PD Dipl.-Geogr. Dr. Oliver Bender

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Key research areas

Settlement, cultural landscape and regional development, (applied) historical geography, agricultural geography, urban and landscape planning, geoinformatics and remote sensing, regional geography (southern and eastern Germany, the Alps, Italy)

Curriculum vitae


  • Postdoctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation), Geography [University of Innsbruck, 2006]
  • Certified UNIGIS professional, geoinformatics [University of Salzburg, 2001]
  • PhD, geography [University of Bamberg, 1999]
  • Diploma, geography [University of Bamberg, 1993]

Employment history

  • Senior scientist at the IGF, Innsbruck [since 2005]
  • Lecturer at the University of Innsbruck  [since 2004] and at the University of Klagenfurt [2007–2009]
  • Researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Vienna [2002–2005]
  • Guest researcher at the Federal Forces University of Munich, Institute of Geoinformation and Land Management [2001–2002]
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Bamberg, Institute of Geography [1994–2001]
  • Project manager/ consultant at the REGIOCONSULT planning office, Potsdam [1993–1994]


  • Austrian Member of the Management Committee of COST Actions TU 1401 "Renewable energy and landscape quality (RELY)" [2014–2018], IS1007 "Investigating Cultural Sustainability" [2011–2015] and A27 "Understanding pre-industrial structures in rural and mining landscapes (LANDMARKS)" [2004–2008]
  • Member of the working group "Demography and Employment" at the Alpine Conference as delegate of the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR) [2009–2014]
  • Austrian Member of the Board [since 2014] and the Advisory Group [since 2006] of the Permanent European Conference for the Study of the Rural Landscape (PECSRL). Chair of the organizing committee of the PECSRL Conference 2016 in Innsbruck
  • Scientific director [since 2015] and co-editor of the conference volumes [since 2010] of the cultural ethology Matreier Gespräche
  • Member of the working group LAG Bayern 'Grenzüberschreitende Raumentwicklung Bayerns' (Cross-border spatial development in Bavaria) at the Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung [since 2015]


see bibliography

Oral presentation

see list of oral presentations

Academic courses

see list of academic courses