Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas
Post address
Geographisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
50923 Köln
Visiting address
Otto-Fischer-Str. 4
50674 Köln
RoomSüdbau, room 2.21


Academic career

Geography, Biology, Human Anthropology und Philosophy at the universities of Bochum and Muenster, 1981-1987
1991, University of Münster: "Die Rätoromanen Graubündens. Peripherisierung einer Minorität" (The Romansh in Grisons/Switzerland. Peripheralisation of a minority) (summa cum laude)
1996, University of Bonn: "Entwicklungsdynamik und Regierbarkeit des Großraums Bangkok. Zur Bedeutung soziokultureller Einflußgrößen in der Megastadt" (Development dynamics and governance of Greater Bangkok. On the importance of socio-cultural factors in the megacity)

1988-1989: Scientific assistant at the Department of Geography, University of Muenster
1989-1999: Scientific assistant at the Department of Geography, University of Bonn
1997: Awarded with the Gerhard-Hess-Preis of  the German Research Foundation
1999-2000: Heisenberg scholarship holder of the German Research Foundation, Department of Geography, University of Bonn
since 2000: Professor an Chair of Human Geography (C4), Department of Geography at the Unitversity of Cologne
2012-2014: Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of Yangon/Myanmar

Research focus

  • Urbanisation processes and megacity development: governance, informality, urban heritage, migration, disaster risks, urban health
  • Social and cultural geography, ethnic minorities
  • Development and transformation research
  • Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia), India, China, mountain regions

Leadership in professional societies, board membership and honorary appointment

Current tasks

  • Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
  • Co-head of the federal office of the Association of Geographers at German Universities, GEO-Office, Cologne
  • President of the German-Thai-Society, publisher of the "Thailand-Rundschau"
  • Spokesperson of the "Scientifc Research Group on Southeast Asia", German Geographical Society (DGfG)
  • Lead editor of the publication series "Megastädte und Globaler Wandel; Megacities and Global Change" (Steiner Verlag)
  • Coeditor of the publication series "Southeast Asian Modernities"

Memberships in academies

  • Member of the Academia Europaea
  • Member of the German Academy of Sciences Lepoldina
  • Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
  • Corresponding Member of the Geographical Society of Finland

Past tasks

1989-1999: Board member of the Association of Geographers at German Universities (VGDH)
1991-1997: Board member and member of the advisory council of the German-Thai-Society (DTG)
1997-2009: Vice president of the German-Thai-Society (DTG)
1998-2000: First chairperson of the Geographic Society Bonn
1999-2001: Member of the scientific advisory board of the German Association for Asian Studies
1999-2002: Member of the advisory board of the German-Cambodian-Forum
1999-2005: Associate editor of Petermanns Geographische Mitteilungen
1999-2006: Associate editor of the "Teubner Studienbücher Geographie", later changed to the series "Perthes Geographiekolleg", "Perthes Geographie Kompakt" und "Perthes Länderprofile/Regionalprofile"
2000-2012: Chair of the MegaCity TaskForce, International Geographical Union (IGU)
2001-2004: Member of the regional advisory board of the German National Committee for the International Geographical Union (IGU)
2001-2007: Board member of the Gernan Association for Asian Studies (DGA)
2002-2010: Member of the international advisory board of  the Geographical Journal
2002-2010: Member of the selection committee "Deutsche Graduierte nach Übersee" of the "German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2003-2008: Member of the scientific advisory board of the German Committee for Desaster Reduction (DKKV)
2004-2010: Senior Advisor of the International Year of Planet Earth (UNESCO) and Chair/Team Leader of the key topic on "Megacities - our global urban future"
2004-2016: Member and and since 2014 speaker of the review board  "Geography" (RB 317) of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2004-2016: Vice president of the GeoUnion - Alfred Wegener Stiftung
2005-2010: Member of the Executive Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) core project "Urbanization and Global Environmental Change" (UGEC)
2005-2011: Member of the DFG-senate commission for collaborative geoscience research  ("Geokommission")
2005-2013: Member of the German National Committee for Global Change-Research (NKGCF) (DFG/BMBF)
2005-2013: Member of the selection committee "Internationale Alumni- und Expertennetzwerke" of the "German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2005-2015: Spokesperson of the federal jury in the field of geosciences at the competition "Jugend forscht" (Youth researches)
2008-2010: Expert in the German Council of Science and Humanities: Working group on infrastructure in social science and humanities.
2007-2015: Member of the scientific advisory board of the University of Cologne
2012-2016: Chair of the MegaCity Commission, International Geographical Union (IGU)
2015-2016: Appointed Member of the United Nations Policy Unit 1 "Right to the City and Cities for All", Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas
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