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Prof. Dr. Sabine Tröger

 Sabine Tröger

Professorin Entwicklungsgeographie / University professor development geography

Geographisches Institut/Department of Geography

Universität Bonn/University of Bonn

Meckenheimer Allee 166

D-53115 Bonn

Raum: Meckenheimer  Allee 176 (Geozentrum), 1.OG, Raum 1.008

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Conceptualization and coordination of lecture series in SS 2019 on 'Africa, a Continent in Societal Transformation' at GIUB:
AFRIKA, ein Kontinent in Transformation! Alltägliche Lebens-Zwänge und Lebens-Interpretationen. See Flyer

Academic Perspectives

Ever since I started my field research for my habilitation thesis in the 90ies, my academic and theory-conceptional curiosity concentrated on processes of Societal Transformation in Africa with explicit regional attention to, at first, Malawi and Tanzania and later, after moving to Bonn and following the call on my present professorship at Bonn University, to Ethiopia. But comparable processes I can find in various neighboring African social environments: Societal Transformation, in the course of which actors, men and women but likewise ‘personified’ institutions, arrange and re-arrange their strategies of purposeful agency. I am interested in the idea of social construction in confrontation with structural forces on various levels, from global to local, which again and as such are transforming in the built-up tension between: structure <-> agency.

In order to get sound insights into the according historical settings I am guided by various methodological approaches and make use of diverse research instruments, preferably as well those, which do not argue in line with the very common and most used pattern of ‘interviewing’. Photo-elicitation, videography and visualizations in various shapes dig deeper into processes of ‘making sense’ and turn patterns of ‘social construction’ into some philosophy of human life.

Main fields of Competence and Professional Experience

Processes of Societal Transformation in Africa – with focus on:

  • Actor oriented analysis in African transformation processes and crises: climate change and adaptation, food insecurity and food crisis, HIV-AIDS;
  • Conflict analysis and mediation: resource conflicts/conflicts in contested arenas (forced evictions, re-allocation of land, privatization and resettlement, environmental threats);
  • Livelihood and vulnerability analyses: research and especially participatory assessments in development dynamics;
  • Inclusive Development / ‘Leave No One Behind’ – Agenda 2030

University Cooperation

  • Promotion of curriculum development;
  • Design & promotion of mutual research initiatives;
  • Promotion of approaches in Transformative Research (PRA, PAR, inquiry as performance: video work), Moderation Techniques;
  • Mutual supervision of qualification procedures (theses – esp. Master & PhD – practical field research, promotion of feed-back initiatives to research participants);
  • Didactics: teaching & training concepts and their practical application (including design of didactical material and media development); curriculum & module development in fields of social sciences.

