Prof. Dr. Matthias Schmidt

Head of Chair
Human Geography and Transition Research
Phone: +49 821 598 - 2268
Email:
Room: 2036 (B)
Visiting hours: by appointment
Address: Alter Postweg 118, 86159 Augsburg

Secretariat:

Claudia Stucke

Phone: +49 821 598-2282

Email: sekretariat-humangeo@geo.uni-augsburg.de

Room: 2034 (B)

 

Visiting hours of the secretariat:

Monday - Thursday 10:30 am - 12 pm

 

Research Foci

  • Resource Management and Resource Strategies
  • Political Ecology and Human Environment Research
  • Mountain Geography
  • Geographical Development and Transition Research
  • Central Asia, South Asia, East Africa

University self-administration assignments

  • Vice Managing Director of the Institute of Geography
  • Vice Dean of the Faculty of Applied Computer Science
  • Member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Applied Computer Science
  • Member of the collaborative steering committee of the Institute of Geography
  • Member of the examination committee for Diploma, BSc and MSc Geography

Memberships

  • Association of Geographers at German Universities (VGDH)
  • Study Group High Mountains
  • Study Group Geographical Development Theories
  • Study Group South Asia
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)
  • Environmental Science Center, University of Augsburg
  • Working Group for Comparative High Mountain Research
  • Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft (Alumni Network of the Freie Universitaet Berlin)
  • Editorial advisory board of Geographische Rundschau

Teaching

(applied filters: semester: current | lecturers: Matthias Schmidt | course types: all)
name semester type
Politische Ökologie - Political Ecology summer semester 2020 Seminar
Grundkursvorlesung Humangeographie 2 summer semester 2020 Vorlesung
Politische Ökologie - Political Ecology summer semester 2020 Seminar

Publications

Matthias Schmidt
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2020

Schmidt, Matthias, Gonda, Robert, Transiskus, Sebastian (im Druck): Environmental degradation at Lake Urmia (Iran): exploring the causes and their impacts on rural livelihoods. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-020-10180-w
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Schmidt, Matthias (2020): Reconfigurations in central Asia: challenges, opportunities and risks of China's belt and road initiative. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43399-4_7
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2019

Simkin, Paulina, Schmidt, Matthias (2019): A cup of coffee in Bishkek: insights into the emerging coffee culture in Kyrgyzstan's capital. https://doi.org/10.1080/02634937.2019.1674782
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Bosch, Stephan, Schmidt, Matthias (2019): Auswirkungen neuer Energiesysteme auf die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung – Möglichkeiten eines grünen Kapitalismus. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00550-019-00486-w
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Bosch, Stephan, Schwarz, Lucas, Schmidt, Matthias (2019): Energiegeographie von A bis Z.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2019): Gwadar – strategischer Hafen.
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Völkening, Niklas, Benz, Andreas, Schmidt, Matthias (2019): International tourism and urban transformation in Old Havana. https://doi.org/10.3112/erdkunde.2019.02.01
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Bosch, Stephan, Schmidt, Matthias (2019): Is the post-fossil era necessarily post-capitalistic? The robustness and capabilities of green capitalism. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.04.001
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Schmidt, Matthias (2019): Neue Seidenstraßen – Verschiebungen von Geopolitik und Weltwirtschaft.
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Gabele, Julius, Schmidt, Matthias (2019): Postsozialismus in Zentralasien – warum die alten Sowjetstaaten nicht demokratisch werden.
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Schmidt, Matthias, Middendorf, Serge Leopold, Purwins, Sebastian (Eds.) (2019): The power of political ecology: Tagungsband zur ersten augsburger.forschungswerkstatt.
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2018

