Dr. Julia Poerting

Overview of research topics, curriculum vitae as well as research projects and publications of Dr. Julia Poerting.

 Research topics

  • Political ecology, science and technology studies, feminist
    Environmental Humanities
  • Human-environment relations, human-animal geographies, digital geographies, (environmental) knowledge production, agri-food systems
  • South Asia, Central Europe
  • Ethnographic methods, qualitative methods in human geography

In addition to research, teaching also plays a central role. A report on a seminar held at the University of Bern as part of a lecturer exchange can be found here.


After studying geography and political science in Heidelberg and New Delhi, Julia Poerting investigated the role of scientific discourses, sustainability and regionalization for organic farming practices in Pakistan in her PhD thesis.

Her current research project focuses on the return of wolves to rural regions in northern Germany. Here, she investigates how certain technologies (fences, transmitting collars, genetic analyses) should enable the coexistence of humans, wolves and grazing animals and generate knowledge about wolves. In this context, knowledge is not neutral and is involved in conflicts of authority. Furthermore, it is a question of how far societal ideas of nature and wilderness as external to culture and city harden the fronts between wolf supporters and critics. The public debates about the return of the wolf reveal different, competing landscape concepts.

January 2019: PhD at the University of Heidelberg ("Practicing Organic Farming in Pakistan - Debating Science, Sustainability and Localism").

Since 2017: research assistant at the Institute of Geography, University of Bonn

June-October 2016: Visitig PhD in the project "Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene" at Aarhus University, Denmark.

2014-2019: Member of the speaker team of the South Asia working group in the German Geographical Society (DGfG) and co-editor of the series "Geographies of South Asia"

2013-2017: PhD scholarship at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe" at Heidelberg University.

2005-2012: Master's degree in geography, political science and ethnology at the University of Heidelberg and Jawaharlal Nehru University in New DelhiAufklapp-Text

Research projects

Konflikte um Mensch-Wolf-Koexistenzen in Norddeutschland - Die Rolle von Technologien, Wissen und Interaktionen




Dr. Julia Poerting


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)


Verne, Julia; Poerting, Julia; Krieg, Lisa; Ködding-Zurmühlen, Oleg (2021): Tiere als lebendige Werkzeuge. In: Bork-Hüffer, Tabea; Füller, Henning; Straube, Till (Ed.): Handbuch Digitale Geographien. Utb, 330-342.

Poerting, Julia; Schlottmann, Antje (2020): Das Charisma der Petfluencer: Zur Medialisierung konsumtiver Mensch-Tier-Beziehungen am Beispiel Instagram. In: Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde 93 (1-2), 145-170.

Pütz, Robert; Poerting, Julia (2020): Mensch-Tier-Verhätnisse in der Konsumgesellschaft. In: Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde 93 (1-2), 123-143.

Poerting, Julia; Verne, Julia; Krieg, Lisa (2020): Gefährliche Begegnungen. Posthumanistische Ansätze in der technologischen Neuaushandlung des Zusammenlebens von Mensch und Wildtier. In: Geographische Zeitschrift 108 (3), 153-175.

Poerting, Julia (2020): Farmers' Markets in Pakistan: Moral Consumption for Elites? In: Schaflechner, Jürgen; Oesterheld, Christina; Asif, Ayesha (Ed.): Pakistan: Alternative Imag(in)ings of the Nation State. Karachi: Oxford University Press.

Krieg, Lisa; Poerting, Julia (2020): Digital Methods in Difficult Ethnographic Fields: Studying Knowledge Flows as Complex Networks through a Facebook Analysis, In: Zeitschrift für Digitale Geisteswissenschaften.

Poerting, Julia; Marquardt, Nadine (2019): Kritisch-geographische Perspektiven auf Landschaft. In: Kühne, O.; Weber, F.; Berr, K.; Jenal, C. (Ed.): Handbuch Landschaft. Springer: Wiesbaden.

Poerting, Julia (2017): Urbane Landwirtschaft und "grünes" Konsumverhalten in Pakistan, in: Geographische Rundschau 69 (12), 18-24.

Poerting, Julia (2017): Soziale Innovation oder Business as Usual? Zertifizierte Biolandwirtschaft in Nordpakistan, in: Geographische Zeitschrift 105, 104-124.

Münster, Daniel; Poerting, Julia (2016): Land als Ressource, Boden und Landschaft: Materialität, Relationalität und neue Agrarfragen in der Politischen Ökologie, in: Geographica Helvetica 71, 245-257.

Münster, Daniel; Poerting, Julia; Dame, Juliane (2015): Agrarwirtschaft in Indien: Kleinbauern zwischen Krise und neuen Perspektiven, in: Geographische Rundschau 67 (1), 16-23.

Poerting, Julia (2015): The Emergence of Certified Organic Agriculture in Pakistan. Actor Dynamics, Knowledge Production, and Consumer Demand, In: ASIEN 134, 143-165.

Rudolfi, Markus; Poerting, Julia (2020): Infrastructures of Ecological Evidence. Online Magazine of Society and Space. Available online at this link.

Dame, Juliane; Poerting, Julia; Raschke, Stefanie (2018): Eine politisch-ökologische Perspektive auf Biolandwirtschaft im Hochgebirge, in: Butsch, Carsten; Follmann, Alexander; Müller, Judith (Ed.): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien: 8. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 19./20. January 2018, Cologne. Heidelberg, Berlin: CrossAsia-ebooks.

Schmidt, Matthias; Follmann, Alexander; Poerting, Julia (Ed.) (2017): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien: 7. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 27./28. January 2017, Augsburg. Heidelberg, Berlin: CrossAsia-ebooks.

Schlitz, Nicolas; Poerting, Julia (Ed.) (2016): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien: 6. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 22./23. January 2016, Osnabrück. Heidelberg, Berlin: CrossAsia-ebooks.

Poerting, Julia (2015): Who controls the land in certified organic farming? Discerning the divide between de facto and de jure land control, in: Poerting, Julia; Keck, Markus (Ed.): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien: 5. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 23./24. January, Göttingen, 29-32.

Poerting, Julia (2015): Review of the book "The Drajeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India" by Sarah Besky, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. xxxi + 233 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-27739-7, In: Mountain Research and Development 36.

Poerting, Julia (2014): Bio-Landwirtschaft in Pakistan: Verflechtungen von urbaner und exportorieniterter zertifizierter ökologischer Landwirtschaft?, in: Poerting, Julia; Lennart, Thomas (Ed.): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien: 4. Jahrestagung des AK Südasie, 24./25. January, Freiburg, 6-9.

Poerting, Julia (2012): Vulnerabilität und Konflikt im Paradies. Eine Analyse des rezenten Konfliktgeschehens in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan (unpublished master thesis).

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