Selected Presentations and Talks

28th July 2019.
Addis Ababa
Oromo Studies Association (OSA) Conference; Talk: Pastoralist Societies in
Lower Omo – Dynamics in Societal Transformation
8th May 2019.
Gesellschaftliche Transformation im Zeichen der Globalisierung:
Pastoralisten, ihr Leben in Süd-Äthiopien (together with Florian Klimesch)
3rd Oct. 2018.
20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20) 30th Oct. – 5th Nov;
Talk: Lands of the Future: Governance – A Pastoralist Interpretation from the
Lower Omo (Congress Journey, funded by DAAD)
9.-12th Nov.
ASA (American Studies Assoc.) Congress in Chicago
Panel Chair: New Directions in Ethiopian Studies: Contemporary Perspectives
5. April 2017
Talk: Hunger, Armut und Entrechtung im Schatten der Globalisierung: Beispiel
Äthiopien. Jubiläumsvortrag der Gesellschaft für Geographie und Geologie
Bochum zum 60jährigen Bestehen.
12th Jan. 2017
ARTS Seminar Series; Talk: Community Participation: hail promising landmark
in Climate Change Adaptation?
21st -23rd Febr.
Addis Ababa
Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa 2016; Talk on: ‘Models’ for
Climate Change Adaptation – Beware / Be Aware of Societal Transformation’
(Congress Journey, funded by DAAD)
10th Nov. 2015
Accra & Wa
University of Accra, Ghana & University of Development Studies (Wa)
Talk: Models of Climate Change Adaptation – Beware / Be Aware of Societal
2nd - 4th Sept.
World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA 2015), Talk on:
‘Societal Transformation, Buzzy Perspectives on Climate Change Adaptation’
20th May 2015.
ARTS Seminar Series; Talk: Protection and Recovery of Pastoral Drylands:
Ecological Reasoning & Societal Implications. A regional example from
7th May 2012
International Workshop in Bonn (GIZ): Tracking Successful Adaptation –Smart
Monitoring for Good Results: Key Note: Setting the Scene: Stories of Adaptation
from Ethiopia
1st Febr. 2011
New Delhi
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit: Tapping Local Initiatives and Tracking
Global Inertia, 1st-3rd February 2001. Talk on: Adapting Livestock Systems to
Climate Change – Examples from Ethiopia. & Panelist on the 3rd February.
17th & 18th June.
Workshop: Rift Valley Institute; Presentations and Talks:
Pastoralism at Risk; The Lay of the Land: Geography and Environment
20th July 2011
New Mexico
Workshop on Indigenous Peoples, Marginal Populations and Climate Change:
Vulnerability, Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge 19th to 21st July
IPCC 2014 - Lead Authors Meeting on Regional Examples;
Talk: ‘Everything that is happening now is beyond our capacity! – Nyangatom
Livelihoods under Threat’
17th Oct. 2009
HoA-REC/N Stakeholder Meeting in Kartoum: 15th-18th October 2009.
Talk: Features of Climate Change in Ethiopia – imperatives and challenges for
4th Aug. 1992
Symposium on ‘Interdependence in Geographic Education, University of
Colorado, Boulder, 2nd – 7th August 1992, Talk; The Perception of Africa and its
People by German Pupils: Framework for Dev. Education.

