Prof. Dr. Martin Doevenspeck


Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies
University of Bayreuth

95440 Bayreuth

+49 (0) 921 55-2273 (phone)


Research Interests

risk and disasters, society-environment relations (politics of climate change, environmental governance), political geography of Africa (violent conflict, territoriality, borders), migration and mobility 

Geographical Area

West Africa (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal), Central Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda)


Supervised Junior Fellows and their Research Projects

Junior Fellow

Research Project

Hollstegge,  Julian

Geographies of border-making in South Sudan's southern borderlands

Augusto,  Asaf

North to South Migration: Portuguese labour migration to Angola

Möller, Carsten

Former Supervisions (non-exhaustive)

Former Junior Fellow

Research Project

Donko,  Kamal

Territory, Identity and Local Politics in the Frontier Zone of Central Benin

Morisho, Nene

A New Institutional Economics Approach to Cross Border Small Business: A Case Study of Goma/Gisenyi Border

Gebauer, Claudia

"Recently there were a lot of changes" - Translations of the "Adaptation to Climate Change Paradigm" in Rwanda

Academic Vita

since 2012

Professor of Political Geography


Interim Professor, Department of Geography, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 

since 2005

Assistant Professor, Chair of Social Geography, University of Bayreuth


PhD in Bayreuth


Studies in Bonn

Memberships and functions in academic organisations


Co-editor of "Africa Spectrum"


Member of the Association of Geographers at German Universities (VGDH) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG)


Member Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland e.V. (VAD)


Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of African Studies (IAS), Bayreuth


Member of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE)


To see the list of publications, please click here.