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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Sprechstunden im Sommersemester 2017:
Donnerstag 16-18 Uhr

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I am Professor of Economic Geography and Sustainability Research in 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, on disaster recovery, and on the performativity of urban economies. In this research, sustainable use of resources within bio-economies, the development of sustainable business enterprises and networks, the effectiveness of policies designed to promote innovation and transformation, and 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 (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.

1. FOREST INDUSTRIES -- 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.The project is 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. 

2. FISHERIES INDUSTRIES -- 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 'Geography and the Blue Economy' organized with Prof. Dr. Richard Le Heron (Auckland) at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Vancouver, June 2015. A book  'Fisheries Management and Quota Transfer' stemming from the conference has been accepted for publication by Springer's MARE Series (forthcoming 2017). I am also an affiliated member of a New Zealand research group 'Sustainable Seas.' 

3. ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHIES OF DISASTERS -- I have assembled a team of doctoral students -- Ruhi Deol, Vikas Lakhani, and Sahar Zavareh -- who are researching disasters from geographical perspectives. These include the livelihood approach, the frameworks of environmental learning, forgetting and remembering, and a comparative approach to disaster recovery.

4. URBAN ECONOMIES -- With Michaela Busenkell I am part of the DfG funded Research Group 'Urban Ethics'. Together, we have a subproject entitled 'Singapore Idiom'. This project investigates ethical and economic issues and claims related to Singapore's creative city policies and teh roles architects have in designing buildings to meet the government's economic, sustainability, and creativity expectations. The group's 'Opening Conference' was held in Munich, July 2015. 

5. TRADING ENVIRONMENTS -- In 2016 I published '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.  

6. WEBS OF ENTERPRISE -- Together, 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, and as research into global production networks.


A secondary research interest is in geographies of the news. Here, I use a variety of methodologies to research media content related to diverse topics,always with the geographies of the news, geographical imaginaries and globalization as key themes. To date, these projects include:

1. DISASTER NARRATIVES -- News Geographies constitute a second focus of my research.Here, 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.

2. GLOBALIZATION AND NEWS -- Research in the Reuters archives led to a publication addressing London’s status as a global city in the late nineteenth century. And further publications along these lines is in progress, with the 'reach' of urban economic institutions in question.

3. SUSTAINABILITY AND SECURITY -- Analysis of news coverage related to sustainability; for example with Amra Bobar on coverage of thre forest industries in Bavarian media, is a further interest. I am also involved in a project with Prof. Schmude amnd Marion Karl on (in)security and tourism, to which I will contribute analysis of media coverage related to a tourism market known for insecurity.

4. NEWS COVERAGE OF THE ARTS -- The ways in which creative industries and spaces of exhibition are mediated is a topic that 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. 



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 Le Heron, R., Assembling a Blue Economy Moment? Geographic Engagement with Globalising Biological-economic Relations in Multi-use Marine Environments. Dialogues in Human Geography (fortcoming 2017).

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 2017).

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 February 2017.


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