Dr. Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse

Urban researcher, consultant and author

Main focus: Equitable urban development

Twitter handle: @mdl_berlin

Websites/blogs: https://urban-policy.com/ , https://www.linkedin.com/in/marydellenbaugh/ , https://www.instagram.com/mdl_berlin/

Languages: English, German

City: Berlin

State: Berlin

Country: Germany

Topics: gender, participation and urban development, affordable housing, social inclusion, accessibility, gender equality, gender mainstreaming, care-work, urban development, fear in public space, urban design for equity

Services: Talk, Moderation, Workshop management, Consulting, Coaching, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.

Personal note:

I have more than ten years of experience working with public authorities, foundations, NGOs and non-profit organizations on

- Gender equality in urban policy and planning,
- Inclusive public participation, and
- Public-civic cooperation and social innovation in local government.

I offer a range of consulting services for public and private bodies, including talks, written assessments, policy and spatial analyses, stakeholder engagement and consultation, concept papers, guidelines and capacity building.

I also have more than ten years of experience in European projects and transnational knowledge sharing as a project manager, topical expert, facilitator and assessor, including as a lead expert for URBACT IV.


Dr. Mary Dellenbaugh-Losse is an urban researcher, consultant, and author focusing on social inclusion, participation and gender. Her current work spans a diverse range of topics, including gender equality in urban policy and planning, inclusive public participation, public-civic cooperation and social innovation in local government, and urban commons. In addition, she has also conducted academic research on cultural & creative industries, intermediate & adaptive reuse of vacant buildings and the political, symbolic, & normative aspects of architecture and urban planning.

Dr. Dellenbaugh-Losse grew up in the United States, where she completed her BSc with honors at the University of New Hampshire in 2006. She moved to Germany in 2007, where she successfully completed both a master in landscape architecture and a doctorate in human geography. In 2016, after positions in academia and the non-profit sector, she founded her own consultancy. Today, her work focuses on commissioned expertise and consulting for public bodies on the topics mentioned above, as well as project development and management in Germany and on a European level.

She has been validated by the EU program URBACT IV as a lead and ad hoc expert for equality, diversity, and inclusion, participatory governance, and social innovation. In 2022, she completed a 200-hour occupational training to become a mediator and coach.

She has lectured at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin and is the author and co-editor of several books, including Urban Commons: Moving beyond State and Market, Städtewandel durch Kultur, The Urban Commons Cookbook, and Inventing Berlin: Architecture, Politics and Cultural Memory in the New/Old German Capital Post-1989.

Dr. Dellenbaugh-Losse is a founding member of the Urban Research Group and K3 – Konfliktklärung. Kommunikation. Kooperation. She lives in Berlin.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Ten Minute Talks Series on my YouTube Channel (Playlist) - Short lectures in German and English
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In my Ten Minute Talks I explore current topics in urban developments in ten minutes or less using case studies from my work and from my home city, Berlin.

My first series (2021) was in English. My new series (2023) is in German. All my videos have both German and English subtitles.

Topics include:
- Gender and public space
- Affordable housing
- Public space and the pandemic
- Contested memorials
- Fear in public space