Pearson, Olivia, Schmidt, Matthias (2018): Commodity individuation of milk in the Somali Region, Ethiopia. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12359
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Schmidt, Matthias (2018): Dynamic processes and developments in the Central Karakoram. https://doi.org/10.21177/1998-4502-2018-10-1-91-96
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Pearson, Olivia, Schmidt, Matthias (2018): Repercussions of institutional governance changes on communication practices in the Afar National Regional State, Ethiopia. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjtg.12237
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Schmidt, Matthias, Purwins, Sebastian (2018): Simultaneity as a challenge for development. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-017-9828-1
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Schmidt, Matthias (2018): Wasserkrise am Urmiasee im Iran: eine Umwelt- und Sozialkatastrophe des Anthropozäns.
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2017

Keck, Markus, Schmidt, Matthias (2017): 7th Annual Conference of the Study Group South Asia of the German Geographical Society (DGfG).
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Schmidt, Matthias, Follmann, Alexander, Poerting, Julia (Eds.) (2017): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien: 7. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 27./28. Januar 2017, Augsburg.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2017): Human geography of post-socialist mountain regions: an introduction. https://doi.org/10.4000/rga.3573
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Schmidt, Matthias, Stadelbauer, Jörg (2017): Humangeographische Forschungen zu (post-)sowjetischen Hochgebirgen. https://doi.org/10.1553/moegg159s55
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Schmidt, Matthias (2017): Politische Ökologie im Anthropozän.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2017): Re-Orientierung und neue Vielfalt in Kirgistan.
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Pearson, Olivia, Schmidt, Matthias (2017): Transformation pastoraler Livelihoods in Afar (Äthiopien).
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Schmidt, Matthias (Ed.) (2017): Vielfalt und Veränderung: aktuelle Beiträge der Augsburger Humangeographie.
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2016

Weber, Anja, Schmidt, Matthias (2016): Local perceptions, knowledge systems and communication problems around the climate change discourse – examples from the Peruvian Andes. https://doi.org/10.3112/erdkunde.2016.04.05
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Schmidt, Matthias, Pearson, Olivia (2016): Pastoral livelihoods under pressure: Ecological, political and socioeconomic transitions in Afar (Ethiopia). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.07.003
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Schmidt, Matthias (2016): Politische Ökologie des Postsozialismus. https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-71-259-2016
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2015

Khan Banerjee, Basabi, Schmidt, Matthias (2015): Einheit in Vielfalt? Politische Separationsbestrebungen in Indien am Beispiel von Khalistan und Gorkhaland.
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Schmidt, Matthias, Amrhein-Bläser, Christina (2015): Interview: Der Klimawandeldiskurs ändert das Verhalten - stößt aber an Grenzen.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2015): Where Premodernism and Postmodernism Meet: Dynamiken in Nordpakistan. https://doi.org/10.11588/xabooks.60.54
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2014

Schmidt, Matthias (Ed.) (2014): Aktuelle Forschungen zu den Mensch-Umwelt-Verhältnissen in Kirgistan.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2014): Die Walnuss-Wildobst-Wälder Kirgistans im Fokus divergierender Interessen und Akteure.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2014): Lebensunterhaltssicherung, Armut und Verwundbarkeit im zentralen Tien Schan.
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Alff, Henryk, Benz, Andreas, Schmidt, Matthias (2014): Mobilities in Asian contexts [Editorial]. https://doi.org/10.11588/iaf.2014.45.3975
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Rauch, T., Schmidt, Matthias, Segebart, D. (2014): New rural dynamics and challenges in the Global South. https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-69-225-2014
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Schmidt, Matthias (2014): Wandlungen von Natur und Gesellschaft in Kirgistan.
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2013

Schmidt, Matthias (2013): (K)ein Ende der Transformation? Zentralasien zwischen Postsozialismus und Globalisierung.
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Osmonova, Kishimjan, Schmidt, Matthias (2013): Astana: Arbeitsmigranten in der neuen Hauptstadt Kasachstans.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2013): Baltistan im Spiegel kolonialer und postkolonialer Diskurse. https://doi.org/10.11588/xabooks.57.49
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Schmidt, Matthias (2013): Mensch und Umwelt in Kirgistan: politische Ökologie im postkolonialen und postsozialistischen Kontext.
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2012

