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Norman Backhaus, Prof. Dr.

Professor

Human Geography Unit
Department of Geography
University of Zurich - Irchel
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland

room:

Y25L28

email:

norman.backhaus[at]geo.uzh.ch

tel:

+41-44-6355172

fax:

+41-44-6356844

Social appropriation of space – a global perspective

Practices of spatial appropriation are important aspects of people's livelihoods. The way space can be accessed, used, changed, developed or in other words appropriated depends on resources, rules and power relations in different contexts. Both contexts and people's practices are embedded in and entangled with processes of globalisation with often rapidly changing conditions. In my research I am focusing on spatial appropriation in the field of nature conservation, tourism and landscape development based on theories of practice. I am using qualitative (and quantitative) methods of social research in Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia) and Switzerland.