Institutskolloquium Kulturgeographie – 05.12.2018

Foto - M. Prados

Naturbanization: Protected Areas Attracting Population; Consequences for Rural Areas

María-José Prados Universoty of Seville (Spain)

Naturbanization refers to new population and residential development dynamics in rural areas around national parks during the last thirty years and their repercussions on land use changes and spatial planning. Whilst most of the research on demographic movements and the re-structuring of rural areas is based on trends set by city dwellers, the purpose of this talk is to demonstrate the importance of environmental conditions for human behavior and how these can have medium- and long-term repercussions on the population dynamics of rural areas.

In principle, this talk will look at the new urban patterns that have resulted from naturbanization processes in the Doñana and Sierra Nevada national parks, both in Andalusia (Spain). A comparative geographical analysis based on aerial photographs and building permits granted in the two parks enables the two sources to be compared and the various human developments and their relationships with population behavior to be examined. The findings offer a set of recommendations for managing protected spaces.

Other recent works will also be presented to provide an overview of the wider focus of contemporary Human Geography. The research concepts of Agriculture Resilience, Territorial Heritage and Renewable Energy Landscapes seek to show new research lines related to agriculture activity as the main strength of rural areas.


Wann: Mittwoch, 05.12.2018 um 12:15 Uhr
Wo: Hörsaal C, Kochstr. 4 (Eingang Hindenburgstraße)

Gesamtübersicht Kolloquiumsprogramm im Wintersemester 2018/2019