Department of Geography

Welcome to the Department of Geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum

Physical Geography, Human Geography, Geomatics and Teaching Methods are at the heart of research and teaching at the Department of Geography. More than 70 scientists are doing research about ecosystem services, the relation of cognition and cartographic representation, social disparities within cities, economic development of regions or governance within metropolitan regions to name just some of our fields of expertise. A particularity is our integrative research and teaching priority 'Transformation of Metropolitan Regions'. A spatial focus is put on the Ruhr region as well as metropolitan spaces in Asia and the USA. With regard to the teaching for more than 1,400 students we apply modern methods and try to prepare the students for a broad and professionally oriented spectrum of careers. Prof. Dr. Jürgens is currently Acting Head of the department.


Acting Head
Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Otto
Tel.: +49 234 32-24848
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Deputy Acting Head
Prof. Dr. Carsten Jürgens
Tel.: +49 234 32-23376
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Designated Acting Head
Prof. Dr. Bernd Marschner
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Managing Director
Dr. Thomas Held
Tel.: +49 234 32-24790
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Department of Geography

Ruhr-University Bochum

Universitätsstr. 104 / Building UNI 104

D-44799 Bochum



Kerstin Schäfer


(temporary not available)

Di. & Do. 7:00 Uhr-15:30

Tel.: +49 234 32-23377

Student Office

Di. 12:30 Uhr-14:30

Do. 9:30 Uhr-11:30

Tel.: +49 234 32-19226

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Dr. Dennis Edler

Course Advisor

Mi. 15:00 Uhr-17:00 Uhr

Tel.: +49 234 32-23362