Alice Hertzog

Affiliation: Chair of Architecture and Urban Design
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Alice Hertzog is an urban anthropologist working at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. She trained at Cambridge University and l’Ecole Normale Supérieure before specialising in urban policy at Sciences Po’ in Paris. Her main research interests are in urban migration – exploring how migrants contribute to and transform the city. This is the theme of her current doctorate and on-going collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Current research

An urban anthropologist by training, Alice Hertzog joined the TDLab in late 2014. Her current doctoral thesis investigates patterns of migration and urban development along the Guinea Gulf, in particular in Benin. She studies how migrants shape the cities they move to and places they come from, with a focus on housing strategies and trans-local urban development.


This work is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Global Programme on Migration and Development at the Swiss Development Cooperation and is supervised by Prof. Dr Christian Schmid and Dr. Pius Krütli.