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The main research focus of the working group is on urbanisation and megacities, urban governance, urban risk management, urban health and migration research. 

The regional focus is on Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia) and India, with current research projects in Myanmar, India and Thailand.





Excursion to Iceland 2021

The excursion group is back from Iceland and can look back on an adventurous, educational time. Great reports are published in the excursion blog - read is worth it!

©Kölnische Rundschau (2021-08-25)

Press conference on the MSME survey 2021

On 24.08.2021, Prof. Kraas and A. Mihaljevic informed in a press conference about the start of the digital survey on disaster preparedness of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in Cologne in the context of the MYrisk project in cooperation with the Cologne Fire Department and the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Reports on this appeared in the Kölnische Rundschau and the Kölner Stadtanzeiger.

One-hour talk with Prof. Kraas and PD Dr. Butsch

On 06.05.2021, Prof. Kraas and PD Dr. Butsch participated as experts and speakers in the one-hour discussion on "Sustainable Megacities: Health, Risks, Resources part IV", organised by the North America Office in New York. Questions such as "How can cities prioritize different strategies to achieve healthier living conditions for urban populations?" were discussed. The full video is available here.

Excursion Ruhrgebiet

From March 28 to April 11, 2021, Prof. Kraas and 18 Master's students headed to the Ruhr region to explore current urban development processes. Despite strict Corona requirements that did not allow joint large group meetings, the participants enjoyed an educational and enjoyable time in Dortmund and Duisburg. Click here for the blog (in german language).

Flyer dissemination campaign in Myanmar (January 2021)

As part of the project "Multiple risks management of extreme events in fast-growing (mega)cities in Myanmar", flyers prepared by the project consortium on COVID-19, evacuation, earthquakes, tropical cyclones and floods were distributed in Yangon.

Here is more information and pictures, here are the flyers.

Video of the web talk online

On 20 november 2020 Prof. Dr. Kraas and PD Dr. Butsch talked about their work on urbanization, health and risk management in South and Southeast Asia. It is worth to have a look and listen. Here is the one-hour Youtube video: Sustainable Megacities: Health, Risks, Resources - Part 1: University of Cologne.

Annual Meeting AK Southeast Asia and AK East Asia

The annual meeting of the two working groups Southeast Asia and East Asia in the DGfG will take place from June 25-27, 2021 as a three-day event (at the University of Duisburg-Essen or digitally).

The main topics will be "Sustainable Urban Development" and "The New Silk Roads: China's Belt and Road Initiative and its Impact in East and Southeast Asia" (see Call for Papers). (in german language)

Robert Sabelfeld receives NRW.Bank study award

For his innovative, practice-oriented master thesis on the topic: "Cohousing: A Suitable Strategy for Ageing in Place? Lessons Learnt from Bonn, Germany" (supervised by Prof. Kraas) Robert Sabelfeld receives the study award "Wohnen und Stadt" of the NRW.Bank endowed with 1.500€.

Congratulations also from the AG for this great achievement! Here the press release (in german).

International Conference on "Transformation Processes in Myanmar V"

27.-28 November 2020: With an audience of about 150 and 41 scientific presentations, the traditional conference jointly organized by the Universities of Cologne and Yangon was a great success. This year, the conference took place in the ceremonial framework of the 100th anniversary of the University of Yangon and enabled us all to participate online via Zoom.

Here the article on the website of the Ministry of Education.

Poster of the lecture "Megacities" (in german)

Here you can find the poster with all dates and topics of Prof. Kraas' online lecture "Megacities: Environment and Society" in WS2020/21 (in german). If you are interested in participating, please ask Prof. Kraas by e-mail for the access data.

Web Talk Series: "Corona Conversations: Mobility in a Post(covid) Future"

From 27 October 2020 - 10 February 2021 Dr. Amrita Datta will moderate discussions via Zoom on the impact of Covid on mobility, migration and transnationalism. The exact dates, discussion partners and topics can be found here.

Successful disputation

Harald Sterly successfully defended his doctoral thesis on "Translocal Social Constellations and Mediated Communication in Bangladesh" on 11 September 2020. His disputation was online via zoom video conference.

Congratulations to your great work, Harald!

New working group member

Anissa Vogel joined our research group as a PhD student in the new DFG project "Driving factors for and societal effects of sea-level rise and delta flooding in the Ayeyarwady Delta (Myanmar) - Lessons from the past for disaster governance in the future" on 1st July 2020.

Welcome to the team!

Zoom meetings in the home office

We also meet in our home office twice a week via Zoom to exchange information about current developments in our work, teaching experiences and any problems that may arise. Physical meetings are nicer, but this way we stay in touch and can support each other.

Lecture announcements

Prof. Kraas will give the following two lectures in the summer semester 2020:
1. urban development in Asia (weekly)
2. environment and society in Iceland (3 block appointments; already held)
For the exact dates and topics please click on the links provided with the lecture titles.

Further events of the working group can be found here.

Iceland blog online

The blog of the big excursion to Iceland in August-September 2018 is online. Impressive pictures and exciting experiences have been written by the participants and the leader Prof. Kraas. Urgent reading recommendation! (in german)

India blog online

The blog of the big excursion to India in March 2020 is online. There you can find many nice pictures as well as informative and exciting contributions (written by the participants and the leader Prof. Kraas). It is worthwhile to have a look! (in german)

Post from... the excursion blog

In the future, exciting reports on current and past excursions under the direction of Prof. Kraas will be published here. But unfortunately only in german.

Successful Disputation

Satyendra Singh Yadav successfully completed his doctorate on 04.03.2020 on "Exploring the Competitiveness of Home-Based Women Workers in Delhi: A Case Study of the Garment and Apparel Sector". We congratulate him on his great achievement.

7th Research Conference of the GSGS

On 17 January 2020, the Research Conference of the Graduate School of Geosciences took place for the seventh time. In addition to an interesting and varied lecture programme, 23 scientific posters from various geoscientific disciplines were presented. One of the poster awards was given to Sarah Luft for her poster on the research project "New Connectivity in Asia: Pioneering border corridors and transnational transformation processes in the Greater Myeik Area/Myanmar and Prachuap Khiri Khan/Thailand".

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