Space, Nature and Society

Our research revolves around social and spatial aspects of nature, its perception, meaning, value, appreciation, appropriation, and development. We regard these processes as intricately interconnected, interdependent and related to power relations. Hence, we position our approaches within the broad field of political ecology. Our case studies focus on biodiversity conservation and nature protection, agriculture and food systems, resource use and landscape development. We moreover (mostly) apply qualitative methods and work in inter- and transdisciplinary settings.

Further foci: geographies of young people and education, migration, urban night life and teacher education

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  • Die Planung eines Naturschutzgebietes verlangt subtile Kommunikation. Welche im Fall des Projektes Parc Adula nicht gelang, wie eine ethnografische Analyse zeigt.

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  • Forschende der Universitäten Zürich und Lausanne haben untersucht, welche Bedeutung Landschaften für das Wohlbefinden haben. Unter den fünf Studienobjekten sind auch die Katzenseen, ...

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  • The impact of landscapes on human well-being is manifold: We appreciate the beauty, we feel we belong there, we can relax and promote our health. In five landscapes of national importance in ...

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