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M.A. Christian Reichel

Freie Universität Berlin

Institute for Social Anthropology

Teaching Assistant E-learning

Landoltweg 9-11
14195 Berlin, Germany

Research and Expertise

Environmental Anthropology and Geography: social-ecological system analysis, participatory mapping (PGIS), past and current human-nature relationship, climate change adaptation, natural hazards and disasters, with a focus on social vulnerability and resilience, adaptive governance, natural resource conflicts in developing countries.

Regional Focus

Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia; Mongolia; Europe, in particular Romania, and the Swiss, Austrian and German Alps

Academic Activities

June 2014 – today: Lecturer:     

M.A. Program: Environmental Anthropology and Visual and Media Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin

March 2011 – June 2014:

Research and lecturer. Research project: Alpine hazards in times of climate change (ANIK). Cluster: Visualization and mapping of local environmental knowledge about alpine risks. Freie Universität Berlin. Funded by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

April 2010 – March 2011

Research associate and lecturer of: Environmental Anthropology: climate and disaster research in a trans-regional perspective with a focus on Southeast Asiaan and European Countries. Freie Universität Berlin

October 2009 – April 2010: Research group: Climate Worlds.

Topic: Perception of climate change in costal areas of the worldwide. Culture, specific practices in the management of marine dynamics. Bielefeld Graduate School of History and Sociology (BGHS), Excellency Initiative. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

February 2009 – October 2009:Graduate teaching assistant: E-learning for the M.A.program:

Visual and Media Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin



August 2010: University of Helsinki - Summer school: Participatory Geographical

Information Systems in Development Studies (PGIS)

April 2010 – today:

PhD.candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. Thesis: Natural disasters in times of climate change: local perceptions and strategies in response to a global phenomenon. A comparative analysis of the Swiss, Austrian, and German Alps.

April 2006 – December 2008:

Masters degree (M.A.)inSocial Anthropology and Geography (Distinction). Dissertation: Local knowledge as a possibility and perspective for sustainable resource utilization and protection from natural disasters: the case of Central Java and South Sulawesi, Indonesia.


October 2009 – April 2010:

Excellency Initiative.Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) and Federal Ministry of Education and Research



  • Bahasa Indonesia (fluent)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (conversational)
  • German (native)

WiSe 2014/15

M.A. Space & Place: Theoretical foundations and methods for visualization (with Mike Terry)

SoSe 2014

M.A. Space & Place: Theories of Perception and Methods for Visualization (with Mike Terry)

WiSe 2012/2013

M.A. Methods of Anthropology: Visualization and Participatory Mapping of Local Knowledge. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin.

SoSe 2012

Introduction to Environmental Anthropology: Nature, Human, Environment. Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin (with Arne Harms)


April 2011 – March 2014

Alpinehazards intimes ofcClimatecChange (ANIK).Cluster: VisualisationVisualization and mapping of local environmental knowledge about alpine risks. Freie Universität Berlin. Financed by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Link to the related multimedia map

September 2005 – April 2006

Science for the protection of the Indonesian costal marine ecosystems. Center of tropical marine ecology (ZMT). Cluster 1: Coral reef based ecosystems and resources. Cluster 2: Strategies for sustainable use of resources and marine culture in the Segara Anakan Lagoon - Indonesia.

September 2004

Multiculturalism and eEthnicity, Romania (Maramureș region) Institute of Geography. Universität Potzdam.

June – September 2002

Reforming land management systems in Mongolia((Khövsgölregion) Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Freie Universität Berlin.


2014: Participatory Mapping of Local Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge: An Example from Switzerland. With Undine Frömming. 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.

2012: Conflicting Frames of Reference:, Environmental Changes in Coastal Indonesia. With Sophie Martens, Arne Harms. In: Hornidge, A.-K. and Antweiler, C. (eds.): Environmental Uncertainty and Local Knowledge. Southeast Asia as a Laboratory of Global Ecological Change. Bielefeld, transcript.

2012: Austertraum: Kompendium für eine Kultur der Zukunft (End of the dream: compendium for a culture of the future). In:Saffer, S. and Schneider, B. (eds.) London, Lost Books.

2011: Vulnerable Coastal Regions: Indigenous People under Climate Change in Indonesia. With Undine Frömming. In: Bergmann, S. and Gerten, D. (eds.) Religion in Environmental and Climate change. Suffering, Values, Lifestyles. London, New York, Bloomsbury Publishing.

