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Department of Geography
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstr. 190
8057 Zurich | Switzerland



Y 25 L 42




+41-44-635 52 47



Portrait in the abbey library in St. Gallen, with the earth-and-heavens globe in the background.


Prof. Dr. Martin Müller

Swiss National Science Foundation Professor | Head of Unit

The world we live in is made up of the entanglement of social and material stuff. Separate one from the other and much of what our daily life is made up of comes apart at the seams.

How the social and the material come together and the political and spatial implications of this liaison are at the heart of my research. My work traces these associations along three thematic areas:

1) Mega-events (such as the Olympic Games or the Football World Cup)

2) Natural disturbances (such as the bark beetle) in protected areas

3) Theories and methods of human geography





2008 Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main: PhD Human Geography

2005 University of Cambridge: MPhil Development Studies

2004 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München: BA (equiv.) Economic Geography



2013 -          Universität Zürich: Swiss National Science Foundation Professor

2009 - 2013 Universität St. Gallen: Assistant Professor for Cultures, Institutions and Markets

2007 - 2009 Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main: Lecturer | Department of Human Geography



2013 -           University of Birmingham | Birmingham | UK

2015             Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) | Brussels | Belgium

2013             University of Oxford | Oxford | UK

2012             University of North Carolina | Chapel Hill | USA

2010 - 2014  Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main | Frankfurt | Germany

2010              University of British Columbia (UBC) | Vancouver | Canada



I am happy to provide expertise for media inquiries regarding mega-events and natural disturbances.

My research has been covered in the New York Times, Financial Times, Newsweek, International Business Times, ABC, Inside Climate News, Toronto Star, Svenska Dagbladet, TV Rain (Russia), El Mercurio (Chile), Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Swiss Radio and Television (SRF), NZZ, Tribune de Genève and other outlets.

I am a contributor of commentaries to DIE ZEIT, Süddeutsche Zeitung, NZZ and Tages-Anzeiger. 


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