MSc Topics

Staff members of the unit are interested in supervising MSc topics concerned with the relationship between conflict, politics, and space broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, topics on borders, religion, resources, democracy and the politics of development.

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 her/his topic.
  • Unit members also propose a variety of topics. These are fieldwork-based and their scope is to be 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).

The Anthropocene in Action
More information (PDF, 119 KB)
Contact: Timothy Raeymaekers  

Migrant Seclusion
More information (PDF, 108 KB)
Contact: Timothy Raeymaekers  

A Ground for Change? Labour Rights & Agricultural Commodity Transparency in Europe and Switzerland

More information (PDF, 69 KB)
Contact: Timothy Raeymaekers

Unruly mountains and the rockslide in Bondo, Alpine Switzerland
More information (PDF, 81 KB)
Contact: Rony Emmenegger

Kritische Geographie in Zürich, 1970-1985
More information (PDF, 85 KB)
Contact: Benedikt Korf

Mega-events in (semi)authoritarian states
More information (PDF, 76 KB)
Contact: Daniel Wolfe

Refining regulation: Transparency challenges in the gold commodity chain
More information (PDF, 90 KB)
Contact: Muriel Côte

A market for conflict(-free) minerals
More information (PDF, 111 KB)
Contact: Timothy Raeymaekers

The political geography of (social) media and conflict in Eastern Congo
More information (PDF, 139 KB)
Contact: Christoph Vogel

Governing agroforestry at the timber, cocoa and mining frontier in Ghana

More information (PDF, 371 KB)

Contact: Muriel Côte

Contested Semantics of Landscape and Land Cover Categories in Switzerland
More information (PDF, 102 KB)
Contact: Muriel Côte

Beyond the emergency: asylum and migrant rights
More information (PDF, 80 KB)
Contact: Timothy Raeymaekers

Refugee crisis?
More information (PDF, 107 KB)
Contact: Timothy Raeymaekers

Critical approaches to the philosophies, policies and practices of international development and humanitarian aid
More information (PDF, 118 KB)
Contact: Benedikt Korf