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Dr. Veit Bachmann



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Veit Bachmann has joined the Department of Geography at Bonn University in March 2019. He is a political and economic geographer with research interests in sustainable development, area studies, (critical) geopolitics, social and cultural geography. Beyond the disciplinary confines of geography, his work relates to European Studies, Migration Studies, processes of globalization and regionalization as well as global South-North and South-South relations. Based on these interests, he engages with wider geopolitical and geoeconomic transformation processes and their impact on different scales of geographic inquiry. His conceptual work pursues two strands of research; one that explores the reciprocal relationship between society, politics, economics and space and another one that studies geopolitical and geoeconomic orderings, such as global power hierarchies and European integration. Empirically, he has worked extensively in East Africa on aspects of European development policies (renewable energy and HIV/AIDS policies), questions of good governance and civil society participation, the emergence of a collective European diplomacy, as well as on African-Asian relations. More recently, he has been working in Tunisia on questions of migration, societal composition and political and economic transformation after the “Arab Spring” and the (emerging) spaces of interaction between North and West Africa.

After his undergraduate education in geography, international relations and economics at the Universität Trier, Germany, he obtained the degrees of MSc in geography at Texas A&M University, USA (2006) and PhD in geography from the University of Plymouth, UK (2009). He subsequently worked at Goethe-University Frankfurt where he has functioned as the director of the interdisciplinary working group “EuroGaps” – exploring external relations and external perceptions of the EU in sub-Saharan African and Eastern Europe.


  • seit 2019: Akademischer Rat auf Zeit an der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn
  • 2010-2019: Projektleiter und Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • 2006-2009: PhD an der University of Plymouth zum Thema "Regulating Geopolitical Space: EU Interaction with East Africa"
  • 2004-2006: MSc an der Texas A&M University zum Thema "Geopolitical Influences on German Development Policies in Africa and AIDS Policies in Kenya"
  • 2001-2004: Studium der Geographie, Internationalen Beziehungen und Volkswirtschaftslehre an der Universität Trier



  • Politische Geographie, Wirtschaftsgeographie, Sozialgeographie, Kulturgeographie
  • Entwicklungsforschung und globale Süd-Nord- und Süd-Südbeziehungen
  • Machtverhältnisse und Machthierarchien auf unterschiedlichen Maßstabsebenen
  • Sozioräumlichkeit und Interaktionsräume
  • European Studies und Europäische Integration
  • (Trans)Regionalstudien




... in wissenschaftlichen Fachzeitschriften

Bachmann, Veit, Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel and Emma Mawdsley. 2020. The Politics of Development Geographies: New Partners, Transdisciplinary Perspectives. A Conversation with Emma Mawdsley. Erdkunde 74 (3): 205-217; accessible here 


Bachmann, Veit. 2020. The resurfacing of German fascism. Political Geography; online early accessible here


Bachmann, Veit and Sami Moisio. 2020. Towards a constructive critical geopolitics – Inspirations from the Frankfurt School of critical theory. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 38 (2): 251-268

Bachmann, Veit and Gerard Toal. 2019. Geopolitics - Thick and Complex. Erdkunde 73 (2): 143-155

Bachmann, Veit. 2019. (Trans)regionalism and South-South cooperation: Afrasia instead of Eurafrique? Third World Quarterly 40 (4): 688-709

Bachmann, Veit and Julian Stenmanns. 2019. Germany’s (not so) banal militarism. Political Geography 69: 173-176

Bachmann, Veit and James D Sidaway. 2016. Brexit Geopolitics. Geoforum 77: 47–50

Bachmann, Veit. 2016. Spaces of Interaction: Enactments of Sociospatial Relations and an Emerging EU Diplomacy in Kenya. Territory, Politics, Governance 4(1): 75-96

Rouland, Betty and Veit Bachmann. 2015. Tunisia in 2030: Perspectives and Geopolitical Challenges of a Country in Transition. The Arab World Geographer 18 (1-2): 31-38

Bachmann, Veit. 2015. Global Europa, ESPON and the EU’s regulated spaces of interaction. Journal of European Integration 37 (6): 685-703

Bachmann, Veit, Jason Dittmer, Sallie Marston, Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary, Alec Murphy, Merje Kuus. 2015. Bureaucratic fields and the Brussels machinery: Reading Merje Kuus' Geopolitics and Expertise. Political Geography 44: 19-28

Moisio, Sami, Veit Bachmann, Luiza Bialasiewicz, Elena Dell’Agnese, Jason Dittmer, Virginie Mamadouh. 2013. Mapping the political geographies of Europeanization: National discourses, external perceptions and the question of popular culture. Progress in Human Geography 37 (6): 737-761

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. Europe’s lack of visions. Geopolitics 18 (3): 735-741

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. Political Geography’s blindspots: Introducing Jo Sharp’s ‘Geopolitics at the Margins’. Political Geography 37: 18-19

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. A step outside: observations from the world’s youngest state. Geography Compass  7 (11): 778-789

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. The EU’s civilian/power dilemma. Comparative European Politics 11 (4): 458-480

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. The EU as a geopolitical and development actor: views from East Africa. L’Espace Politique 19 (1): 2-22

Bachmann, Veit and Bernd Belina. 2012. Crisis, Critique and the 6th International Conference of Critical Geography 2011. Antipode 44 (3): 555-559

Bachmann, Veit and Luiza Bialasiewicz, James D Sidaway, Matthew Feldman, Ståle Holgersen, Andreas Malm, Robina Mohammad, Arun Saldanha, Kirsten Simonsen. 2012. Bloodlands: critical geographical responses to the 22 July 2011 events in Norway. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (2): 191-206

Paasche, Till and Veit Bachmann. 2012. The USS New York. ACME 11 (1): 177-183

Rovnyi, Ievgenii and Veit Bachmann. 2012. Reflexive Geographies of Europeanization. Geography Compass 6 (5): 260-274

Bachmann, Veit. 2011. Participating and observing: positionality and fieldwork relations during Kenya’s post-election crisis. Area 43 (3): 362-368

Bachmann, Veit and James D Sidaway. 2010. African regional integration and European involvement: external agents in the East African Community. South African Geographical Journal 92 (1): 1-6

Bachmann, Veit. 2010. From Jackboots to Birkenstocks: The Civilianisation of German Geopolitics in the Twentieth Century. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 101 (3): 320-332

Bachmann, Veit. 2010. Kenya's 'Collapse' and its post-election tragedy of the commons. Affect 2 (1): 1-22

Bachmann, Veit. 2009. Macht und/oder Modell? Differenzierte Europabilder in Ostafrika. Europa Regional 17(4): 69-80. [appeared in 2011]

Bachmann, Veit and James D Sidaway. 2009. Zivilmacht Europa: a critical geopolitics of the European Union as a global power. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 34 (1): 94-109

Hugill, Peter and Veit Bachmann. 2005. The Route to the Techno-Industrial World-Economy and the Transfer of German Organic Chemistry to America before, during, and immediately after World War One. Comparative Technology Transfer and Society 3 (2): 158-186



Monographien und Sammelbände

Bachmann, Veit. 2016. European External Action: the making of EU diplomacy in Kenya. London: Routledge

Bachmann, Veit und Martin Müller (eds). 2015. Perceptions of the EU in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking in from the Outside. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Bachmann, Veit. 2009. Regulating geopolitical space: EU interaction with East Africa. University of Plymouth [veröffentlicht in Form mehrerer Zeitschriftenartikel]


Bachmann, Veit. (im Erscheinen). Kritische Geopolitik. Humangeographie, ed Rita Schneider-Sliwa. Braunschweig: Westermann

Bachmann, Veit and Luiza Bialasiewicz. (im Erscheinen). Critical Geopolitics. Routledge Handbook of Critical European Union Studies, ed. Diez, Thomas and Yannis Stivachtis. London: Routledge

Bachmann, Veit. (im Erscheinen). Geopolitics. Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition, ed. Ritzer, George. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell

Bachmann, Veit. 2017. (The Crisis of) Regional Integration as a Key Aspect in EU External Relations. In Fédéralisme, Décentralisation et Régionalisation de l’Europe: Perspectives comparatives, eds. Calmes-Brunet, Sylvia and Arun Sagar, 263-271. Paris: Lextenso

Bachmann, Veit and Martin Müller. 2015. Introduction: Global Europa? How, when and to whom? In Perceptions of the EU in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking in from the Outside, eds. Bachmann, Veit and Martin Müller, 1-13. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Tristl, Christiane, Martin Müller and Veit Bachmann. 2015. Lexicometric analysis: a methodological prelude. In Perceptions of the EU in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking in from the Outside, eds. Bachmann, Veit and Martin Müller, 69-76. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Tristl, Christiane and Veit Bachmann. 2015. European self-perceptions: the EU’s geopolitical identity and role in official documents and speeches. In Perceptions of the EU in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking in from the Outside, eds. Bachmann, Veit and Martin Müller, 77-104. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Kiamba, Anita and Veit Bachmann. 2015. Kenya-EU relations: Perspectives and Expectations. In Perceptions of the EU in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking in from the Outside, eds. Bachmann, Veit and Martin Müller, 145-164. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Müller, Martin and Veit Bachmann. 2015. Conclusion: Looking from the outside in ≠ looking from the inside out. In Perceptions of the EU in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Looking in from the Outside, eds. Bachmann, Veit and Martin Müller, 187-195. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Bolkvadze, Ketevan, Martin Müller, Veit Bachmann. 2014. “I am Georgian and therefore I am European”: Comparing elite and public perceptions of EUrope in Georgia 2003 – 2013. In Communicating Europe in Times of Crisis:  External Perceptions of the European Union, eds. Chaban, Natalia and Martin Holland, 197-219. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. International Organizations. In The Ashgate Research Companion to Critical Geopolitics, eds. Klaus Dodds, Merje Kuus, Joanne Sharp, 405-420. Farnham: Ashgate

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. The EAC and India - a view from the outside. In East Africa-India Security Relations, eds. Mwagiru, Makumi and Aparajita Biswas. Nairobi: IDIS/NDC

Bachmann, Veit. 2012. Alte Großmacht-Kontroversen in den Auseinandersetzungen um die ersten Beitritte. In Europa – eine Geographie, eds. Hans Gebhardt, Rüdiger Glaser, Sebastian Lentz. Heidelberg: Spektrum  

Bachmann, Veit. 2012. Kontroversen um die EU als politisch-geographisches Projekt. In Europa – eine Geographie, eds. Hans Gebhardt, Rüdiger Glaser, Sebastian Lentz. Heidelberg: Spektrum  

Bachmann, Veit. 2011. European spaces of development: aid, regulation and regional integration. In Europe in the World: EU Geopolitics and the Transformation of European Space, ed. Luiza Bialasiewicz, 59-84. Aldershot: Ashgate   

Essays, Rezensionen und andere Publikationen

Bachmann, Veit. 2018. “Eurafrica” is Dead: In Fact, It Never Existed. EuropeNow 15:  

Bachmann, Veit. 2017. Rezension zu Von Hirschhausen, Béatrice, Hannes Grandits, Claudia Kraft, Dietmar Müller und Thomas Serrier. 2015. Phantomgrenzen: Räume und Akteure in der Zeit neu denken. Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag. In Geographische Zeitschrift 105(3-4): 273-276

Bachmann, Veit. 2013. Der “Flüchtlingsstrom” ist kein Strom. MiGAZIN 05/12/2013. Accessible on

Bachmann, Veit and Patrick Holden. 2012. “Leading Through Civilian Power” or Creeping Inertia? Foreign Policy Journal 22 May 2012. Accessible on

Bachmann, Veit. 2012. The EU in Kenya and the World. Accessible on

Bachmann, Veit and Makumi Mwagiru. 2011. Diversity and Eurocentrism – Incorporating collaboration, not paternalism, into EU aid policy. Internationale Politik Global Edition

Bachmann, Veit. 2011. Europas ambivalente Rolle als geopolitischer Akteur. Forschung Frankfurt 3/2011: 23-28

Bachmann, Veit. 2011. Common Foreign and Security Policy: Unified European Geopolitics? Fair Observer. Accessible on

Bachmann, Veit. 2009. Rezension zu Gather, Mathias, Andreas Kagermeier and Martin Lanzendorf. 2008. Geographische Mobilitäts- und Verkehsforschung. Berlin, Stuttgart: Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung. In Journal of Transport Geography 17 (4): 321-322

Bachmann, Veit and James D Sidaway. 2009. Encore - The Hour of Europe? AAG Newsletter 44: 11

Bachmann, Veit. 2008. Rezension zu McGrew, Anthony and Nana K. Poku. 2007. Globalization, Development and Human Security. Polity Press. In Progress in Development Studies 8 (4): 369-370

Bachmann, Veit. 2006. Rezension zu Meinig, Donald W. 2004. The Shaping of America – A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History: Volume 4 Global America 1915-2000. New Haven: Yale University Press. In Historical Geography 34: 187-189