Projects and Consultancies

July 2018 –
December 2018
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) University Cooperation
Project: Project Head Fact Finding Mission,
cooperation with Jinka University. Regional focus: Lower Omo Valley.
Partners: Prof. Dr. Sabine Tröger (GIUB, coordinator), Dr. Laube &
Dr. Kelboro (ZEF) University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Gebre Yntiso & Dr. Dikaso Gojamme (President & Vice President of
Jinka University)
Cooperation project on future fields of joined research, curriculum
development, staff exchange & training.
July 2016 –
June 2018
DAAD University Cooperation Project: Project Head
‘Hochschulberatervertrag’ with Arba Minch University, southern Ethiopia.
Cooperation project on Curriculum Development & Coaching in the field of
Social sciences.
German Embassy in Ethiopia (Climate Fund ’11): Project Head
Project on Development Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation,
Regional focus: Lower Omo Valley, partner: Nyangatom Community.
Nov. 2009 –
Aug. 2012
Failing Seasons, Ailing Societies
GTZ-CIM Expert with HoAREC (Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center),
Addis Ababa University; & contract with GTZ-SLM (Sustainable
Land Management Program Ethiopia) on Climate Change Adaptation
assessments with 8 MA-Students of Bonn University & 18 Woreda (district)
experts at 13 sites in Ethiopia, research sites differentiated according to ecological livelihood frameworks.
July 2008 –
Nov. 2011
DFG Research Project (German Research Foundation; TR 319/3-1):
„Das Handeln lokaler Akteure im Zeichen gesellschaftlicher Transformation –
Wahrnehmungen, Interpretationen und Problemlösungsstrategien im
Kontext von HIV / AIDS. Eine Studie in urbanen und semiurbanen Räumen in
Äthiopien” (Agency and local actors: Perceptions, interpretations and
strategies in the context of HIV/AIDS in urban and semi-urban Ethiopia).
May 2007 -
Nov 2008
Consultant - GTZ/APE (African Parks Ethiopia).
Terms: Backstopping of communication and mediation process and training
of field staff (moderators, facilitators from ethnic communities); concept
design on: ‘Conflict mediation and participatory planning, communication
and coordination in the context of land right conflicts with relation to the
Omo National-Park / Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia
2007 - 2009  
Consultant – DFG: evaluation of research applications
2004 – 2006  
Consultant – DAAD: allocation of fellowships.
April – May
Consultant – ISB (Staatsinstitut für Schulqualität und Bildungsforschung)
Terms: Overview on the socio-cultural Dimension of the concept of
‘Sustainability’ according to Rio 1992 (together with Prof. Dr. Theo Rauch /
FU Berlin)
2003 – 2005  
Research Cooperation with GTZ „Mainstreaming AIDS“. Region: Malawi –
Mzuzu University – & Mozambique - Universidade Católica de Moçambique,
Beira (Mozambik). Documentation: 2 Diploma-Theses
Consultant – GTZ-project „Sociopolitical Counseling in Malawi”:
1 week’s training of and instructions for 18 sociology students from the
Netherlands and Malawi for their field work with participatory research
methodology (esp. PRA). Regional context: Malawi.
Nov. 1994 –
Nov. 1995.
Consultant – GTZ-IFSP (Integrated Food Security Program).
Terms: Elaboration & establishment of a participatory counseling system on
food processing and monitoring esp. for children below 5 years of age (highly
i.e. malnutrition endangered age group!).
Focus: Conditions and actor-oriented reasoning on behavioral change in
feeding patterns and general health concerns.
Methodological basis: PRA approach & instruments. Regional context:
Sumbawanga / Tanzania.
October 1994  
Consultant / Trainer – GTZ-IFSP (Integrated Food Security Program)
Terms: Conception and evaluation of Target-Group Approach, PRA-Approach,
training and coaching of field staff, revision and adaptation of the conceptual
approach. Regional context: Tanzania.
1992 – 1998  
Member of the DFG-research team „Identity in Africa“ in Bayreuth.
Fieldwork: 3 years. The research-data was analyzed in the context of the
Consultant for BMZ: 2 months fieldwork within the context of the GTZ-
Project for “Bilingual Teaching at Primary Schools” in the Paramo of
Ecuador (EBI). Terms: Design of teaching material on development
cooperation for German high school students. Regional context: Ecuador.
Consultant for GTZ-CARD (Coordinated Agricultural and Rural
Development program, Masvingo) and GTZ-IRDP (Integrated Rural
Development Program, Kabompo).
Terms: Development and design of teaching material on development
cooperation (GTZ) for German high school students. Regional context:
Zimbabwe & Zambia.
DFG funding: 3 months field research on small-scale farmers’ reasoning in
decision taking (in line with ‘Bielefelder Verflechtungsansatz). Regional
context: Kenya and Tanzania.

Participatory Research Projects – Diploma & Master Seminars at GIUB
Methodological Approach and Instruments: PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal), non-standardized Interviews, Videography and Photo-Elicitation.

Refugees facing the challenge of securing their livelihoods in Bonn: A differentiated
actor analysis.
“Heimat, Duldung und Asyl – Eine Erforschung gesellschafts-politischer Prozesse
der Ab- und Ausgrenzung, aber auch Einbeziehung und Anteilnahme”.
2005 – 2006  
Livelihoodsysteme nicht-deutscher Bürger in Bonn
Livelihoodsystems of non-German citizens of Bonn
2004 - 2005  
PRA Participatory Rural Appraisal
“After a flood means facing a coming flood” – Perspectives and Interpretations by local actors in flood prone Waldheim in Sachsen: a participatory assessment of the 2002-flooding of the river Zschopau, arbitrary river to river Elbe. Regional context: Waldheim, Sachsen.
2003 – 2004  
Nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung - Beispiel Bonn
Sustainable Development – the Example of Bonn.
Live-Perspectives and -Interpretations in Post-Re-Union Germany
Regional context: Strasburg in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


  • 2018

Tröger, S. (2018a): 'Everything That Is Happening Now Is Beyond Our Capacity' - Nyangatom Livelihoods Under Threat. In: Cambridge University Press & UNESCO: Indegenous Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaption, Chapt. 15, pp 214 - 226, Cambridge

