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AGEF goes Indonesia: Understanding SDGs in a South-North-South context

Understanding cultural contexts of SDG implementations was at the core of two AGEF projects, financed by ASEA UNINET. In close cooperation with the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta and the Sebelas Maret University in Surakarta, local-regional implications of Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and 15 (Life on Land) have been analysed and put in a South-North-South (South America – Europe – Indonesia) comparison.

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Two new Doctors in the AGEF

In the last two weeks Jutta Kister and Michael Klingler finished their dissertations! Congratulations to the new Doctors in Geography!

On November 20, Jutta Kister successfully defended her PhD-thesis on
“Globale Wertschöpfungsketten im Fairen Handel”. And on November 28, Michael Klingler presented his results on his topic “Zero Deforestation – Sozial-ökologische Transformation der Frontier Amazonien”.

CONGRATULATIONS Jutta and Michael for your excellent research!!

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AGEF goes Brasilien: Winter School zum Thema Regionalentwicklung


Neue theoretische und methodische Ansätze standen im Vordergrund der gemeinsam organisierten Winter School an der UNISC in Santa Cruz do Sul/RS, Brasilien. Die Professoren Martin Coy und Markus Schermer, wie auch Carine Pachoud und Christoph Huber nahmen hierbei aktiv Teil. Continue reading

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Urban Resilience in Indonesia – publication of results of elective area ‘Development Research’

Urban_Resilience_in_IndonesiaUrban resilience is a topic of increasing importance in the light of growing urban populations and often high exposure to natural hazards. This is particularly true for cities in developing countries like Indonesia, where a large share of the population is living in areas at risk. These challenges were addressed by ten students of the Master Programme “Global Change – Regional Sustainability” within the elective area “Development Research”. From March 2014 to June 2015 the students evaluated and developed community-based strategies to foster urban resilience in Indonesia, focussing on the case studies of Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Primary data was collected during a field visit in September-October 2014, supervised by AGEF-members Kami Höferl, Simone Sandholz and Christian Obermayr, and kindly supported by colleagues from Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta) and Universitas Sebelas Maret (Surakarta).

The results of the elective area are now published in book form within the inngeo series and are available here:

Höferl, K. M. und Sandholz, S. (Hrsg.) (2017): Urban Resilience in Indonesia – Assessing and Evaluating Development Strategies in Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Innsbruck: Innsbrucker Studienkreis für Geographie (Inngeo – Innsbrucker Materialien zur Geographie 17). ISBN 978-3-901182-78-5 (Link)

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Participation at 11. International Doctoral Colloquium in Sustainable Spatial Development (DoKoNaRa)

Since 2007, the doctoral colloquium DoKoNaRa is carried out by the University of Innsbruck, University of Liechtenstein, University of Kassel as well as the HafenCity University Hamburg. The host changes annualy.

Every PhD Student is welcome to participate at the interdisciplinary dialogue about current concepts and current scientific issues. The 11. International Doctoral Colloquium in Sustainable Spatial Development took place in Hofgeismar, near Kassel, and was marked by the theme of “Resilience – a Challenge for Sustainable Urban and Regional Development”.

A participation offers the possibility to discuss methodological and contextual questions with experts from different disciplines. AGEF-member Felix M. Dorn presented his dissertation concept “Lithium as a strategic resource for the sustainability transition: Conflicts, opportunities and perspectives in Argentina”.

The enrolment period for the next DoKoNaRa will be announced in a timely manner on the AGEF-Blog.

Photo: Felix M. Dorn