Christina Walter M.Sc.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Humangeographie und Transformationsforschung
Telefon: +49 821 598 2263
Raum: 1009 (B)
Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung
Adresse: Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg


  • Politische Ökologie und Mensch-Umwelt Beziehungen
  • Wassermanagement 
  • Geographische Transformations- und Nachhaltigkeitsforschung
  • Digitalisierung und digitale Transformation




Political Ecologies of Digital Water — Towards a critical insight into the digitalisation of the water sector (Working Title)


Water, as well as our relationship with water is being transformed to react to the rising demand for water, climate change and water quality issues. The water sector is transitioning towards more sustainable water management, whilst simultaneously encountering the megatrend of digitalisation — which introduces big data analytics, artificial intelligence and other new technologies such as sensors to implement new functionalities for water management. This for example enables the monitoring of water quality and quantity in real time as well as directly engage with the consumers and increase the knowledge of water supply, water demand and other water data which can be used to inform public policy or for new investments.

This transformation of the water sector is often called Digital Water. Digital Water is a new conceptual approach for the management of water systems, through the implementation of sensors, processors and other new technologies.

Applying a Political Ecology approach and combining it with insights from Science and Technology Studies and Digital Geography, this project aims to gain insights into the relationship between water, society and the digital. It is concerned with current developments, discussions and effects following the implementation of digital technologies in the water sector and is separated in three sections. Each section approaches the topic from a different perspective.


1 Discourse

The emergence of digital technologies is not only changing the physical structure and organisational practice within the water sector. It also alters and impacts the meaning as well as societies’ understanding of water. This section focuses especially on the discourse over digital water and its impact on societies’ perception of possible future pathways.


2 Water Governance

The increasing implementation of digital technologies does not only impact the social relations with water but also the way water is governed and controlled in the future. This section analyses the actors, their aims and interests.


3 Theoretical Conceptualisation

This part centres on the definition of digital water, how it is conceptualised and created. This is examined trough Political Ecology as well as insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Digital Geography


2023 | 2022 | 2020


Schmidt, Matthias, Middendorf, Serge Leopold, Purwins, Sebastian, Walter, Christina (2023): Einleitung.
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Walter, Christina, Schmidt, Matthias (2023): Political ecological perspectives on an indicator-based urban water framework.
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(2023): The plurality of political ecology: Tagungsband zur zweiten augsburger.forschungswerkstatt.
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Middendorf, Serge Leopold, Purwins, Sebastian, Walter, Christina, Schmidt, Matthias (2023): Zur Pluralität der Politischen Ökologie.
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Middendorf, Serge, Purwins, Sebastian, Walter, Christina (2022): Anthropogeographie im Anthropozän, der Anthropos und darüber hinaus: Lektüre von Helmuth Plessner.
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Schmidt, Matthias, Walter, Christina (2020): Vom Bauschutt zum Urban Mining.
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  • "Is the future of water really digital? Analyzing the discourse on Digital Water“ in Tagung „Räume Digitaler Zukünfte“, 16.-18.11.2022.
  • "How is the Future of Water Imagined?" in Environmental Humanities Workshop, 13.06.2022.
  • „Digital Technologies for Water Resilience? Examining the Discourse on Digital Water" in Reframing Water and Climate Resilience Symposium, 27.05.2022.
  • „Political Ecologies of Digital Water“ in Digital Geographies Networking Forum; Geowoche 2021 05.10.-09.10.2021.

Verwaltung und Funktion

  • Koordination der Aktionen des Graduiertenzentrums der FAI (Promovenden-Ebene, Geographie)

  • Organisation und Durchführung des Girls’ Day 2022 in der Humangeographie.





Seit 10/2020: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie und Transformationsforschung, Universität Augsburg

2018 – 09/2020: M.Sc. Geographie, Universität Augsburg
Abschlussarbeit: Political Ecological Perspectives on an Indicator Based Urban Water Framework


2018 – 2020: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft am Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie und Transformationsforschung, Universität Augsburg 


2015 – 2018: B.Sc. Geographie, Universität Augsburg
Abschlussarbeit: Political Ecology of Water in Cape Town


2017 – 2018: Studentische Hilfskraft am Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie und Transformationsforschung,
Universität Augsburg 





(Angewandte Filter: Semester: aktuelles | Dozenten: Christina Walter | Vorlesungsarten: alle)
Name Semester Typ
2-tägige Praxisexkursion nach Berlin Sommersemester 2023 Exkursion
Wasser in Augsburg Sommersemester 2023 Exkursion
Immobilienmarkt- und Immobilienwertermittlung Sommersemester 2023 Übung
Nachhaltigkeit in der (Stadt)gesellschaft Sommersemester 2023 Projektseminar
07. Proseminar zur Vorlesung: Humangeographie 2 Sommersemester 2023 Proseminar
Humangeographische Exkursion Sommersemester 2023 Exkursion