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Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Follmann

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Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Follmann

Südbau, Raum 2.11

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Köln

Telephone +49-(0)221-470-5785
Fax +49-(0)221-470-4917
E-mail a.follmann(at)uni-koeln.de


Office hours

Tuesday 1-2 pm. (during the semester break following agreement by e-mail)


[current note: from 17 May to 1 July 2019 office hours do not take place]

 


Research fellow

Born: 1983 in Lemgo, Germany

Research Interests

Urban and economic geography, urban environmental governance, (peri-) urban agriculture, urban political ecology, value chains, urban commons, discourse research

 

Professional Training

October 2009– June 2015
Doctoral studies at the Institute of Geography, University of Cologne, Prof. Dr. Boris Braun
“Governing Riverscapes. Urban Environmental Change along the River Yamuna in Delhi, India“
(Thesis available at Franz Steiner Verlag)

October 2009 - April 2010
Visiting PhD.-candidate at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India
(PhD-fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD)

October 2003 -  March 2009
Academic Studies: Geography (diploma), University of Cologne
with minor subjects: Urban Planning (Städtebau, University of Bonn), Transport Economics (Verkehrswissenschaften), Economics (VWL)

Diploma Thesis: „Die Revitalisierung des Kölner Rheinauhafens im planerischen und öffentlichen Diskurs“

September 2006 - April 2007
Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, Canada (German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD)

 

Professional experience (selection)

since March 2014
Lecturer and research fellow, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

September 2013 - February 2014
Lecturer, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

April 2010 - July 2011
Lecturer, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

April 2009 - September 2009
Staff member Stadt- und Regionalplanung Dr. Jansen GmbH, Cologne (Urban and Regional Planning)

February 2008 - March 2009
Student assistant Stadt- und Regionalplanung Dr. Jansen GmbH, Cologne (Urban and Regional Planning)

 

Awards/scholarships:

2nd award Geoverbund ABC/J Young Academics Awards 2017 (ABC/J-Forschungspreis 2017) for PhD-thesis 'Governing Riverscapes - Urban Environmental Change along the Yamuna in Delhi, India'

PhD-fellowship, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), April 2011 - September 2013

PhD-starting grant „New Passage to India“ des Deutschen Akademischen Ausland Dienstes (DAAD) (October 2009 – March 2010)

1st award Köln-Preis 2009, Universität zu Köln for the Diploma Thesis: „Die Revitalisierung des Kölner Rheinauhafens im planerischen und öffentlichen Diskurs“

2nd award Dr.-Prill-Preis 2009, Förderpreis Geographie der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Köln e.V. for the Diploma Thesis: „Die Revitalisierung des Kölner Rheinauhafens im planerischen und öffentlichen Diskurs“

 

Organizations and Memberships

 

  • Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Köln e.V. (chairman)
  • Arbeitskreis Südasien in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie (member team of spokespeople)
  • Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (VGDH)
  • European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS)
  • Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung - Junges Forum
  • Mittelbauvertreter Geographisches Institut

 

Publications

Monographs

FOLLMANN, A., 2016. Governing Riverscapes. Urban Environmental Change along the River Yamuna in Delhi, India. Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart.

 

Articles in Reviewed Scientific Journals and Reviewed Edited Volumes

WILLKOMM, M., FOLLMANN, A., DANNENBERG, P., 2019. Rule-based, hierarchical land use and land cover classification of urban and peri-urban agriculture in data-poor regions with RapidEye satellite imagery: a case study of Nakuru, Kenya. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 13 (016517 (2019), doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.13.016517).

FOLLMANN, A., VIEHOFF, V., (2018/in print): Public-access community gradens: A new form of urban commons? - Imagining new socio-ecological futures in an urban gardening project in Cologne. In: Tornaghi, C., Certomà, C. (Eds.): Urban Gardening as Politics. Routledge. In: Follmann, A., Viehoff, V., 2019. Public-access community gardens: a new form of urban commons? Imagining new socio-ecological futures in an urban gardening project in Cologne, Germany. In: Tornaghi, C., Certomà, C. (Eds.), Urban Gardening as Politics. New York, Routledge, 66-88.

FOLLMANN, A., HARTMANN, G., DANNENBERG, P., 2018. Multi-temporal transect analysis of peri-urban developments in Faridabad, India. In: Journal of Maps 14 (1), 17-25.

VIEHOFF, V., FOLLMANN, A., 2017. Das Politische eines Gemeinschaftsgartens - NeuLand in Köln als Experimentierort für urban commoning? In: Kumnig, S., Rosol, M., Exner, A. (Eds.), Umkämpftes Grün. Zwischen neoliberaler Stadtentwicklung und Stadtgestaltung von unten. transcript, Bielefeld, 233-261.

