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Thomas Christiansen



Remote sensing and GIS

Dr. Thomas Christiansen

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Department of Geography
Schloßgasse 7
35390 Giessen
Consultation Hours:

+49-641 99-36290
+49-641 99-36279
Thomas Christiansen
by appointment

Focus of teaching and research activities Areas of responsibility
  • Regional planning / land use planning in developing countries
  • Land Reform (notably Southern Africa)
  • Regional geography Southern Africa (focus on Namibia)
  • Institution building & capacity development
  • Remote sensing
  • GIS (focus on GIS-application in developing countries) 
  • Advisor for remote sensing & GIS
Recent News
  • September 2013: Public Lecture: „Namibia ist nicht Simbabwe! - Stand der Landreform in Namibia 23 Jahre nach der Unabhängigkeit“. („Namibia is not Zimbabwe! – Status of the Land Reform in Namibia 23 years after independence.“) German – Namibian Society (DNG),  DNG-Chapter Köln-Bonn, Bonn, 20 September 2013.
  • May 2013: Public Lecture: „Hat Namibia eine ‚strahlende‘ Zukunft? Eine Bestandaufnahme von Namibias Wirtschaft unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des ‚Uranium Rush‘.“  („Has Namibia a ‚shining‘ future? An appraisal of Namibia’s economy with special consideration oft the ‚Uranium Rush‘“. ‚Namibia-Day‘ of the German – Namibian Society (DNG), DNG-Chapter Rhein-Neckar, Heidelberg, 4 May 2013.
  • November 2012: Public Lecture: „Uran, Diamanten, Bier & Tourismus: Wohin geht Namibias Wirtschaft?“ (Uranium, diamonds, beer & tourism: Where goes Namibia’s Economy?) Keynote Speaker at the Annual General Meeting of the German-Namibian Society, Göttingen 2 – 4 November 2012.
  • October 2012: The new ‘Country Brief Namibia’ internet page, compiled on behalf of AIZ as part of the GIZ ‘Länderinformationsportal (LIP)’ was accepted by GIZ quality control and put online. (
  • 2012: Various “Namibia” country briefings for outgoing expatriates on behalf of the Akademie für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (Academy for International Cooperation (AIZ)), a training institute of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • March / April 2012: Six newspaper articles in the Allgemeine Zeitung Windhoek on the topic “Has Namibia used its chances? A stock-taking.” (See “Bibliography”)
  • December 2010: Appointed as ‘Country Specialist’ for Nambia by “Vorbereitungsstätte für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit“ (V-EZ), Bad Honnef, Germany.
  • August / September 2010: Student excursion to Namibia and project backstopping for Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
  • May 2010: Public lecture „Namibia - 20 Years after Independence“ on invitation of the Gießener Geographische Gesellschaft, Giessen. 
  • May 2010: Public lecture “The Land Reform in Namibia 20 Jahre after Independence: Economic and social chances“ at the Seminar „Namibia 20 Years Indenpendence“, Würzburg, 21 - 23 May 2010, organised by the Initiative for Southern Africa (INISA).