Hans-Georg Bohle - Curriculum vitae#

  • Professor Emeritus
  • 2004 - 2013 Professor and Chair for Cultural Geography and Development Geography at the Geography Department, University of Bonn
  • 1991-1992 Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 1989-1995 Full Professor (C4), Director of Institute for Cultural Geography, University of Freiburg
  • 1986-1989 Associate Professor (C2), Institute for Cultural Geography, University of Freiburg
  • 1985 Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification (Habilitation), Institute of Geography, University of Göttingen. Thesis: ‘Südindische Wochenmarktsysteme. Theoriegeleitete Fallstudien zur Geschichte und Struktur polarisierter Wirtschaftskreisläufe im ländlichen Raum der Dritten Welt’ [Weekly market systems in Southern India. Theory-based case studies of the history and structure of polarised economic cycles in rural third world regions]
  • 1979-1986 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Geography, University of Göttingen
  • 1979 PhD, Institute of Geography, University of Göttingen. Thesis:‘Bewässerung und Gesellschaft im Cauvery-Delta (Südindien). Eine geographische Untersuchung über historische Grundlagen und jüngere Ausprägung struktureller Unterentwicklung’ [Irrigation and society in the Cau-very-Delta (Southern India). A geographical analysis of the historical causes and recent effects of structural underdevelopment]
  • 1977-1979 Research Assistant, Institute of Geography, University of Göttingen

  • Since 2002 Member, European Academy of Science, London, UK
  • Since 2006 Foundation Chairholder ‘Social Vulnerability’ Munich Re Foundation at United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) at Bonn
  • Since 2007 Elected Member of the “Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina”
  • Since 2007 Awarded the Graf-von-Linden-Medaille of the “Gesellschaft für Erd- und Völkerkunde zu Stuttgart e.V.” in recognition of his merits in the field of Human Geography

Membership and executive functions in scientific societies, research institutions and committees
  • 2009 Appointed Member, Stiftungsrat der Münchener Rück Stiftung, München
  • 2006 - Elected Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (IHDP-GECAFS), Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) Core Pro-gram, London
  • 2003 - Elected Member, Steering Committee Global Environmental Change and Human Security (IHDP-GECHS), Oslo, Core Program of IHDP
  • Appointed Member, Indo-German Consultative Group, appointed by German Foreign Office to advise Heads of States in Indo-German Cooperation
  • 2002-2005 Elected Member, International Scientific Advisory Board, Swiss National Centre for Competence in Research NCCR North-South, Bern (CH)
  • 2001 - Elected Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge (German Committee for Disaster Prevention)
  • 2002-2003 Elected Member, Committee on Disaster Research, International Council of Sciences
  • 1999 Team Leader, Disaster Diagnosis South Asia, for European Commission Humanitarian Organization (ECHO)
  • 1998-2000 Elected Member, Executive Committee, International Social Science Council
  • 1996-2000 Founding Member, Committee on Sciences for Food Security, International Council of Sciences (ISCU)
  • 1996-2000 Elected Member, IGU Task Force on Vulnerability
  • 1996-2000 Member, Scientific Review Committee, Bavarian Research Network FORAREA
  • 1992-2001 Member, UN International Decade on Natural Disaster Reduction, ICSU. Drought Hazard Assessment Group
  • 1992-1996 Chairman, IGU Commission on Vulnerable Food Systems
  • 1988-1992 Chairman, IGU Study Group on Vulnerable Food Systems

Editor/Member of advisory board for scientific publications
  • 2001 - Member of editorial board, Internationales Asienforum
  • 1998 - Member of editorial board, Die Erde
  • 1997 - Member of scientific advisory board, Indian Geographical Journal (Madras)
  • 1993 - Founder and Editor, Freiburg Studies in Development Geography [Freiburger Studien zur Geographischen Entwicklungsforschung]; since 2001 Studies in Development Geography [Studien zur Geographischen Entwicklungsforschung) (with Prof. Thomas Krings, Freiburg]

Organization of international conferences
  • 2009 Workshop “Human Health and the Environment” (DFG), Bonn
  • 2009 Fifth International Lecture in Development Geography with Prof. Dr. Neil Adger, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, Norwich UK: “The unlikely transformation of societies in response to climate change”, University of Bonn
  • 2008 Fourth International Lecture in Development Geography with Prof. Dr. Stuart Corbridge, London School of Economics and Political Science: “Abstract space, differential space and ungovernable spaces: The politics of economic reform in eastern India”, University of Bonn
  • 2007 Third International Lecture in Development Geography with Prof. Dr. Roger E. Kasperson, Clark University, USA: "Bridging science and practice. Accelerating progress towards environmental sustainability”, University of Bonn
  • 2006 Second International Lecture in Development Geography with Prof. Dr. Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley: “Imperial Oil”, University of Bonn
  • 2005 First International Lecture in Development Geography with Prof. Dr. Doreen Massey, Open University England: “Space, time and political responsibility in the midst of global inequality”, University of Bonn
  • 2004 Zwischen Karakorum und Kalimantan. Netzwerkbildung und Hochschulen in Süd- und Südostasien (DAAD), Bonn
  • 1998 Combating Famine in a Changing World. Famine between Subsistence and Market Economy (IGU), Freiburg
  • 1996 The Geography of Vulnerable Food Systems (IGU), Den Haag (NL)
  • 1995 Latin American Food Systems in Transition: Challenges and Problems”. (IGU), Havana, (KUB)
  • 1995 The geographical Dimensions of Food Security in Developing Coutries (IGU). El Fashir (SUD)
  • 1994 Drought Management (FAO) Session of the World Conference on IDNDR, Yokohama (JAP)
  • 1994 Drought Hazard Assessment. Planning Session for IDNDR (ICSU), Prague (CS)
  • 1993 Climate Change and World Food Security (NATO, co-organizer), Oxford (UK)
  • 1993 Metropolitan Food Systems in Developing Countries (IGU, in conjunction with International Union on Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences), Mexico City (MEX)
  • 1992 Dynamics of Social Groups most vulnerable to Famine (IGU), Boston (USA)
  • 1992 Challenges for Food Research in the 1990s (IGU), Washington (USA)
  • 1991 Famine Vulnerability and most critical Regions / Places (IGU), El Minia (EG)
  • 1990 Land Use, Rural Systems and Food Problems (IGU), Peking (CHN)

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