Tröger, S. (2018b): ‘Committees’, a Promising Institution in Climate Change Communication and Adaptation? In: W. Leal et.a. (eds): Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 2, Chapt. 22, pp 341-355. Springer Verlag: Climate Change Management

  • 2016

Tröger, S. (2016a): Societal Transformation, buzzy perspectives towards successful Climate Change Adaptation: An Appeal to Caution. In: Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. In: W.L.Filho et al (eds): Climate Change Management – Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Cities and Communities, Integrating Strategies and Educational Approaches, Chapt. 19, pp 353-365.  Springer Verlag; Climate Change Management Series.

Tröger, S. (2016b): ‘Everything That is Happening Now Is Beyond Our Capacity’ – Nyangatom Livelihoods Under Threat. In: W.L. Filho et al (eds): Climate Change Management  Series. Chapt. 19, pp. 353-365, Springer Verlag.

  • 2012

Tröger, S. (2012): Failing Seasons, Ailing Societies – Climate Change and Adaptation in Ethiopia. Addis Ababa

  • 2011
Tröger, S. (2011): Climate Policy Brief on Sustainable Land Management (2010). EthiopianCivil Society Network on Climate Change, Policy Brief 3.
  • 2009
Tröger, S. (2009): Fragmented or included? – Impacts of Globalization on Addis Ababa’sPoor. In: Die Erdkunde Vol. 63, No. 3.
Tröger, S. (2009): Leben in Megastädten – Menschen auf einer Gratwanderung zwischen Integration und gesellschaftlichem Ausschluss.
  • 2008
Tröger, S.: Fragmented or included? – Impacts of Globalization on Addis Ababa’s Poor. In: Die Erde 139 (2008)
  • 2004
Tröger, S. (2004): Handeln zur Ernährungssicherheit im Zeichen gesellschaftlichenUmbruchs – Untersuchungen auf dem Ufipa-Plateau im Südwesten Tansanias. Saarbrücken,   Breitenbach  Verlag (= Geographische Entwicklungsforschung 27) – Habilitation Thesis

  • 2003
Tröger, S. (2003a): Arbeit im Umbruch kultureller Wertigkeiten. Konsequenzen für die Nahrungssicherheit in der  ländlichen Peripherie Tansanias. Geographische Rundschau 55, 7/8, S. 24-28.
Tröger, S. (2003b): Akteure in ihrer Lebensgestaltung (livelihood) zu Zeiten sozialer Transformation  – Theoretische Überlegungen und ihre Anwendung auf das Beispiel von Landnutzungskonflikten in Tansania. Geographica Helvetica 58, 1,  S. 24-34.
  • 2002

Tröger, S. (2002a): Transformtion of Food Systems in the Context of Political Change. Case Study of Tanzania. Die Erde133 (2002a) 4, S. 379-399.

Tröger, S. (2002b): Sustainability in the context of Natural and Social Environments – An Actor-oriented Interpretation from south-west Tanzania. Erdkunde 56, 2, S. 170-183.

Tröger, S. (2002c): Gesellschaftliche Umverteilung, ein moralisches Muss? Verwundbarkeit und soziale Sicherung im Zeichen gesellschaftlichen Umbruchs – Beobachtungen aus Tansania in akteurs-orientierter Interpretation. Geographica Helvetica 57, 1, S. 34-45.

Tröger, S. (2002): Werte-'Vermittlung' im Zeichen globaler Vergesellschaftung. In: Geographie heute, 200, S. 34-37.

