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AG Pohle


(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

Our working group considers human ecological issues in the field of Geographical Development Research and focuses on high mountain regions (the Andes, the Himalayas, the Alps). By means of ecological and agricultural geographical methods, land use changes in South Ecuador (dry forest, mountain rainforest, lowland rainforest) are investigated on various scales from regional to household level. Another focus is on human dimension of environmental challenges in conservation areas whereby the local acceptance of the implementation of precautionary measures is discussed. Furthermore, we examine the coherencies between hazard, vulnerability and multidimensional poverty in the high mountain region of the Nepal Himalayas.

A further focus is on social and population geographical issues in peripheral rural areas of Europe. Socio-spatial processes and resulting transformations of localities are at the core of current research. Amongst others, subjects encompass structural changes and innovations in touristic offers of rural areas, as well as the diversity of immigration processes to peripheral areas and its implications for development.


Members of our working group

Former members

Current projects

  • Natur-Kultur-Trekking in den bolivianischen Anden: Regionale Wertschöpfung durch Ethno-Ökotourismus (seit 2015)
  • Human ecologial parameters in the Biosphere Reserve Podocarpus – El Cóndor (seit 2010, DFG/BMZ)
    Forschungsprojekt im Rahmen der DFG-Forschergruppe FOR 816 “Biodiversity and Sustainable Management of a Megadiverse Mountain Ecosystem in South Ecuador”
  • Konkurrierende Ordnungen in Post-Konflikt Nepal (seit 2013, Schmauser-Stiftung)
  • Mountain Poverty and Environmental Change in the Nepal-Himalayas (seit 2009)
  • 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 (seit 2012, Eigenfinanzierung)

Completed projects



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