Department für Geographie






Matthias  Garschagen

Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen

Lehrstuhl für Anthropogeographie mit Schwerpunkt Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen


Lehr- und Forschungseinheit Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen
Luisenstraße 37
80333 München


Luisenstraße 37
Dritter Stock
80333 München
Raum A 304

Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 4141
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 4142


Weitere Informationen zur Person

Prof. Dr. Matthias Garschagen holds the chair in human geography and heads the Teaching and Research Unit for Human Environment Relations at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU). He further is a Honorary Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.



Prof. Garschagen’s research focuses on risk, vulnerability, adaptation and transformation in the context of environmental hazards and climate change, particularly in cities. He is most interested in the ways urbanization and other societal changes shape future trends in risk, exposure and vulnerability in relation to environmental and climate hazards. A second focus is on the evaluation of different adaptation options, including those to floods, heat waves and cyclones, and the governance of risk reduction, particularly at the interface of state and non-state actors. In his research, Prof. Garschagen combines a global view with regional and local expertise in Southeast Asia (especially Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore), South Asia (especially India), West Africa (especially Ghana and Nigeria) and Europe (especially Germany). Next to a number of book projects, his research findings have been published in international journals, e.g., on equitable climate change adaptation (in Nature), on the need to strengthen resilience in small and mid-sized cities (in Nature), on transitions in risk management from resilience to transformation (in Ecology and Society), on the relationship between global urbanization trends and climate change vulnerability (in Climatic Change), the effectiveness of decentralizing risk reduction in Vietnam (in Habitat International) or on the applicability of urban resilience concepts across different cultural contexts (in Natural Hazards).



Amongst other functions, Prof. Garschagen serves as a Lead Author in the IPCC’s Special Report on Ocean and the Cryosphere (SROCC) and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). For a number of years, he has been the scientific lead of the World Risk Report. Prof. Garschagen is an associate editor of the international journals Climate and Development and Urban Climate as well as an editorial board member of the Journal of Extreme Events. He has been Principal Investigator or overall coordinator of well over a dozen international research projects.



Before joining LMU, Matthias Garschagen worked for the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, where he lead a section of around 20 researchers working on Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and Adaptive Planning (VARMAP). Matthias Garschagen holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany. He has extended fieldwork experience in Vietnam (over 18 months) and a number of other countries, including India and Indonesia. Matthias Garschagen studied Geography, Economics and Cultural Anthropology in Cologne and Vancouver at Simon Fraser University. He received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


FReCom: Flood risk management and resilience building at community level in rapidly growing cities in China and Germany (01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023) >> mehr

Klimawandelanpassung auf regionaler Ebene: ansteigende Starkregenrisiken am Beispiel des bayrischen Oberlandes (KARE) (01.07.2020 - 30.06.2023) >> mehr

KARE-Citizen Science: Aktivierung der Bevölkerung für Klimaanpassungsmaßnahmen über die Erhebung und Kommunikation von (Extrem‑) Wetterereignissen und deren regionalen Auswirkungen - ein Projekt mit Bildungseinrichtungen im bayerischen Oberland (01.04.2020 - 31.12.2021) >> mehr

FloodAdaptVN: Integrating Ecosystem-based Approaches into Flood Risk Management for Adaptive and Sustainable Urban Development in Central Viet Nam (01.08.2019 - 31.01.2021) >> mehr

LIRLAP: Linking Disaster Risk Governance and Land-use Planning: the case of informal settlements in hazard-prone areas in the Philippines (01.07.2019 - 31.12.2020) >> mehr

DECIDER: DECisions for Adaptive Pathway Design and the Integrative Development, Evaluation and Governance of Flood Risk Reduction Measures in Transforming Urban-Rural-Systems
(01.05.2019 - 30.04.2022) >> mehr