Environmental Anthropology and Geography: social-ecological system analysis, participatory mapping (PGIS), past and current human-nature relationships, climate change adaptation, natural hazards and disasters, with a focus on social vulnerability and resilience, adaptive governance, natural resource conflicts in developing countries.
Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia; Mongolia; Europe, in particular Romania, and the Swiss, Austrian and German Alps
June 2014 – today: Lecturer
March 2011 – June 2014: Researcher and Lecturer
April 2010 – March 2011: Researcher and Lecturer
October 2009 – April 2010: Research group: Climate Worlds
February 2009 – October 2009: Graduate teaching assistant: E-learning for the M.A. program:
April 2010 – today:
April 2006 – December 2008:
October 2009 – April 2010:
April 2011 – March 2014
September 2005 – April 2006
June – September 2002
2016: Mappring Local Environmental Knowledge to Strengthen Resilience against Natural Hazards in Times of Climate Change. In: Fekete, A. and G. Hufschmied (eds.). Atlas of Vulnerability and Resilience (Atlas VR) - knowledge management in civil protection.
2014: Participatory Mapping of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge: An Example from Switzerland. With Undine Frömming. In: Fekete, A. and Hufschmied, G. (eds.) The Usefulness of Resilience and Vulnerability for Disaster Risk Management. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, Volume 5: Special Issue. New York, Heidelberg, Springer.
2012: Conflicting Frames of Reference:, Environmental Changes in Coastal Indonesia. With Sophie Martens, Arne Harms. In: Hornidge, A.-K. and Antweiler, C. (eds.): Environmental Uncertainty and Local Knowledge. Southeast Asia as a Laboratory of Global Ecological Change. Bielefeld, transcript.
2012: Austertraum: Kompendium für eine Kultur der Zukunft (End of the dream: compendium for a culture of the future). In:Saffer, S. and Schneider, B. (eds.) London, Lost Books.
2011: Vulnerable Coastal Regions: Indigenous People under Climate Change in Indonesia. With Undine Frömming. In: Bergmann, S. and Gerten, D. (eds.) Religion in Environmental and Climate change. Suffering, Values, Lifestyles. London, New York, Bloomsbury Publishing.
2009: Conflicts between stakeholder groups affecting the ecology and economy of the Segara Anakan region. With Marion Glaser, Undine Frömming. In: Jennerjahn, T. and Yuwono, E. (eds.) Regional Environmental Change, New York, Heidelberg, Springer.
Tagesspiegel: Der Berg ruft: Wissenschaftler der Freien Universität erforschen die Ursachen von Naturgefahren in den Alpen.
Deutsche Welle: We’re no longer able to understand our world.
2016: Denver. "Local environmental knowledge in the time of the Anthropocene: Participatory mapping of human - nature interaction in Switzerland and Indonesia" Geographical Colloquium. Denver University.
2015: Denver: "Rural and agricultural development". Josef Korbel School for International Studies. Denver University.
2014: Denver. “Mapping Climate change related risks: participatory mapping as a strategy for stakeholder engagement”, Joseph Korbel School for International Studies: 14. May 2014.
2014: Denver. “Destructive use of marine resources: examples from Indonesia”, Joseph Korbel School for International Studies: 26. February 2014.
2014: Salzburg. “Climate change and local population: Analysis and use of local knowledge to improve natural hazard management”, Final Conference: Alpine hazards in times of climate change (ANIK), 13. March 2014.
2013: Zürich. “Visualization and mapping of local environmental knowledge about alpine risks”, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL): Workshopon Alpineh hazards in times of climate change (ANIK), 25.September 2013.
2013: Berlin. “Climate change in Indonesia – Local Frames of reference and patterns of action”, Embassy of Indonesia, 24. March 2013.
2012: Hamburg. “Die Visualisierung und Kartierung von Lokalem Umweltwissen: Fallbeispiele aus der Schweiz und Indonesien”, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 17. November 2012.
2012: Bonn. KatNET- Catastrophe network: Topicof the meeting: “Resilience and vulnerability. What usage of these concepts for the disaster management?”, 14. – 16. November 2012.
2012: Immenstadt. “Patters of interpretation and local strategies of action”, Workshop on Alpinehazards in times of climate change (ANIK).19. – 21. September 2012.
2012: Jakarta. - “Environmental anthropology and climate Change”, Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia (UI), 17. October 2012.
2012: Cologne. “Participatory mapping and visualization of local knowledge about climate change related natural disasters”, International Geographical Congress (IGC) Down to Earth, 26. – 30 August 2012.
2011: Innsbruck. “Participatory mapping for capacity building in prone hazard areas”, Workshop on Alpine Hazards in times of climate change (ANIK), 19. – 21 June 2011.
2011: Berlin.Publicinterview: “Überlebenskunst”. with Birgit Schneider and Stefan Saffer,Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), 12.May 2011.
2010: Cologne.“Indigenous people under climate change: Regional examples”,Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Colloquium, 6.July 2010.
2010: Potsdam. “Indigenous people under climate change: Regional examples”, Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Workshop:Religion in Global Environmental and Climate Change: Sufferings, Values, Lifestyles, 11. – 13. January 2010.
2009: Bielefeld. “Climate change and local Knowledge”Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS),Colloquium, Topic: Climate Worlds, 17. December 2009.
2007: Bremen. “Aspects of, and conflicts in marine resource use in the Segara Anakan Lagoon, Central Java and the Taka Bonerate Atoll, Sulawesi, Indonesia”, Tropical-Ecological Seminar,Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), 12. December 2007.
2007: Berlin. “The Relevance of Media in the Representation of Disasters”, Conference Disasters and Climate Impacts in global Media Spaces. Visual and Media Anthropology, Institute for social and cultural Anthropolgy, 18. – 19. July 2007
2006: Berlin. ”Aspekte und Konflikte maritimer Ressourcenutzung in der Segara Anakan Lagune, Central Java und dem Taka Bonerate Archipel, Sulawesi – Indonesien”, Colloquium,Institute of Cultural andSocial Anthropology, 04. December 2006.
2006: Denpasar/ Bali. “Local Solutions for Global Questions: “Resilience trough sustainable resource utilization strategies. Using the example of the Segara Anakan lagoon and the Taka Bonerate atoll – Indonesia”, Conference: Southeast Asia Costal Governance and Management Forum. Topic: Science Meets Policy for Costal Management and Capacity Building. ZMT/ LOICZ, 14. – 16. November 2006.
2006: Purwokerto/ Java. “Social-ecological analysis of stakeholder conflicts in the Segara Anakan Lagoon, Central Java – Indonesia”, Faculty of Biology - Jeneral Sudirman University, Conference: Science for the protection of Indonesian coastalecosystems, 23. January 2006.
2005: Makassar/ Sulawesi.“Aspects and conflicts of marine resource use in the Taka Bonerate Atoll, South Sulawesi – Indonesia”. Faculty of Marine Science and Fishery, Hasanuddin University, 15 December 2005.