Ulrike Müller-Böker

Ulrike Müller-Böker, Prof. Dr.

Professor

Human Geography

Tel.: 044 63 55170

Room number: Y25 L 26

ulrike.mueller-boeker@geo.uzh.ch

Area of specialization

 

Within the broad field of Human Geography I contribute to enhance the knowledge about the institutional dimension of livelihood strategies; local resource-use conflicts; labour migration patterns and migration industry; societal participation processes focusing on South Asia and Switzerland.

Employment and education

Employment

Since 2002                            Full Professor (Ordinaria) of Geography at Zurich-University (Human Geography)

Since 1996                            Head of Human Geography Unit

1996 – 2002                          Associate Professor (Extraordinaria) of Geography at Zurich University

1989 – 1996                          Senior Scientist at Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Dept. of Geography

1985 – 1988                           Postdoctoral fellow at the Nepal Research Program of the German Research Council

1979 – 1985                           Assistant and research associate at Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Dept. of Geography

Education

1993                                       Habilitation in Geography

1983                                       PhD (Dr. phil.) in Geography

1978                                       M.A. in Geography

1973 – 1978                           Studies in Geography, Social Anthropology and Sociology at Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen / Germany

Academic positions at UZH

 

Since 2016              Director: Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich

 

2012 – 2013             Dean of Studies: Faculty of Science (per interim)

 

2010 – 2012             Deputy Director of the Department of Geography

 

2006 – 2010             Director of the Department of Geography

 

2006 – 2010             Directing board of MNF

                                 Planning commission of MNF

 

2004 – 2006             Deputy Director of the Department of Geography

Institutional responsibilities and professional service

Commissions 

Since 2015              President: Gender Commission of Faculty of Science

2013 – 2016             Advisory Board: MNF-project ‘Gender equality in professorial appointments’

2008 – 2016            Steering Committee member: North South Partnerships UZH

2004 – 2016            University Commission member: International Relationships

2009 – 2011             Committee: Gender Studies UZH

2000 – 2003             Committee Member: Public Relations, MNF

1999 – 2003             President: MNF-Commission: Promotion of Young Researchers, University of Zurich

Research centres and programs

Since 2012              Executive Committee: Centre for Human Rights Studies, University of Zurich

2005 - 2017             Participating professor: University of Zurich Priority Research Program (UFSP): Asia and Europe

2001 – 2013            BoD: National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South

2005 – 2009            Executive Committee member: University of Zurich Priority Research Program (UFSP): Asia and Europe

Scientific boards

Since 2015               Scientific Committee member: Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS)

2014 – 2016             Scientific Advisory Board: Institute of Interdisciplinary Mountain Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences

2000 – 2008             Swiss UNESCO commission, domaines sciences naturelles

Graduate schools and mentoring

Since 2010               BoD: International (interuniversity) Graduate School North-South

2010 – 2017             Study commission member: Doctoral Program UFSP Asia and Europe

2006 – 2010             Director: Zurich Graduate School in Geography

2001 – 2004             Adviser: Geo-Vip - promotion of the career of female young researchers

 

Network affiliations

Since 2017               Council: UZH Alumni

Since 2011               Corresponding member: Austrian Academy of Science

Since 2011               Member: AcademiaNet

Since 2001               President (2001 – 2004), Vice-President (since 2004), honorary member: Geographic Ethnographic Society of Zurich

2013 – 2017             Council: Zürcher Universitätsverein (ZUNIV)

2010 – 2013             Council (treasurer): European Association of South-Asian Studies

1999 – 2002             Advisory Board: Interacadémique Commission de Recherche Alpine (ICAS)

Approved research projects

On-going projects in my division: cp. www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/hgg/research/research-projects/

·      “The Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora in Switzerland and its post-war forms of engagement in Sri Lanka”, SNSF (2017– 2019)

·      “Employment Fund Nepal, Qualitative Impact Study Study”, Dept. of Geography, RIDA, U. Müller-Böker (lead), Helvetas (2015 – 2016)

·       “Recruitment agencies in Nepal”, SDC (2013 – 2015)

·      Thematic Node “Institutions, livelihoods and conflicts”, DSGZ, SwissPeace, U. Müller-Böker (lead), National Centre of Competence in North-South (2009 – 2013)

·      “Negotiating rural development in South Asia’s periphery”, U. Müller-Böker. ProDoc SNSF (2008- 2011)

·      Work Package “Livelihood options and globalisation”, DSGZ, Laboratoire de Sociologie Urbaine (EPFL), U. Müller-Böker (lead); National Centre of Competence in North-South (2005 – 2009)

·       Individual Project “Institutional Change and Livelihood Strategies“, DSGZ, NADEL, Social Anthropology (UZH), U. Müller-Böker (lead); National Centre of Competence in North-South (2001 – 2005)

·       “The Power of Images – their Creation, Reproduction and Strategic Use in the Shaping of Alpine Future”, N. Backhaus & U. Müller-Böker, NRP 48, SNFS (2002 – 2005)

·      “Combining River Flood Protection and Nature Protection in Switzerland: Negotiating Institutional Change between the Logic of Planning and Societal Praxis”, U. Geiser & U. Müller-Böker (collaborators), EAWAG / WSL (2002 – 2006) 

·       “People and Resource Dynamics in Mountain Watersheds of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas, scientific backstopping in the field of socio-economic issues in natural resource management”, U. Müller-Böker & M. Kollmair, ICIMOD (2002 – 2005)

·      “Searching Institutional Regulations for Sustainable Water Use in India and Switzerland”, U. Geiser & U. Müller-Böker, SNFS (1999 – 2002)

·       “Nature and Society: Concepts of Nature exemplified by the Protected Areas of Nepal”, SNFS (1998 – 2001)

 

Teaching and supervision

Since 1996 responsible for and involved in the teaching program at Bachelor, Master and Doctorate level.

Supervised PhD Theses: 25 (completed), 8 (ongoing); co-supervised PhD students cp. www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/hgg/research/phd-theses/); supervised Master’s Theses: 225 (completed) (cp. www.geo.uzh.ch/en/units/hgg/research/master-theses/)

Reviewing

Regular reviews for scientific journals, scientific board Geographica Helvetica and Erdkunde, editorial board Journal of Development Policy, Research and Practice, Pakistan, research councils and institutions (e.g. SNSF, DFG, RCN, ETHZ, VW-foundation, NGS, SNIS), appointment procedures (Switzerland, Germany, Austria, UK, Thailand, USA, Singapore), habilitations and promotions.

Publications