I am an economic geographer interested in development and globalisation studies, engaging in three fields of research:
  1. food systems and food sovereignty,
  2. urban spaces and metropolitan development,
  3. mobilities and markets.


  • Education – Studies: Geography, Social Anthropology, Middle East Studies (Marburg, Freiburg, Damascus)
  • PhD and Habilitation in Geography in Freiburg
  • Research in Sudan (1986/87), Egypt (1991-1994), USA (1996; 1998) and New Zealand (2003; 2009/10)
  • Visiting Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies, University of Washington, USA (1998)
  • Professor (since 1999) Oriental Institute / Geography, Leipzig University
  • Executive Director, Institute for Middle East Studies“ (rotating)
  • Visiting Researcher at the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2003; 2009-2010)
  • Managing Director of the Collaborative Research Centre “Difference and Integration” (2007-2013)
  • Chair in Geography and Gutenberg-Fellowship, University of Mainz (offer rejected, 2014)


Scientific Board Member: Max Weber Foundation: German Social Research Institutes Abroad (Beirut/Istanbul); French Foreign Ministry (Pôle ESPAR); Centre of Area Studies, Leipzig; Graduate School, Critical Junctures of Globalization; ASA-Programme of Carl Duisberg Society; PhD Graduate Programme Transnationalization and Regionalization, Leipzig; Board Member and Executive Director of the Collaborative Research Centre Difference and Integration. Reviews for: German Research Foundation (DFG); German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Leibniz Association; Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; French Foreign Ministry; University of Auckland, and the Royal Society of New Zealand.


Consultation Hours: Wednesday  11:00 – 12:00 after notice in advance (secretariat: Ms. Christine Müller) or by personal arrangement Mail: Phone: +49 341 97 32960 Address: Institut für Geographie Johannisallee 19a D – 04103 Leipzig