Annina Michel

Annina Michel, Dr.


Human Geography

Tel.: 044 63 55243

Room number: Y25 L 34

Research Project

Morality and the establishment of national parks: Social and political negotiations in Abel Tasman National Park (New Zealand) and in Park Adula (Switzerland)


My dissertation project extends a geographical perspective in order to understand social and political negotiations surrounding a national park project in Switzerland – Parc Adula. By introducing conceptions of morality into protected area research in the Global North, I follow the idea of a moral turn in human geography (cf. Smith 1997, 2000), and try to grasp principles of worth and understandings of justice in conservation disputes. 

Generally, I am interested in human-nature relationships: How do we speak about our surroundings, and how do we shape and interact with what we call 'nature'? 


FS 2011 & 2012:  GEO 241 Geoökologie und Vegetationskunde
HS 2012:  GEO 222 Humangeographie III
FS 2015:  GEO 599 Excursion International Organizations Geneva
HS 2016–HS 2017: GEO 511 Master Thesis
FS 2015 & 2016 & 2018 & 2019: GEO 386 Bachelor Thesis
FS 2016 & 2017 & 2018 & 2019: GEO 122 Humangeographie II
HS 2018: GEO 110 Schweiz 2040
HS 2018: GEO 112 Humangeographie I
HS 2018: GEO 361 Vertiefung Humangeographie, Forschungsseminar
FS 2019:  Preparatory seminar Greenland excursion



05/2018     Module 'Practice of Nature Conservation'. Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany. (Guest lecture)

03/2018     19th Student Conference on Conservation Science. Cambridge, UK. (Poster presentation)

11/2017     6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas. Salzburg, Austria. 

06/2017     2. Tagung Parkforschung Schweiz. Bern, Switzerland. 

01/2017     Workshop 'Park Governance, Ethics, and Morality'. Zurich, Switzerland. 

09/2016     27th session of the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL). Innsbruck and Seefeld, Austria.

04/2016     Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). San Francisco, USA.    

10/2015     German Congress for Geography (DKG). Berlin, Germany.

10/2014     High alpine photovoltaic installations workshop. Bern University of Applied Sciences, Burgdorf, Switzerland.         

Curriculum vitae

01/2019–07/2019  Departmernt of Geography, University of Zurich. Postdoc.

09/2014–12/2018  Departmernt of Geography, University of Zurich. Doctoral Candidate. 

05/2014–08/2014  Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Specialist Geoinformation. 

11/2013–04/2014  Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Internship, Radioactive Waste Management. 

09/2008–10/2013  University of Zurich. Master of Science. Major Geography, Minor Biology.