Environmental Anthropology and Geography: social-ecological system analysis, participatory mapping (PGIS), past and current human-nature relationships, climate change adaptation, natural hazards and disasters, with a focus on social vulnerability and resilience, adaptive governance, natural resource conflicts in developing countries
East Africa, in particular Uganda; Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia; Europe, in particular the alps
October – November 2017
Consultant: Development of adaptive governance approaches to support the adaptation of fisheries practices to climate change and environmental degradation in Uganda’s, Tanzania’s and Kenya’s small-scale fisheries sectors. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH).
March 2011 – June 2014
Researcher: Alpine hazards in times of climate change (ANIK). Cluster: Visualization and mapping of local environmental knowledge about alpine risks. Financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
March 2011 - today
Lecturer (M.A.): Environmental Anthropology and Visual & Media Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin
April 2010 – March 2011
Associated research fellow: Environmental Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin. Focus Climate and disaster research in a trans-regional perspective.
February 2009 – October 2009
Graduate teaching assistant: M.A. Visual and Media Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin
September 2005 – April 2006
Research fellow: Leibniz Centre of tropical Marine Research (ZMT). Project: Science for the Protection of the Indonesian Coastal Marine Ecosystems (SPICE). Cluster 1: Coral reef-based ecosystems and resources. Cluster 2: Strategies for sustainable use of resources and marine culture in the Segara Anakan Lagoon.
Ethnographic field studies: Romania (Maramureș region) Topic: Multiculturalism and ethnicity. Institut für Geographie. Universität Potsdam
June – September 2002
Ethnographic field studies: Mongolia (Khövsgöl region) Topic: Reforming land management systems
PhD, Social- and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin
Thesis: “Climate change is stealing our memory”. (Trans-) local knowledge and structures of resilience in the high mountains of Switzerland
University of Helsinki – Professional Training Participatory Geographical Information Systems in Development Studies (PGIS)
October 2009 – April 2010:
Research group: Climate World. Topic: Culture specific practices in the management of marine dynamics. Bielefeld Graduate School of History and Sociology (BGHS), BMBF Excellency Initiative.
Master degree (M.A.) Social Anthropologyand Geography. Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität Berlin (Distinction)
Dissertation: Local knowledge for sustainable resource utilization and protection from natural disasters: Central Java and South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT): Travel Grant: USA/ Germany
October 2009 – April 2010:
Excellency Initiative. Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Research group: Climate Worlds.
Bahasa Indonesia: good command
French: basic communication
Professional Memberships and Special Appointments
Disaster Network (KatNET)
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT): USA Ambassador
October 2017 - November 2017
April 2011 – March 2014
September 2005 – April 2006
June – September 2002
2018 Climate change is stealing our memory”. (Trans-) local knowledge and structures of resilience in the high mountains of Switzerland (forthcoming)
2016 Reichel, Christian und Frömming, Urte Undine: Mapping Local Environmental Knowledge to Strengthen Resilience against Natural Hazards in Times of Climate Change. In: Fekete, A. and G. Hufschmied (eds.) . F iAtlas of Vulnerability and Resilience (AtlasVR) – knowledge management in civil protection.
2011 Frömming, Urte Undine and Reichel Christian: Vulnerable Coastal Regions: Indigenous People under Climate Change in Indonesia. In: Bergmann, S. and Gerten, D. (eds.) Religion in Environmental and Climate change. Suffering, Values, Lifestyles. London, New York, Bloomsbury Publishing.
2009 Reichel, Christian; Frömming Urte Undine; Glaser Marion: Conflicts between stakeholder groups affecting the ecology and economy of the Segara Anakan region. In: Jennerjahn, T. and Yuwono, E. (eds.) Regional Environmental Change, New York, Heidelberg, Springer.
2012 Reichel, Christian; Martens, Sophie; Harms, Arne: Conflicting Frames of Reference: Environmental Changes in Coastal Indonesia. In: Hornidge, A.-K. and Antweiler, C. (eds.) Environmental Uncertainty and Local Knowledge. Southeast Asia as a Laboratory of Global Ecological Change. Bielefeld, transcript Verlag.
