Institute of Geography


Nora Komposch

Research Assistant

Social and Cultural Geography

+41 31 631 52 39
Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Geography
Social and Cultural Geography
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern
Consultation Hour
Upon request

Fields of Research

  • Geographies of the body
  • Care and reproduction
  • Politics of the global/intimate
  • Intersectionality
  • Migration
  • Cooperative Studies



M.A. in Social Sciences (Major in Human Geography), University of Neuchâtel

Master’s Thesis: “Worker Cooperatives’ Potential to Transform Migrant Women’s Social Position and Agency: A Participatory Mixed Methods Study in New York City”

2019 Exchange semester as a visiting student (Major in Gender Studies), Complutense University of Madrid

Research stay as a visiting researcher, Graduate Center of the City University of New York


B.Sc. in Geography (Minors in Philosophy and History), University of Bern

Bachelor’s Thesis: “Veränderung der Grenzregime entlang der Balkanroute: Eine Reflexion aus der theoretischen Perspektive der staatlichen Territorialität”  

Affiliations and memberships


Komposch, Nora; Schurr, Carolin: “Book Review: A portrait of assisted reproduction in Mexico: scientific, political, and cultural interactions” by Sandra P. Gonzáles-Santos, Cham, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 301 pp., New Genetics and Society, DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2020.1775564 

Komposch, Nora: "’Als Genossenschafterin fühle ich mich sicherer’ Wie sich New Yorker Care-Arbeiter*innen mit Kooperativen selbstermächtigen”. In: Widerspruch 75 (accepted)

Schurr, Carolin; Perler, Laura; Komposch, Nora; Winkel, Mirko: "Reproductive geopolitics: Mapping global fertility networks". Catalyst: Feminist technoscience. (under revision)


Calore, Manon; Joss, Helen; Komposch, Nora; Maspoli, Anna: “Le hammam féminin comme espace de partage” GeoAgenda, 5.


Christen, Romeo; Komposch, Nora; Grossenbacher, Jonas: “Geographien der Macht. Gentrifizierung und Segregation in Bern” In: Wintzer, J. (ed.), Qualitative Methoden in der Geographie. Anwendungsbeispiele. Forschungberichte (17). Bern: University of Bern Press


Selection since 2017

July "Arbeiter*innenkooperativen im Reinigungs- und Sorgebereich: Erfahrungen aus New York City und deren Anwendung in der Schweiz", Presentation of master’s thesis in the communitycenter de_block, Bern
May “The social impacts of worker cooperatives on the lives of immigrant women in NYC”, Presentation of master’s thesis at Center for Family Life (NGO), Brooklyn NY

“Veränderung der Grenzregime entlang der Balkanroute: Eine Reflexion aus der theoretischen Perspektive der staatlichen Territorialität.” Paper on panel Welche Geographien der Migration? at the German Congress for Geography, Tübingen (Germany)


Current Teaching

Fall 2020  Tutorium "Human Geography I"

Past Teaching

Spring 2015 Co-organisation of the tutorial course "Raum schaffen - Kritische Geographie machen" (Critical Geography), Institute of Geography, University of Bern