Schmidt, Matthias (2012): (Un)mögliche Entwicklungen im Karakorum Nordpakistans.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2012): Changing human–environment interrelationships in Kyrgyzstan's walnut-fruit forests. https://doi.org/10.1080/14728028.2012.755811
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Benz, Andreas, Schmidt, Matthias (2012): Lokales Wissen und formale Bildung im Karakorum-Himalaya.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2012): Micro-level analysis of well-being in Central Asia, Berlin, 10.-11. Mai 2012.
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2011

Schmidt, Matthias (2011): Central Asia’s blue pearl: the Issyk Kul biosphere reserve in Kyrgyzstan.
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Schmidt, Matthias, Doerre, Andrei (2011): Changing meanings of Kyrgyzstan's nut forests from colonial to post-Soviet times. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2010.00988.x
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Alff, Henryk, Schmidt, Matthias (2011): Seidenstraße 2.0? Handel und Mobilität im Grenzraum Kasachstan – Kirgisistan – Xinjiang.
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2010

von der Dunk, Andreas, Schmidt, Matthias (2010): Flourishing retail in the post-soviet sphere? Potentials and constraints of small-scale retail activities in rural Kyrgyzstan. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2010.03.006
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Borchardt, Peter, Schmidt, Matthias, Schickhoff, Udo (2010): Vegetation patterns in Kyrgyzstan's walnut-fruit forests under the impact of changing forest use in post-soviet transformation.
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2009

Schmidt, Matthias (2009): About water towers and arid mountain valleys: water management in the Karakoram.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2009): Land use, land administration and land rights in Shigar, Baltistan. https://doi.org/10.1163/ej.9789004167131.i-313.90
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Schmidt, Matthias (2009): Local needs versus global demands for the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan.
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Günther, Nadine, Maikowski, Tine, Schmidt, Matthias (2009): No Land Left for Women: Property Rights in Baltistan (Central Karakoram).
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Schmidt, Matthias (2009): Politische Ökologie der Mensch-Umwelt-Interaktionen im Raum Arslanbob.
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Asykulov, T., Schmidt, Matthias (2009): Prirodoochrannye konzepzii w transformazionnom prozesse: Biosfernaja territorija Ysykkol w Kyrgysstane.
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2008

Schmidt, Matthias, Sagynbekova, Lira (2008): Migration past and present: changing patterns in Kyrgyzstan. https://doi.org/10.1080/02634930802355030
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Schmidt, Matthias (2008): Political ecology in high mountains: the web of actors, interests and institutions in Kyrgyzstan’s mountains.
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Kreutzmann, Hermann, Schmidt, Matthias, Benz, Andreas (Eds.) (2008): The Shigar Microcosm: socio-economic investigations in a Karakoram oasis, Northern Areas of Pakistan.
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Dörre, Andrei, Schmidt, Matthias (2008): Vom Schutz und Nutzen von Wäldern: Kirgistans Nusswälder im Lichte historischer und aktueller Schutzdiskurse.
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2007

Schmidt, Matthias (2007): Die Erfindung Kirgistans und der unvollendete Prozess der Nationenbildung.
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Asykulov, T. A., Sarseitova, A. S., Schmidt, Matthias (2007): Ekologičeskaja politika v oblasti racional’nogo prirodopol’zovanija i ochrany okružajuščej sredy ocobo ochranjaemych prirodnych territorij (na primere biosfernoj territorii „Issyk-Kul’“) [= Ecological politics on the territory of rational nature utilisation and environmental protection of particular valuable natural territories (example of Biosphere Reservation „Issyk-Kul“) – Arabaev University Bishkek].
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Schmidt, Matthias (2007): Ob ispol'zovanii i upravlenii orechoplodovymi lesami v nastojaščee wremja [= About current utilisation and management of the walnut-fruit forests].
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Sydykov, B., Karabaev, N., Ashimov, K., Asykulov, T., Gottschling, H., Schmidt, Matthias (Eds.) (2007): Orechovo-plodovye lesa: vsemirnoe nasledie prirody: Meždunarodnaja naučno-praktičeskaja konferencija v Kyrgyzskom agrarnom universitete im. K.I. Skrjabina 02.10.2004 [= The walnut-fruit forests – a world natural heritage: proceedings of the international scientific-practical conference at the Kyrgyz Agrarian University Skrjabin on 2 October 2004].
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2006

