Julia Affolderbach

Dr Julia Affolderbach

Lecturer in Human Geography/ Programme Director BA Geography and BA Human Geography

Faculty of Science and Engineering


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Dr Affolderbach is an economic geographer interested in the relationship between environmental change and economic development. She joined the University of Hull in August 2014 as Lecturer in Human Geography.

She has an international background with an MSc in Geography from the University of Cologne and a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University.

Before moving to the UK, Dr Affolderbach worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg and as visiting scholar at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Research Interests

  • The green economy and sustainability transitions

  • Green cities and urban sustainability

  • Land use and resource conflicts (forestry)

  • Environmental activism, environmental justice and the social economy

  • Environmental governance and spatial planning

Research groups

Environmental policies and practices


Affolderbach, J. and Krueger, R. (2017), ‘Just Ecopreneurs: Re-conceptualizing Green Transitions and Entrepreneurship’, Local Environment, 22(4), 410-423.

Clapp, A., Hayter, R., Affolderbach, J., and Guzman, L. (2016), 'Innovation, Remapping and Institutional Thickening in Forest Peripheries: Reflections from the Great Bear Rainforest', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers ,41(3), 244-257.

Affolderbach, J. and Schulz, C. (2016), 'Mobile Transitions: Exploring Synergies for Urban Sustainability Research', Urban Studies, 53(9), 1942-1957.

Affolderbach, J., Clapp, A., and Hayter, R. (2012), 'Environmental Bargaining and Boundary Organisations: Remapping British Columbia’s ‘Great Bear’ Rainforest', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(6): 1391-1408.

Affolderbach, J. (2011), 'Environmental Bargaining: Power Struggles and Decision-Making over Tasmania and British Columbia’s Old-Growth Forests', Economic Geography, 87(2): 181-206.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Exploring Worlds Around Us

  • Interpreting Environments

  • Hazardous Worlds

  • Berlin Field Study (leader)

  • Cities and Globalization

  • Sustainable Futures

  • Advanced Field Skills Hong Kong

  • The Green Economy (leader)

Research PhDs

Dr Affolderbach particularly welcomes applications in

  • urban greening and climate change policies in particularly on green building, alternative practices and lived sustainabilies

  • green economy and green entrepreneurship

  • environmental conflicts, activism and environmental justice

Current PhD supervisions 

Bingni Deng, China Scholarship Council, University of Hull, Green Transformations of Eco-Industrial Parks in China.

Paula Hild, AFR Scholar, University of Luxembourg, Implementing a Circular Economy in Luxembourg.

Hesham Waddani, University of Hull, Urban Forestry in Tripoli.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Geography, Simon Fraser University, Canada

  • MSc (Diplom) in Geography, University of Cologne, Germany

  • BSc (Vordiplom) in Geography, Geology and Botany, University of Cologne, Germany

External roles

  • Pathway leader for Sustainable Growth at the University of Hull, White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

  • Editorial board member for Développement Durable et Territoires