Department für Geographie






Gordon Winder

Prof. Dr. Gordon Winder

Professor of Economic Geography and Sustainability Research


Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsgeographie und Tourismusforschung
Luisenstraße 37
80333 München


Luisenstraße 37
Dritter Stock
80333 München
Raum A 335

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 4071
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 4099



Im Sommersemester 2019:
Do 16-18 Uhr

Am 20.6. findet keine Sprechstunde statt.

Weitere Informationen zur Person



  • Professor of Economic Geography and Sustainability Research in the Department of Geography, LMU Munich.

  • Affiliated LMU Professor and member of the Board of Studies with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU-Munich.

  • Member of the Advisory Board for theMunich Centre for Global History, LMU Munich.

  • Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Environment, The University of Auckland.

  • Member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Historical Geography.

  • Member of the DFG-funded research group 'Urban Ethics'.

  • Affiliated member of the LMU-Munich working group 'Globalisation and the Arts.'

  • Born in New Zealand I gained my PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto and worked at the University of Auckland before moving to the LMU-Munich.



My economic geography research is on the theme of resources and sustainability with special focus on forest, agriculture and fisheries industries, on disaster recovery, and on the performativity of urban economies. In this research, sustainable use of resources within biological economies, the development of sustainable business enterprises and networks, the effectiveness of policies designed to promote innovation and transformation, or resilience in the face of shocks are primary concerns. I research the relationships between resources, governance, innovation, markets and environments with sustainability as a driving conccern. As solutions to chronic environmental problems are sought by some in the formation of new markets it is timely to research aspects of resources and their effects on environments, market formation, the implications of trade for environments, and the implications of the cultures of markets for environments. Currently, this broad research focus is being advanced through three thematic agendas:.


KEYWORDS -- bio-economies, Blue Economy, environmental economic geography, gegraphies of sustainability transitions, innovation for sustainability, innovative commodity chains, resilience, sustainable manufacturing.


Amra Bobar 'Cascade Use and Substitution of Wood, Bavaria.'

Martin Haider 'The BMW Munich Plant Upgrade.'

Marie Aschenbrenner 'Urban Environmental Ethics in Auckland's 'Blue Backyard'.'

Kilian Hinzpeter 'Innovative Value Chains.'

Daniel Dumas, 'Tar Sands and Traditional Lands: Contemporary Indigenous Responses to Tar Sands Extraction in Northern Alberta, Canada.' (with RCC).

EVENTS IN 2018 AND 2019

Co-Moderator for the Forest History section of the Scientific Author Workshop on the Bialowieza Forest, 30 July to 1 August, 2018, Bialowieza Forest, organized by the European Forest Initiative. 

Canadian Exceptionalism: Frontiers, Staples, Metropoles and Geographies of Uneven Development, Guest Lecture in the series Frontiers in the Americas, Universität Innsbruck, 21.11.2018.

'Clean and Green'? Kühe, Klimawandel, Touristen und nachhaltige Entwicklung in Neuseeland, guest lecture, Museum 5 Kontinente, München, 29 November 2018. 

Participant in the Workshop Landwirtschaft-Wasserwirtschaft-Klimawandel: Gibt es eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft in Bayern?, 7-9 Februar 2019.


Winder, G.M., (ed.), Fisheries, Quota Management and Quota Transfer: Rationalization Through Bio-economics, Berlin: Springer Verlag, volume 15 in the MARE series, 2017.

Winder, G.M., and Le Heron, R., 'Assembling a Blue Economy moment? Geographic engagement with globalising biological-economc relations in multi-use marine environments, Dialogues in Human Geography 7(1)(2017): 3-26.

Bobar, A., and Winder, G.M., Conceptualizing resilience in transformation processes: Working with context resilience and specifying interrelated systems in Bavaria's forest and wood use systems. Gaia 26(S1)(2017): 191-198.

Winder, G.M. and Bobar, A., Responses within a wood use system to policies to stimulate substitution and cascade use of wood: Experience from Bavaria, Germany, Applied Geography, (2018) 90: 244-257.


KEYWORDS -- disaster recovery, insurance, livelihoods, media and disaster, memories of disaster, resilience, risk, vulnerability


Ruhi Deol, 'Livelihoods and Risk, Andaman Islands, India.' (with RCC).

Sahar Zavareh Hofmann, 'Disaster Recovery, Christchurch, New Orleans, Passau.'

Vikas Lakhani, 'Disaster Memory, Gujarat, India.' (with RCC).

Arun Adhikari, 'Community Recovery in Nepal.' (with RCC).


Particpant in the Workshop, Sites of Remembering: Landscapes - Lessons - Policies, Rachel Carson Center and IUTN, 27-28 April, 2018, Rachel Carson Center, Munich.

Keynote Lecture, Rural-Urban Linkages in Susdtainability Transitions: Challenges for Economic Geographers, IGU Regional Meeting, July 2018, Innsbruck.


Karl, M., and Winder, G.M., 'Terrorism and tourism in Israel: Analysis of the temporal scale,' Research Note , Tourism Economics, 2017.

Winder, G.M., 'Telecommunications technology and news of disaster: Earthquake reporting in The Los Angeles Times, 1917-1939,' in M. Hampf and S. Müller-Pohl (eds.), Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy, Frankfurt and New York: Campus (2013): 275-301.

Winder, G.M., 'The Los Angeles Times reports Japanese earthquakes, 1923-1995,' in C. Mauch and S. Mayer (eds.), American Environments: Climate-Cultures-Catastrophe, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter (2012): 133-157.



Winder., G.M., The American Reaper: Harvesting Networks and Technologies, 1830-1910. Farnham, Surrey, UK and Burlington, Vermont, USA: Ashgate, 2012. See

Winder, G.M., and Dix, Andreas (eds.), Trading Environments: Frontiers, Commercial Knowledge and Environmental Transformation, 1750-1990.' (Routledge, Environment and Society Series, in Press, 2016).


Winder, G.M., and Lewis, N., Northland: sustainable development, regional geography and learning in the field. New Zealand Geographer 66(2) 2010: 97-104.

Winder, G.M., and Rees, E., Fish and boats: Fisheries management issues in Northland. New Zealand Geographer 66(2) 2010: 152-168.

Winder, G.M., Reaching the global public: Going international in a difficult market, 1935-1936. in V. Huber and J. Osterhammel (eds.), The Global Public: Its Power and its Limits Oxford: Studies of the German Historical Institute London, Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2019).

Winder, G.M., Imagining geography and citizenship in the networked newspaper: La Nacion reports the assassination at Sarajevo, 1914. Historical Social Research/Historische Sozialforschung, special issue: Global Communication: Telecommunication and Global Flows of Information in the Late 19th and Early Twentieth Century, 35(1) (2010): 140-166.

Winder, G.M., London’s Global Reach? Reuters News and Network 1865, 1881, and 1914. Journal of World History 21(2) (2010): 271-296.

Winder, G.M., Grassland Revolutions: Disaggregating a National Story. New Zealand Geographer 65 (2009): 187-2009.

Winder, G.M., A Trans-national Machine on the World Stage: Representing McCormick’s Reaper Through World Fairs, 1851-1902. Journal of Historical Geography 33 (2007): 352-376.

Winder, G.M., Webs of Enterprise 1850-1914: Applying a Broad Definition of FDI, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 96 (4) (2006): 788-806.

Winder, G.M., Building Trust and Managing Business over Distance: A Geography of Reaper Manufacturer D.S. Morgan’s Correspondence, 1867. Economic Geography 77(2) April (2001): 95-121.

Winder, G.M., Mediating Foreign Disasters: The Los Angeles Times and International Relief, 1891-1914. In A. Janku, G.J. Schenk, and F. Mauelshagen (eds.), Historical Disasters in Context: Science, Religion, and Politics. Abingdon, Oxford, UK and New York, Routledge, 2012: 195-226.

Dürr, E., and Winder, G.M., Naturerfahrungen und Identitätskonstruktionen in Aotearoa Neuseeland. In T. Kirchhoff, V. Vicenzotti, and A. Voight (Hg.), Sehnsucht nach Natur: Über den Drang nach draußen in der heutigen Freizeitkultur. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2012: 203-222.

Winder, G.M., and Schmitt, M., Imaginative geographies in reports of the assassinations of Mr. Ghandi and Mrs. Ghandi in The New York Times, Journal of Historical Geography, 45, 2014: 106-115



Dr. Eugene Rees
, 'In what sense a fisheries problem? Negotiating sustainable growth in New Zealand fisheries.`The University of Auckland (completed 2005).

Dr. Brett Christophers
, 'Envisioning media power: On capital and geographies of television.' The University of Auckland (completed 2008).


Amra Bobar, 'Holzzukunft oder Holzweg?Chancen, Barrieren und Kompromisse einer veränderten Nutzung von Holz als Beitrag zur gessellschaftlichen Transformation.' LMU Munich, mit Bayerisches Forschung Verbund 'Fit for Change'.

Ruhi Deol
, 'Sun, sea, sand, susceptibilities: Adaptive capabilities amongst agricultural and fisher households in the Andaman Islands, India' with Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich.

Sahar Zavareh Hofmann
, 'Disaster recovery: A political ecology of natural disasters, vulnerability and institutional recovery in developed countries.'

Vikas Lakhan
i, 'Dynamic cultures of memory: Environmental learning, risk perception, remembering and forgetting disasters,' with Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich, and ITN Network. 

Arun Adhikari, 'Societal recovery in Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes: An assessment at community level and household level,' with Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich.


Martin Haider, 'Nachhaltigkeitsplanung: Bewertung der Werkserweiterung des BMW Werkes München.'

Marie Aschenbrenner, 'Urban environmental ethics on the egde of the city: Making ethical citizens for Auckland's 'blue backyard',' LMU Munich with DFG-funded Research Group 'Urban ethics: Conflicts over living the good urban life in the 20th and 21st centuries.' 

Kilian Hinzpeter, 'Innovative Value Chains.'

Daniel Dumas, 'Tar Sands and Traditional Lands: Contemporary Indigenous Responses to Tar Sands Extraction in Northern Alberta, Canada.'

GW March 2019.


Urbane Umweltethik am Rande der Stadt: Die Herstellung ethischer Bürgerinnen für Aucklands "blue backyard" (01.05.2018 - 30.04.2021) >> mehr

Langfristiger Wiederaufbau nach Katastrophen in urbanen Gemeinschaften (01.02.2018 - 31.01.2020) >> mehr

Holzzukunft oder Holzweg? Chancen, Barrieren und Kompromisse einer veränderten Nutzung von Holz als Beitrag zur gesellschaftlichen Transformation (17.06.2013 - 14.06.2017) >> mehr