Britta Elena Hecking studied Romance and Islamic Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. From 2009- 2012 she studied in the PhD program “Critical Junctures of Globalization” (University of Leipzig). She wrote her dissertation on “Youth and Resistance” in Algiers, which she defended in July 2014. Currently she works as a freelance researcher for a think tank. Her research interests include youth and city planning with a focus on North African/ Mediterranean cities.