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Institut für Geographie und Geologie

Geography and Regional Science

Chair of Geography and Regional Science

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job


University of Wuerzburg
Institute of Geography and Geology
Chair of Geography and Regional Science
Am Hubland
97074 Wuerzburg



Karin Menz
Room 312
Phone: +49 931 31-85553
Office-Hour: Tue - Thu 7:30 am - 11 am


Current Research and Projects

OpenSpaceAlps - Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance

  • Funding: Interreg Alpine Space programme (European Regional Development Fund)
  • Duration: 10/2019 – 06/2022
  • Budget (overall project): 980.740 EUR
  • Cofinancing by the European Union (overall project) 833.629 EUR
  • Project website: www.alpine-space.eu/projects/openspacealps
  • Leading researcher: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job
  • Contact person: Constantin Meyer

The Project OpenSpaceAlps - Sustainable development of alpine open spaces by enhancing spatial planning governance - was approved on the fourth INTERREG V B tender of the Alpine Space Programme. It spatially relates to the Alpine region and to the area covered by EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space Region. Seven institutions from Austria, France, Italy, Germany and Slovenia are involved in the implementation of the project. A partner from Germany is the Chair of Geography and Regional Science at the University of Wuerzburg. The project's aim is to foster sustainable development of the Alpine Space by maintaining open spaces as part of alpine Green Infrastructure through an interlinked, multi-level transnational spatial governance, considering the integration of ecosystems functions and needs into policies. We improve the capacities of spatial and sectoral planners in their role for balancing different land uses. By applying a participatory approach, we strengthen and coordinate regional, national and trans-national spatial planning processes. Thus, we contribute to the programme goals by improving the integration of ecosystem services into the policy system of the Alpine Space. Hence, initiating and moderating a process towards the adoption of new spatial planning approaches in the Alpine Space countries is a must-have.

Regional Economic Effects of Tourism in the Wadden Sea National Parks of Hamburg and Lower Saxony

The Wadden Sea is in many respects a unique region in Germany: From a nature conservation point of view, with its outstanding flora and fauna, it can undoubtedly be described as an international highlight. This is confirmed by appropriate measures of nature conservation, so that three Wadden Sea National Parks are also a part of surrounding biosphere reserves and the entire region is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the same time, this uniqueness has been attracting a large number of tourists to the Wadden Sea for a long time and a variety of reasons. On the one hand, therefore, it seems interesting to see how much the aforementioned nature conservation measures ultimately contribute to visitors' travel decisions. On the other hand, the economic significance of tourism for the region is of interest with special focus on the share of nature conservation-based tourism. The present study examines these facts for the two national parks Hamburg Wadden Sea and Lower Saxony Wadden Sea. For the latter it seems also to be valuable because a methodologically comparable study was carried out in 2007 and the tourism developments that have occurred since then can be analysed.


Analysis of Potential Effects of Nature-Based Tourism in the Black Forest Biosphere Reserve

This research project aims to calculate the effects of nature-based tourism in the UNESCO Black Forest biosphere reserve in southern Germany. It is a unique possibility in Germany to analyze the actual state of nature-based tourism in a newly designated biosphere reserve without the influences of designation of the protected area label. In the spirit of monitoring the economic effects of biosphere reserves in Germany, a ten-year follow-up study could clearly outline the positive or negative changes in the regional economy due to the designation of this biosphere reserve. Furthermore, the chair of Geography and Regional Science already investigated the effects of nature-based tourism in the nearby and also newly designated Black Forest National Park. This gives the opportunity for a comparative evaluation of the two protected area labels: national park and biosphere reserve.

Socio-Economic Effects of Tourism in German UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

This research project aims to calculate the economic effects of tourism in all 17 German UNESCO biosphere reserves. As model regions for sustainable development, biosphere reserves fulfil different purposes. In Germany, biosphere reserves represent typical cultural landscapes lying mostly in rural areas, where they focus on structural challenges of living conditions to arrange them equally for the inhabitants. Tourism plays an important role at this point. It can be seen as an ideal opportunity for the sustainable management and use of natural resources and rural conservation measures. As outdoor recreation areas for tourists, the question is how far nature-based tourism is attributed to influences of this protected area label. The data for the regional economic effect analysis of tourism in Germanys biosphere reserves are collected by on-site face-to-face visitor surveys. They record the number and structure of tourism (day-tripper vs. overnight visitor) and the tourist expenditures by economic sectors as well as the affinity with the biosphere reserve label. Overall, this gives the opportunity for a comparative evaluation of the regional economic effects of nature-based tourism for protected areas in Germany.

Biological Diversity and Ecosystem-Services of Forest with Focus on Wood: New Ways of Sustainable Use in the Area of Conflict Between Ecology, Economy and Climate Change (BioHolz)

  • Funding: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Duration: 07/2015 – 06/2021
  • Leading researcher: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job
  • Contact: Dr. Joachim Rathmann

Retail-Monitoring City of Wuerzburg

  • Cooperation with city of Wuerzburg
  • Duration: scince 2006
  • Leading researcher and Contact: Prof. Dr. Ralf Klein