  • 1999
Tröger, S. (1999a): Mais-Insima und Milch - Ausdruck von Freiheit und Modernität.Konsumvorlieben in kultursoziologischer Interpretation. In: H.P. Hahn und G. Spittler(Hrsg.): Afrika und die Globalisierung. Münster, Hamburg und London, S. 75-88 (= Schriftendes VAD 18).
Tröger, S. (1999b): Vulnerability in historical perspective - the example of the Wafipa, Southwest Tanzania. In: Schmied, D. (Hrsg.): Changing Rural Structures in Tanzania. Münster, Hamburg und London (1996 b), S. 115-127 (= Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung 11)
  • 1996
Tröger, S. (1996): Leben in der ‚Einen Welt‘- Leben in der ‚Un-Einen Welt‘. In: Schultze, A. (Hrsg.): 40 Texte zur Didaktik der Geographie. Pädagogische Schriften 3. S. 292-302.
  • 1994
Tröger, S. (1994a): Überleben auf dem Krisenkontinent. Ein Thema für den Erdkundeunterricht. In: Praxis Geographie 24, S. 4-9.
Tröger, S. (1994a): Überleben auf dem Krisenkontinent. Ein Thema für den Erdkundeunterricht. In: Praxis Geographie 24, S. 4-9.
Tröger, S. (1994b): Tansanische Gesellschaft im Wandel. Das Eigene in der Maske des Fremden erkennen. In: Praxis Geographie 24, S. 24-29.
Tröger, S. (1994c): Leben in der ‚Einen Welt‘- Leben in der ‚Un-Einen Welt‘. In: Praxis Geographie, 3, S. 8-12.
  • 1993
Tröger, S. (1993): Das Afrikabild bei deutschen Schülerinnen und Schülern. Sozialwissenschaftliche Studien zu internationalen Problemen Bd. 186 – PhD Thesis

  • 1990
Tröger, S. (1990): Die Lebenssituation der schwarzen Bevölkerung in Südafrika. Eine/Die südafrikanische Geschichte. In: Praxis Geographie, Braunschweig, 4, S. 38-45.
  • 1989
Tröger, S. (1989): Ländliche Regionalentwicklung in Sambia und Simbabwe. Aus der Praxis für Lehrer und Schüler. (GTZ Dokumentation1/89) Eschborn.
  • 1988
Tröger, S. (1988): ‚Daheim‘ in Südafrika. In: Praxis Geographie, 4, S. 32-36.
  • 1987
Tröger, S. (1987a): ‚Die Erde ist ein Mosaik unterschiedlichster Kulturen‘ oder: die ‚Kulturerdteile‘ in der Schule, In: Geographische Rundschau, 5, S. 278-282.
Tröger, S., J. Blenck (1987b): Probleme der Agrarentwicklung in Zimbabwe. Geographische Rundschau, 3, S. 112-130.
  • 1986
Tröger, S. (1986): Soziale (Vor-) Urteile als gesellschaftliche Voraussetzungen des entwicklungspolitischen Unterrichts. In: Dritte Welt und Entwicklungspolitik, Schriftenreihe der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 241, Bonn, S. 112-130.J. Blenck, 
  • 1985
Blenck J., Tröger, S., Wingwiri, S.S. (1985): Geographische Entwicklungsforschung und Verflechtungsanalyse. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, Frankfurt, S. 65-72.

Teaching and Training

Present Courses: Winter Semester 19/20

  • B04 – Humangeographie Aufbau II (Bachelor) (2 Seminar hours/week), Mo 12-14, Ü VIII
  • M02a – Forschungsmethoden – Humangeographie = JM – Research Methods I: Philosophies and Approaches in social-geographic research (2 Seminar hours/week), Mo 10-12, Ü VIII
  • M03a – Vertiefung – Entwicklung und Globalisierung: Globalization, Fragmentation & Transformation: Benchmarks in Geography Discourses (4 seminar hours/week), Di 8-12, Ü VIII

Initiatives in the Fields of Didactics, Curriculum Development & Methodology Training
Membership in advisory boards