FOLLMANN, A., BRAUN, B., 2017. Stadtnatur und Wildnis in deutschen Großstädten – gesellschaftliche Ansprüche und Schutzkonzepte. Geographische Rundschau 69 (5), 44-50.

FOLLMANN, A., 2017. Bienen in der Stadt. Geographische Rundschau 69 (5), 23.

FOLLMANN, A., 2016. The role of environmental activists in governing riverscapes: the case of the Yamuna in Delhi, India. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ) [Online] 2016 (14).

BRAUN, B., FOLLMANN, A., 2016. Gewässerrenaturierung und Naturschutz im Stadtraum – eine Betrachtung aus Sicht der Politischen Ökologie. In: Budke, A., Kuckuck, M. (Eds.), Politische Bildung im Geographieunterricht, 119-128.

FOLLMANN, A., 2016. Delhi's Changing Riverfront: Bourgeois Environmentalism and the Reclamation of Yamuna's Floodplain for a World-class City in the Making, in: Ville et fleuve en Asie du Sud : Regards croisés [online] (Joshi, H., Viguier, A., eds.), Presses de l’Inalco, Paris.

DANNENBERG, P., FOLLMANN, A., 2015. Armut und Globalisierung. Herausforderungen, Chancen und Risiken. Praxis Geographie 45 (12), 4-9.

DANNENBERG, P. u. FOLLMANN, A., 2015. "Ringen um Grün in der Stadt." Standort 39 (2-3). 94-100.

FOLLMANN, A., 2015. Urban mega-projects for a ‘world-class’ riverfront – The interplay of informality, flexibility and exceptionality along the Yamuna in Delhi, India. Habitat International 45, Part 3, 213-222.

FOLLMANN, A., VIEHOFF, V., 2015. A green garden on red clay: creating a new urban common as a form of political gardening in Cologne, Germany. Local Environment 20 (10), 1148-1174.

FOLLMANN, A., 2014. Delhi's changing riverfront: bourgeois environmentalism and the reclamation of Yamuna's floodplain for a world-class city in the making. In: Joshi, H. & A. Viguier (Hrsg.): Ville et Fleuve en Asie du Sud: regards croisés. Inalco. Paris, 121-139.

FOLLMANN, A., TRUMPP, T., 2013. Armutsbekämpfung oder Bekämpfung der Armen? Weltstadtvisionen und Slum-Räumungen in Delhi. In: Geographische Rundschau 65 (10): 4-10.

BRAUN, B., FOLLMANN, A., 2013. Häfen in Köln: Arbeiten und Leben am Wasser. In: Kraas, F., Zehner, K. & Gelhar, M. (Hrsg.): Exkursionsführer Köln und der Kölner Raum, Kölner Geographische Arbeiten 93: 15-23.

FOLLMANN, A., 2011. Urban Environmental Governance – New Actors and Power Relations?2011/09 - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI); Chance2Sustain.

 

Conference Proceedings

Follmann, A., Willkomm, M. und Dannenberg, P., 2017. The influence of rapid urbanization and dynamics in domestic agri-food value chains on peri-urban agriculture – the case of medium-sized cities in Kenya. GSSC-Konferenz: The Global South on the Move. Köln. 07.-09-06.2017.

DANNENBERG, P., FOLLMANN, A., HARTMANN, G., 2017. Urbanisierung und peri-urbaner Wandel in und um Faridabad, Indien. In: Schmidt, M., Follmann, A., Poerting, J., (Hrsg.) 2017. Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien: 7. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 27./28. Januar 2017, Augsburg, Heidelberg ; Berlin: CrossAsia-eBooks (Geographien Südasiens, Band 8), 34-37.

FOLLMANN, A., 2014. Informalität als flexibles Planungsinstrument – die Exzeptionalität städtebaulicher Großprojekte in der Flussaue der Yamuna in Delhi. In: Butsch, C., Franz, M., Keck, M., Kroll, M., Lennartz, T., Poerting, J. (Eds.), Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien. 4. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 24./25. Januar 2014, Freiburg. Geographien Südasiens, Schriftenreihe des Arbeitskreises Südasien in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie (DGfG), Heidelberg, 29-32.

 

Working Paper / Opinion Paper

FOLLMANN, A., 2011. Urban Environmental Governance – New Actors and Power Relations?2011/09 - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI); Chance2Sustain.

