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


Eingang VI der Technischen Universität
Ecke Luisenstraße/Gabelsbergerstraße
Erster Stock
80333 München
Raum 1358

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 289 - 25381
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 289 - 22877



in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit:
Do 02.10.14 14-16 Uhr

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Commodities are produced and sold within global production networks and this course considers the globalization processes, localizing forces, actors and policies relevant to wood, paper and forest commodities in geographical perspective. The management of global value chains and the geographies of commodity complexes and networks are main foci for the course. Attention will be directed to neoliberal governance, consumer sovereignty movements, supply chain realignment, value extraction, competition among enterprises over chains, geo-strategic policy to control access to specific commodities, and new spaces created through supply chain management.  Forests and forest product industries are currently under scrutiny since they provide vital resources and servicesrelevant in addressing climate change, loss of biodiversity, and dependence on fossil fuels. 


Please note that the Vorbereitung for the Hauptseminar must now take place on February 4 at 11.00 in Room 1345 TUM Gebäude and not at 10.00 as originally planned.



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 currently an LMU Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center, LMU-Munich, where I am on the Board of Doctoral Studies. I am also 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 a member of LMU-Munich working groups on "Globalisation and the Arts" and "Urbane Ethik." 


ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY AND SUSTAINABILITY -- I am an economic geographer with research interests in the experience of industrialisation, urbanisation, environmental transformation and globalisation. Within this broad sweep of interests my research is increasingly focused on sustainability issues, but specifically through the following entry points:

1. Resources and Sustainability -- I research the relationships between resources, governance, markets and environments with sustainability as a driving concern. As solutions to chronic environmental problems are sought by some in the formation of markets organized along neoliberal lines, it is timely to research aspects of resources (use, demand, pricing, markets) and their effects on environments, the environmental implications of  trade, and the implications of the cultures of markets for environments. In 2012 I held a workshop 'Trading Environments: Commercial Knowledge and Environmental Transformations' in conjunction with the Rachel Carson Center, LMU. The conference, 1-3 August 2012 featured 14 participants and considered dynamic interrelations between commodities and environments, cultures of markets, and disconnevts between first and second nature. 
In June 2013, I began a project with Amra Bobar 'Holzzukunft oder Holzweg?' which examines the prospects for and the barriers to cascade use of wood in Bavaria. The project is part of the Bavarian Research Alliance 'Fit for Change.'
In July 2013 I held a conference 'In the Wake of ITQ: Fisheries and the New Managerialism'  at the LMU, partly sponsored by the LMU.Fifteeen international scholars discussed fisheries management and policy.

2. Manufacturing Networks – 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 patent management, particularly in fields of technology relevant to energy transtions and thus to sustainability.

3. News Geographies – How are geographical imaginaries and narratives used in the news? My research into this this general question has focused on the ways distant catastrophic earthquakes have been reported in North American newspapers, and involves an ongoing project in association with the Rachel Carson Center at the LMU-Munich.  I have also been publishing on the geographic work done in coverage of financial crises. 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 the ways in which "sustainability" is used in the 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 association with the research group Global Theatre History at the LMU.


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

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 Communications. Frankfurt and New York: Campus, forthcoming 2013.



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.

GW January 2014.


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