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Dr. rer. nat. Birte Rafflenbeul

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Dr. rer. nat. Birte Rafflenbeul

Südbau, Raum 2.14

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Köln

Telefon +49-(0)221-470-1948
Fax +49-(0)221-470-4917
E-Mail birte.rafflenbeul(at)uni-koeln.de


- In Elternzeit / on parental leave -


Fields of expertise and interest

  • Megacity Research
  • Migration studies
  • Social geography
  • Urbanization, Urban Development
  • Regional focus: China, Myanmar
  • Sustainable Development

Current Position

Research Associate and Lecturer at the Department of Geography, University of Cologne (since 2016)

Work experience and internships:

  • 2011 - 2016
    Research associate and occasionally Scientific Coordinator
    Department of Geography, University of Cologne
    German Research Foundation (DFG)-Priority Program (SPP) 1233 “Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change”

  • 2009 - 2011
    Student assistant
    Department of Geography, University of Cologne
    Assistance in the research project „Patterns of migrant community formation in China’s megaurban Pearl River Delta – Linking Informal Dynamics, Governability and Global Change“

  • 2007 - 2009
    Student assistant
    Department of Geography, University of Cologne
    Activities: Teaching Assistant of a geography tutorial, setting up lectures and creating presentations, organizing and evaluation of an e-learning tutorial

  • 2008 - 2009
    Internship
    Deutsche Telekom Customer Service (DTKS), Bonn
    Activities: empirical social research (qualitative and quantitative research as well as graphical realization of results), assistance in organizing of workshops, communication

  • 2007
    Internship
    ASA-program (part of the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ)). Research assistant in cooperate work between the University of Cologne, Germany and the Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou, China

Academic education:

  • 2011 - 2016
    PhD Candidate in Human Geography, University of Cologne
    Research project:Highly skilled international migrants in China: an analysis of their impact on urban development in the Pearl River Delta, China“
    (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas and Prof. Dr. Josef Nipper)

  • 2004 - 2011
    Diploma Studies in Geography, University of Cologne,
    Diploma thesis: „The living and working situation of African migrants in Guangzhou and Foshan, China“
    Minor subjects: Urban Planning (University of Bonn); Transport economics (University of Cologne); Cultural anthropology (University of Cologne)

  • 2008
    Bachelor Studies in Geography, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada

Publications: 

  • Peters, M., Rafflenbeul, B., Gransow, B., 2019. Regulating Migration in China’s Megacities: Current Frameworks for Internal and International Migration. In: Kraas, F., Hackenbroch, K., Sterly, H., Heintzenberg, J., Herrle, P., Kreibich, V. (Eds.), Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Insights from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Pearl River Delta, China. Borntraeger Science Publishers, Stuttgart, 89-92.
  • Peters, M., Rafflenbeul, B., 2019. Influencing Internal and International (High-Skilled) Migration in China: Implications for (Mega-)Urban Spaces. In: Kraas, F., Hackenbroch, K., Sterly, H., Heintzenberg, J., Herrle, P., Kreibich, V. (Eds.), Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Insights from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Pearl River Delta, China. Borntraeger Science Publishers, Stuttgart, 92-95.
  • Rafflenbeul, B., 2018. Hochqualifizierte internationale Migranten und Stadtentwicklung. Eine Situationsanalyse am Beispiel der Megastadt Guangzhou im südchinesischen Perlflussdelta. Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart. 
  • Hillmann, F., Pahl, M., Rafflenbeul, B., Sterly, H. (Hrsg.), 2015. Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration: Brining in the Region. Palgrave Macmillan, London. http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/environmental-change--adaptation-and-migration-felicitas-hillmann/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137538901
  • Bork-Hüffer, T., Rafflenbeul, B., Kraas, F., Li, Z., 2015. Mobility and the Transiency of Social Spaces: African Merchant Entrepreneurs in China. Population Space and Place. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1002/psp.1900/asset/psp1900.pdf?v=1&t=ih2356gs&s=dbd5ee597a262a344099c8b0e5977803aea4586e
  • Rafflenbeul, B., Hartmann, P., Kraas, F., 2014. Deutsche in China und Chinesen in Deutschland: Migrationsprozesse und -politiken im Vergleich. In: Pape, W., Preuschoff, S., Yuqing, W., Jin, Z. (Eds.), China und Europa: Sprache und Kultur, Werte und Recht. De Gruyter, Berlin, Boston, 165-180.
  • Bork-Hüffer, T., Rafflenbeul, B., Kraas, F., Li, Z., 2014. Global Change, National Development Goals, Urbanization and International Migration in China: African Migrants in Guangzhou and Foshan. In: Kraas, F., Aggarwal, S., Coy, M., Mertins, G. (Eds.), Megacities – Our Global Urban Future. Springer, Heidelberg, 135-150.
  • Bork, T., Rafflenbeul, B., Kraas, F., Li, Z., 2012. Chinas Migrations- und Stadtpolitik: Auswirkungen für afrikanische Migranten in Guangzhou und Foshan. In: Kraas, F., Bork, T. (Eds.), Urbanisierung und internationale Migration. Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, 149-166.

Teaching experience:

  • Summer 2019
    Seminars on Economic and Regional Development
    Practical Course on Rural Development influenced by tourism geography
    Practical Courses on Urban Sustainability
    Excursions on Economic Geography and Rural Development

  • Winter 2018/19
    Seminars on Population and Urban Development
    Practical Courses on the changing patterns of Cologne`s retailing sector
    Practical Courses on the influence of E-Commerce on Urban Development
    Excursions on Historical Development in Cologne

  • Summer 2018
    Seminars on Economic and Regional Development
    Practical Course on Tourism in Winterberg
    Excursions on Economic Geography and Rural Development

  • Winter 2017/18
    Seminars on Population and Urban Development
    Practical Courses on the Retail Sector in Cologne
    Practical Courses on the influence of E-Commerce on Urban Development
    European Regional Development
    Excursions on Historical Development in Cologne

  • Summer 2017
    Seminars on Economic and Regional Development
    Excursions on Economic Geography and Rural Development

  • Winter 2016/17:
    Seminars on Population and Urban Development
    Practical Courses with Mapping Experiences
    Excursions on Urban Development

  • Summer 2016:
    Seminar on the topic of Society and Culture
    Seminars on Economic and Regional Development
    Seminar on urban Sustainability
    Excursions on Economic Geography and Rural Development