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.
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.
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.
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.
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".