Gabriela Muri

Gabriela Muri, PD Dr. phil. Dipl. Arch. ETH


Phone: +41 (0)44 634 40 88

Room number: AFL-G-220

Research Interests

  • Space- and time-theoretical issues
  • Urban and social planning and social inequality
  • Urban perception, public spaces
  • Urban event cultures
  • Youth cultures, intergenerationality
  • The working world and professional cultures
  • Leisure and consumer culture
  • Visual culture and mediality
  • Theories of everyday life, methodology and methods


  • 2013 Privatdozentin at the University of Zurich; Habilitation thesis: “The city in the city. Space, time and image representations of urban public spaces” (Venia Legendi: 23 July 2013)
  • 2007–2008 Habilitation grant, University of Zurich (Research Fund for Junior Scholars)
  • 2004 PhD at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zurich
  • 2002 Research stay at the University of Chicago, Department of Sociology, supervised by Prof. A. Abbott and Prof. D. Levine (Urban Research and Cultural Theories)
  • 1991–1998 Cultural Studies and History at the University of Zurich, with the focus on Social History, City and Living, Youth Culture; Master’s thesis supervised by Prof. Ueli Gyr on the theme of the Techno Scene in Zürich
  • 1981–1987 Studied Architecture at the ETH Zürich, Diploma with a focus on Urban Development.

Work Experience

  • From 2017: Professor in the Department of Social Work ZHAW
  • From 2013: Lecturer in the Office of Research and Development, Department of Social Work ZHAW
  • 2010–2013 Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Chair of Sociology, Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich
  • 2010 Guest Professor at the Institute of Urbanism Grenoble (University Pierre Mendès)
  • 2001–2010 Senior Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Popular Culture Studies, University of Zurich
  • 2007–2008:  Research Fellow at the Università di Milano Bicocca (2007), Research Fellow at the EHESS, Centre d’étude des mouvements sociaux [Centre for the Study of Social Movement] in Paris (2008)
  • 2004 Erasmus guest lecturer at the University of Turku on the theme: Cultural studies’ approach to the city and urban research
  • 2004 Erasmus guest lecturer at the University of Hamburg on the theme: Cultural Studies into Time Research
  • 1994–2001 Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Popular Culture Studies at the University of Zurich
  • 1994–1998 Administrator in the Regional Planning Office of the Canton of Zürich
  • 1988–1992 Office for Architecture and Cityscape in the Building Department of the City of Zürich

Publications and teaching experience