Current Courses

Current Courses

Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Loos

Colloquium Social-ecological system research


Das Kolloquium wird inhaltlich verschiedene Methoden, Ansätze und Ergebnisse sozial-ökologischer Forschung behandeln und unterschiedliche Formate anbieten: Studierende präsentieren ihre Forschungsvorhaben und/ oder Ergebnisse, die dann mit den Betreuuenden und anderen Forschern diskutiert werden können

Ziel: Ziel der Veranstaltung ist ein Austausch zwischen den Forschenden und Promovierenden, aber auch eine Präsentation des Promotionsvorhabens und eine Reflexion über die Fortschritte der Promotion

Environmental Justice in Conservation and Development


We will start the course by re-investigating the Sustainable Development Goals under a justice perspective. After establishing a deeper understanding of the justice concept by Rawls, and Human Rights, we will examine the capabilities approach by Sen and Nussbaum for their feasibility to combine social and ecological aspects in biodiversity conservation. After scrutinizing the goals of the Convention on Biological Conservation, we will exemplify the concept of environmental justice with a range of case studies from different countries, particularly of the Global South.

Ziel: The aim of this seminar is to shed a critical view on conservation and development work in terms of their effectiveness to create "just" solutions to pressing environmental problems. Moreover, this course intends to increase our awareness and skills towards catering for democratic fairness.

Critical geographies of protected area management


At a time of unprecedented environmental change, nature conservation policies and practices are key to the protection of natural values, vulnerable ecosystems and treasured landscapes. Yet, ways of doing nature conservation are also changing in response to wider societal shifts and an increasing recognition of the need to incorporate cultural values, local knowledge and traditional practices with conservation strategies. Critical perspectives within human geography and the social sciences have long viewed nature conservation as a ‘spatial practice’ whereby national parks and other forms of protected areas are created to set aside spaces for nature beyond the damaging influence of modern human society. More recently, researchers and practitioners seek to find ways to engage local communities and stakeholders in nature conservation, to find a balance between resource use and protection, within a wider context of sustainable development.

In this seminar, current concepts and practices of nature conservation and their geographical implications will be critically discussed. Students, working in small groups, will carry out desk-based research on case studies of nature conservation in Germany and worldwide.

Ziel: Students will learn how nature conservation is influenced by social and cultural values.

Students will gain an understanding of the different practices of protected area management in the Global North and Global South.

Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between protected areas and sustainable regional development.

Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.

Current Courses

M.Sc. Simon Thomsen

Introduction to Spatial analysis with GIS


Sustainability challenges often require analysis and knowledge of spatial data like land-use or patterns and networks of infrastructure. GIS tools offer both mapping and data analysis options and are widely used in science and application. In this course, you will get to know QGIS, an open source software used in both science and the private sector. The seminar addresses the theoretical background of GIS and spatial data as well as its practical application in the software. Students will learn about the following topics:

-How to integrate vector and raster layers in GIS

-Manipulation of vector data

-Creation of professional maps in QGIS

-Geoprocessing with vector data in a multi-criterion analysis

-Geoprocessing of raster data

-Statistics and regressions in a spatial context

The software used for the course is QGIS, which is freely available for all operating systems. This course can serve as the basis for the advanced GIS course in the second half of the semester.

Ziel: After this course you should be able to have an idea on data that can be used for GIS, be able to create or alter a map and have knowledge on basic analytical tools.

Advanced spatial analysis methods with GIS


In this advanced course for spatial analysis, students will get in touch with more complex spatial problems. These will also be more closely linked to real world socio-environmental problems. As examples, we aim to deal with spatial interpolations, habitat fragmentation, species distribution modelling and basics of remote sensing and land cover change detection. Apart from the application of these methods, we will also discuss their theoretical background and closely look at the uncertainties which come along with them. Different softwares will be used in this context, such as GIS (QGIS) as well as R and Google Earth Engine. It is therefore necessary that students have completed an introductory course to GIS and spatial data. Further knowledge of R is desireable, but not necessary.

Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.

Current Courses

Dr Cormac Walsh

Critical geographies of protected area management


At a time of unprecedented environmental change, nature conservation policies and practices are key to the protection of natural values, vulnerable ecosystems and treasured landscapes. Yet, ways of doing nature conservation are also changing in response to wider societal shifts and an increasing recognition of the need to incorporate cultural values, local knowledge and traditional practices with conservation strategies. Critical perspectives within human geography and the social sciences have long viewed nature conservation as a ‘spatial practice’ whereby national parks and other forms of protected areas are created to set aside spaces for nature beyond the damaging influence of modern human society. More recently, researchers and practitioners seek to find ways to engage local communities and stakeholders in nature conservation, to find a balance between resource use and protection, within a wider context of sustainable development.

In this seminar, current concepts and practices of nature conservation and their geographical implications will be critically discussed. Students, working in small groups, will carry out desk-based research on case studies of nature conservation in Germany and worldwide.

Ziel: Students will learn how nature conservation is influenced by social and cultural values.

Students will gain an understanding of the different practices of protected area management in the Global North and Global South.

Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between protected areas and sustainable regional development.

Ecosystem-Based Marine Spatial Planning: Theory and Practice


Europe’s marine environment is under increasing pressure from both traditional activities such as shipping, fisheries and oil and gas extraction as well as emerging activities such as offshore renewable energy production and aquaculture. At the same time, there is increased awareness of the need to protect and restore marine and coastal ecosystems. Marine spatial planning is the key policy instrument for managing competing claims on marine space and ensuring human activities stay within environmental limits.

This interactive seminar will address the theory and practice of ecosystem-based marine spatial planning. Participating students will examine and critically assess current practices of marine spatial planning in European countries. Working in groups, they will prepare an integrated marine spatial plan for the transboundary Dogger Bank in the North Sea.

Ziel: Students will gain a conceptual and practical understanding of both ecosystem-based management and marine spatial planning.

Students will develop the capacity to critically assess and reflect on current practices of (ecosystem-based) marine spatial planning in a range of European countries.

Students will gain experience in the preparation of a marine spatial plan, based on a real-world example.

Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.