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Chair for Human and Economic Geography

Main interests and research issues of this study group concentrate on environmental economic geography and regional development. Major research interests include environmental management and governance, environmental and social impacts of globalization, transnational value chains and socio-economic aspects of natural hazards. The regional focus is on Southern Asia (mainly India and Bangladesh), East Asia, Australia, Germany and Western Europe.


New publication by L.M. Bott, B. Braun and K. Gisevius together with Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum

This interdisciplinary paper investigates the relationship between physical processes of land subsidence and risk perception and adaptation of local households in Jakarta and Semarang. The results show that subsidence is the main driver of coastal hazards such as flooding. Unlike rapid-onset events, household adaptation to subsidence is driven less by risk perception than by actual exposure. The paper is available here.

Konstantin Gisevius presents his master's thesis as part of the Dr. Prill Award of the "Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Köln e.V."

The "Gesellschaft für Erdkunde" awards the "Dr. Prill Award" to the authors of theses with above-average grades in the study programs of Geography. Konstantin Gisevius received this award for the best Master's Thesis 2020 for his thesis titled: "Agents of small change - The role of local leaders in facilitating community adaptation to flood risk and land subsidence in Semarang, Indonesia" and presents it on the 24th of June.

New Publication edited by Katrin Schwaiger and three other researchers

The book provides in-depth research on tourism family firms, since these firms are essential in the creation of solutions regarding uncertainty, becoming or remaining resilient, and creating sustainable tourism destinations. Challenges of sustainability and resilience in an uncertain world are addressed, focusing on hospitality. For more information click here.

New Publication by Anang Widhi Nirwansyah and Boris Braun

Tidal flooding events in the Northern part of Java not only threat coastal urban areas, but also rural land-use such as salt farming. The economic loss has been measured in our recent publication entitled ‘Assessing the degree of tidal flood damage to salt harvesting landscape using synthetic approach and GIS - Case study: Cirebon, West Java’ in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction and is part of a doctoral project funded by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). It can be accessed at


Ausschreibung von BiPoN-Forschungsstipendien für Master-Studierende für 2021 und 2022

Die Universität zu Köln finanziert im Rahmen des BiPoN-Forschungsforums 16 Stipendien für Studierende der Fächer Geographie, Biologie, Ethnologie und Afrikawissenschaften, die ihre Masterarbeiten im Themenbereich "Plant Biology and the Politics of Nutrition" bzw.  "Ko-Domestikation von Menschen und Pflanzen" schreiben. Bewerbungsschluss für eine Abschlussarbeit in der Arbeitsgruppe Wirtschaftsgeographie und Umweltwandel ist der 23. April 2021. Weitere Informationen auf der BiPoN-Webseite: 

Konstantin Gisevius receives poster award from the Graduate School of Geosciences (GSGS)

The Graduate School of Geosciences (GSGS) awarded Konstantin Gisevius, PhD candidate of our working group, with one of this year’s poster awards of their annual research conference in early March. The poster dealt with his current research project on the role of Indonesian migrant communities in Germany and the Netherlands regarding the adaptive capacities of their sending households and communities towards environmental hazards and changes. We warmly congratulate Konstantin for his achievement.