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Anna Zimmer

Dr. Anna Zimmer

Visiting Assistant Professor


Visiting Assistant Professor , School of Global Affairs


  • PhD Geography, University of Bonn (Germany), 2011
  • Diplom (Masters equivalent) Geography, University of Bonn (Germany), 2007

Past Experience

  • 2016-2019: Work in the sector of urban gardening, environmental education and urban sustainability at Edible Routes & Swechha
  • 2012-2016: Postdoctoral Researcher at Institute for Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Researcher at Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • Urban Political Ecology, urban agriculture, everyday governance, informality


Book chapters:

  • (2018): Zimmer, A., Cornea, N., R. Véron: Landscapes of Power: The urban in Urban Political Ecology. In: Iossifova, D. et al. (eds.): Defining the urban across the academic disciplines and professional fields. Routledge. Pp.212-222
  • (2015): Urban political ecology 'beyond the West': engaging with South Asian urban studies. In: Bryant, R. L. (Ed.): The International Handbook of Political Ecology. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham & Northampton. Pp. 591-603 

Peer-reviewed papers:

  • (2017): Cornea, N., Zimmer, A., R. Véron: Everyday governance and urban environments: Towards a more interdisciplinary Urban Political Ecology. In: Geography Compass 11(4).
  • (2017): Cornea N., Véron, R., A. Zimmer: Clean city politics: An urban political ecology of solid waste in West Bengal, India. In: Environment and Planning A 49(4): 728-744.
  • (2017): Zimmer A., Cornea N., R. Véron: Of parks and politics: the production of socio-nature in a Gujarati town. In: Local Environment 22(1): 49-66. 
  • (2017) Zimmer, A., N. Cornea: Introduction: Environmental Politics in Urban India. Introduction to a special issue of SAMAJ.
  • (2016): Cornea N., Zimmer A., R. Véron: Ponds, Power and Institutions: The Everyday Governance of Accessing Urban Water Bodies in a Small Bengali City. In: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 40(2): 395-409.
  • (2016): Karpouzoglou, T. & A. Zimmer: Ways of knowing the wastewaterscape: Urban political ecology and the politics of wastewater in Delhi, India. In: Habitat International. Doi: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.12.024
  • (2014) with Winkler I.T. & de Albuquerque C.: Governing wastewater, curbing pollution, and improving water quality for the realization of human rights. In: Waterlines. Vol. 33, No.4, pp. 337-356.
  • (2012) with Etzold, B., Jülich, S., Keck, M., Sakdapolrak, P., and Schmitt, T.: Doing institutions. A dialectic reading of institutions and social practices and its relevance for development geography. In: Erdkunde. Vol. 66, No. 3, pp. 185-195.
  • (2012): Enumerating the Semi-Visible. The Politics of Regularising Delhi’s Unauthorised Colonies. In: Economic & Political Weekly. Vol. 47, No. 30, pp. 89-97. 
  • (2010): Urban Political Ecology. Theoretical concepts, challenges, and suggested future directions. In: Erdkunde, Vol. 64, No. 4, pp. 343–364
  • (2010): New water uses in the Segura basin: conflicts around gated communities in Murcia. In: Water International. Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 34-48.


  • (2012): Everyday governance of the waste waterscapes. A Foucauldian analysis in Delhi’s informal settlements. (Doctoral Thesis) Available at:
  • (2012): Fragmented governance, divided cities. The need for an integrated view on urban waste water: A Case Study of Delhi. In: Dams, Rivers and People. Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 9-13. Available at: