Ulrike Müller-Böker
Ulrike Müller-Böker, Prof. Dr.
Emerita

Room number: Y25 L 04

ulrike.mueller-boeker@geo.uzh.ch

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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

2002 – 2019 Full Professor (Ordinaria) of Geography at UZH
1996 – 2019 Head of Human Geography Unit
1996 – 2002 Associate Professor (Extraordinaria) of Geography at UZH
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

 

2016 – 2020            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 

2015 – 2018             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

2010 – 2018           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

 

2001 – 2018           President (2001 – 2004), Vice-President (2004 – 2018): Geographic Ethnographic Society of Zurich

 

Since 2014             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

·      “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 until 2019 responsible for and involved in the teaching program at Bachelor, Master and Doctorate level.

Supervised PhD Theses: 26 (completed), 3 (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

Scientific board 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