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Ursula Münster

PD Dr. Ursula Münster

Director of Graduate Programs


Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a, 2. OG, 225
D-80802 Munich

Room: 225
Phone: +49 (0) 89/2180- 72373

Ursula Münster is a social anthropologist working on topics concerning South Asia with interests in political ecology, multispecies ethnography, human-animal relations, science and technology studies, extinction, wildlife conservation, the Anthropocene, environmental justice, gender and environmental movements. She has studied in Munich, Germany, and Mexico City, Mexico (Escuela National de Anthropología e Historia), and has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural South India (Tamil Nadu and Kerala). Since receiving a PhD in anthropology from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2006, Ursula has been a visiting scholar at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) in Bangalore, India, at the Center for Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) at the University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, USA. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher (Habilitandin) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU, and is working on a monograph on human-elephant relations in South Indian wildlife conservation.

She has been affiliated with the RCC since 2010, both as a research fellow and as a visiting fellow. In August 2015 Ursula joined the RCC as Academic Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program. She is responsible for developing and coordinating the program's curriculum and for teaching courses on Environment and Society.

Research Project: Elephant Encounters: Living With Wildlife in Times of Extinction