Deutsch Intern
Institut für Geographie und Geologie

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job

Head of Department

Geography and Regional Science

Phone: +49 931 31-85552
Mail: hubert.job@uni-wuerzburg.de 

Institute of Geography and Geology
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

Campus Southern Hubland
Geography building
Room 319

  • Tue: 2 pm - 4 pm (only during lecture period)
    no appointment needed

  • protected area management
  • tourism
  • regional planning
  • regional research
  • environment perception
  • regional research: Central Europe, Alps, Africa

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

  • Funding: Hamburg and Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park Authorities
  • Duration: 12/2018 – 03/2021
  • Leading researcher: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job
  • Contact: Dr. Manuel Woltering

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

Local and Bavarian Acceptance of National Park Berchtesgaden

Local and Bavarian Acceptance of National Park Bayrischer Wald

Socio-Economic Effects of Tourism in German UNESCO Biosphere Reserves


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