Urban and Social Geography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".