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AG Pohle

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The working group addresses questions of rural change and development in a globalized world, while social/cultural and ecological dimensions, either for their own or intertwined (socio-ecological), are at the core of scientific interest.

Main subjects to be considered encompass “use of space” and (im)mobilities, i.e., tourism, temporary and permanent in- and out-migration as well as rural staying in various regional contexts, e.g. Europe and Latin America, and . Regarding the former, investigations include land use, its evaluation, spatial patterns and dynamics as well as the appropriation of space through various stakeholders and groups, e.g. transnational firms, subsistence farmers or migrants . Within these subjects, our research focuses on the topics “power and conflicts”, e.g., access to resources, “territory and place”, and “identity and belonging”, e.g., negotiation of migrant identities in light of specific contexts in rural areas.

By means of place based and/or participatory approaches, we center our investigations around at least one of the elements “individual & collective meanings”, “practices”, “strategies” or “empowerment” and thus focus on analytical and applied questions .



(Last row, left to right): Dr. Stefan Kordel and Dr. Andrés Gerique
(Middle row, left to right): Dr. Alexandra Titz and Viviana Buitrón
(First row, left to right): Prof. Perdita Pohle, Julia Kieslinger and Tobias Weidinger


Members of our working group

Former members

Current projects

  • Natur-Kultur-Trekking in den bolivianischen Anden: Regionale Wertschöpfung durch Ethno-Ökotourismus (since 2015)
  • Human ecologial parameters in the Biosphere Reserve Podocarpus – El Cóndor (since 2010, DFG/BMZ)
    Forschungsprojekt im Rahmen der DFG-Forschergruppe FOR 816 “Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of a Megadiverse Mountain Ecosystem in South Ecuador”
  • New migration processes and rural development in rural peripheral areas: status quo and strategies (2016-2017, DAAD)
  • Gekommen, um zu bleiben! Wohnstandortentscheidungen anerkannter Flüchtlinge im ländlichen Raum Niederbayerns – eine retrospektive Analyse (2016-2017, Staedtler Stiftung)
  • Touristische Inwertsetzung von Ländlichkeit in einem Kontinuum von Authentizität und Inszenierung – Das Beispiel Bayerischer Wald (since 2012, self-funded)

Completed projects

  • Konkurrierende Ordnungen in Post-Konflikt Nepal (2013-2016, Schmauser-Stiftung)
  • Mountain Poverty and Environmental Change in the Nepal-Himalayas (2009-2010)
  • List of completed projects



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