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PD Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Butsch

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Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Butsch

Südbau, Room 2.22

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Cologne

Telephone +49-(0)221-470-4142
Fax +49-(0)221-470-4917
E-mail butschc(at)uni-koeln.de


Research foci

urban geography, migration studies, geography of health: megacities, (mega-)urban hazards and risks, India, USA, Germany

Education and professional career

Since 2018 Principal Investigator (Belmont-Forum funded project) and senior research (internal funding)
2018 Habilitation (University of Cologne)
2015-2018 Principal Investigator (DFG funded project)
2013-2014 Member of the scientific staff of the German Advisory Council on Global Change
2011-2014 Senior research fellow University of Cologne
2007-2011 PhD University of Cologne
2006-2011 Research fellow University of Cologne

 

Projects

Ongoing:

Belmont-Forum/Norface (PI): H2O – T2S in Urban Fringe Areas

The project analyses transformation processes in urban fringe areas of Indian metropolitan cities. It aims at understanding how access to water as a consumption good and a resource for livelihoods is changed during the urbanisation process in periurban spaces. The project is structured around 4 research objectives: (1) understanding institutional change of water governance, (2) analysing changing access to water with changing societal structures, (3) analysing livelihood changes during the urban transformation and the resulting changing water demands; (4) Co-developing transformation pathways for sustainable water management in urban fringe areas.

The project is designed as a multi-sited multi-method field study comparing the urban fringe areas of Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad. Through its design, the research contributes understanding into the drivers of vulnerability and resilience of periurban communities, and helps to identify more sustainable future pathways. The project aims at initiating a stakeholder dialogue in all of the three research areas. Workshops will include government agencies, local communities and key scientific experts that bring in further knowledge needed in addition to the knowledge generated by the project researchers.

The project generates new insights on how urbanisation processes take place in India. It identifies pathways towards the development of sustainable future cities as part of the stakeholder dialogue. It contributes to the knowledge on the sustainable use of water as an increasingly scarce resource.

DFG-Project (PI): Transnational actions of Indian migrants in Germany

The project is concerned with the transnational networks of Indian migrants in Germany. Taking the Indian community in Germany as an example the relations between Indian migrants in Germany, their places of origin and the Indian diaspora in other countries are investigated. Focus of the project are the transformation processes triggered by the actions of transnational migrants at different places. As potential causes of these transformation processes the project analyses: (1) the relevance of transnational social relations, their importance for chain migration processes, the exchange of information financial values, social norms etc., (2) the construction of identity by transnational migrants, models of simultaneous embeddedness in different socio-cultural contexts and the connected question of citizenship, (3) paths of capital within the transnational networks, the utilisation of remittances and the relevance of non financial support as well as (4) the political engagement of transnational Indian migrants, the diaspora politics of the Indian government and the impact of German immigration politics.

(Further information)

 

Additional Evidence of Qualification

2018-present

Boardmember of the association of Geographers at German-speaking universities and research institutions (VDGH)

2016-present

Secretary of the association for the promotion health geography (Verein zur Förderung der Geographischen Gesundheitsforschung)

2016-present Speaker of the Medical Geography Study Group in the German Geographic Society (Arbeitskreis Medizinische Geography in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie

2013-present

Chairman of the Cologne Geographic Society (Gesellschaft für Erdkunde)

2011-present

Speaker of the South Asia Study Group in the Germen Geographic Society (Arbeitskreis Südasien in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie)

 

Selected publications (more on ResearchGate)

Butsch, C. (2019): Indische Migrantinnen und Migranten in Deutschland. Transnationale Netzwerke, Praktiken und Identitäten. Stuttgart. 

Butsch, C. (2018): Gesunde Städte – ein Ziel, verschiedene Ausgangslagen. In: Geographische Rundschau 70 (6): 36-39.

Butsch, C. (2018): Die indische „Diaspora“ in Deutschland und ihre Verbindungen in die Heimat. In: Meine Welt. Zeitschrift des Deutsch-Indischen Dialogs 35 (2): 15-17.

Butsch, C., Kumar, S., Wagner, P. D., Kroll, M., Kantakumar, L. N., Bharucha, E., Schneider, K. and F. Kraas (2017): Growing ‘Smart’? Urbanization Processes in the Pune Urban Agglomeration. In: Sustainability, 9 (12): 2335.

Butsch, C. (2017): The ‘Indian diaspora’ in Germany – emerging networks and new homes. In: Diaspora Studies. DOI: 10.1080/09739572.2017.1398373

Kroll, M. Phalkey, R. Dutta, S., Bharucha, E. Butsch, C. and F. Kraas (2017): Urban health challenges in India - Lessons learned from a surveillance study in Pune. In: Die Erde 148(1): 74-87.

Butsch, C. (2016): Transnational networks and practices of Overseas Indians in Germany. In: Internationales Asienforum 47 (3-4): 203-226.

Keck, M., Butsch, C. and M. Kroll (2016): Geographical South Asian Studies: Current Conceptions Editorial. In: Internationales Asienforum 47 (3-4): 171-178.

Peters, G., Butsch, C. and A. Hennig (2016): Komplexe Risien: Überschwemmungen in der Megastadt Jakarta. In: Universitas 71 (11): 64-89.

Butsch, C. (2016): Leben in zwei Kulturen – transnationale Identitäten indischer Migranten in Deutschland. In: Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft (158): 13-36. Available Online

Kroll, M., Phalkey, R., Dutta, S., Shukla, S., Butsch, C., Bharucha, E., and F. Kraas (2016): Involving private healthcare practitioners in an urban NCD sentinel surveillance system: lessons learned from Pune, India. In: Global Health Action, 9: 32635. Available online

Butsch, C. (2016): Transnationale Handlungsfelder und Netzwerke indischer Migrantinnen und Migranten in Deutschland. In: In: Schlitz, N. and J. Poerting (eds.) Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien. 6. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 22./23. Januar 2016, Osnabrück. Heidelberg: 33-36.  

Butsch, C. (2016): Leben in zwei Welten. In: Meine Welt. Zeitschrift des Deutsch-Indischen Dialogs 33 (1): 13-16.

Butsch, C., Kraas, F., Sridharan, N. and G. Peters (2016): Risk Governance in the Megacity Mumbai/India – A Complex Adaptive System Perspective. In: Habitat International 54 (2): 100-111.

Kraas, F. and C. Butsch (2016): Wo beginnt die Stadt? Transformation und urbane Pfadabhängigkeiten in Pune/Indien. In: Berr, K. and H. Friesen (eds.): Stadt und Land. Zwischen Status quo und utopischem Ideal. Münster: 155-179.

Phalkey, R., Kroll, M., Dutta, S., Shukla, S., Butsch, C., Bharucha, E. and F. Kraas (2015):. Knowledge, attitude, and practices with respect to disease surveillance among urban private practitioners in Pune, India. In: Global Health Action 8: 28413. Available Online

Butsch, C. (2015): Transnationales Handeln indischer Migrant_inn_en in Deutschland. In: Poerting, J. and M. Keck (eds.) Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien. 5. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien, 23./24. Januar 2015, Göttingen. Heidelberg: 41-45.

Peters, G., Butsch, C., Krachten, F., Kraas, F. Namperumal, S. and M. A. Marfai (2015): Analyzing Risk and Disaster in Megaurban Systems – Experiences from Mumbai and Jakarta. Planet@Risk 3 (1): 107-117.

Butsch, C. 2015. Overseas Indians – indische Migranten in transnationalen Netzwerken. In: Geographische Rundschau. 67 (1): 40-46.

Butsch, C., Franz, M. and M. Kroll (2015): The Evolution of Geography-based South Asia Studies. Asien 134 (1): 5-8.

Butsch, C., Kroll, M. Kraas, F. and E. Bharucha (2015): How is Rapid Urbanization in India Affecting Human Health? Findings from a Case Study in Pune. Asien 134 (1): 73-93.

Kraas, F., Butsch, C., F. Krachten (2014): Urbanes Kulturerbe in Mumbai/Indien. Universitas 69 (11): 4-14.

Kraas, F. and C. Butsch (2014): Naturverlust in den Megastädten Asiens. In: Leitschuh, H. Michelsen, G., Simonis, U. E., Sommer, J. and E. U. Weizsäcker (eds.): Jahrbuch Ökologie. Re-Naturierung. Hirzel. Stuttgart: 180-187.

Butsch, C., Bork-Hüffer, T. and M. Kroll (2014): Menschliche Gesundheit in den Megastädten Indiens und Chinas. Universitas 69 (5): 40-59.

Butsch, C., Kroll, M. and T. Bork-Hüffer (2014): Megaurban Health in Developing and Newly Industrializing Countries. In: Michalos, A. C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well Being Research, Springer: 3981-3985.

Butsch, C. Greiner, C. and N. Sanchez Ibrahim (2014): Landtransfers und Transformationsprozesse in Delhis urban fringe. In: Poerting, J. and T. Lennartz (eds.) Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien. 4. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien 2014. Heidelberg: 37-40.

Kroll, M., Butsch, C., Phalkey, R. and E. Bharucha (2013): Challenges for urban disease surveillance in India – case study of Pune. In: Lennartz, T., Butsch, C., Franz, M. and M. Kroll (eds.): Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge zu Südasien. 3. Jahrestagung des AK Südasien 2013. Heidelberg: 41-44.

Butsch, C. and T. Welte (2013): Zwei gesundheitswissenschaftliche Perspektiven respiratorischer Erreger. Hygiene und Medizin 38 (9): 361-365.

Butsch, C., Bembenek, F. and F. Kraas (2012): Megaurbane Risiken: Ursachen und Folgen der Überschwemmung von Mumbai 2005. Scharfenort, N. (ed.): Geographien der Globalisierung. Mainzer Kontaktstudium Geographie 13. Mainz: 37-50.

Butsch, C., Sakdapolrak, P. and V. Saravanan (2012): Urban Health in India. Internationales Asienforum 43(1-2): 13-32.

Butsch, C. (2011): Zugang zu Gesundheitsdienstleistungen. Barrieren und Anreize in Pune, Indien. Stuttgart.

Kraas, F. and C. Butsch (2011): Megurban societies at risk. In: GFZ Scientific and Technical Report 11/11: 11-19. DOI: 10.2312/GFZ.b103-11110

Aggarwal, S. und C. Butsch (2011): Environmental and Ecological Threats in Indian Megacities. In: Richter, M. and U. Weiland (eds.): Applied Urban Ecology. Chichester.

Kroll, M., Butsch, C. and F. Kraas (2011): Health Inequities in the City of Pune, India. In: Krämer, A., M.M.H. Khan, F. Kraas (eds.): Health in Megacities and Urban Areas. Heidelberg: 263-277.

Heinrichs, D., Aggarwal, R., Barton, J., Bharucha, E., Butsch, C., Fragkias, M., Johnston, P., Kraas, F., Krellenberg, K., Lampis, A. and O. G. Ling (2011): Adaptig Cities to Climate Change: Opportunities and Constraint (Findings from eight cities). In: Hoornweg, D. Freire, M., Lee, M. J., Bhada-Tata, P. and B. Yuen (eds.): Cities and Climate Change. Responding to an Urgent Agenda. Washington, D. C.

Butsch, C. and P. Sakdapolrak (2010): Geographien von Gesundheit in Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländern. In: Geographische Rundschau, Jahrgang 62, Heft Nr. 7/8: 12-17.

Butsch, C., Kroll, M. and T. Bork (2010): Health Challenges in Megacities - Examples from India and China. In: Geographische Rundschau International Edition 6 (2): 20-2.

Bork, T., Butsch, C., Kraas, F. and M. Kroll (2009): Megastädte: Neue Risiken für die Gesundheit. Deutsches Ärzteblatt 106 (39): 1877-1881.

Butsch, C., Etzold, B. and P. Sakdapolrak (2009): The Megacity Resilience Framework. Bonn.

Butsch, C. (2008): Access to healthcare in the fragmented setting of India’s fast growing agglomerations – a case study of Pune. In: Bohle, H.G. and K. Warner (eds.): Megacities. Resilience and Social Vulnerability. Source No. 10/2008: 62-72.

Butsch, C. (2008): Notfalldaten als Geodatenquelle für die Gesundheitsberichterstattung. Saarbrücken.

Krafft Th., Kortevoß A., Butsch C., Tenelsen, T. and A. Ziemann (2007): Nachfrageorientierte Steuerung von Rettungsdienstsystemen. In: Strobl, J., Blaschke, Th. and G. Griesebner (eds.): Angewandte Geoinformatik 2007. Beiträge zum 19. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg: 409-418.

Kortevoß A., Krafft, T. and C. Butsch (2006): Räumliche Verteilung von Krankenhausdiagnose und Sozialstatus: Anwendungen für die Krankenhausplanung. In: herzmedizin. Supplement 1/06: 6.

Krafft, T., Kortevoß, A., Siefer, A. and C. Butsch (2006): Zuverlässige Daten für fundierte Prävention: Die EU Injury Data Base. In Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin Vol. 43 Supplement 1: 79.

Krafft, T., Butsch, C., Heister, U. and A. Kortevoß (2005): Notfallkataster in der kommunalen Gesundheitsberichterstattung. In: Das Gesundheitswesen. Jahrgang 67 Nr. 7: 573.