M.A. International Relations
M.Sc. Sport Management
I want to understand the roots, causes and mechanisms that engender the great challenges of our age such as social injustice, environmental destruction, and inequality â and to contribute to their confrontation. Therefore, I am committed to the study of cultural dimensions of society-nature relations. Here I am particularly interested in power relations within environmental initiatives and the link between community development and sustainability. My background in international relations with a specialisation in culture and politics in postcolonial contexts as well as my experience with environmental conflicts in the Global South help me in this endeavour.
In my PhD project, I investigate how international organisations allow for local knowledge to be heard and promoted beyond the local framework by the use of the example of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme. The PhD project is localised in the critical thought school and within this, political ecology. Employing hermeneutics and critical discourse analysis, I explore the possibilities of local participation in global decision-making processes. I also look at the implementation of the global programme's goals at the local level (across all scales from the global to the local).
11/ 2020 - now PhD Candidate and Research Fellow
Biosphere Reserves Institute
09/ 2018 - 08/ 2019 M.A. International Relations (Culture and Politics)
Leiden University/ Netherlands
08/ 2017 - 05/ 2018 Volunteer
NGO La Cuculmeca Jinotega/ Nicaragua
10/ 2014 - 08/ 2017 Research assistant
Institute of Sport History/ Olympic Studies Centre at the German Sport University Cologne
10/ 2014 - 11/ 2016 M.Sc. Sport Management
German Sport University Cologne
10/ 2010 - 08/ 2014 B.A. Sport Management and Sport Communication
German Sport University Cologne
09/ 2012 - 03/ 2013 Erasmus Student (Semester abroad)
UniversitĂ© Montpellier/ France
Meier, C. & Culpan, I. (2020). A MÄori concept in a PÄkehÄ world: biculturalism in health and physical education in the New Zealand curriculum. Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education, 11(3), 222-236. doi.org/10.1080/25742981.2020.1811129
Molzberger, A., Wassong, S., Meier, C. & Quanz, D. (2018). Abgestaubt und neu erforschbar. Die historischen Sammlungen der Deutschen Sporthochschule KĂ¶ln â Band 2: Olympische Bewegung. Hellenthal: Sportverlag StrauĂ.
Wassong, S., Molzberger, A., & Meier, C. (2017). Destination Olympia. The Archeological Site and Olympic Studies from the Perspective of the German Sport University Cologne. KĂ¶ln: VDS- Verlagsdruckerei Schmidt.
Culpan, I., Meier, C. (2016). Sport and the Political Economy: Considerations for Enhancing the Human Condition. Athens Journal of Sports, 3 (2), 143-154.
Molzberger, A., Meier, C., Wassong, S., Schiffer, H., GĂ¶Ănitzer, U. (2014). Abgestaubt und neu erforschbar: die historischen Sammlungen der Deutschen Sporthochschule KĂ¶ln. Band 1 â PersonennachlĂ€sse. S. Wassong, A. Molzberger & H. Schiffer (Eds.). Schriftenreihe der Zentralbibliothek der Sportwissenschaften der Deutschen Sporthochschule KĂ¶ln (1st ed.). KĂ¶ln: Sportverlag StrauĂ.
Meier, C. (2016). Colloquium Contribution: âOlympic Education.â 2nd International Colloquium of Olympic Studies Centres and Research Centres, PUCRS, Porto Alegre/ Brazil.
Culpan, I., Meier, C. (2015). Conference Contribution: âSport and the Political Economy: Considerations for Enhancing the Human Condition.â 15th ATINER Conference, Athens/ Greece.
International Teaching Activities
09/ 2015 M.A. Olympic Studies, International Olympic Academy, Olympia/ Greece
05/ 2015 Workshop facilitation on Olympic Education, University of Johannesburg/ South Africa
03/ 2015 â 09/ 2016 International Sport Management
Seminar at NIFISA, Kanoya/ Japan
M.A. Thesis (2019): The Sparks that Started the Fire â Environmental Protests against the Wildfire in the Biosphere Indio-MaĂz, Nicaragua in April 2018
M.Sc. Thesis (2016): The Early Positioning of UNESCO in Sport and Physical Education: Considerations â Controversies â Cooperation (Award for Young Academics)