Department für Geographie






Gordon Winder

Prof. Dr. Gordon Winder

Professor of Economic Geography and Sustainability Research


Lehr- und Forschungseinheit Wirtschaftsgeographie
Luisenstraße 37
80333 München


Luisenstraße 37
Dritter Stock
80333 München
Raum A 335

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 4071



Nächste Sprechstunden:
2.2. 16-18 Uhr
2.3. 16-18 Uhr

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Lehr - und Aufgabenbereiche

01/2023 - 03/2023
Hauptseminar SS 2023 'Geographies of Alternative and Diverse Economies'

Outline - This seminar explores how Economic Geographers are using the concepts 'alternative economies' and 'diverse economies'. What geographies of economic spaces emerge through this thinking? What new knowledge is produced? What problems and challeges arise? Generally, these concepts are understood as efforts to reframe the economy. They encourage economic geographers, economists and society to develop an appreciation for economic activities that are outside the economic growth-oriented, corporate or private enterprise institutional mainstream, in which wage labour produces fpr a market under a capitalist firm. Under the 'diverse economies' banner, economic geographers Gibson-Graham (2008) called for a wide-ranging enquiry into the spaces, opportunities, relations and problems of the many forms of economic relations that exist beyond this narrow model. At the same time, the 'alternative economies' literature endorses alternative economic logics, institutions and ethics including the sharing, circular or degrowth economies, as opportunities to deal with the alarming environmental impacts of economic activities. In this course , we will explore whether these are divergent literatures, whether new economic insitutions, practices, ethics and spaces are emerging, whether these are developing new dynamics die to transition-making policies, and how transformative these concepts are and can be.

Calendar - Early in the semester we will meet to discuss selected readings, so as to develop our understanding of the core concepts. Later in the semester we mee for presentations in a block seminar format. Hausarbeit will be due towards the end of the course.

Languages of Instruction -  Presentations can be given, and essays can be written in either German or English.


Gibson-Graham, J.K. (2008) 'Diverse economies: Performative practices for other worlds', Progress in Human Geography 32(5): 613-632.

Gordon Winder 2023



    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.

    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, worked at Mount Allison University and Brandon University in Canada and the University of Auckland, New Zealand before moving to the LMU-Munich.



    I conduct economic geography research on resources and sustainability with special attention to natural resources management, disaster recovery the development of sustainable business enterprises and networks, and the effectiveness of policies designed to promote innovation, transformation, or resilience in the face of shocks. This involves researching interactions among 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. In addition, I continue to research historical geographies of globalization, This research focus is advanced through three thematic agendas:


    KEYWORDS - bio-economies, Blue Economy, environmental economic geography, environmental ethics, gegraphies of sustainability transitions, innovation for sustainability, innovative commodity chains, resilience, sustainable manufacturing, urban ethics.


    Acosta Garcia, R., Aschenbrenner, M., Dürr, E., and Winder, G.M., (2022) Re-imagining cities as ecosystems: Environmental subject formation in Auckland and Mexico City. Urban Research and Practice. 15(3): 350-365. DOI: 101080/17535069.2020.1811886.

    Aschenbrenner, M., and Winder, G.M. (2019) Planning for a sustainable marine future? A critical analysis of Marine Spatial Planning in the German Exclusive Economic Zone of the North Sea, Applied Geography 110: 102050.

    Kapfhammer, W., and Winder, G.M., (2020) Slow Food, shared values and empowerment in an alternative commodity chain linking Brazil and Europe. Sociologus 70(2): 101-122.

    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.

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

    Winder, G.M. and Le Heron, R. (2017) Assembling a Blue Economy moment? Geographical engagement with globalising biological-economic relations in multi-use marine environments. Dialogues in Human Geography 7(1): 3-26.

    Bobar, A. and Winder, G.M., (2017) Der Begriff der Resilienz in der Human-geographie. In M. Karidi, M. Schneider and R. Gutwald (eds.), Resilienz: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven zu Wandel und Transformation. Wiesbaden: Springer: 83-102.


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


    Winder, G.M.,, and Hofmann, S.Z., (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. New York and London: Routledge.

    Zavareh, S., and Winder, G.M., (2021) Dynamic economic resilience scenarios for measuring long-term community housing recovery. Environmental Hazards 21: 1-20. DOI: 10.1080/17477891.2021.1962784


    KEYWORDS -- global publics, global reach, manufacturing belt, trading environments, webs of enterprise,


    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.

    Winder, G.M., (2019) The world market: Conceptualizing the world economy. Invited chapter for S.R.Sippel (ed.), 'Global Economic Entanglements, Area Studies and Transregional Perspectives.' Section IV of M.Middell (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies (2 volumes) of the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig, London and New York: Routledge: 221-234.

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


    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).

    Dr. Vikas Lakhani,'Dynamic climates of memory: Environmental learning, risk perception, and remembering and forgetting disasters.' with the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich and ITN Network (completed 2021).

    Dr. Ruhi Deol, 'Building an islandscape: Discourse, livelihoods and development in the Andaman Islands, India.' with the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich (completed 2021).

    Dr. Sahar Zavareh Hofmann, 'Disaster recovery in urban communities.' with support from the DFG (completed 2022).


    Arun Adhikari, 'Societal recovery in Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes: An assessment at community and household level,' with Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich.

    Marie Aschenbrenner, 'Urban environmental ethics on the edge of the city: Making ethical citizens for Auckland's 'blue backyard,' LMU Munich with DFG-funded Research group 'Urban ethics: Conflicts over the good urban life in teh 20th and 21st centuries.'

    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'.

    Daniel Dumas, 'From Eskimo hunter to beaded dreams: Cultural representations of Indigeneity and environment,' with Rachel Carson Center, LMU.

    Martin Haider, 'Nachhaltigkeitsplannung: Bewertung der Werksweiterung des BMW Werkes München.'

    Kilian Hinzpeter, 'Innovative value chains.'

    Moremi Zeil, 'Enacting the river subject: The case of Río Atrato in Colombia.'
    with Rachel Carson Center, LMU.

    GW Septemberl 2022


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