Universität Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser

Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser focuses on issues of human-environment interaction, landscape transformation and regional development processes in the high mountains of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. His work stresses the importance of integrating environmental aspects and ecosystem dynamics into development processes, and building upon knowledge, adaptations, and managerial capabilities of local populations. He has also worked on vegetation patterns and floristic inventories. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Mountain Research and Development (since 2003) and Erdkunde (since 2015), the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mountain Science (since 2005) and has been appointed as Series Editor of the Book Series Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research published by Springer Academic Publishers (since 2009).


Curriculum Vitae

since 2006 Chair (W3), Department of Geography, South Asia Institute at the University of Heidelberg
2010 Offered professorship of Human Geography, University of Göttingen (declined)
2004 Professional replacement for chair (C4) (Prof. M. Winiger), Department of Geography at the University of Bonn
2003 Habilitation, University of Bonn
2001 - 2003 DFG habilitation fellowship, University of Bonn
1997 - 2001 Assistant Professor (C1) at the Department of Geography, University of Bonn
1996 PhD Geography, Freie Universität Berlin
Dissertation:Nanga Parbat (NW-Himalaya): Naturräumliche Ressourcenausstattung und humanökologische Gefügemuster der Landnutzung
1993 - 1995 Doctoral Scholarship from the State of Berlin
1987 - 1992 Studies in Geography, Geology, Development Sociology at the Freie Universität Berlin
Diploma thesis:Landnutzungsgefüge im östlichen Aurès (Algerien). Eine Betrachtung der Grundlagen für eine ländliche Regionalentwicklung mit Methoden der Fernerkundung

Academic Self-Administration, Heidelberg University

2009-2012 Executive Director South Asia Institute
2008-2011 Member of the Steering Committee from the Excellence Cluster 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context'
2008-2010 Dean of students for the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Editorial Services

since 2009 Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research (Series Editor)
since 2015 Erdkunde (Editorial Advisory Board)
since 2005 Journal of Mountain Science (Editorial Board)
since 2003 Mountain Research and Development (Editorial Advisory Board)

Memberships in Professional Societies

since 2010 Full member of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Vergleichende Hochgebirgsforschung (ARGE)" (Commission on Comparative High Mountain Research)