In 1970 I started to study sociology, psychology and political science
at the University of Mannheim with a focus on research methods and statistical
analysis. After my Masters degree in 1976 I worked as a research assistant on
various subjects, mainly on urban housing markets and (urban) traffic.
In 1981 I transferred to the University of Kassel and founded together with
Prof. Detlev Ipsen an institut for empirical sociological research. In 1986 I
finished my PhD about the theoretical concept of filtering in urban housing
markets. One year later I attended the summerschool course at the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA), extending my knowledge of statistical analysis and
methods of empirical research.
While working at the department for urban planning and landscape at the
University of Kassel, my scientific interest shifted to the subject of cities
as a social and cultural system, the relationship between town and nature and,
especially the cultural image of nature.