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 may choose one of the two following approaches:
•    We strongly advise students 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.
•    Unit members also propose a variety of topics, which are found below. Students can read the PDF handout for these topics and get in touch with the corresponding contact person. The scope of these topics is also open to discussion with students.

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


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