Dr Martin Müller

Dr Martin Müller

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Martin Müller is interested in how the social and the material hold together and fall apart. His empirical work focuses on the planning and impacts of mega-events as well as on the disruptive effects of natural disturbance such as insect pests. He is a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the University of Zurich and is associated with the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences as a Senior Research Fellow.

See Martin's website: www.martin-muller.net  


PhD (2008): Human Geography (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main)
MPhil (2005): Development Studies (University of Cambridge)
BA (equiv.) (2004): Economic Geography (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)


Martin studied Economic Geography in Munich from 2001 to 2004, before reading for a Master’s degree at Downing College, University of Cambridge.

He returned to Germany for his PhD in Human Geography, which included nine months of fieldwork in Russia. In his dissertation entitled ‘Making Great Power Identities in Russia’ he looked at education at a Russian elite university, developing an approach towards discourse as language and practice.

From 2009 to 2013 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, before joining the University of Zurich as a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor.


Researcher ID: F-7045-2011
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.ch/citations?user=wfq0s9UAAAAJ

Research interests

Political Geography | Urban and Regional Studies | Economic Geography | Political Ecology | Political Economy

Actor-Networks | Discourse | Knowledge| Identification and Lack | Governance

Mega-Events and Mega-Projects | Parks and People | Sustainability | Organizations

Ethnography | Inferential Statistics

Russia | Eastern Europe | Germany | Switzerland


Representative Publications

Müller, M. 2012. Opening the black box of the organization: socio-material practices of geopolitical ordering. Political Geography 31:379–388.

Müller, M. 2011. State dirigisme in megaprojects: governing the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Environment and Planning A 43:2091–2108.

Müller, M. 2011. How natural disturbance triggers political conflict: bark beetles and the meaning of landscape in the Bavarian Forest. Global Environmental Change 21:935–946.

Müller, M. 2009. Making great power identities in Russia: an ethnographic discourse analysis of education at a Russian elite university. Zürich: LIT.

Müller, M. 2008. Reconsidering the concept of discourse in the field of critical geopolitics: towards discourse as language and practice. Political Geography 27:322–338.

Müller, M. 2007. What’s in a word? Problematising translation between languages. Area 39:206–213.

For a full list see http://scholar.google.ch/citations?user=wfq0s9UAAAAJ