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Department of Geography

PhD Projects


  Contzen Sandra 'The PRS is out but Poor People are still there'. The Honduran Poverty Reduction Strategy and Campesino Livelihoods in Western Honduras (2013)
  Ejderyan Olivier Une renaturation en béton! Comprendre la participation et la nature dans les renaturations de cours d'eau suisses au regard d'une théorie de la pratique (2008)
  Graf Samuel Belonging in a Translocal Field: A Case Study on Second-Generation Eritreans Living in Switzerland (2018)
  Grünenfelder Julia Development policies and livelihood realities in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Pakistan (2012)
  Gurung Ghana Shyam Reconciling biodiversity conservation priorities with livelihood needs in Kangchenjunga Conservation Area, Nepal (2006)
  Hatcher Craig Law, Space and the City: A Legal Geography of Urban Change in Post-Socialist Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (2014)
  Herzig Pascale Gender and generation in diaspora - changing identities and shifting social boundaries among South Asians in Kenya (2006)
  Huber Andreas Heimat in der Postmoderne (1997)
  Junker Berit The social perspective on river restorations – Understanding a neglected aspect of sustainable river management (2008)
  Karki Darshan The Claims for Recognition. A Study of Identity Struggles in the Lowlands of Nepal. (2023)
  Lieberherr Silva Living on farming in a globalizing world: The role of social movements in Maharashtra, India (2016)
  Locher Martina The 'Global Land Rush', Local Land Rights and Power Relations: European Forestry Investments in Tanzania (2015)
  Mabele Mathew Bukhi Liberation political ecologies. Pathways towards socio-ecological justice in Tanzania's miombo woodlands conservation (2020)
  Meier Thomas Mini Hydropower for rural development – drawing lessons from the Indonesian example (2001)
  Meyer Heidi Sitzplätze statt Parkplätze – Selbst?-Beschränkung bei der Nutzung öffentlicher Räume (1998)
  Pörtner Ephraim Re-Cording Lives. Governing Asylum in Switzerland and the Need to Resolve (2018)
  Soliva Reto Die Entwicklung des Naturschutzes in Nepal (2002)
  Speck Sarah Ageing in the Global South. A Case Study on Life in Old Age from Nepal (2020)
  Steimann Bernd Making a living in uncertainty - Agro-pastoral livelihoods and institutional transformations in post-socialist rural Kyrgyzstan (2010)
  Strasser Balz 'We are as flexible as rubber!' – Livelihood strategies, diversity and the local institutional setting of rubber small holders in Kerala, South India (2007)
  Thieme Susan Urban Immigrants: The Nepalese Community in Delhi/India (2005)
  Thurairajah Tanuja Shifting Spaces. Tamil Diaspora Identifications and Translocal Engagement in Switzerland (2021)
  Truong Jasmine Networked Nightlife – Mobile Internet Technologies in Swiss Youth’s Contemporary Nights Out (2018)
  Véron René Cultivators, markets, and sustainable development in South India (1999)
  Wenner Miriam Monopolising a Statehood Movement - Gorkhaland Between Authoritarian Parties and 'Aware Citizens' (2015)
  Zaugg Stern Marc 'Mehr Raum den Fliessgewässern!' Eine strukturationstheoretische Analyse des institutionellen Wandels im schweizerischen Hochwasserschutz seit den 1970er Jahren (2005)

Co-supervised PhD Theses outside the Unit - Ongoing

Winterberg, Georg

Beyond Livelihood Strategies: Change, Decision-making Process, and Innovation in Myanmar Society.

PhD Committee: Peter Finke (chair, ISEK), Ulrike Müller-Böker (GIUZ), Tobias Haller (UB)

Co-supervised PhD Theses outside the Unit - Completed

Byrne, Sarah (GIUZ) Living with Violence: rural livelihoods in Mid-Western Nepal during and after the Maoist conflict (SNF).
PhD Committee: Benedikt Korf (chair, supervisor), Bishnu Upreti (NCCR Nepal), Ulrike Müller-Böker (GIUZ), Andrea Nightingale (University of Edinburgh) (2016)
Kern Alice  Waves of Attention and Abandonment. Imaginative Geographies of Veddhaness in the Margins of Post-War Sri Lanka (2021)
Kumar, Nirmal (KU, Nepal)

Livelihoods futures in resource scarce areas and the quest for inclusion of marginal groups (NCCR North-South).
PhD Committee: Sagar Sharma (KU, Nepal), Ulrike Müller-Böker (GIUZ), Babar Shahbaz (AUF, Pakistan) (2017)

Nepali, Purna (KU, Nepal) Landlessness, Livelihood Insecurity and Social Conflict in Far-West Nepal with special focus on Dalit Community (NCCR North-South)
PhD Committee: Sagar Sharma (KU, Nepal), Kailash Pyakuryal (KU), Ulrike Müller-Böker (GIUZ) (2016)
Rana, Amir Muhammad (AUF, Pakistan) Food Security in Resource Scarce Area: The Quest of Inclusion of Marginal Groups in Far Western Region of Nepal
PhD Committee: Babar Shahbaz (AUF, Pakistan), Sagar Sharma (KU, Nepal), Ulrike Müller-Böker (GIUZ) (2017)
Rest, Matthäus (UZH) Water Power. Discourses on Modernity and Development around the Nepalese Arun-3 Hydropower Project (URPP Asia Europe).
PhD Committee: Shalini Randeria (IHEID), Ulrike Müller-Böker (GIUZ)
Shokirov Qobiljon Adaptations of Wildlife Conservation under Socioeconomic and Geopolitical Change in the Pamir Region of Tajikistan  
PhD Committee: Norman Backhaus (chair, supervisor), Ulrike Müller-Böker (co-supervisor), Till Mostowlanski (UNI Singapore) (2020)