Martin Thalhammer

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Martin Thalhammer is a PhD student at CEU's department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. In his disseration project he is looking through the lens of a Multi-Species political ecology perspective at human-bark beetle relations throughout Upper Austria. This implies moving beyond the portrayal of bark beetle outbreaks as apolitical natural disasters towards understanding human-bark beetle relations as contested, socially mediated and socially co-produced, that is shaped by and embedded in local and supralocal historical legacies, socio-ecological processes, politico-economic developments and concurring human and non-human practices.

Martin Thalhammer holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Vienna, a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Life Sciences (Vienna) and a Master Degree in Human and Social Ecology from the University of Klagenfurt. In his two master theses, he was dealing with the social and political ecology of a flood project in the Upper Austrian Eferding danube basin. He has worked at the University of Vienna as a teaching assistant, tutor and as an external lecturer. Thalhammer's research interests include political ecology, Multi-Species ethnography, economic anthropology and critical political economy.

Beyond, he is one of the founding members of the Climate Walk project - a combined research, education and media-art project in which several young academics and activists hike from the Norwegian North Cape to Southwestern Portugal to collect and understand people's experiences with Climate Change.


BA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria)
BSc in Environmental Management, University of Life Sciences Vienna (Austria)
MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria)
MSc in Human- and Social Ecology, University of Klagenfurt (Austria)