Research at the Department of Geography covers a broad range of topics – Geographical Teaching Methods, Geomatics, Human Geography, and Physical Geography. Besides, the integrative research and teaching priority ›Transformation of Metropolitan Spaces‹ supplements our activities.

Geographical Teaching Methods


The working area ›Geographical Teaching Methods‹ is responsible for the ›Master of Education im Fach Geographie‹. The technical and didactical training includes seminars that inextricably link theoretical and practical aspects of teaching. The continuous consideration of psychological, educational, and subject didactic research guarantees an inspiring teacher training of high-quality.

The research focus is on:

  • education for sustainable development
  • bilingual geography instruction
  • didactic potential of the Ruhr Area
  • digital media
  • Latin America at school
  • scientific literacy
  • natural hazards


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Geomatics at Bochum has a special expertise in remote sensing, cartography and geographical information systems. Its distinctive focus is on the method-oriented recording, administration, valuation, analysis and visualization of geographical data and information.

The focus in research is on:

  • analysing cultural landscapes by the means of remote sensing (e.g. contaminated sites)
  • efficient use of maps
  • multimedia visualization of geographical data (e. g. sound and noise)
  • GIS in agriculture and forestry as well as in brownfield redevelopment
  • photorealistic and three-dimensional visualization of buildings and landscapes
  • 3D cartography
  • cognitive cartography


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Human Geography

Human geography at Bochum primarily focusses on urban spaces. Key areas are:

  • urban and regional development in theory and practice
  • international comparative metropolitan studies
  • multilevel governance, including urban and regional governance
  • innovative approaches to land development in postindustrial landscapes
  • sustainable urban and regional development in the context of changing societies
  • natural resources, conflict over natural resources and territories, geopolitics, energy sector transformations
  • spatial disparities, space and place in public policy-making


Besides a special expertise in Germany we unite expertise in Europe, Japan, North-America, and China.

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Physical Geography

Physical Geography at Bochum means science-oriented environmental research. From that perspective, we focus primarily on the human impact on material systems from near-natural to urban ecological systems. A special emphasis is put on integrative ecological landscape research like, for instance:

  • soils within the local and global carbon balance
  • pollutant distribution and behaviour in soils
  • processes of landscape change
  • vegetation ecology and its dynamics
  • spatial patterns of phytodiversity
  • water balances of landscapes
  • natural surface shapes of the earth under the influence of man (e.g. coastal erosion and beach formation)
  • hydrological modelling of water runoff processes
  • the impact of changes of use on the climate


Environmental components are measured in the field and analysed in our laboratory. In addition, we model processes. Our regional foci are the Ruhr area, the Mediterranean (Spain and the Middle East), the USA, and China.

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