• In my research, I aim at understanding rural–urban interaction, urbanization, and land use change in mountain environments—from small resort towns to large metropolitan areas. Sharing a historicist and morphogenetic vision, I often combine empiricist and humanist approaches to explore how the material and nonmaterial dimensions of mountains influence the form, structure, function, and genesis of urban mountain settlements—and vice versa. Apart from purely academic research, I have a strong interest in transdisciplinarity, environmental planning, and sustainable regional development.


  • My regional foci are on the central Andes—especially Peru—and the European Alps. For the sake of comparison, I am also interested in other mountain regions.