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

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21. Juli 16-18 Uhr
18. August 16-18 Uhr
13. Oktober 16-18 Uhr

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I am Professor of Economic Geography and Sustainability research and Deputy Director of the Department of Geography, LMU Munich. I am an Affiliated LMU Professor with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU-Munich, where I am also a member of the Board of Doctoral Studies. I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Environment, The University of Auckland, and a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Historical Geography. In addition I am a member of the Research Alliance "For Change" of the Bavarian Ministry of Science, Culture and the Arts, and an affiliated member of LMU-Munich working groups "Globalisation and the Arts" and "Urban Ethics." Born in New Zealand I gained my PhD from the University of Toronto and worked at the University of Auckland before moving to the LMU-Munich.



I am developing my economic geography research around the theme of Resources and Sustainability with special focus on forest, agriculture and fisheries industries. 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 (use, demand, pricing, markets) and their effects on environments, market formation, the implications of trade for environments, and the implications of the cultures of markets for environments. This broad research focus is being advanced through the following topics and activities.

Within the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art Research Group Fit for Change I am responsible for a project investigating innovation for sustainability in Bavaria's wood use system. Entitled 'Wood future or forest track: Opportunities, barriers and compromises in changing the use of wood as a contribution to social transformation.' In support of this work I organized a conference, 'Performing Forests: Reassessing, Reprioritizing and Managing Forests and Wood for Low Environmental Impact' (Center for Advanced Studies, Rachel Carson Center, Fit for Change, and Geography and Sustainability Series, LMU Munich, June 2014). The research aims to assess how effective Bavaria's efforts to innovate for cascade use and substitution of wood for other materials are. 

My interest in fisheries industries has been developed through a second international conference, 'In the Wake of ITQs: Fisheries and the New Managerialism,' (Geography and Sustainability Series, Geography, LMU Munich July 2013) focused on how to assess QMS and ITQ regimes in fisheries. It has been followed by a special session on the 'Geography and the Blue Economy' organized with Prof. Drr. Richard Le Heron (Auckland) at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Vancouver, June 2015. A book  'In the Wake of Rationalization' stemming from the conference has been accepted for publication by Springer's MARE Series. 

In 2016 I will publish 'Trading Environments: Frontiers, Commercial Knowledge and Environmental Transformation' (Routledge, Environment and Society Series) a volume co-edited with Prof. Dr. Andreas Dix (Bamberg) (see 
This volume calls for and showcases interdisciplinary engagement among environmental and business history, and historical and economic geography on issues of environmental transformation.  

This work builds upon my earlier research on webs of enterprise. I am interested in patents, licensing agreements and strategic alliances in manufacturing. In 2012 my research into the dynamics of manufacturing networks within one North American industry was published as a book, The American Reaper: Harvesting Networks and Technology. This research highlights transnational webs of enterprise within nineteenth century manufacturing, and has focused on the implications of networking within an industry characterised by dispersed production locations, technical constraints on the scale of production, and the use of licensing, subcontracting and strategic alliances.This interest will develop as new research into the geographies of innovation particularly in fields of technology relevant to transtions towards sustainability.

News Geographies constitute a third area of my research.The information reach of the commercial press and how geographical imaginaries and narratives are used in the news are my main lines of inquiry. I have published on the ways distant catastrophic earthquakes have been reported in North American newspapers, and this is an ongoing project in association with the Rachel Carson Center at the LMU-Munich. Research in the Reuters archives led to a publication addressing London’s status as a global city in the late nineteenth century. I am involved in a project with Prof. Schmude and Marion Karl on (in)security and tourism, to which I will contribute analysis of media coverage of insecurity issues. I plan to extend my research into news geographies with attention to:
(1) analysis of news coverage related to sustainability; for example with Amra Bobar on coverage of thre forest industries in Bavarian media, and
(2) news coverage of the arts, and, particularly, the ways in which creative industries and spaces of exhibition are mediated. This last theme is one I am developing in affiliation with the research group Global Theater History at the LMU. In this context, I recently presented a paper at a conference 'The Global Public: Its Powers and Its Limits' at the German Historical Institute, London, October 2015. 

It also dovetails with my involvement with Michaela Busenkell in the DFG funded Research Group Urban Ethics through the project 'Singapore Idiom.' This project investigates urban ethical issues related to Singapore's creative city policies and the roles architects have in designing buildings to meet the government's high expectations for economic, sustainability, and creativity. The group's 'Opening Conference' was held in Munich, July 2015.



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

Häuber, C., Schütz, F-X, and Winder, G.M., Reconstruction and the Historic City: Rome and Abroad, an Interdisciplinary Approach, München: LMU-München, BWM 6, series editors, Schmude, J., and Bischoff, M., ISNN: 978-3-931349-41-7(2014).

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., 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., The Los Angeles Times Reports Japanese Earthquakes, 1923-1995. In C. Mauch and S. Mayer (eds.), American Environments: Climate-Cultures-Catastrophe. Heidelber: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2012: 133-158.

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.,
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., 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.

Michaela Busenkell, 'Singapore idiom: Urban ethics between the constructions of space and architecture practices of a creative city,' affiliated with DFG Research Group 'Urban Ethics', LMU Munich.

Sahar Zavareh, '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.

GW December 2015.


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