July 2018 until.
December 2018.
DAAD Fact Finding Mission, cooperation with Jinka University.
Partners: Prof. Dr. Sabine Tröger (GIUB, coordinator), Dr. Laube &
Dr. Kelboro (ZEF) University of Bonn
Prof. Dr. Gebre Yntiso & Dr. Dikaso Gojamme (President & Vice President of
Jinka University)
Cooperation project on future fields of curriculum development,
staff exchange & training.
July 2016 until
June 2018.
DAAD ‘Hochschulberatervertrag’ with Arba Minch University.
Cooperation project on Curriculum Development & Coaching in the field of
Social sciences.
5th – 17th Oct. ’15. ERASMUS Staff Mobility for Teaching, Royal Holloway University, London.
Coordinated focus: Social-Political Philosophy in Participatory Approaches
in Research & Practice.
16th-22nd June ’12  
Lecturer at Rift Valley Institute, course on ‘Horn of Africa’ – Kenya, Mombassa
30th Jan. – 10th
Febr. 2012
Lecturer at University of Wageningen, Netherlands
Course & Lectures on: ‘Climate Change Governance: ‘Adaptation &
Mitigation as Institutional Process.
WS 2013 until
WS 2015
Member of the lecturer team of the GIUB/UNU Joint Master Course on
“Environmental Risks and Human Security” (International Master Course)
SS 2002 until
SS 2013
Member of the advisory board of study affairs at the Rheinische Friedrich
Wilhelms University Bonn, Geography Department
(modularization of diploma and graduate programs, conceptual design and
reorganization of bachelor and master study programs consistent with
the requirements for accreditation (‘Bologna Process’), definition of
learning objectives.
Since 2002.  
Senior Research Fellow at ZEF (Center for Development Research, University
of Bonn) supervision of PhD qualification procedures
2003- 2013  
Member of the structuring commission at the Rheinische FriedrichWilhelms University of Bonn, Institute for Geography
Tasks: long term structuring of teaching objectives and scientific research
at the Geography Department as well as within the interdisciplinary
association neighboring sciences, analyses of labor markets to guarantee a
long term propaedeutic professional education for students, overall concept

Selected Benchmarks in lecturing, focal emphases in academic training (period after the GTZ-CIM contract only) 

  • Globalization, Fragmentation and Transformation: Benchmarks in Geography Discourses – Master Course, 4 seminar hours/week: WS 19/20
  • Das Narrativ ‘Entwicklung’ in geographischen Theorie-Diskursen – Master Course: WS 18/19.
  • Einführung in die Geographische Entwicklungsforschung: Kritische Perspektiven auf gesellschaftliche Transformationsprozesse – Master Course: WS 17/18.
  • Partizipation und gesellschaftliche Transformation – Master Course: SS 16.
  • Ungleichheit und Entwicklung im Zeitalter der Globalisierung – Master Course: WS 15/16.
  • Migration, eine Flucht vor Klimawandel und Armut – Oder was sonst? – Master Course: SS 15.
  • Inequality and Development in the Age of Globalization – Dialogues between Science and Practice – Master Course: WS 14/15.
  • Handlung- und auf Projektpraxis bezogene Forschung in Entwicklungszusammenhängen – Master Course: SS 14.
  • Klimawandelforschung I und II – Master-Courses: Winter Semester (WS) 12/13 & Summer Semester (SS) 13.


  • Philosopies and approaches in reflexive research in geography – Master Course: WS 19/20
  • Einführung in Paradigmen, Ansätze und Instrumente der qualitativen (geographischen) Sozialforschung – Bachelor Course: WS 18/19.
  • ‘Participation’ – Methodological approaches and instruments in critical-emancipatory perspective: WS 18/19.
  • Introduction to Visual Methodologies – Master Course: SS 17.
  • Qualitative und partizipative Änsätze und Instrumente in der Geographischen Entwicklungsforschung – Master Course: WS 15/16.
  • Participation in socio-political terms and methodological operationalization perspectives: research and practice – Master Course: SS 15.
  • Philosophien und Ansätze in der humangeographischen Forschung – Master Course: WS 14/15.
Lectures in Bachelor-Studies
  • Methodengrundlagen: since SS 16 until today (together with one colleague).
  • Einführung in die Humangeographie: SS 13 & WS 13/14 & SS 15 (together with colleagues).
Project Seminars (Master Courses including field work units – 6 seminar hours/week)
  • Refugees facing the challenge of securing their livelihoods in Bonn: A differentiated actor analysis: SS 19.
  • Heimat, Duldung und Asyl – Eine Erforschung gesellschafts-politischer Prozesse der Ab- und Ausgrenzung, aber auch Einbeziehung und Anteilnahme: SS 18.

