Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Meusburger

We de­eply mourn the loss of our de­ar col­le­ague and fri­end Pe­ter Meus­bur­ger who pas­sed away on 18 De­cem­ber 2017. In his me­mo­ry we ha­ve gathe­red so­me obitua­ries on this site.

Peter Meusburger had the Chair of Economic and Social Geography at Heidelberg University from 1983 to 2007. From 2007 to 2017 he was Distinguished Senior Professor.

Peter Meusburger Doctoral Prize

The Peter Meusburger Doctoral Prize is awarded for outstanding PhD theses in the field of geography and knowledge. The prize serves to commemorate Professor Peter Meusburger and honours his distinguished service to geography and in particular to the geography of education and knowledge. Awarding the prize, Peter Meusburger’s students express gratitude to their academic teacher and cultivate their interaction and team spirit.

Research interests
  • Geography of knowledge, science and education
    Spatial disparities of knowledge and educational achievement; relations between knowledge and power; the nexus between knowledge and space; milieus of creativity; spatial “mobility” of knowledge; knowledge and action; knowledge in organizations; knowledge and economic performance; schooling situation in sparsely inhabited peripheral areas.
  • Geography of labour, Economic Geography
    Educational achievement and professional skills of the labour force; spatial mobility, career and networks of scientists; spatial concentration of jobs for the highly skilled labour force; spatial disparities of the feminization of professions; female employment rates.
    Economic and social transformations in Hungary after the change of the political system (1989).
    Liechtenstein as a tax-haven.
  • Ethnic minorities
    Educational achievements of ethnic and religious minorities; the cultural dimension of knowledge; minorities in the public school system.

1997–2006 he organized the Hettner Lectures. He was editor of the series Knowledge and Space and of the “Wissenschaftsatlas” of Heidelberg University.

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