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Prof. Dr. Marit Rosol

University of Würzburg and University of Calgary
Human Geography

External Senior Fellow (Marie S. Curie FCFP)
September 2022 - December 2022

Room 02 021
Phone 076120397389


Since July 2022 Marit Rosol holds the Chair in Economic Geography at the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. Previously, from 2016 until 2022, she held a Canada Research Chair in Global Urban Studies and a position as Associate and Full Professor at the Department of Geography of the University of Calgary, Canada. From 2006 until 2016, Marit Rosol was a full-time faculty member at the Department of Human Geography at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. During that time, she held positions as Visiting Professor at the University of Bremen (2012) and at the Technical University of Dresden (2014-15), as well as a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (2007-08).

In 2012 she was awarded a Habilitation (advanced post-doctoral degree) for her research on the question of Governing through Community, based in parts on her empirical work on City Plan Community Visions Vancouver/ Canada. The conceptual framework entailed a combination of a political-economy perspective on neo-liberal restructuring of (local) statehood and planning policy and the neo-Foucauldian governmentality approach. Marit Rosol received her PhD with a thesis on Community Gardening in Berlin from the Department of Geography at the Humboldt-Universität Berlin in 2006. She studied Urban and Regional Planning at the Technical University of Berlin and the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, Spain.

Selected Publications

FRIAS research project

Canadian-German comparative perspectives on urban-rural food initiatives and alternative food networks

Using an internationally comparative case study approach, I will examine how existing, developing, or desired food systems alternatives are able to comprehensively address sustainability challenges and re-build urban-rural relations.  With this, I aim to address pressing challenges in the Anthropocene, namely, firstly, that our agri-food systems are a significant driver of global environmental change and, secondly, that we can observe an increasing dis-connect of urban centres from their rural hinterlands. In my research I will focus particularly on potentials of alternative economic practices.  My work program during the four months research stay will consist in the analysis of previously gathered data as well as a regional case study.