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Understanding how human activity is arranged in space and time (Copyright: Universität Wien/Barbara Mair)


The thematic area of anthroposphere aims to understand how human activity taking place in space and time shapes our planet's environment while being, in turn, influenced by the environment. At the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, the social, economic, demographic, technological, and ecological changes which are also examined at other faculties, are studied particularly concerning their patterns and dynamics in space at various scales (local and global, North and South, urban and rural), including in terms of the interactions between the individual disciplines (e.g. scarcity of water as a driver of migration). This thematic area seeks to understand the socio-spatial dimension of these changes – such as population dynamics, migration processes or disruptive innovation and economic restructuring, and to explore their socio-economic and ecological implications in various contexts of time and space.