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Dr. rer. nat. Birte Rafflenbeul

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Dr. rer. nat. Birte Rafflenbeul

Südbau, Room 2.14

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Cologne

Telephone +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, 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