Short CV/Education and training

  • 1985 – 1992
    Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, graduated (with distinction) in Geography (diploma), Sociology (second subject), Spatial Planning/Administration (second subject)

  • 1992 – 1993
    research assistant at University of Münster; History Studies for teaching certificate

  • 1995 – 2001
    senior researcher and assistant to the director at the IfL

  • 2001
    Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) from the University of Leipzig (summa cum laude), supervisors: Prof. H.-H. Blotevogel (Duisburg/Germany), Prof. J. Hauer (Utrecht/Netherlands), Prof. A. Mayr (Leipzig/Germany)

  • 2001 – 2006
    post doc at the IfL, Department Theory, Methodology and History of Regional Geography

  • 2007 – 2009
    head of the research group Geographies at the Edges of the European Project

  • Since 2010
    head of the research unit Productions of Space: State and Society at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL)

Selected publications

  • Belina, B., J. Miggelbrink (2013): Risk as a technology of power. FRONTEX as an example of the de-politicisation of EU migration regimes, in: Müller-Mahn, D. (ed.): The Spatial Dimension of Risk. How Geography Shapes the Emergence of Riskscapes. London, Routledge, 124–136.

  • Belina, B., J. Miggelbrink (2012): Raum, Recht und Indigenität – Zu den Kämpfen um Landrechte indigener Völker am Beispiel der Sámi in Finland [Space, Law and Indigeneity – Fighting for indigenous peoples' land rights: the Finnish Sámi for example], in: Peripherie 126/127, 190–217.

  • Bruns, B., J. Miggelbrink (eds) (2012): Subverting Borders. Doing Research on Smuggling and Small-Scale Trade. Wiesbaden: VS.

  • Koch, P., J. Miggelbrink (2011): Being in the frontline of a Sámi culture and a private business: Cross-border reindeer herding in northern Norway and Sweden, in: Nomadic Peoples 15(1), 114–143.

  • Mazzullo, N., J. Miggelbrink (2011): Winterweide und Holzlieferant. Indigene und andere Interessen im Konflikt über die Nutzung nordfinnischer Wälder. [Winter Pastures and Wood Resources – Conflict of Interests in Forestry in Northern Finland] In: Geographische Rundschau 63 (7–8), p. 36–43.

  • Bruns, B., J. Miggelbrink, K. Müller (2011): Smuggling and small-scale trade as part of informal economic practices – empirical findings from the Eastern external EU border, in: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 31 (11/12), 664–680.

  • Belina, B., J. Miggelbrink, J. (eds) (2010): Hier so, dort anders. Raumbezogene Vergleiche in der Wissenschaft und anderswo. [It's different, here and there. Spatial comparisons in research and elsewhere]. Münster: Westfälisches Dampfboot (= Raumproduktionen, 6).

  • Schlottmann, A., J. Miggelbrink (2009): Visual geographies – an editorial/Visuelle Geographien – ein Editorial, in: Social Geography, 4, 1–11/13–24,–1-2009.pdf and–13–2009.pdf.

  • Miggelbrink, J. (2009): Verortung im Bild. Überlegungen zu 'visuellen Geographien' [Localization through images. Some remarks on visual geographies], in: Döring, J., T. Thielmann (eds): Mediengeographie. Theorie – Analyse – Diskussion. [Media geography. Theory – Analysis – Discussion]. Bielefeld: Transcript, 179–202. (peer-reviewed contribution to an edited volume)

  • Miggelbrink, J., A. Schlottmann (2009): Diskurstheoretisch orientierte Analyse von Bildern, in: Glasze, G., A. Mattissek (eds): Raum und Diskurs. Theorien und Methoden für die Humangeographie sowie die sozial- und kulturwissenschaftliche Raumforschung. [Space and Discourse. Theories and Methods for Human Geography and Spatial Inquiry] Bielefeld: Transcript, 181–198. (peer-reviewed contribution to an edited volume)

  • Miggelbrink, J., M. Redepenning (2004): Narrating Crises and Uncertainty, or, Placing Germany: Reflections on Theoretical Implications of the Standort Deutschland Debate, in: Geopolitics 9 (3), 564–587.

  • Miggelbrink, J. (2002): Konstruktivismus? "Use with Caution"... Zum Raum als Medium der Konstruktion gesellschaftlicher Wirklichkeit [Constructionism? "Use with Caution" ... Space as medium in the construction of social reality], in: Erdkunde 56 (4), 337–350.

  • Miggelbrink, J. (2002): Kommunikation über Regionen. Überlegungen zum Konzept der Raumsemantik in der Humangeographie [Communications about Regions. Preliminary remarks on the concept of spatial semantics in human geography] In: Berichte zur deutschen Landeskunde 76 (4), 273–306.

Selected projects

  • Discourse and practices in shrinking regions. An analysis of the subjective relevance of shrinkage discourses using the example of the municipality of Altenburger Land / Diskurs und Praktiken in schrumpfenden Regionen (DFG, 2013 – 2016)

  • Power technologies' productions of space. Indigeneity and Territoriality of the Sámi/Machttechnologische Raumproduktionen: Territorialität und Indigenität der Sámi (DFG/SFB 586, 2008 – 2012)

  • Geographies at the Edges of the European Project / Geographien an den Rändern des europäischen Projekts (Leibniz Scientific Association, 2007 – 2009)

  • Regionalization as strategy for sharpening cities' and regions' profiles. Production and reproduction of spatial semantics – the case of Leipzig and Erzgebirge / Regionalisierung als Strategie von Standortprofilierung (DFG, 2003 – 2006)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the steering committee of the European Project WOMEN – Realising a Transnational Strategy against the brain-drain of well-educated young women (INTERREG IVB Central Europe, 2013 – 2014)

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich, SFB 586) Difference and Integration – Interactions between nomadic and settled forms of life in the civilisations of the old world (German Research Foundation (DFG), 2008 – 2012)

  • Elected member of the scientific network Discourse Analysis in Human Geography (German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004 – 2010)

  • Referee for the Hans-Bobek-Award granted by the Geographical Society of Austria, 2007

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • parental leave/part-time 11/2003 – 9/2011


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