Dr. Norbert B. Munck

Employment History

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Research Assistant
03/2007 to 05/2011

Investigating adaptation strategies of rural households in Indonesia to natural hazards. The research tasks were performed within the scope of a Collaborative Research Centre founded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

InWEnt, Capacity Building International
Berlin, Germany
12/2006 to 03/2007

Developing project proposals directed at the Department of Humanitarian Aid of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany focused on disaster risk management activities in Central Asia and Southern Africa.

InWEnt, Capacity Building International
Kabul, Afghanistan
Project Advisor
09/2005 to 05/2006

Coordinating InWEnt activities within the project “Natural Disaster Prevention and Preparedness in Afghanistan”.

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Research Analyst
01/2005 to 09/2005

Conducting research on econometric calculations regarding poverty assessment to optimize microfinance projects. Focused on strategies dealing with poverty reduction in developing countries.

German Development Service (DED)
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Volunteer Young Professional
01/2004 to 04/2004

Preparing detailed proposals for governor on how to set up efficient government models in order to improve the implementation of spatial planning approaches and stimulate the participation of the public in the political process.


  • 2010 - 2011: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Department of Human Geography

    Participating in the doctoral program “Geoscience”. Publishing doctoral dissertation entitled “Adaptation to Natural Hazards in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia – Strategies of Rural Households” and awarded the academic title as “Doctor of Science” (Doctor rerum naturalium).

  • 2004: University of Sydney, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

    Participating in post-graduate courses focused on conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

  • 1996 - 2003: Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
    Master Equivalent in Geography (Diplom Geograph)

List of Publications and Lectures

  • BINTERNAGEL, N.B. (2011): Adaptation to natural hazards in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia –strategies of rural households. Dissertation, Georg-August Universität Göttingen.

  • PURNOMO, M., BINTERNAGEL, N.B. AND H. FAUST (2010): Transformation of resource management in Upland East-Java, Indonesia - From directive power to social and institutional interactions. Contributed Paper prepared for presentation at the international symposium „Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountainous Regions of Southeast Asia“, (21-23 July 2010, Hanoi, Vietnam).

  • BINTERNAGEL, N.B., JUHRBANDT, J., KOCH, S., PURNOMO, M., SCHWARZE, S., BARKMANN, J. AND H. FAUST (2010): Adaptation to climate change in Indonesia – livelihood strategies of rural households in the face of ENSO related droughts. In: Tscharntke, T., Leuschner, C., Veldkamp, E., Faust, H., Guhardja, E. and A. Bidin (Eds.): Tropical rainforest and agroforests under global change, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 351-371.

  • BINTERNAGEL, N.B. (2009): The agroforestry system cacao: an option to reduce social vulnerability related to droughts? – Perceptions and adaptation of agricultural smallholders in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Joint Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) and the Society for Tropical Ecology (27-30 July 2009, Marburg, Germany).

  • BINTERNAGEL, N.B. (2009): Promoting adaptation and mitigation to climate change – examples from Europe and South-East Asia. International Seminar: Recent Issues on mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change in developing countries (14 October 2009, Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia).

  • BINTERNAGEL, N.B. (2008): Vulnerability and adaptability of rural households in face of ENSO-droughts – evidence from periphery regions of Central Sulawesi. International Symposium (5-9 October 2008, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia).