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Tobias Kuttler


Research associate

Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Berufliche Bildung und Arbeitslehre

Fachgebiet Arbeitslehre/Technik und Partizipation
Sekr. MAR 1-1
Marchstraße 23
10587 Berlin

Room MAR 1.021

Telephone: +49 30 314-78844
Telefax: +49 30 314-21120

Talk times by arrangement

Fields of Interest

·       Urban and transportation development in the global south

·       Mobility research, mobility in rural areas

·       Transport technologies and infrastructures

·       Urban planning & theory, urban anthropology, urban commons

·       Postcolonial theory

·       Participation processes

Present project

Ramses - Rural Mobility 2.0, an EIT Digital-Projekt

Link: http://www.ruralmobility.eu/


  • M.A. Urban and Regional Planning, TU Berlin. Topic of master thesis: „Space, Place and Infrastructure  in Transformation? The case of Begum Bazaar, Hyderabad, India
  • B.A. Geography und European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin
  • Study visit to Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, Facultad de Geografía e Historia;
  • Study and research visit to University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA, Department of City and Regional Planning;
  • Study and research visit to University of Mysore, India, School of Design and Architecture

Professional Experience

  • Since July 2016: Research Associate at Berlin University of Technology, Department of Work and Technology 
  • Since July 2016: Research Associate at nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research, Berlin
  • 2015 – 2016: Freelancer with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and The Urban Idea GmbH in the project „EcoMobility World Festival 2015” in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2015: Research visit to the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India, a cooperation of RWTH Aachen and IIT Madras. Assistance in the project “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in peri-urban Chennai in the study area of Sriperumbudur: sustainable resources management, livelihoods and governance”
  • 2014: Student assistant at Berlin University of Technology, Department of Work and Technology, in the project “Forschungscampus EUREF – Mobility2Grid”
  • 2013: Internship with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability within the “EcoMobility World Festival 2013” in Suwon, South Korea
  • 2010 – 2014: Member of organizing committee of the students` conference „Generation Nachhaltigkeit“ (“generation sustainability”) in 2010, 2011 and 2013 at Institute of Geography, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • 2012-2013: Internship at nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India within the Megacities Project “Sustainable Hyderabad“ funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • 2010 – 2012: Student assistant at Centre for Innovation in Mobility and Societal Change (InnoZ), work program Green Mobility, Berlin, Germany
  • 2008: Internship at German Aerospace Center, Institute of Transport Research, Department of Commercial Transport, Berlin, Germany
  • 2008: Freelancer at Infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences, Bonn, Germany
  • 2007: Internship regarding the promotion of eco-tourism at State Biosphere Reserve Baikalsky, Tanchoi, Russia


·       Kuttler, T., Otto-Zimmermann, K., Zimmermann, T. (2016): Change the way you move. A central business district goes ecomobile. Jovis Verlag Berlin. More: https://www.jovis.de/en/books/change-the-way-you-move.html


·       Kuttler, T., Jain, A. (2015): Defending space in a changing urban landscape – A study on urban commons in Hyderabad, India. In: Dellenbaugh, Mary, et al. (ed.): Urban Commons: Moving Beyond State and Market. Vol. 154. Birkhäuser, 2015. More: http://www.degruyter.com/dg/viewbook/product$002f430778


·       Contributions to: Otto-Zimmermann, K., Park, Y. (ed., 2015): Neighborhood in Motion - One neighborhood, one month, no cars. Berlin: Jovis Verlag. More: https://www.jovis.de/de/buecher/details/neighborhood-in-motion.html


·       Jain, A., Kuttler, T. (2014): Local Action in and on Urban Open Spaces of Hyderabad. In: Schinkel, U., Schröder, S., Jain, A., (ed.): Local Action and Participation. Lessons Learned from Participatory Projects and Action Research in Future Megacities. Buchreihe Future Megacities Volume 4, Berlin. More: https://www.jovis.de/de/buecher/future-megacities-4.html


·       Kramer, S., Hoffmann, C., Kuttler, T., Hendzlik, M. (2013): Electric Car Sharing as an Integrated Part of Public Transport: Customers’ Needs and Experience. In: Hülsmann, M., Fornahl, D. (Hrsg.): Evolutionary Paths Towards the Mobility Patterns of the Future. Berlin Heidelberg, Springer Verlag: More: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-642-37558-3_7


·       Hoffmann, C., Graff, A., Kramer, S., Kuttler, T., Hendzlik, M., Scherf, C., & Wolter, F. (2012): Bewertung integrierter Mobilitätsdienste mit Elektrofahrzeugen aus Nutzerperspektive. Results of the project BeMobility–Berlin elektroMobil. InnoZ Baustein, 11. Download here: https://www.innoz.de/sites/default/files/11_innoz-baustein.pdf


·       Weiß, J., Neumann, A., Kramer, S., Bost, M., Kuttler, T. (2011): Erneuerbare Energien im Verkehr in Berlin-Brandenburg. Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW), Berlin, 2011. Download here: https://www.ioew.de/uploads/tx_ukioewdb/Erneuerbare_Energien_im_Verkehr_in_Berlin-Brandenburg.pdf


·       Dijks, S., Grafe, F.-J., Hampel, M., Jarass, J., Kuttler, T., Thylmann, M., Zimmermann, T. (2011): Generation Nachhaltigkeit: Wann, wenn nicht wir? Conference proceedings 2011, Berlin, Geography Department of Humboldt University Berlin. Download here: https://www.projekte.hu-berlin.de/de/sustainability/flagship-activities/hsk-sustainability/hsk_II/tagungsband

Conference, workshop and other contributions


Kuttler, T., Shivam, P.: Infrastructure as space of multiple territories: the case of Sriperumbudur region. Paper presented at “Indo-German Conference on Sustainability 2015 – Exploring Planetary Boundaries and their Challenges and Opportunities” at IIT Madras, Chennai, India, February 27-28, 2016


Adelina, C., Hill, C., John, R., Kuttler, T., Rajan, S. C., Roul, A., Woiwode, C.: Peri-Urban Dynamics and Sustainability in Chennai: The Case of Sriperumbudur. Paper presented at 16. N-AERUS annual conference (Network-Association of European Researchers on Urbanisation in the South): “Who wins and who loses? – Exploring and learning from transformations and actors in the cities of the South” at TU Dortmund, Germany, November 19-21, 2015.  Download here: http://n-aerus.net/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Dokumentation_N-Aerus_2015-part-1.pdf

Two-day workshop „Sustainable Mobility“, together with Dr. Angela Jain at the summer academy „Metropolen auf dem Weg in die Zukunft – von Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten nachhaltiger (Stadt-)Entwicklung“ organized by EPIZ – Globales Lernen und Engagement Global, Berlin, Germany, September 1-3, 2015

Kuttler, T., Zimmermann, T.: Contested Materialities: Urban Modes of Life of Agricultural Producers in Hyderabad. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Chicago, USA, April 21-25, 2015


Kuttler, T., Dobrusskin, J.: Die Inwertsetzung kultureller Vielfalt als regionale Wachstumsstrategie („ The valorization of cultural diversity as regional growth strategy“). Workshop and discussion at the 4. International Degrowth Conference in Leipzig, Germany, September 2-6, 2014


Kuttler, T., Jain, A.: Defending spaces in a changing urban landscape – A study on urban commons in Hyderabad, India. Paper presented at conference “Urban commons: Moving beyond state and market” at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, September 27-28, 2013

Organization of student conference “Generation Nachhaltigkeit – "Weil morgen gestern wird" at Geography Department, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, June 13-15, 2013


Kuttler, T.: Negotiating the right to the street - The Walkable Hyderabad Project. Talk at conference “Post-Oil City: The History of The City’s Future”, Hyderabad, India, August 12, 2012


Ideas competition „Energie Quartier - Gründerzeit der Zukunft“, organized by the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) and BTU Cottbus. 2. Prize with the contribution „energie plug-in“, together with Daniel Schwab, Xiaohan Hu, Heinrich Sparla, Eleonore Harmel, Maria Oikonomou. Supervision: Dr. Rafael Pizarro

Organization of student conference “Generation Nachhaltigkeit – " Wann, wenn nicht wir?" at Geography Department, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, December 1-3, 2011; organization of workshop “Mobilität – Verkehr kommt in Bewegung“


Organization of student conference „Generation Nachhaltigkeit – Oder nach uns die Sintflut?“ at Geography Department, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany, June 17-19, 2010


  • 2015: Grant of DAAD (German academic exchange service) in context of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at IIT Madras, coordinated by RWTH Aachen
  • 2015: Travel grant of the “Friends of Technische Universität Berlin” to participate in and contribute to the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), April 21-25 in Chicago
  • 2012: Scholarship of DAAD (German academic exchange service) “A new passage to India”
  • 2009: Scholarship of the NEURUS program (Network for European and U.S. Regional and Urban Studies)
  • 2008-2009: ERASMUS – Scholarship


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