Sarah Speck

Sarah Speck

PhD student

Space, Nature and Society

Tel.: 044 63 55178

Room number: Y25 L 34

sarah.speck@geo.uzh.ch

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Research interest

My research interests include ageing and life in old age in countries of the Global South. The aim of my current PhD research project is to reveal in what ways the realities and experiences of older people living in remote rural and hilly areas of Western Nepal are shaped by the current demographic transition to an aged society that is paired with the incessant process of outmigration.

Working with critical livelihoods approach, I am interested how the older people themselves experience and assess these multifaceted demographic and socio-economic transformations.

Earlier research for my master’s thesis in Central Vietnam (Hué) sparked my interest on older people’s lives and livelihoods in the Global South, and how they manage their lives in today’s fast moving world.

Further, I am interested in global health, particularly in health care in rural remote areas of Asia (Vietnam and Nepal) and the socio-economic effects of non-communicable diseases.

Areas of interest/specialization: (rural) ageing, geographies of ageing, geographical gerontology, microcredit, life in old age, (rural) livelihoods, vulnerability, development geography

Regional focus: South Asia (Nepal) and Southeast Asia (Vietnam)

Education

  • 2012 University of Zurich: Master of Science, Geography with a Specialization in Human and Economic Geography

Speck, S (2012). Socio-economic Impacts of Microcredits on Older People in the Surroundings of Huế, Vietnam. MSc Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Zurich.

  • 2010 University of Zurich: Bachelor of Science, Geography

Speck, S (2010). Development Interventions in the Highlands of Bolivia in the 21st century: Studies on long-term Strategies for Development in the Altiplano.

Teaching

HS 2019 & FS 2020
 GEO 511 Master Thesis
HS 2020
 GEO 361 Vertiefung Humangeographie
HS 2019
 GEO 112 Humangeographie I (Introduction to Human Geography)
HS 2019, 2020
 GEO 110 Schweiz 2040
FS 2016 & 2017 & 2019 & 2020
 GEO 242 Humangeographie IV (Methods in Human Geography)
HS 2018  International Graduate School North-South IGS Summer School in Pokhara (Nepal) 2018 (Development and Societal Change and Qualitative methods for field research, with Prof. U. Müller-Böker and IGS North-South, Berne)
FS 2017 & 2018  GEO 399 Geneva Excursion
FS 2016 & 2017
 GEO 386 Bachelor Thesis
HS 2015  GEO 511 Human Geography Research Colloquium
FS 2011  GEO 246 Statistics in Geography
FS 2010  GG 440 Fachwissenschaftliche Ausbildung für SekundarlehrerInnen
HS 2008 & 2009 & 2010 GEO 246 Statistics in Geography

(teaching at University of Berne, see on personal website)

Supervised Master/Bachelor Theses

  • Schmid, Jana (ongoing): Homestay Tourism as a Form of Women's Empowerment in Rural Nepal: Implications, Challenges and Opportunities (working title), co-supervision with Prof. em. U. Müller-Böker and Prof. N. Backhaus (MSc Thesis)
  • Vinotharajah Vibiga (2020): Klimawandel und Migration: Betrachtung am Fallbeispiel Bangladesch (BSc Thesis)
  • Schudel Lorina (2017): Der lange Weg zur Gesundheit: Herausforderungen und Lösungsansätze in Bezug auf den Gesundheitszugang von Mütter in abgelegenen Bergregionen in Bolivien und Nepal (BSc Thesis)
  • Lienhard Charlotte (2016): Die alternde Gesellschaft in Entwicklungsländern: Heutige Herausforderungen und Chancen
    (BSc Thesis)

Public talks

  • Jul 2020 Population Ageing and Family Change: Older people's views on current changes of family arrangements in rural Nepal. The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya, Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Oct 2018 “Maybe this Generation doesn’t like the Elderly”: How outmigration affects the situation of Older People in Mountain Villages of West Nepal. “Ageing Across Boarders” workshop, Max Planck Institute or the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen.
  • April 2018 “No country for the Old? Understanding Access to Social Security for the Elderly in rural Nepal”, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, New Orleans.
  • June 2017 “Someday I will die here”, International Emotional Geographies Conference. California State University, Long Beach.
  • March 2017 “Over the Hills and far away: Viewpints from Elderly on Implications of Outmigration in the mid Hills of West Nepal”, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Workshop. University of Oxford.
  • October 2016 “Viewpoints from Elderly on Social Change in Western Nepal” Annual Conference on South Asia. Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • June 2016  “Life in Old Age. Challenges and Changing Conditions in Rural Nepal”, South Asian Studies Workshop. EASAS and CEI ISCTE Institute, University of Lisbon.
  • December 2015 Human Geography Research seminar. University of Zurich.
  • May 2013 VSV “Fürs tägliche Leben reicht es aus” (presentation of Master’s thesis), Annual Meeting. Swiss-Vietnam Friendship Association, Zurich.
  • February 2013 “Socio-economic Impacts of Microcredits on Older People in the Surroundings of Huế, Vietnam” (presentation of Master’s thesis), SGAG Annual Meeting & Price Ceremony. Swiss Association of Applied Geography.
  • May 2012 Human Geography Research Seminar. University of Zurich.

Miscellaneous

Publications