Sandra Jasper


Researcher Sandra Jasper was the executive producer and co-author of the documentary, Natura Urbana/The Brachen of Berlin (2017, Director Matthew Gandy). Natura Urbana tells the post-war history of Berlin through its plants, exploring how its changing vegetation serves as a parallel storyline to its war-time destruction, geo-political division, and current urban transformation.

As part of our Block Party on 30th Sept, 2023, we will be screening Natura Urbana/The Brachen of Berlin, with a follow on discussion with Sandra about her research and work.


Sandra Jasper is Assistant Professor of Geography and Gender at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Deputy Director of the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys). She researches the relationship between cities, urbanization, and socio-ecological change. She is co-editor of The Botanical City (jovis, 2020) and co-author and producer of the award-winning documentary film Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin (UK/GER, 72min). She is currently writing a monograph about the experimental spaces of West Berlin for which she received a Graham Foundation Award. Her new collaborative research project “Re-Scaling Global Health. Human Health and Multispecies Cohabitation on an Urban Planet” (2023-2026), funded by the Berlin University Alliance Grand Challenge Global Health, investigates the multiple links between health, biodiversity, and pollution in urban spaces.

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Date of publication

Fri 15 Sep 2023