Raphaela Edler

Raphaela Edler

Department Geographie und Geowissenschaften
Institut für Geographie

Raum: Raum 03.033
Wetterkreuz 15
91058 Erlangen


Curriculum Vitae


11/2022 – ongoing : PhD Candidate, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Digital Geography, supervision:  Prof. Georg Glasze & Prof. Blake Walker

11/2023 – 12/2023: Visiting Scholar at Conflict Ecology Lab, Oregon State University, supervision: Ass. Prof. Jamon Van den Hoek

10/2020 – 01/2023: M.Sc. Geoinformation Technology, Technical University Dresden

09/2021 – 02/2022: ERASMUS University Exchange, KU Leuven, Brüssel

10/2015 – 09/2020: B.Sc. Ecology and Environmental Planning, Technical University Berlin

10/2019 – 09/2020: Bachelor thesis at Helmholtz Centre/AWI, Polar Terrestrial Environmental Systems Research Group, Potsdam

10/2014 – 09/2015: B.A. courses History and Gender Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin


11/2022  –  ongoing: Research Associate, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, project: Digital Geo-Data for the Documentation of Human Rights Violations (funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research)

01/2022 – 04/2022: GIS Data Team, NGO IPIS (International Peace Information Service), Antwerp

08/2019 – 09/2020: Assistance with teaching duties at the chair GIS in Environmental Planning, Technical University Berlin

02/2015 – 03/2018: Intercultural Collective Studio26 Moabit, Berlin

01/2019 – 03/2019: Internship, Freiland Environmental Consultancy, GmBH, Vienna

10/2018 – 12/2018: Internship, EU Horizon Project at Environmental Policy Research Center at Free University of Berlin


07/2022: ARSET Training Humanitarian Applications Using NASA Earth Observation

02/2012 – 03/2021: Betzavta Workshop on Democracy, Politics and Change, Adam Institute Israel

04/2020 – 07/2020: Certificate for Critical Sustainability, Technical University Berlin

10/2019 – 02/2020: Didactic qualification for Tutors, Technical University Berlin



08/2019 – 09/2020 Teaching Assistance for the courses “GIS I”, “GIS II” ,”Remote Sensing”, “Statisitcs in Environmental Science”


In my research within the interdisciplinary GeoDataRights Project funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, I explore the use of digital geodata to document human rights violations. My case study focuses on educational facilites in  the syrian conflict. Moreover I am interested in Critical Remote Sensing, Mixed Methods Approaches and Science, Technology and Society Studies.


03/2024 Geographiewerkstatt, University Innsbruck, Title: “Digital geodata for investigating human rights violations: a reflective-iterative approach”

02/2024 Digital Verifiction Workshop, Cambridge University, Title: “Exploring Digital Geodata to document Human Rights Violations”

09/2023 German Congress of Geography, Frankfurt, Title: “Elaboration of a standardized documentation scheme for the use of remote sensing data in international criminal and human rights investigations”

07/2023 Conference Remote Ethnography of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, University Würzburg, Title: “Documenting Human Rights Violations with Remote Sensing Data

05/2023 Community College Erlangen, Lecture Series, Title: “Documentation of human rights violations. Potentials and limitations of (geo-)data from social media and satellite-based remote sensing”