Ellen Hillal

''MAKING HEIMAT'' in a multi-ethnic, -religious and -cultural society requires high flexibility, tolerance and openness towards others and promoting social equity and justice. It is also necessary to encourage the interdisciplinary institutions of public sector and societal actors to build a ''HEALTHY CITY'', where the citizens are characterised by complete physical, mental, and social well-being.
“Gerhard Mercator Graduate Programme Open-Mindedness, Tolerance and Public Engagement” offers me the suitable environment to further develop my experiences, exchange my views and explore more about cities of democratic societies.

Important stages in the CV
Research focus
Research Projects at the Graduate Programme

Important stages in the CV

05/2020 - now Research Assistant at Institute for Urban Public Health (InUPH), Essen.
10/2019 – now PhD Programme ARUS (Advanced Research in Urban Systems), University of Duisburg-Essen.
11/2016 – 07/2017 The Socio-political accompanying programme of “Leadership for Syria”, University of Konstanz in cooperation with DAAD.
10/2015 – 09/2018 M.Sc. Urban Systems (Sustainable Urban Technologies), University of Duisburg-Essen.
10/2008 – 09/2014 B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Damascus University, Syria.


Research focus

  • Nature Based Solutions for urban planning problems in cities
  • City-Health: City planning and public health
  • Sustainable environmental, social, and economic policy

Institut für Urban Public Health (InUPH)

Zweigertstr. 37
45130 Essen


  • Doktorand/in, Profilschwerpunkt Urbane Systeme

    Institut für Urban Public Health (InUPH)

  • Assoziierte Forscherinnen und Forscher, Forschungseinrichtungen

    Gerhard Mercator Graduiertenkolleg Weltoffenheit, Toleranz und Gemeinsinn

The following publications are listed in the online university bibliography of the University of Duisburg-Essen. Further information may also be found on the person's personal web pages.

    Journal articles

  • Schillen, Philip; In der Schmitten, Jürgen; Danielzik, Katja; Hillal, Ellen; Moebus, Susanne; Dehnen, Alessia
    Primärärztliche Versorgungsungleichheiten zu Ungunsten der Bevölkerung sozial benachteiligter Stadtgebiete : eine Fallanalyse am Beispiel der Stadt Essen
    In: Das Gesundheitswesen Vol. 85 (2023) Nr. 12, pp. 1131 - 1139
  • Nature-Based Solutions for Healthy and Sustainable Urban Regeneration.