Research projects & teaching

Research projects
GFA Consulting Group GmbH
Economic impacts of the Prespa National Park, Albania
08/2019 - 03/2020
Funding: KfW Entwicklungsbank
Economic impacts of tourism in Georgian protected areas
08/2017 - 11/2017
Funding: KfW Entwicklungsbank
Economic impacts and image effects of the Baku 2015 European Games
With Prof. Dr. Marius Mayer, Greifswald University (Germany) and Laman Soltanova, MBA, Azerbaijan Tourism and Management University
May 2015 - Jan 2016
Funding: German International Cooperation (GIZ)
Azerbaijan Tourism Institute (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Competitiveness analysis for the tourism sector in Azerbaijan
Feb-Dec 2014
With Prof. Dr. Marius Mayer, Greifswald University (Germany)
Funding: German International Cooperation (GIZ)
Local awareness, acceptance and tourism perspectives of newly-established protected areas: the Samur-Yalama National Park in Azerbaijan
Dec 2013-Jun 2014
With Til Dieterich, Baku State University; Victoria Rodina, Azerbaijan Tourism Institute
Skillsgaps and training needs in the tourism sector: Pre-implementation research for the Zaqatala tourism vocational school
Sep.-Nov. 2012
With Dr. Eldar Aslanov, Kazim Guliyev
Funding: German International Cooperation (GIZ)
Economic impacts and image effects of mega-events in emerging tourist destinations: The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan
Apr.-Nov. 2012
With Marc Herz, PhD, University of Vienna, Austria
Funding: Azerbaijan Tourism Institute, Baku
Partner: Chair of International Marketing, University of Vienna
JMU Würzburg and LMU Munich (Germany)

Regional economic effects of tourism in the Souss-Massa National Park

With Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job, University of Würzburg

Apr. 2007-Jan. 2009, Agadir, Morocco

Funding: German International Cooperation (GIZ)

Partner: High Commission for Water, Forests and Desertification Control (Morocco)


Actor-oriented management of tourism in protected areas in Mexico

With Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job, University of Würzburg and Dr. Ludger Brenner, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City

Jan. 2007-Dec. 2008, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Partners: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico City), Colegio de Michoacán (La Piedad, Mexico)


Ex-ante evaluation of the regional economic impacts of a potential national park in the region of Lieberose

With Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubert Job, Dr. Manuel Woltering

Mar. 2009-Sept. 2009, Lieberose, Germany

Funding/partner: Natural Landscapes Foundation Brandenburg




Azerbaijan Tourism Institute (Baku, Azerbaijan)

Course "Nature tourism and regional planning"

Course "Sustainable tourism development"

Course "Sustainable tourism management"


JMU Würzburg (Germany)

Lecture and Tutorial "Cartography and geodata"

Seminar "Geography of developing countries"

Excursion "Central Mexico and the Yucatán peninsula"