Carola Hein is Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. She has published widely in the field of historical and contemporary architectural, urban and planning. Among other major grants, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on The Global Architecture of Oil and an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to investigate large-scale urban transformation in Hamburg in international context between 1842 and 2008. Her current research interests include the transmission of architectural and urban ideas, focusing specifically on port cities and the global architecture of oil. The exhibition Oildam : Rotterdam in the oil era 1862-2016 co-organized by Museum Rotterdam and TU Delft features her research. She serves as IPHS Editor for Planning Perspectives and as Asia book review editor for Journal of Urban History.
Her books include : The Capital of Europe. Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union (2004), Port Cities : Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks (2011), Brussels : Perspectives on a European Capital (2007), European Brussels. Whose capital ? Whose city ? (2006), Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945 (2003), and Cities, Autonomy and Decentralisation in Japan. (2006), Hauptstadt Berlin 1957-58 (1991). She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and magazines.