Benno Werlen#


Benno Werlen
Membership Number:5021
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GERMANY
Section:HUMAN MOBILITY, GOVERNANCE, ENVIRONMENT AND SPACE
Elected:2019
Linkedin:http://linkedin.com/in/benno-werlen-b5329839
Homepage: http://www.unesco-jena.de


Present and Previous Positions
  • Since 2018-03 UNESCO Chair on Global Understadnding for Sustainability
  • Since 2010-01 Founder and Executive Director of the International Year of Global Understanding: UNESCO Resolution 37C/63
  • Since 2016-08 Chair of the IGU Research Group 'Global Understanding'
  • 1997-04 - 2018-09 Chair of Social Geography, Insitute of Geography, Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • 2008-01 - 2016-12 Panel Member of the European Research Council (ERC). Panel: Environment & Society
  • 2005-04 - 2006-04 Guest Professor in Human Geography at the Department of Geography, Universtity of Geneva
  • 2004-08 - 2016-09 Chair of the IGU Research Group 'Cultural Approach in Geography'
  • 2001-02 - 2001-03 Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • 2000-11 - 2000-12 Guest Researcher at the London School of Economics
  • 1989-04 - Fall 1990-09 Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge (UK) Member of High Table at Kings College, Cambridge
  • 1988-10 - 1998-09. Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
  • 1986-06 - 1997-03. Associate Professor at the University of Zurich

Fields of Scholarship
  • Social theory and human geography: Action theory in geography, cultural and social sciences
  • Political regionalism and nationalism/regional and national identities
  • Everyday regionalization of power, information and symbolic attributions (public/private; gender; age; race; status etc.)
  • Analysis of globalization processes in action-centered perspective
  • Globalization and urbanization processes
  • Cultural dimensions of everyday geographies
  • Methodology and epistemology of social sciences and human geography
  • Societal ecology
  • Global understanding for sustainability
  • Regionalist and nationalist discourses

Honours and Awards
  • Since 2019 Member of the Presidium of the United Nations Association of Germany - Section Central Germany
  • Since 2018 UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability
  • Since 2016 Advisor to the Taihu World Cultural Forum (China)
  • Since 2013 President of the National German IGU Committee
  • 2019 Best Practice Award by the European Commission. Erasmus Mundus+ APHELEIA Project
  • 2016 Laureat d’honneur of the International Geographical Union lifelong contributions to geographical science
  • 2015 Honnrary Guest of the American Assocaition of Geographers Annual Conference, San Francisco
  • 2012 - 2014 Consultant Institute of Envrionment and Ressources, Taiwan
  • 2005 Outstanding Teacher Award ffor best teacher of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (“Lehrpreis des Rektors”)

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