Jörg Plöger is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Regional and Urban Development (ILS) in Dortmund, Germany. He holds a doctoral degree in human geography from the University of Kiel for his work on urban transformation processes in Latin American cities. Before joining ILS in 2009, he was a researcher at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he worked on the “Weak Market Cities” project on urban recovery approaches in post-industrial cities in Europe and the United States (see “Phoenix Cities – the fall and rise of great industrial cities” co-authored with Anne Power and Astrid Winkler, 2010). In recent years, Dr. Plöger has continued his work on cities undergoing economic restructuring. He has led several research projects in the field of migration and urban development. His recent articles in academic journals cover high-skilled migration and economic development, transnational migration and belonging as well as gentrification. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of St. Louis (UMSL) in 2016 and the University of Manchester (UoM) in 2015.