2014 Reichel, Christian and Frömming, Urte Undine: Participatory Mapping of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge: An Example from Switzerland. In: Fekete, A. and Hufschmied, G. (eds.)
The Usefulness of Resilience and Vulnerability for Disaster Risk Management. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, Volume 5: Special Issue. New York, Heidelberg, Springer.
Tagesspiegel: Der Berg ruft: Wissenschaftler der Freien Universität erforschen die Ursachen von Naturgefahren in den Alpen.
Deutsche Welle: We’re no longer able to understand our world.
Austertraum: Kompendium für eine Kultur der Zukunft. Interview by Stefan Saffer and Birgit Schneider. London, Lost Books.
04. Feb 2016 Denver: Geographical Colloquium. Denver University “Local environmental knowledge in the time of the Anthropocene: Participatory mapping of human - nature interaction in Switzerland and Indonesia”
19. May 2015 Denver: “Rural and agricultural development”. Josef Korbel School for International Studies. Denver University
14. May 2014 Denver: Josef Korbel School for International Studies. Topic: Mapping Climate change related risks: participatory mapping as a strategy for stakeholder engagement
26. February 2014 Denver: Josef Korbel School for International Studies: Topic: Destructive use of marine resources: examples from Indonesia
13. March 2014 Salzburg: Final Conference: Alpine hazards in times of climate change (ANIK). Topic: Climate change and local population: Analysis and use of local knowledge to improve natural hazard management
25. September 2013 Zürich: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL): Workshop on alpine hazards in times of climate change (ANIK). Topic: Visualization and mapping of local environmental knowledge about alpine risks
24. March 2013 Berlin: Embassy of Indonesia. Topic: Climate change in Indonesia – Local Frames of reference and patterns of action
17. November 2012 Hamburg: Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Topic: Die Visualisierung und Kartierung von Lokalem Umweltwissen
14. – 16. November 2012 Bonn: KatNET Catastrophe network: Topic: Resilience and vulnerability. What usage of these concepts for disaster management?
19. – 21. September 2012 Immenstadt: Workshop on alpine hazards in times of climate change (ANIK). Topic: Patters of interpretation and strategies of action
17. October 2012 Jakarta: Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia (UI). Topic: Environmental anthropology and climate Change
26. – 30 August 2012 Cologne: International Geographical Congress (IGC) 2012 Down to Earth. Topic: Participatory mapping and visualization of local knowledge about climate change related natural disasters
19. – 21 June 2011 Innsbruck: Workshop on Alpine Hazards in times of climate change (ANIK). Topic: Social capacity building in hazard-prone areas
12. May 2011 Berlin: Public interview: Über Lebenskunst. with Birgit Schneider and Stefan Saffer. Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)
12. - 13 April 2011 Bonn: Meeting on Social-Ecological Research (FONA). Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Topic: Alpine hazards in times of climate change
6. July 2010 Cologne: Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Colloquium. Topic: Indigenous people under climate change
11. - 13. January 2010 Potsdam: Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Workshop Religion in Global Environmental and Climate Change
17. December 2009 Bielefeld: Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), Colloquium. Topic: Climate Worlds. Topic: Climate change and local Knowledge
12. December 2007 Bremen: Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Tropical-Ecological Seminar. Topic: Aspects of, and conflicts in marine resource use in Indoensia
18. – 19. July 2007 Berlin: Conference Disasters and Climate Impacts in global Media Spaces. Visual and Media Anthropology. Topic: The Relevance of Media in the Representation of Disasters
04. December 2006 Berlin: Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Colloquium. Topic: Aspekte und Konflikte maritimer Ressourcenutzung
14. – 16. November 2006 Denpasar: Conference: Southeast Asia Costal Governance and Management Forum. Topic: Science Meets Policy for Costal Management and Capacity Building. ZMT/ LOICZ
23. January 2006 Purwokerto: Faculty of Biology - Jeneral Sudirman University, Conference: Science for the protection of Indonesian coastal ecosystems.
15 December 2005 Makassar: Faculty of Marine Science and Fishery, Hasanuddin University. Topic: Aspects and conflicts of marine resource in the Taka Bonerate Atoll, South Sulawesi