isabelle schoepfer


Phone: +41 26 300 90 18 | Fax: +41 26 300 97 46

E-mail: isabelle.schoepfer(at)

Office: 327

Function: PhD Student 

Personal Info

Academic Qualification

  • 2010-present PhD student at the Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • 2010               Master of Arts (Human Geography), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • 2007               Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography, French literature, Psychology), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
  • 2001-2004      Gymnasium (Matura B), Porrentruy, Switzerland.


  • GG. 0257 Excursions in Urban Geography


  • Urban geography
  • Assemblage theory and complexity thinking
  • Neighbourhood studies and everyday life of residents
  • Neighbourhood images and urban practices (residential choices)
  • Visual Methodologies (photography)
  • QGIS
  • Mixed methods
  • Areal focus: Switzerland


Current Project

  • SNF-Project: Images and Urban Development. Production and Impact of 'Images' in the Metropolitan Areas of Zurich and Geneva (2010-present)
  • Active member of “Photographing the city” a network of researchers in social sciences working with photography in urban context.


Publications in journals with peer review process

SCHOEPFER, I. & PAISIOU, S. in review. The Use of Metamodeling in Mixed Methods Research to Decipher Neighborhood Images. Submitted to International Review of Qualitative Research.

SCHOEPFER, I. & ROGERS S. R. in review. A new qualitative GIS method for investigating neighbourhood characteristics using a tablet. Submitted to Cartographica: The International Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization.

SCHOEPFER, I., ZWEIFEL, C. & PAISIOU, S. 2011. ‘I Would Never Live in this Neighbourhood, I Don’t Want an Apartment with Creaking Floors’ - Images of Built Space in Residential Choices. Ultima Thule: Journal of Architectural Imagination 1(1).

SCHOEPFER, I., SALOMON CAVIN, J. 2010. Banque mondiale : la ville reconsidérée. Géo-Regards 3 (9-23).



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