    Projektseminar: Heimat

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Supervision of Academic Qualification Procedures

PhD - Procedures (completed):
  • Sewmehon Demissi Tegegne (2012): Livestock Water Productivity (LWP) improvement in the mixed crop-livestock system of Ethiopian Highlands, Amhara Region: a gendered sustainable livelihood approach to target LWP interventions for rural poverty reduction.
  • Till Winkelmann (2013): Risikowahrnehmung, -interpretation und -handeln im Kontext von HIV/AIDS und gesellschaftlicher Transformation. Untersuchungen im urbanen Raum von Addis Abeba, Äthiopien.
  • Stephen Ataamvari Adaawen (2015): Narratives of Migration – Complex Answers of a Society in Transformation, Ghana.
  • Felix Guntermann (2019): Addis Ababa Airport zwischen Globalisierung und Fragmentierung – Ein Hub in Raum und Zeit.
  • Darius Tounianuo Mwingyine (2019): Emergent Land Commodification and Intergenerational Land Relations in Peri-Urban Northwestern Ghana

PhD - Procedures in progress:


Diploma Theses – published

  • Eva Prediger (2006): Jugendclubs – eine Antwort auf HIV/AIDS und gesellschaftliche Transformation. Semi-urbane und ländliche Gemeinden in Nord-Malawi in regionaler Differenzierung.
  • Till Winkelmann (2010): Handeln im Zeichen von HIV/AIDS. Untersuchungen zu gesellschaftlicher Transformation im ländlichen Raum Malawis.
  • Julia Pfitzner (2011): ‚Unser Kalender funktioniert nicht mehr!‘- Ernährungssicherung und Anpassung im Zeichen des Klimawandels. Ein Fallbeispiel von Agro-Pastoralisten in Südäthiopien.

Topics of Master Theses

  • Florian Klimesch: Through the Lense – Framing Cultural Identity in Lower Omo, Ethiopia.
  • Evelyn Knapwerth: Human equality and societal transformation – Gendered perspectives within a cocoa-growing community in Bali, Indonesia.
  • Andreas Fritz: Small-scale farmers at risk? Sustainable modernization, a challenge in small-scale agroproduction with respect to value chain development of wheat and faba bean in Arsi, Ethiopia.

Topics of Bachelor Theses

  • Sarah Bertram: Die “flüchtige” Moderne – buddhistische Lebensorientierung in einer post-modernen Welt: Narrative aus Bonn.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since Summer Semester 2002
Professor: Social Geography / Geographic Development Research at Bonn University
  • Winter Semester 2001/2002
Acting Professor: Didactics of Geography
  • 27th June 2001
Habilitation, Thesis: „Handeln zur Ernährungssicherung im Zeichen gesellschaftlichen Umbruchs.
Untersuchungen auf demUfipa-Plateau im Südwesten Tansanias”.
  • 1991 – 2001
University Assistant (C1) at Bayreuth University, Geography Institute
  • 25th November 1992
PhD, Thesis: “Das Afrikabild deutscher Schülerinnen und Schüler”.
  • 1983 – 1985
Teacher Training at Studienseminar Bochum. Diploma: 2nd Staatsexamen.
  • 1973 - 1981
University Training for High School Teaching at Ruhr University in Bochum. Subjects: Geography, English.
Diploma: 1st Staatsexamen (= MA).
  • 1973
A level at Sophie Scholl Gymnasium in Oberhausen-Sterkrade

Further Qualifications

31.7. - 6.8.1994  
One-week practical training by GTZ (German Agency for Technical Cooperation) on „Participatory Rural Appraisal" (PRA).
1986 - 1987  
2 one-week Seminars on the ZOPP-Method (Development Planning).
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.