Berlin, Germany

Member of the Cities research group.

Research interests

Julia is interested in urban sociology, socio-spatial dynamics of inequality in cities, neighbourhood change and relational sociology. She has followed these interestes already during her MA dissertation looking at the networks of parents in socially mixed schools and the promises and perils of socially mixed organsiations. Julia’s PhD research tackles the question of organisational neighbourhood inequality: it employs an organisational perspective to understand how neighbourhoods shape life chances of young people growing up in them. So far, organisations as a focus have been rather marginal in research trying to conceptualize the role of neighbourhoods for inequality that has mostly focused on average neighbourhood effects. Addressing this gap, the research sets out to conceptualize how organisations and their geographical localities interact to shape the work of organisations and thus the experiences of children and young people within them. To do so, the PhD develops the concept of a localized organisational habitus based on ethnographic research and in-depth interviews in two primary schools and two youth clubs in contrasting neighbourhoods (deprived/privileged) in Berlin Germany. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Looking beyond the neighborhood: how meeting the “other” matters - Social mix, social capital and the role of the setting in an urban school , Humboldt University of Berlin

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

Bachelor of Arts, Humboldt University of Berlin

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009


  • G Geography (General)
  • HM Sociology
  • Urban Sociology
  • Inequality
  • Sociology of education
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races


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