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The RG Verne is part of the scientific domain 'Development Geography':

Development Geography

Julia Verne, Prof. Dr.

Mrs. Verne has left the University of Bonn. She is now a professor of cultural geography at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Please contact Julai Verne: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].

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If you have any questions concerning the joint master "Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security", please contact Prof. Dr. Mariele Evers: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].

Recent Events and Activities

A conversation about the relationship between ecology and infrastructure that had started at the NKG in January 2020 has led to a series of essays that have been published in the blog of Society & Space. Find the forum here:

As part of the research seminar „Postcolonial perspectives on the Rhineland“, the students conducted small independent research projects and turned the results into podcasts. They cover a broad thematic range including the Cologne Zoo, the Maritime Silkroad (reaching to Duisburg), the UN (which has its sustainability hub in Bonn), as well as the history of geography and geography students who have spent time in the Global South as volunteers. In contrast to the usual project reports, the podcasts shall open up the possibility to share results and discussions with a broader audience. While we are developing a platform to make all podcasts accessible, here you find the link to the podcast on „Carbon Colonialism“:


Guest Lecture at BICC by Prof. Sandra Joireman

Within the international partnership „Appraising risk, past and present“, the working group hosts two guests from the University of Richmond, USA to work on a joint publication and define work packages for the team led by Prof. Dr. Verne investigating the potential of historical approaches to enhance risk governance in the Indian Ocean World. Prof. Dr. Sandra Joireman (Weinstein Chair of International Studies and Professor of Political Science) and John Scrivani (Adjunct Professor at the Department of Geography and Environment) will be in Bonn from October 27th-30th. Sandra Joireman will also give a public talk at BICC on the 29th about Post-conflict property restitution: Challenges in law and practice. Find more information on the lecture here. 

Research trip to Kochi and Chennai

As part of her research project, Dr. Malve Jacobsen travelled to South India in September to investigate urban transport infrastructures. In the coastal cities of Kochi and Chennai, she examined the various means of transport using ethnographic methods and conducting interviews with representatives of politics and planning. As part of the Smart Cities Mission, Indian cities have been implementing extensive measures to improve the quality of life for a number of years. For example, electric elevated railways and safe footpaths should encourage the urban population switching to public and non-motorised transport. Malve Jacobsen also visited colleagues at the Vellore Institute of Technology, Prof. Porchelvan and Dr. Ganapathy. She gave a lecture on the vulnerability of transport infrastructures at the Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management. The research group Verne collaborates with Dr. Ganapathy in the international partnership project 'Appraising risk, past and present'.

DFG Grant

The DFG has approved Lisa Krieg's project application "Gecko translocalities. The negotiation of social and ecological values in human-animal relations between Germany and the Indian Ocean". The project duration is two years.

05.02.2018 - Workshop: "Thinking through wildness in the Anthropocene"
with Dr. Sara Asu Schroer

In this workshop we'd like to think through notions of wildness in the Anthropocene: how is wildness imagined, realized, and managed today? We'd like to talk about different concepts of wildness, and how they are entangled with societal processes, political agendas, and technological visions and possibilities. While untouched wildness is often an ideal and a goal shaping conservation policies, "wild" nature is simultaneously under strict regimes of control (control of gene-pools and studbooks in wildlife population management) and entangled with scientific interventions (de-extinction projects through genetic engineering). Such paradoxes and surprising entanglements are at the core of what we'd like to discuss.

Termin: Montag, 5.2.2018, 9:30 - 12:00 Uhr
Wo: Geozentrum, Meckenheimer Allee 176, Bonn, Ü7

Diskussionsgrundlage: 2 Texte, werden noch verschickt 
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30.06.2017 - Graduation ceremony of the International Joint Master's





Verne Abschlussfeier 

Prof. Julia Verne, head of the Joint Academic Board addresses the 26 graduates during the first graduation ceremony of the International Joint Master's (UNU/GIUB). The students who came from 12 different countries to participate in this unique course received the degree of 'Master of Science in Geography of Environmental Risk and Human Security'. The local newspaper, General Anzeiger, reported on the day: link


23.5.2017 - Lecture

Julia Verne held a presentation as part of a lecture series in Marburg on "Transregional entanglements: spatial connections beyond established metageographies".

12-13.5.2017 - Workshop Erlangen

Julia Verne, Lisa Krieg and Julian Rochlitz participated in the Workshop 'Technologie, Gesellschaft und Raum im Reden über das "digitale Zeitalter"' in Erlangen.


10.5.2017 - Job opportunities? Panel Discussion

Julia Verne was part of a panel discussion on job opportunities for geography graduates at the Praktikumsbörse of GIUB. She talked about her understanding and experience in following a career in academia.


4-5.5.2017 - Conference in Frankfurt
Julia Verne presented her project on smart development at the Anthropology meets Pragmatist Philosophy: Anticipatory Knowledge, Human Rights/Security, and Practices of Inquiry conference organised by: Dr. James Thomposon (Uni Frankfurt & MPIeR) and Dr. Sabine Mannitz (HSFK)

17.10.2016 - Blog for Transregional Research (TRAFO)
 “All Things Transregional?” in Konversation mit Julia Verne

Die Interviewreihe "All Things Transregional?" der Platform für Transregionale Forschung (TRAFO) befragte Julia Verne zu ihren Erfahrungen in Transregionaler Forschung und wichtigen Zunkunftsthemen. Was ist Transregionale Forschung? Wem nützt sie? Wo liegen ihre Grenzen? Die Antworten und die Diskussion können hier gelesen werden.


13.7.2016 - Lecture

Smart development? Neue Technologien/Geographien der Entwicklung

Was ist smart development? Wie wird Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie in der Entwicklungsforschung eingesetzt? Im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe "Mittwochs im GIUB" stellt die AG Verne ihren Arbeitsschwerpunkt Digitale Geographie vor und läd zur Diskussion ein.


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