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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 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.