 

Other Publications

BERNZEN, A., FOLLMANN, A., 2012. Green Economy. Neue Leitidee für Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften. In: KLJB (Hrsg.): Ökologisches Wirtschaften. BUFO 2.2012, 6-7.

FOLLMANN, A., 2012. Renaissance der Häfen als Wohn-, Gewerbe- und Freizeitstandorte. In: SCHÄFKE, R. (Hrsg.): Hafenstadt Köln, Emons Verlag, Köln, S. 250-273.

 

Talks (selection, only in English)

  • Follmann, A. 2017. Hybrid Riverscapes: Governing river cities beyond land and water dichotomies - the Yamuna in Delhi, India. Interdisciplinary Conference on River Cities: Water Space in Urban Development and History, Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA), Surabaya, Indonesia, 11-12 December, 2017.
  • Follmann, A. 2017. Drivers, processes and effects of the integration of urban and peri-urban agriculture into commercial agri-food value chains in medium-sized cities in Kenya. Seminar #57/17. Department of Geography, Environmental Studies & Tourism, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, 19. October, 2017.
  • Follmann, A., Willkomm, M. & Dannenberg, P. 2017. Environmental impacts of urban and peri-urban agro-food systems in transition: integrating metabolisms into agro-food value chain analysis. AAG Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, 5.-9. April 2017.
  • Follmann, A., Willkomm, M. & Dannenberg, P. 2017. Environmental impacts of urban and peri-urban agro-food systems in transition: insights from Kenya and India. Conference on Peri-Urban Development: Concept, Emerging Ideas and Notions of Sustainability. Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) at IIT Madras, Chennai, 27-28 Januar 2017.
  • Follmann, A. 2016. Changing environmental impacts of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Kenya: introducing metabolisms into value chain analysis. Jahrestreffen AK Subsaharisches Afrika in der DGfG 2016. 25.-26. November 2016.
  • Follmann, A., Willkomm, M. & Dannenberg, P. 2016. Economic dynamics, value chains and metabolisms of urban and peri-urban agriculture - conceptual framework & example from Kenya & India. International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Nepal, Kathmandu, 17. Oktober 2016.
  • Follmann, A., Willkomm, M. & Dannenberg, P. 2016. Economic dynamics, value chains and metabolisms of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: a review. 33rd International Geographical Congress, Beijing, 21.-25. August 2016.
  • Follmann, A., 2016. Governing Delhi’s Riverscapes: Conflicts of Interest, Power and Knowledge Asymmetries in Urban Environmental Governance. 33rd International Geographical Congress, Beijing, 21.-25. August 2016.
  • Follmann, A., 2015. Governing Riverscapes: Analysing urban environmental change along the Yamuna in Delhi. Lecture Series, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, 14. September 2015.
  • Dannenberg, P., Follmann, A. 2015. The Urban Green Debate: bridging insights from the Global South and North. Conference: Transformations in the Global South. Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne, 27.–29. Mai 2015.
  • Follmann, A. 2014. Urban mega-projects for a ‘world-class’ riverfront. The interplay of informality, flexibility and exceptionality along the Yamuna in Delhi, India. PhD seminar: The role of conflicts in water related urban projects. Politecnico di Milano, Scuola di Architettura e Società. Mailand, 30 Mai 2014.
  • Follmann, A. 2013. When government encroaches: urban mega-projects as zones of exceptions - the case of Delhi. "Stakes" (Politiques socio-économiques et Recompositions territoriales) du CEIAS, Paris, 20. November 2013.
  • Follmann, A., 2012. Delhi’s changing riverfront – land use conflicts surrounding the reclamation of Yamuna’s floodplain for a world-class city in the making. Panel: Urban dynamics and environmental conflicts. International Geographical Congress, Köln, 26.–30. August 2012.
  • Follmann, A., 2012. Delhi’s changing riverfront – the reclamation of Yamuna’s floodplain for a world-class city in the making. Symposium ‘Ville et fleuve en Asie du Sud: regards croisés’. Inalco, Paris, 4. April 2012.
  • Follmann, A., 2011. Planning versus Reality: Politics of land-use change along the river Yamuna in Delhi. 22nd Workshop CSH/CPR. Urban Workshops by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) and Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi, 29. November 2011.
  • Follmann, A., 2011. EADI General Conference 2011: Planning versus Reality – the Politics of Land-Use Change along the River Yamuna in Delhi. EADI General Conference 2011: Rethinking Development in an Age of Scarcity and Uncertainty, York, England, 19.-22. September 2011.
  • Follmann, A., Zimmer, A. 2015. Urban Political Ecology – reviewing the debate for the cities in the Global South. Lecture Series, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, 18. September 2015.