Introduction to Regional Geography

CCRD02 Core Course 6 ECTS
Period 3 weeks 31.08.2020 - 18.09.2020
Instructor Dr. Matthias Kokorsch


The course introduces geographical perspectives on regional development and rural communities. Emphasis is put on the relationship between humans and nature, and the role of natural resources in regional development. Particular attention is paid to aspects of transportation and infrastructure in remote and coastal communities.


On completion of the course, a student:

  • can relate geographical perspectives to rural and remote communities as well as regions.
  • can identify main geographical tools for analysing remote and rural regions.
  • has good skills in reading and writing sections of scientific papers on geographical aspects of rural and remote regions.
  • can critically review and discuss basic geographical topics in an oral and written form.
  • can explain challenges regarding transportation and infrastructure in remote settings.



Dr. Matthias Kokorsch is the director of the master’s program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development. He holds a PhD from the University of Iceland in Geography, a state examination for teaching in Geography, Social Sciences and Pedagogy from the University of Duisburg and Essen. His PhD dissertation was entitled “Mapping Resilience – Coastal Communities in Iceland” (Seigla íslenskra sjávarbyggða).

Matthias Kokorsch’s research interests include community resilience, regional development, particularly in sparsely populated regions, structural changes of old-industrial areas, and resource management in combination with aspects of justice and decision-making processes. His recent publications include “Prosper or perish? The development of Icelandic fishing villages after the privatisation of fishing rights” and “Where have all the people gone? The limits of resilience in coastal communities”. Earlier publications are on fisheries management in Iceland. Prior to his job as program director, Matthias Kokorsch worked as scientist for the Thünen-Institute of Rural Studies in Germany and taught at the University of Hanover.