Nina Goldman

Human geographer and social science enthusiast.

I am a human geographer with a strong affinity for the social sciences. My interests are wide-ranging and not confined to disciplinary boundaries, so I’ll enjoy anything that will tweak my brain.
I grew up in a bilingual household (English/German) which resulted in my becoming an expert in cultural misunderstandings with a love for the British cuisine, especially Tikka Masala. When I’m not working on my research, I enjoy introducing young people to sailing, by taking them on week-long trips around the Mediterranean or Baltic Sea. I discovered sailing back in 2011. After a 4 month trip around Europe I became part of the active skipper group who are also responsible for the maintenance of two sailing catamarans.
Profile picture


Contact me if you are interested but have no access to the papers

Egli A, Goldman N, Müller N, et al. (2020): High-resolution influenza mapping of a city reveals socioeconomic determinants of transmission within and between urban quarters. PLOS Medicine (in press). doi: (preprint)

Müller NF, Wüthrich D, Goldman N, et al. (2020): Characterising the epidemic spread of Influenza A/H3N2 within a city through phylogenetics. PLOS Pathogens 16(11), e1008984. doi:

Egli A, Saalfrank C, Goldman N, et al. (2019): Identification of influenza urban transmission patterns by geographical, epidemiological and whole genome sequencing data: Study protocol. BMJ open 9(8), 1-10. doi:

Goldman N, Saalfrank C, Schneider-Sliwa R (2019): Grippeerkrankungen und gesundheitsbezogenes Verhalten in Stadt-quartieren. Ausgewählte Resultate einer Haushaltsbefragung. In: Schneider-Sliwa R (ed.): Stadt, Region, Landschaft. Forschungsbeiträge der Basler Stadt- und Regionalforschung. Basel: Schwabe, 168-173.

Fister W, Goldman N, Mayer M, Suter M, Kuhn NJ (2018): Testing of photogrammetry for differentiation of soil organic carbon and biochar in sandy substrates. Geographica Helvetica 74, 81-91. doi: 


Here are a list of courses and excursions I've had the pleasure of teaching.

BA classes

  • Introduction to Empirical Social Research and Statistics, 2 Statistics lectures, University of Basel, Spring 2020 
  • Exercise for the main lecture: System Earth (Human Geography part) University of Basel, Autumn 2019/20
  • Jura field course (2 days of human geography), University of Basel (co-teaching), Spring 2018/19
  • Human geographic field course, block course, University of Basel (co-teaching), Spring 2017/18/19

MA classes

  • Research Colloquium Human Geography, University of Basel, (co-teaching), Spring/Autumn 2019


  • Energy and sustainability in Basel, 1 day (co-teaching, organisation, execution), Autumn 2020
  • Poverty in Basel – Alignment of the low-threshold aid offer, 1 day  (organisation, execution), Autumn 2017/18/19/20
  • Spatial transformations and space (re)uses in the city of Zurich, 1 day (conception, organisation, execution), Spring 2019/20
  • Urban development and spatial structures in Berlin, 3 days (co-teaching, organisation, execution), Autumn 2018/19
  • City and port development. Development of an urban quarter and the expansion of an important traffic hub in Basel, 1 day (Concept, organisation, execution), Autumn 2019 
  • Trinational Human Geography Excursion for the Sun Yat-sen University, China (BaselFreiburg (D) – MulhouseStrasbourgSchaffhausenSt. GallenZurichInterlakenBernGenevaLa Chaux-de-FondsColmar), 14 days (co-teaching, organisation, execution), Summer 2018


Ever wondered what research actually looks like? Or what we do during field excursions?