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Department of Geography Political Geography

MSc Topics

Staff members of the unit are interested in supervising MSc topics concerned with the relationship between politics and space. This includes, but is not limited to, topics on conflict, borders, religion, resources, democracy, and international development. We also offer opportunities for field work in Switzerland and in the global South, in collaboration with different partners. Theses may be written in German or English, depending on the supervisor.

Students interested in undertaking an MSc course within the political geography unit are strongly advised to make up their own topics. Students are encouraged to consult the political geography unit staff webpages and get in touch with the member of the unit whose research interests seem to best fit their topic.

Alternatively, we have also proposed a variety of topics that may interest you, which can be found below. Please get in touch with the corresponding contact person if they pique your interest! You are welcome to shift the scope of topics and to approach us with any ideas you have, even if they are still works in progress.

Please also read the most recent version of our guidelines for master students (PDF, 75 KB) (PDF, 77 KB). For general questions about the MSc thesis, please contact the political geography MSc tutor, Shona Loong (


Borders, Citizenship, Statelessness, and Existence in-Between
More information (PDF, 164 KB)
Contact: Jasnea Sarma


Brokerage in International Development
More information (PDF, 88 KB)
Contact: Shona Loong


Climate Activism as an Anti-Geopolitical Practice
More information (PDF, 54 KB)
Contact: Benedikt Korf


Critical Development Studies
More information (PDF, 153 KB)
Contact: Benedikt Korf


Development interventions, grassroots movements and policy reform in Kyrgyz Republic
More information (PDF, 71 KB)
Contact: Asebe Regassa


Digital Political Geographies
More information (PDF, 167 KB)
Contact:  Jasnea Sarma


Extractive Capitalism in the Present and Future: Critical Perspectives on Capitalist Extraction-Led
More information (PDF, 204 KB)
Contact: Melusi Nkomo


Feminist Political Geographies
More information (PDF, 126 KB)
Contact: Shona Loong


Frontiers, Resources, and Conflict
More information (PDF, 94 KB)
Contact: Asebe Regassa


Geographies of the Corona Pandemic
More information (PDF, 63 KB)
Contact: Benedikt Korf


Transnational Solidarity
More information (PDF, 829 KB)
Contact: Shona Loong

Weiterführende Informationen

Interdisciplinary Master's thesis topics

Interested in doing an interdisciplinary Master's thesis at the Department of Geography? Have a look at the list of currently available topics involving two or more research divisions of the Department of Geography. 

Please note

The MSc thesis can be written either in English or in German, depending on the agreement with the supervisor(s).

Master's Thesis and Exam

Guidelines for Master thesis in Human Geography