Leon Rosa Reichle

Job: PhD student

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551

E: leon.reichle@posteo.net

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: https://twitter.com/leonrrei


Personal profile

With a sociology and political science background from the Universities of Leipzig, Jena and Grenoble (Sciences Po), I am currently focussing on the study of housing relations in the context of urban restructuring in Eastern Germany. This serves as a prism for my broader interests in the social production of space, feminist theory and political economy, governance and the problem of structure and agency, and the implications of neoliberal austerity urbanism in everyday life.

Research group affiliations

The Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

Publications and outputs

Peer reviewed articles

Fiedlschuster, M. and Reichle, L.R. forthcoming. ‘Horizontal Organizing for Solidarity amid COVID-19 in Leipzig (Germany)’. Culture, Practice & Europeanization. Manuscript accepted.

Reichle, L.R. and Beschere, P. forthcoming. ‘Organizing with Tenants in East Germany? Reflecting Observations and Interventions regarding Racist Reactions to the Housing Question’. Radical Housing Journal. Manuscript accepted.

Reichle, L.R. forthcoming. ‘Ethnographische Kneipentouren. Reflexionen eines Ethischen Seitensprungs zur Untersuchung Autoritärer Trennungen in Leipzig’. Geographische Zeitschrift (Sonderausgabe: Rechte Raumnahme). Manuscript accepted.

Book chapters

Bescherer, P. and Reichle, L.R. forthcoming. ‘“Why Don’t You Just Kick out the Foreigners?” Authoritarian Answers to the Housing Question in Leipzig, East Germany’. in Spatializing Authoritarianism, edited by K. Natalie. New York: Syracuse University Press. 

Chew, A., Ilano, L., Lanweraju-Kadri, T., Lowe, A. and Reichle, L.R. 2020. ‘Eviction Observatories’. Pp. 52–76 in Methodologies for Housing Justice Resource Guide. UCLA Publications.

Graziani, T. and Reichle, L.R. 2020. ‘Weaponizing Oakland’s Nuisance Ordinances’. in Counterpoints: Visualizing Bay Area Displacement and Resistance, 1970-2017. San Francisco: PM Press. 

Flam, H., Reichle, L.R. and Reimer, D. forthcoming. ‘Protokollanalyse im NSU-Prozess. Thematisierungskonflikte zur Rolle von Verfassungsschutz, Neonazinetzwerken, Rassismus und Antisemitismus im Prozess.’ in German Legal Traditions on Trial. Vol. 2. Nomos.

Blog Posts, Essays, Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Fiedlschuster, M. and Reichle, L.R. 2020. ‘Solidarity Forever? Performing Mutual Aid in Leipzig, Germany’. Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 12:317–25. 

Nettelbladt, G, and Reichle, L.R. forthcoming. ‘Proximity and Distance: Navigating a Field of Tension in the Qualitative Research of the German Far Right during COVID-19’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research - Spotlight On.

Reichle, L.R. 2020. ‘Nachbarschaftliche Solidarität in der Krise? – Die Frage nach transformativem Potenzial von Nachbarschaftshilfe am Beispiel einer aktivistischen Fallstudie im Leipziger Osten’. (English: Neighbourhood solidarity in crisis? - Questioning the transformative potential of neighbourhood mutual-aid through an activist case study in Leipzig's east) Corona Monitor. Retrieved 17 August 2020 (https://coronamonitor.noblogs.org/2020/08/04/nachbarschaftliche-solidaritaet/). 

Reichle, L.R. 2020. ‘Researching Tenants’ Relations in a State of Emergency - Relational Polarization and Its Challenges for Research’. Centre for Urban Research on Austerity. Retrieved 28 May 2020 (https://cura.our.dmu.ac.uk/2020/05/26/my-phd-fieldwork-was-interrupted-by-a-pandemic-or-researching-relations-through-relations-in-a-period-of-relational-polarization/). 

Reichle, L.R. 2020. ‘Was bedeutet Verdrängung? Und warum tun wir nichts dagegen?’ (English: What does displacement mean? And why don't we do anything about it?) Gefährlicher Gegenstand: Eisenbahnstraße #2.

Reichle, L.R. and Kuschinski, E. 2020. ‘Why housing is a feminist issue, oder warum die Wohnungsfrage feministisch zu stellen ist’. Feministische Georundmail (81).


MA sociology (Jena)

BA social sciences & philosophy (Leipzig)

Membership of professional associations and societies

RC21 Research Committee 21 - Sociology for Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociology Associations

Unequal Cities Network

European Sociological Association

Housing Studies Association

British Sociological Association


PhD - Housing relationships: the disruption and emergence of tenants' relations in a restructuring city.

Conference attendance

September 2021, Royal Geographical Society IGB – Annual Conference. Session: Urban dimensions of far-right mobilizations. A micropolitical discussion on researching authoritarian divisions.

July 2021, RC21 – Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development – Annual Conference. Session organization with Eva Kuschinski: Social Reproduction in Hypercommodified Homes. Session: The Political Consequences of Gentrification. Nested spatio-temporal political subjectivation in an East German neighbourhood

April 2021, British Sociological Association – Annual Conference. Session: Cities, Mobilities, Space & Place. Alienated social reproduction: the role of residential alienation in (future) neoliberal social reproduction

February 2021, De Montfort University Research and the COVID-19 crisis – World Day of Social Justice. Social (in)justice of reproduction: housing conditions in Leipzig, East Germany

September 2019, 6th Research Committee 21 and International Journal for Urban and Regional Research (RC21-IJURR) Doctoral School in Comparative Urban Studies, Delhi, India 

August 2019, Methodologies for Housing Justice Summer Institute, Unequal Cities Network, Institute on Inequality and Democracy, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA 

June 2019, CURA Urban Methodologies Summer School, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

June 2019, Historical Materialism Barcelona: Housing relations: the disruption and emergence of tenants' relationships in the process of displacement

April 2019, Housing Studies Association Conference Sheffield: Emerging Relationships and the Struggle for Agency in a Changing City