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 404 / neu: A 335

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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 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 a member of LMU-Munich working groups on "Globalisation and the Arts" and "Urbane Ethik."



At the LMU Munich I am developing my economic geography research around the theme of Resources and Sustainability with special focus on forest industries and fisheries. Within the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art Research Group Fit for Change I am responsible for the subproject 'Wood future or forest track: Opportunities, barriers and compromises in changing the use of wood as a contribution to social transformation.'  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. Since my appointment to the professorship I have organized 3 international conferences related to this theme:'Trading Environments: Commercial Knowledge and Environmental Transformations' (Rachel Carson Center, LMU, August 2012); 'In the Wake of ITQs: Fisheries and the New Managerialism,' (Geography and Sustainability Series, Geography, LMU Munich July 2013); and 'Performing Forests: Reassessing, Reprioritizng and Managings Forests and Wood for Low Environmental Impact,' (Center for Advanced Studies, Rachel Carson Center, and Geography and Sustainability Series, LMU Munich, June 2014).  Book proposals stemming from the first two of these conferences have been accepted for publication by Routledge's Environment and Society Series, and by Springer's MARE Series.

This work builds upon my earlier research on Manufacturing Networks and especially transnational 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 patent management, particularly in fields of technology relevant to energy transtions and thus to sustainability.

News Geographies constitute the third main 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 extensively 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. 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; 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 Theater History at the LMU.



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 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.

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

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

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

GW May 2015.


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