Schmidt, Matthias (2006): 15 Jahre Unabhängigkeit der Kirgisischen Republik: Entwicklungshemm­nisse der postsowjetischen Transformation.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2006): Transformation der Livelihood Strategies im ländlichen Kirgistan: verlorene Sicherheiten und neue Herausforderungen. https://doi.org/10.11588/xabooks.144.183
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Schmidt, Matthias (2006): Wassermanagement im Hochgebirge: Lokale Bewässerungssysteme in Baltistan (Nordpakistan).
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2005

Schmidt, Matthias (2005): Kirgistans Walnusswälder in der Transformation: politische Ökologie einer Naturressource.
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Asykulov, T., Schmidt, Matthias (2005): Naturschutz­konzepte im Transformationsprozess: das Biosphärenreservat Ysyk-Köl in Kirgistan.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2005): Utilisation and management changes in South Kyrgyzstan’s mountain forests. https://doi.org/10.1007/bf02918325
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2004

Schmidt, Matthias (2004): Auf den Schultern der Balti: 50 Jahre Erstbesteigung des K2.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2004): Boden- und Wasserrecht in Shigar, Baltistan: autochthone Institutionen der Ressourcennutzung im Zentralen Karakorum.
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Schmidt, Matthias (2004): Interdependencies and reciprocity of private and common property resources in the Central Karakorum. https://doi.org/10.3112/erdkunde.2004.04.03
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Kirchmayer, Carola, Schmidt, Matthias (2004): Transformation des Tourismus in Kirgistan: zwischen staatlich gelenkter rekreacija und neuem backpacking.
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Curriculum Vitae

  • since 10/2015: Augsburg University, Institute of Geography: Chair for Human Geography and Transition Research
  • since 2010: Teaching at the Institut de Géographie Alpine - Université Grenoble Alpes
  • 2010 -2015: University of Hannover, Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography: Visiting Professor for Cultural and Social Geography
  • 2010: Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Earth Sciences: Habilitation (Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification) in Geography;
    Thesis: Human and Environment in Kyrgyzstan: A Political Ecology Study in a Post-Colonial and Post-Socialist Context
  • 2005-2010: Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Geographical Sciences, Centre for Developing Studies: Research Associate and Lecturer
  • 2005-2010: Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Geographical Sciences, Centre for Developing Studies: Research Associate and Lecturer
  • 2002-2005: University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Geography: Research Associate
  • 2001: University of Bonn, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: Ph.D.; Thesis: Water and Property Rights in Shigar, Baltistan: Autochthonous Institutions of Resource Utilization in the Central Karakoram
  • 2000-2002: Project manager at the Society for the Promotion of North-South-Dialogue, Exposure and Dialogue Programs, Bonn
  • 1996-1999: University of Bonn, Institute of Geography: Research Associate; Research Project Culture Area Karakorum supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • 1996: University of Bonn, Institute of Geography: Diploma in Geography; Thesis: Socio-Economic Aspects of Forest Degradation in Subtropical High Mountains: The Example of Bagrot / Karakoram
  • 1992-1993: University of Southampton, UK: Studies in Geography and Political Sciences (ERASMUS student)
  • 1990-1996: University of Bonn: Studies in Geography, Geology, Limnology, Political Sciences and Sociology

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