2009: Conflicts between stakeholder groups affecting the ecology and economy of the Segara Anakan region. With Marion Glaser, Undine Frömming. In: Jennerjahn, T. and Yuwono, E. (eds.) Regional Environmental Change, 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.

Selected Guest Lectures and Presentations

2014: Denver. “Mapping Climate change related risks: participatory mapping as a strategy for stakeholder engagement”, Joseph Korbel School for International Studies: 14. May 2014.

2014: Denver. “Destructive use of marine resources: examples from Indonesia”, Joseph Korbel School for International Studies: 26. February 2014.

2014: Salzburg. “Climate change and local population: Analysis and use of local knowledge to improve natural hazard management”, Final Conference: Alpine hazards in times of climate change (ANIK), 13. March 2014.

2013: Zürich. “Visualization and mapping of local environmental knowledge about alpine risks”, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL): Workshopon Alpineh hazards in times of climate change (ANIK), 25.September 2013.

2013: Berlin. “Climate change in Indonesia – Local Frames of reference and patterns of action”, Embassy of Indonesia, 24. March 2013.

2012: Hamburg. “Die Visualisierung und Kartierung von Lokalem Umweltwissen: Fallbeispiele aus der Schweiz und Indonesien”, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 17. November 2012.

2012: Bonn. KatNET- Catastrophe network: Topicof the meeting: “Resilience and vulnerability. What usage of these concepts for the disaster management?”, 14. – 16. November 2012.

2012: Immenstadt. “Patters of interpretation and local strategies of action”, Workshop on Alpinehazards in times of climate change (ANIK).19. – 21. September 2012.

2012: Jakarta. - “Environmental anthropology and climate Change”, Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia (UI), 17. October 2012.

2012: Cologne. “Participatory mapping and visualization of local knowledge about climate change related natural disasters”, International Geographical Congress (IGC) Down to Earth, 26. – 30 August 2012.                   

2011: Innsbruck. “Participatory mapping for capacity building in prone hazard areas”, Workshop on Alpine Hazards in times of climate change (ANIK), 19. – 21 June 2011.   

2011: Berlin.Publicinterview: “Überlebenskunst”. with Birgit Schneider and Stefan Saffer,Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), 12.May 2011.

2010: Cologne.“Indigenous people under climate change: Regional examples”,Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Colloquium, 6.July 2010.

2010: Potsdam. “Indigenous people under climate change: Regional examples”, Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Workshop:Religion in Global Environmental and Climate Change: Sufferings, Values, Lifestyles, 11. – 13. January 2010.

2009: Bielefeld. “Climate change and local Knowledge”Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS),Colloquium, Topic: Climate Worlds, 17. December 2009.

2007: Bremen. “Aspects of, and conflicts in marine resource use in the Segara Anakan Lagoon, Central Java and the Taka Bonerate Atoll, SulawesiIndonesia”, Tropical-Ecological Seminar,Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), 12. December 2007.

2007: Berlin. “The Relevance of Media in the Representation of Disasters”, Conference Disasters and Climate Impacts in global Media Spaces. Visual and Media Anthropology, Institute for social and cultural Anthropolgy, 18. – 19. July 2007

2006: Berlin. ”Aspekte und Konflikte maritimer Ressourcenutzung in der Segara Anakan Lagune, Central Java und dem Taka Bonerate Archipel, Sulawesi – Indonesien”, Colloquium,Institute of Cultural andSocial Anthropology, 04. December 2006.

2006: Denpasar/ Bali. “Local Solutions for Global Questions: “Resilience trough sustainable resource utilization strategies. Using the example of the Segara Anakan lagoon and the Taka Bonerate atoll – Indonesia”, Conference: Southeast Asia Costal Governance and Management Forum. Topic: Science Meets Policy for Costal Management and Capacity Building. ZMT/ LOICZ, 14. – 16. November 2006.

2006: Purwokerto/ Java. “Social-ecological analysis of stakeholder conflicts in the Segara Anakan Lagoon, Central Java – Indonesia”, Faculty of Biology - Jeneral Sudirman University, Conference: Science for the protection of Indonesian coastalecosystems, 23. January 2006.

2005: Makassar/ Sulawesi.“Aspects and conflicts of marine resource use in the Taka Bonerate Atoll, South Sulawesi – Indonesia”. Faculty of Marine Science and Fishery, Hasanuddin University, 15 December 2005.