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Dipl.-Geogr. Birte Rafflenbeul

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Dipl.-Geogr. 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


Fields of expertise and interest

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

Current Position

Since 08/2011

PhD Candidate and Research Associate

Participation in the Priority Program 1233 „Informal Dynamics of global change“ in the DFG project „Internal and International Migrant Communities Pearl River Delta, China - Linking Informal Migration Dynamics, Global Change and Urban Health“ 

Work experience and internships:

10/2009 – 07/2011
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“

04/2007 – 03/2009
Student assistant
Department of Geography, University of Cologne
Activities: Teaching Assistant of a geography tutorial, setting up lectures and creating presentations, organizing and evaluation an e-learning tutorial

09/2008 – 02/2009
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

06/2007 – 12/2007
Internship
ASA-program (part of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ))
Research assistant in cooperate work between the University of Cologne, Germany and the Sun Yat-Sen University Guangzhou, China (06/2007 – 12/2007) 

Academic education:

Subjects: Geography, Urban Planning, Transport economics

07/2011: Final degree
Diploma thesis: „Zur Wohn- und Arbeitssituation afrikanischer Migranten in Guangzhou und Foshan, China“ (The living and workingsituation of african migrants in Guangzhou and Foshan, China)

10/2003 – 07/2011 University of Cologne, Germany

01/2008 – 05/2008 Simon Fraser University, Canada

Publications: 

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.