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

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

  • Member of the Advisory Board for the Munich 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'.

  • 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.



Within my economic geography research on the resources and sustainability I focus on natural resources management, disaster recovery the development of sustainable business enterprises and networks, and the effectiveness of policies designed to promote innovation and transformation, or resilience in the face of shocks. 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 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.

DOCTORAL PROJECTS -- 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).


Kapfhammer, W., and Winder, G.M., (2020) Slow Food, shared values and empowerment in an alternative commodity chain linking Brazil and Europe. Sociologus (in press)..

Blicharska, M., et al., (2020) Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management - A multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Bialowieza Forest case. Biollgical Conservation 248: 1-15.

Dürr, E., Ege, M., Moser, J., Neumann, C.K., and Winder, G.M., (2020) Urban ethics - Towards a research agenda on cities, ethics and normativity. City, Culture and Society 20: 1-11.


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

DOCTORAL PROJECTS -- 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).


Winder, G.M.,, and Hofmann, S., (2020) The challenges posed by UN-Habitat's rural-urban linkages in a sustainability transition agenda: The case of the Christchurch, New Zealand rebuild. In A. Kratzer and J. Kister (eds.), Rural-Urban Linkages for Susrainable Development. Routledge,



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

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

Winder, G.M. (ed.), (2017) Fisheries, Quota Management and Quota Transfer: Rationalization Through Bio-economics. Berlin: Springer.


Winder, G.M., (2020) Reaching the global public: Going international in a difficult market, 1935-1936. in V. Huber and J. Osterhammel (eds.), Global Publics: Their Power and their Limits Oxford: Studies of the German Historical Institute London, Oxford University Press: 115-143.


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 December 2020.


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