Martin Stumpler is a doctoral researcher at the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS), an international graduate school of spatial science, economics and social sciences based in Dresden, Germany. His PhD project is co-supervised by Professor Simon Joss from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. It examines the role of institutions, both formal and informal, in shaping the recovery process of deprived urban areas from internal social disturbances such as the English riots in 2011. Martin is particularly interested in the role of institutional change (or stability) in regeneration governance, as well as the implementation of principles such as adaptation, learning and self-organisation commonly associated with urban resilience. He is applying a qualitative case study design with a focus on the London Borough of Haringey.
Martin’s first degree was in Geography from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. After graduating, he worked as a scientific assistant at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the Chair of Spatial Development at TU Dresden. In 2010/2011 he took a Master's Programme in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden.