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PD Dr. rer. nat. Tabea Bork-Hüffer

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PD Dr. rer. nat. Tabea Bork-Hüffer

Research Interests and Fields of Expertise

  • Urban geography: urban sustainability, urban governance, marginal settlements, megacities
  • Geographies of health: access to health care and services, health governance, environmental health, social and mental well-being, urban health, migrant health
  • Mobilities studies: migration (see below),digital mobility, mobility of knowledge, ideas, models, theories
  • Migration studies: translocality, migration policies, internal and international migration, unskilled and low-skilled as well as high-skilled types of migration, migrant settlements, geographies of encounter
  • Digital geography: intersections of physical and digital space, politics of digital space, digital encounters
  • Theories of space and place: politics of space, sense of place, digital space, transience of space
  • Global change: ecological, social, economic, political and cultural changes and their effects on all above-named sub-topics

Regional Focus

East Asia (esp. China), South East Asia (esp. Singapore and Malaysia) and Germany

Methodological and Methodical Focus

Mixed methods research (MMR), qualitative and quantitative methods

Teaching Expertise

Urban geography, theory and sustainability, social geography and theory, new geographies of migration, geography of health, global change, digital geography, qualitative and quantitative methods, China's, India's and Singapore's society and environment

Education

PhD studies:

01/2012

Graduation, University of Cologne (summa cum laude)

Title of PhD thesis: "Migrants' Health Seeking Actions in Guangzhou, China. Individual Action, Structure and Agency: Linkages and Change."

 

Tertiary Education:

Subjects:

Geography, Sociology, Social Anthropology

Studies at:

University of Bonn, Queen's University Belfast, University of Cologne

06/2007

Graduation, University of Cologne, degree: Diploma (Dipl.-Geogr., passed with distinction)
Title of Diploma thesis: "Analyse und Bewertung der Gesundheitssituation in Dörfern-in-der-Stadt in Guangzhou, China" ["Analysis and Evaluation of the Health Situation in Villages-in-the-city in Guangzhou, China"]

Academic Work Experience

Since 04/2016

Maternity and parental leave

01/2013 – 03/2016

Postdoctoral and Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Fellow: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

01/2013 – 07/2013

Teaching Fellow: Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

01/2012 – 12/2012

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

08/2007 – 12/2011

Research Associate: Department of Geography, University of Cologne

Lecturing and Teaching Activities

WS 2015/2016

Excursion: Disparities in Asian Megacities: Singapore and Mumbai, Department of Geography, University of Cologne

WS 2015/2016

Module: "Disparities in Asian Megacities: Singapore and Mumbai" (preparatory seminar for excursion), Department of Geography, University of Cologne

WS 2014/2015 Excursion: Singapore and Mainland Malaysia, University of Kiel

Semester 2, 2012/2013

Graduate Module: “Geography and Social Theory”, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

SS 2012

Field Course (Geländepraktikum): “Information and Communication Technologies and their Impact on Our Everyday Practices”, Department of Geography, University of Cologne

WS 2011/2012

Module: “China: Focus Environment and Society”, Department of Geography, University of Cologne

SS 2011

Module: Geography of Health”, Department of Geography, University of Cologne

SS 2010

Scientific Coordinator: lectures series “Asia”, Professional Center, University of Cologne

03/2010

DAAD-Isap guest lecturer at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun-Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

SS 2009

Scientific Coordinator: lectures series “Megacities under Stress”, Professional Center, University of Cologne

09/2009

Guest lecturer “International Summer School 2009: Megacities: Health, Geomatics, and Climate Change” at University of Bielefeld

11/2008

DAAD-Isap guest lecturer at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun-Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

WS 2008/2009

Module: “Tracing Migration”, University of Cologne

WS 2008/2009

Module: “Geography of Health”, University of Cologne

08/2008

Guest lecturer 2nd International Summer School for Foreign Alumnis of Cologne University, University of Cologne

Research Projects and Programmes

06/2013 – present

Principle investigator: Project "New Media, Migration and the City" (funded by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore)

01/2013 – present

Principle investigator: Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation project: “Formation and Change of Migrants’ Notion of Place Under the Influence of Information and Communication Technologies and Glocalization”

07/2011 – 06/2013

Coordinator (01/2012 – 12/2012) and Collaborator: Coordination project of the DFG Priority Program 1233 “Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change” (PIs: Jost Heintzenberg, Peter Herrle, Frauke Kraas, Volker Kreibich)

07/2011 – 06/2013

Collaborator: DFG project "Patterns of Migrant Community Formation in China’s Megaurban Pearl River Delta (PRD) – Linking Informal Dynamics, Governability and Global Change" (PIs: Frauke Kraas, Bettina Gransow)

07/2009 – 06/2011

Collaborator and Research Associate: DFG project “Internal and International Migrant Communities in the Pearl River Delta, China - Linking Informal Migration Dynamics, Global Change and Urban Health” (PIs: Frauke Kraas, Bettina Gransow)

08/2007 – 06/2009

Collaborator and Research Associate: DFG project: “Informal Migrant Communities and Health Strategies in Urban Villages of the Pearl River Delta, China” (PIs: Frauke Kraas, Bettina Gransow)

Awards

2013

VGdH-Dissertationspreis (national award for dissertation thesis granted by the Association of Geographers at German Universities)

2009

Dr. Prill Preis (award for Diploma thesis granted by the Association of Geographers, Cologne)

Publications

Monograph

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): Migrants’ Health Seeking Actions in Guangzhou, China. Individual Action, Structure and Agency: Linkages and Change. (Steiner Publishers) Stuttgart, 292 pages. Order online: http://www.steiner-verlag.de/ www.amazon.de; Table of Contents; Introduction; Book review

 

Edited Journal Special Issues and Volume

Lim, S.S./ Bork-Hüffer, T. & B. Yeoh (eds, in print, accepted 31 March 2016): Mobility, Migration and New Media: Manoeuvring Through Physical, Digital and Liminal Spaces. In: New Media and Society. Published version: http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/07/01/1461444816655610.abstract.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (ed., 2014): Migrants' Agency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces. In: Population, Space and Place (online first).DOI: 10.1002/psp.1891. Published version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/psp.1891/abstract. Accepted version: PDF.

Kraas, F. & T. Bork (eds.) (2012): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration [Urbanization and International Migration]. Eine Welt 25. (Nomos Publishers) Baden-Baden, 183 pages. Order online: www.nomos-shop.de/ www.amazon.de; Table of Contents and Introduction/ Inhaltsverzeichnis und Einleitung

 

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Bork-Hüffer, T. (online first, accepted 21 January 2016): Mediated Sense of Place: Effects of Mediation and Mobility on the Place Perception of German Professionals in Singapore. In: New Media and Society. DOI: 10.1177/1461444816655611. Published version: http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/06/23/1461444816655611.abstract.

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Rafflenbeul, B./ Kraas, F. & Z. Li (2016): Mobility and the Transiency of Social Spaces: African Merchant Entrepreneurs in China. In: Population, Space and Place. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1900. Published version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/psp.1900/abstract. Accepted version: PDF.

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Etzold, B./ Gransow, B./ Tomba, L./ Sterly, H./ Suda, K./ Kraas, F. & R. Flock (2016): Agency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces: Examples of Migrants in the City in the Pearl River Delta, China and Dhaka, Bangladesh. In: Population, Space and Place. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1890. Published version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/psp.1890/abstract. Accepted version: PDF.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2015): Healthcare-Seeking Practices of African and Rural-to-Urban Migrants in Guangzhou. In: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 44 (4), 49-81.
Full version available at: http://nbn-resolving.org/urn/resolver.pl?urn:nbn:de:gbv:18-4-9140.

Bork-Hüffer & F. Kraas (2015): Health Care Disparities in Megaurban China: The Ambivalent Role of Unregistered Practitioners. In: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie 106 (3), 339-352. DOI:10.1111/tesg.12116. Published version: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tesg.12116/abstract. Accepted version: PDF.

Bork-Hüffer, T. & Y. Yuan-Ihle (2014): The Management of Foreigners in China: Changes to the Migration Law and Regulations During the Late Era Hu/Wen and Early Era Xi/Li and Their Potential Effects. In: International Journal of China Studies, 5 (3). PDF.

Bork, T./ Kraas, F./ Xue, D. & Z. Li (2011): Challenges for Urban Environmental Health in China’s Villages-in-the-city. In: Geographische Zeitschrift 99 (1), pp. 16-35. DOI: 10.1038/ki.2010.438. PDF.

Bork, T./ Kraas, F. & Y. Yuan (2011): Governance Challenges in China’s Urban Health Care System – The Role of Stakeholders. In: Erdkunde 65 (2), pp. 121-135. DOI: 10.3112/erdkunde.2011.02.02. PDF.

Bork, T./ Kraas, F. & Y. Yuan (2010): Migrant's Health, Health Facilities and Services in Villages-in-the-city in Guangzhou, China. In: Berliner Chinahefte [Chinese History and Society] 38, pp. 72-93.

 

Other Reviewed Journal Articles

Butsch, C./ Kroll, M. & T. Bork (2010): The Megaurban Health Challenge – Examples from India and China. In: Geographische Rundschau International 6 (2), pp. 20-25. Link to issue.

Bork, T./ Butsch, C./ Kraas, F. & M. Kroll (2009): Megastädte: Neue Risiken für die Gesundheit [Megacities: New Risks for Human Health]. In: Deutsches Ärzteblatt 106 (39), S. 1877-1881. Online.

 

Book Chapters (Selection)

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Rafflenbeul, B./ Kraas, F. & Z. Li (2014): Interlinkages of Global Change, National Development Goals, Urbanization and International Migration in China. The Example of African Migrants in Guangzhou and Foshan. In: Kraas, F./ Aggarwal, S./ Coy, M. & G. Mertins (eds): Megacities – Our Global Urban Future. Springer, pp. 135-150. Abstract; Preview.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): Transformation und Stadtentwicklung in China: alte und neue Risiken für die Gesundheit [Transition and Urbanization in China: Old and New Health Risks]. In: Passauer Kontaktstudium Geographie 2012. Passau, pp. 27-40. Link to volume.

Bork, T./ Rafflenbeul, B./ Kraas, F. & Z. Li (2012): Chinas Migrations- und Stadtpolitik: Auswirkungen für afrikanische Migranten in Guangzhou und Foshan [China’s Migration and Urbanization Policies: Consequences for African Migrants in Guangzhou and Foshan]. In: Kraas, F. & T. Bork (eds): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration [Urbanization and International Migration]. Eine Welt 25, (Nomos Publishers) Baden-Baden, pp. 149-165. Online: www.nomos-shop.de.

Kraas, F. & T. Bork (2012): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration: Versuch einer Standortbestimmung [Urbanization and International Migration: An Attempt to Identify the State-of-the-art]. In: Kraas, F. & T. Bork (eds): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration [Urbanization and International Migration]. Eine Welt 25, (Nomos Publishers) Baden-Baden, pp. 13-30. Online: www.nomos-shop.de.

Bork, T./ Gransow, B./ Kraas, F. & Y. Yuan (2011): Marketization and Informalization of Health Care Services in Mega-urban China. In: Krämer, A./ Khan, M.M.H. & F. Kraas (eds): Health in Megacities and Urban Areas. (Springer) Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York, pp. 173-188. Abstract; Preview.

Kraas, F. & T. Bork (2010): Der Mensch im Erdsystem: Herausforderungen für die Zukunft [Man and the Earth System: Challenges for the Future]. In: Wefer, G. & F. Schmieder (eds): Expedition Erde. Wissenswertes und Spannendes aus den Geowissenschaften [Expedition Earth. Need-to-know and Stirring Insights from the Earth Sciences]. (Marum Bibliothek) Bremen. Link to volume.

Bork, T. &. K.-H. Erdmann (2005): Grenzüberschreitende Naturschutzareale im südlichen Afrika als Instrument der Konfliktbewältigung und Friedenskonsolidierung [Transboundary Environmental Protection Areas in Southern Africa as a Means for Conflict Resolution and Peace-building]. In: Zukunftsfaktor Natur - Blickpunkt Berge und Gebirge [Nature in the future – Focus on Hills and Mountains]. Bonn, S. 135-158. Link to volume.

 

Other Publications (Selection)

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2014): Intra-Urban and Inter-Urban Quality of Life Approaches. In: Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life Research (Springer). Link to Encyclopaedia.

Butsch, C./ Kroll, M. & T. Bork-Hüffer (2014): Megaurban Health in Developing and Newly Industrializing Countries. In: Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life Research (Springer). Link to Encyclopaedia.

Butsch, C./ Bork-Hüffer, T. & M. Kroll (2014): Menschliche Gesundheit in den Megastädten Indiens und Chinas [Human Health in India's and China's Megacities]. In: Universitas 70 (5). Link to issue.

Kraas, F., Sterly, H., Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): Megacities-Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. The EU Parliament Magazine, Issue 360, p 94. Online.

Bork, T./ Kilian, P. & H. Sterly (2009): Informalität in Megastädten. Das Beispiel der megaurbanen Region Perlflussdelta, China [Informality in Megacities. Examples from the Megaurban Region Pearl River Delta, China]. In: Praxis Geographie 39 (7-8), pp. 28-32. Link to issue.

Beisswenger, S./ Bork, T. & P. Kilian (2008): Perlflussdelta: Vom Dreistromland zur megaurbanen Region. Wanderungsbewegungen und Stadtentwicklungen im Süden Chinas [Migration and Urban Development in the Pearl River Delta, China]. Scinexx vom 29. Februar, 2008. Online.

Kraas, F./ Nitschke, U./ Butsch, C. & T. Bork (2008): Governing Emerging Megacities: Water, Health and Housing – Towards Quality of Life in Pearl River Delta/China and Pune/India. Final Report 2005–2008.