PhD Projects

PhD Theses ongoing

Gelek, Konchok

Working title: Pastoralism on the Tibetan Plateau

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Norman Backhaus (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Emily Yeh (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder)

Kaufmann, Christoph

Working title: Violent (de-)regulation - informal gold mining in Colombia

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Muriel Côte (Dr. Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Christian Berndt (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Kelegama, Thiruni

Working title: Anxious Integration—Development in Sri Lanka’s post-war frontier

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Norman Backhaus (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Jonathan Spencer (Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)

Shalini Randeria (Prof., Graduate Institute Geneva)
Kern, Alice

Working title: Between state of nature and nation state: Identity, territory and "wilderness" in post war Sri Lanka

Promotion committee: 

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Ulrike Müller-Böker (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Jonathan Spencer (Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)

Rajesh Venugopal (Dr., Dept. of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science)

Kithsiri, Thamali

Working title: From Paanampattuwa to Panama: Place, identity and resources

Promotion committee: 

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

TBA

Vogel, Christoph

Working title: Governing (Conflict) Minerals in Eastern Congo

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Timothy Raeymaekers (Dr., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Christian Berndt (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Koen Vlassenroot (Prof., Conflict Research Group, University of Gent)

 

PhD Theses completed

Bartmess, Jennifer

PhD title: Empty Enough: Indigenous Communal Land Titling in the Oil Palm Frontier of Sabah, Malaysia

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Norman Backhaus (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Christian Lund (Prof., Dept. of food and agriculture, University of Copenhagen)

Byrne, Sarah

PhD title: Becoming a Contender: Legitimacy, Authority and the Power of "Making Do" in Nepal's Permanent Transition. 2015.
Promotion committee:
Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Ulrike Müller-Böker (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Andrea Nightingale (Prof., Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Emmengger, Rony

PhD title: Writing Space and Time: An Ethnography of State Sedimentation in the Ethiopian Somali Frontier. 2016.

Promotion committee:

Timothy Raeymaekers (Dr., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zürich)

Tobias Hagmann (Dr., Department of Society and Globalisation, University of Roskilde)

Paul Nugent (Prof., Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh)
Hochleithner, Stephan

PhD title: Violent Transformations: Nature Conservation, Forced Displacement, and Captalist Expansion in North Kivu, DRC. 2016.

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Timothy Raeymaekers (Dr., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Christian Bernd (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Werner Zips (Prof., Dept. of Cultural & Social Anthropology, University of Vienna)
Hollenbach, Pia

PhD title: The Paradox of Good Intentions: The Biography  of private Giving in Post-Tusnami Sri Lanka. 2014.

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Urs Geiser (Dr., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Christoph Uehlinger (Prof., University of Zurich)

Jonathan Spencer (Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)

Johnson, Deborah

PhD title: Living on the Border. the Catholic Church and the War in Northern Sri Lanka. 2016.

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Jonathan Spencer (Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)

Roland Bleiker (Prof., School of Political Science, University of Queensland)
Klem, Bart

PhD title: In the Wake of War. The Political Geography of Transition in Eastern Sri Lanka. 2012.

Promotion committee:

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Urs Geiser (Dr., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)

Georg Frerks (Prof., University of Utrecht)

Jonathan Spencer (Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Edinburgh)

Starmanns, Mark

The Grand Illusion? Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Garment Production Networks. 2010.

Promotion committee:

Boris Braun (Prof., University of Cologne)

Markus Hassler (Prof., Philipps-University, Marburg)

Benedikt Korf (Prof., Dept. of Geography, University of Zurich)