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M.A. Sarah Luft

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M.A. Sarah Luft

Südbau, Room 2.24

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Cologne

E-mail sarah.luft(at)gmx.net


PhD Project

New Connectivity in Asia: Pioneering border corridors and transnational transformation processes in the Greater Myeik Area/Myanmar and Prachuap Khiri Khan/Thailand. (working titel)

Main Research Questions

  • What (transregional/transnational) transformation processes can be identified along the emerging border corridor?
  • What are the cross-border development effects in the region?
  • What development alliances, motives and agendas exist for the emerging corridor and who/what are their initiators and drivers?

Research Interests

  • Urban and Regional Transformation
  • Sustainability and Marine Environmental Conservation
  • Tourism (Diving, Nature, Community-Based)
  • (Cross)-Border Studies

Regional Focus

  • Thailand
  • Myanmar

Academic Background

  • Since 12/2018
    Scientific Staff (University of Cologne)

  • Since 03/2017
    Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

  • 10/2013-10/2016
    Master of Arts (M.A.): Geography & Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne
    Thesis: “Offshore diving tourism as key factor of regional development at the Andaman Coast. The case of Khao Lak, Phang Nga”

  • 10/2008-06/2012
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): Cultural Anthropology and African Studies & Sociology, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

  • 02/2011-06/2011
    Study Abroad: Cultural Anthropology, Sociology & Xhosa Language, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Port Elizabeth

Scholarships

  • 08/2019-10/2019
    GSGS Fellowship Grant 2019x, Cologne

  • 09/2017-10/2017
    “IPaK Mobility Grant” for field research on regional development processes in Myeik, Myanmar

  • 02/2016-04/2016
    “DAAD Travel Grant” for field research on offshore diving tourism as key factor of regional development at the Andaman Coast in Khao Lak, Thailand

Field research

  • 02-04/2016: Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province (Thailand)
  • 09-11/2017: Myeik, Tanintharyi Region (Myanmar)
  • 11/2018: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province (Thailand)

Scientific Contributions

  • 22nd Meeting of the Scientific Research Group on Southeast Asia. German Society of Geography (DGfG). "Transformation Potentials of the Greater Myeik Area: Concepts of Cross-border Development", June 2018. Heidelberg.
  • 21st Meeting of the Scientific Research Group on Southeast Asia. German Society of Geography (DGfG). "Offshore Diving Tourism as a Key Factor of Regional Development at the Andaman Coast. The Case of Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province, Thailand", June 2017. Göttingen.

Further Scientific Trainings and Qualifications

  • 23nd Meeting of the Scientific Research Group on Southeast Asia. German Society of Geography (DGfG). “Pioneer Corridor Development along the Myanmar-Thai border“, May 2019, Vienna.
  • DGA Conference on Contemporary Asia. Asia: Global Challenges, Regional Conflicts, and National Logics. “Urban developments in the Greater Myeik Area/Myanmar: Regional transformation potentials and emerging cross-border development”, April 2019, Würzburg.
  • International Summer School 'Urban Transformations to Sustainability in South and Southeast Asia'. 17th September - 26th September 2018. University of Cologne. Cologne.
  • Scientific Writing Course 'How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper and Scientific Ethics'. 24th April - 26th April 2018. ABC/J Geoverbund. Cologne.
  • Workshop 'Improving Presentation Skills'. 7th March 2018. GSGS. Cologne.

Publications

  • Luft, S., 2019. Neue Funktionen für thailändische Regionen? Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Potentiale in Prachuap Khiri Khan. In: Thailand Rundschau, Vol. 32 (2). 83-86.
  • Luft, S., 2016. Begegnungen an der Andamanenküste. In: Thailand Rundschau, Vol. 29 (2), 61-64.

Lectures

  • SS 2019
    Seminar: Wirtschaft und Entwicklung

  • WS 2018/19
    Seminar: Bevölkerung und Stadt