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Dr. Gerhard Rainer (Akademischer Rat)

Gerhard Rainer

Name: Dr. Gerhard Rainer
Address: Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Ostenstraße 18
85072 Eichstätt
Germany
Building: Osten 18
Room: 204
Tel.: +49 8421 93-21721
Fax: +49 8421 93-217210
E-mail: gerhard.rainer(at)ku.de

Gerhard Rainer studied geography, business studies, history, social studies, and political education at the University of Innsbruck and Universidad de Sevilla between 2004 and 2010.

In his doctoral thesis at the University of Innsbruck he studied tourism and amenity migration in the Valles Calchaquíes (north-west Argentina), a peripheral rural area that has been experiencing globalization processes to an ever stronger degree since the 1990s. Using the perspective of political ecology, he investigated how society’s relationship with nature has changed due to the increased significance of tourism and amenity migration in a region that is characterized by socioecological inequalities. While conducting this empirical research he spent over one and a half years in total in Argentina.

Since obtaining his doctoral degree, he has been working intensively on questions concerning the globalization of the wine industry and the transformation of wine-growing regions (especially in the context of increasing focus on quality). The geographical regions that he studies as part of this research are Argentina and Italy (South Tyrol).

Education and career

    • October 2016–present: Akademischer Rat at the Department of Geography, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
    • Oct. 2012–Sep. 2016: Research associate at the Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck
    • Feb. 2016: Doctoral degree in geography from the University of Innsbruck. Thesis topic: Globalization and the political ecology of tourism and amenity migration in the Calchaquí Valleys (NW Argentina). Supervisor: Prof. Martin Coy. First reviewer: Prof. Perdita Pohle (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg): grade: very good; second reviewer: Prof. Rodolfo Bertoncello (Universidad de Buenos Aires): grade: very good; defense awarded the grade very good. [best possible grade in Austria]
    • Oct. 2011–Jun. 2012: Marietta Blau scholarship from the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) for research stays abroad, funded by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Science and Research. Stay at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Sociales in Tucumán (Argentina)
    • Oct. 2010–Sep. 2011: Doctoral candidate at the University of Innsbruck (doctoral scholarship for young researchers)
    • Apr. 2010: Teaching degree. Thesis topic: ‘Land use and conflicts over land use in the Tafí Valley (Tucumán, Argentina). Supervisor: Prof. Martin Coy. Grade: very good
    • 2004-2010: Teaching degree program in Geography and Business Studies/History, Social Studies, and Political Education at the University of Innsbruck
    • 2006-2007: Erasmus exchange program at Universidad de Sevilla

      Awards, grants, and scholarships

        • 2016: Grant from the Mountain Agriculture Research Unit at the University of Innsbruck for the research project ‘Globalization and Internationalization of Viticulture in South Tyrol’ (with Dipl.-Geogr. Jutta Kister)
        • Oct. 2011–Jun. 2012: Marietta Blau scholarship from the Austrian Exchange Service (OeAD) for research stays abroad, funded by Austria’s Federal Ministry of Science and Research. Stay at the Instituto Superior de Estudios Sociales in Tucumán (Argentina)
        • 12/2011: Prize for interdisciplinary research in the Apline region from the Research Focus ‘Alpine Space – Man and Environment’ at the University of Innsbruck for the thesis ‘Land use and conflicts over land use in the Tafí Valley (Tucumán, Argentina)’ 
        • 11/2011: Grant from the Tiroler Wissenschaftsfond (Tyrolean Research Fund) for the doctoral project ‘Global change and tourism in mountain regions. Risks and opportunities for the north-western Argentine Andes’

          Research interests: topics

            • Geographical development research (especially globalization processes in rural areas in the Global South)
            • Human–environment relations research (especially political ecology)
            • Tourism and leisure-induced mobility
            • Changes in the wine industry and the transformation of wine-growing regions in the context of globalization processes

              Research interests: regions

                • Latin America (especially Argentina, Brazil)
                • Italy (South Tyrol)

                  Selected publications

                  Artikel

                  Aufsatz in einem Buch

                  Veranstaltungsbeitrag (unveröffentlicht)