Marc is Professor of Economic Geography and Global Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt, where he leads the Research Group »Technologies of Global Circulations«. Before joining the Department of Human Geography, Marc worked as Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, was Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Mainz and Senior Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Konstanz. Marc is an interdisciplinary geographer with a training in cultural studies and STS. In addition to research interests in Africa and the Middle East, his work focuses on digital geographies, social studies of marketization, the performativity of economics, and the materials, infrastructures and spaces of a (de-)globalizing economy.


Funded projects

  • Fixing Futures: Technologies of Anticipation in Contemporary Societies (DFG, 2023-2028) (with LaSST)
  • Big Spatial Data (2018-2023)
  • Digital Geographies (DFG; 2018-2022)
  • Labour Markets in the Palestinian Territories (with Sigrid Rand) (GIZ; 2019-2021)
  • Global Micro in the Making: The Marketization of Weather Index lnsurance for Agriculture (Ghana, Kenya) (DFG; 2013-2019)
  • Adaptation and Creativity in Africa. Technologies and Significations in the Production of Order and Disorder (DFG Priority Program 2013-2017)
  • AFRASO - Africa's Asian Options (BMBF; 2013-2020)
  • East African Regionalism: The EAC’s external spaces of interaction with Asian partners (with Veit Bachmann) (AFRASO, BMBF; 2016-2019)
  • »Landed Markets«: Commodification, Mobilization and Deterritorialization of Land in the Context of Asian Investment in African Land Markets (with Philippe Kersting) (AFRASO, BMBF; 2013-2016)
  • Post-Terrestrial Area Studies? The Indian Ocean, Translocal Histories and Maritime Constructions of Space. (AFRASO, BMBF; 2013-2016) (with Julia Verne, Astrid Erll and Frank Schulze-Engler)
  • Urban Infrastructures in Transition: The Case of African Cities (HBS; 2014-2018)
  • Manufacturing in Frankfurt (with Stefan Ouma and Peter Lindner) (City of Frankfurt, 2012-2014)
  • Value Chains and Global Markets. Market Integration of Smallholders (with Stefan Ouma and Peter Lindner) (DFG, 2010-2014).



  • Straube, Till. 2022. Verräumlichungen digitaler Infrastrukturen am Beispiel algorithmischer Sicherheitstechnologien. Faculty of Geoscience, Goethe-University Frankfurt. 
  • Coban, Alev 2021. Postcolonial Bodies, Machines, and Affects - The Promises and Performances of Technology Development in Kenya. Faculty of Geoscience, Goethe-University Frankfurt. 
  • Stenmanns, Julian. 2021. Perspektiven einer Kritischen Geographie der Logistik. Faculty of Geoscience, Goethe-University Frankfurt. 
  • Schumacher, Juliane. 2021. Die Regierung des Waldes. Klimawandel, Kohlenstoffmärkte und neoliberale Naturen in Marokko. Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Potsdam
  • Tristl, Christiane. 2020. Automatic water dispensers? The private sector as development agent and the marketization of water at the “bottom of the pyramid”. Faculty of Geoscience, Goethe-University of Frankfurt. 
  • Jacobsen, Malve. 2019. Assembling Bus Rapid Transit in Dar es Salaam. Global Planning, Effective Controversies and the Production of Success. aculty of Geoscience, Goethe-University of Frankfurt (published as: Jacobsen, Malve. 2021. Assembling Bus Rapid Transit in the Global South: Translating Global Models, Materialising Infrastructure Politics. Routledge).
  • Hartmann, Anne. 2017. Market Women of Northern Ghana within Value Chain Development – The Cases of Chilli, Tomato and Maize. Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.  
  • Latzke, Peter. 2015. Wert(e) der Drecksarbeit. Eine netzwerktheoretische Betrachtung der Qualifizierung und Marketization von Arbeit in arbeitsintensiven Dienstleistungen am Beispiel der Gebäudereinigung [published as Latzke, Peter. 2018. Wert und Werte von arbeitsintensiven Dienstleistungen. Die Markt- und Qualitätskonstruktion in der Gebäudereinigung. Springer VS].
  • Niebuhr, Dorothee. 2015. The Performativity of Global Value Chains. Policy Mobilities in Ghana and Peru. Faculty of Geoscience, Goethe-University Frankfurt [published as Niebuhr, D. 2016. Making Global Value Chains. Geographies of Market-Oriented Development in Ghana and Peru. Springer Gabler]

Services and other roles

  • President DKG 2023 (German Geographers Meeting)
  • Head of PhD Commission Faculty of Geoscience (2012-present)
  • Head of Department (2015-2019)
  • University Senate Commission(s) (2019-present)
  • Selection panel »Germany-Scholarships« (2012-2021)
  • Faculty Senate (2015-2019)
  • Director Frankfurter Geographische Gesellschaft (FGG) (2012-2017)
  • Board of Directors Institut für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Kultur (IWAK) (2011-2020)
  • Steering Committee AFRASO (2012-2019)

(Former) Members of the research group (Wiss. Mitarbeiterinnen) (2011-2023)

  • Till Straube, Luisa Hoffmann, Veit Bachmann, Julian Stenmanns, Alev Coban, Christiane Tristl, Malve Jacobsen, Sigrid Rand, Fabian Lang, Matthias Platzer, Julia Verne, Dorothee Niebuhr, Christian Steiner, Philippe Kersting, Katharina Abdo