• In my academic research, I aim at understanding and solving problems related to rural–urban interaction, urbanization, and land use change in mountain environments, mainly combining (1) GIS-based spatial analyses (e.g., of land cover change trajectories) and (2) qualitative social research (e.g., on environmental perception and decision making). 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.