Research at the Geography Department
Research at the Geography Department is focused on the representation, analysis and interpretation of the complex challenges associated with globalisation and environmental change. Our working groups cover a broad spectrum of the natural science and social science competencies required for this. Geographers work with different approaches on the research fronts of their respective sub-disciplines, adopting an integrative perspective and making society-environment relations an important part of their scientific work.
Within Human Geography, we work together in three thematic cross-sectional fields. With a "planetary perspective", we research (1) sustainable and equitable geographies of the future to shape the social, economic and ecological impacts of environmental change in and for local-regional living environments, (2) we are interested in societal nature relations, technology(s) and systemic transformations in order to understand the social meaning and production of knowledge about nature, and (3), we focus on the dimensions of space, power and inequality in order to investigate spatially shaping processes that stabilise or destabilise social and political orders through different forms of power.
Within Physical Geography, we deal with earth surface processes and the associated natural hazards, climate and environmental change as well as biodiversity and ecosystem functions on different spatial and temporal scales. We analyse environmental data with geoinformatics techniques.