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Geography - Intersection between Human and Nature

Geography is a scientific discipline that combines ecological with sociological approaches and methods. With its integrative understanding, geography is particularly well placed for examining and understanding current trends such as global change, its process dynamics and the associated changes in the environment as well as in society. Geographic research is particularly concerned with investigating socio-spatial disparities and environmental destruction. At the heart of geographic research lies the motivation to better understand space-related stressors and conflicts taking place on different scales. Beyond analyzing complex problems, geographers also contribute to devising practical solutions.
At the University of Freiburg, the "Bachelor's Degree Programs" in geography encompass a broad-based foundation in geographic thought and analysis, including natural and social science perspectives. The "Master's Degree Program" emphasizes key research areas of geographers based at the University of Freiburg. It strives to provide students not only with relevant theoretical perspectives but also with broad methodological competencies and skills for applied research and practical work.
We invite you to find out more about studying geography at the University of Freiburg! Further information about our staff, their profiles and research priorities, as well as current projects, publications and events, can be accessed via the menu bar on the left.

August 2020 - New book publication "Across the Sahara"

A multi-year joint research project between the Chair group of Physical Geography at the Freiburg University and the Center for National Archives and Historical Studies in Tripoli / Libya investigated the trans-Saharan caravan trade in the 19th century. The findings from this work are included in the publication "Across the Sahara - Tracks, Trade and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Libya ".

The book, edited by Dr Klaus Braun and Dr Jacqueline Passon, has been published by SPRINGER NATURE and is freely available as an open access publication at

February 2020 – Registration for EnJust 2020 workshop now open

On 27 - 29 May 2020, the chair group Geography of Global Change and the network for environmental justice EnJust are jointly organizing the second international EnJust workshop entitled “Bridging research, policy and activism for environmental justice in times of crises“ in Freiburg. You can find further information on the workshop here. As of now it is possible to register for the workshop by following this Link .