Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981 – 1987
    Studied geography, biology, ethnology and philosophy at the Universities of Bochum and Münster, Germany

  • 1988 – 1998
    Research associate, research assistant and senior research assistant at the Geographical Institutes at the Universities of Münster and Bonn

  • 1998 – 2000
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation

  • since 2000
    Professor at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2012 – 2014
    Visiting Professor at the University of Yangon/Myanmar

  • since 2014
    Advisor at the University of Yangon

Selected publications

  • Kraas, F., H. Gaese, Mi Mi Kyi (eds.) (2006): Megacity Yangon: Transformation processes and modern developments. Southeast Asian Modernities 7. Berlin.

  • Kraas, F. (2007): Megacities and global change: key priorities. Geographical Journal 173 (1): 79–82.

  • Kraas, F. (2007): Megacities and Global Change in East, Southeast and South Asia. Asien 103: 9–22.

  • Kraas, F., M. Kroll (2008): Steuerungsprobleme aufsteigender Megastädte: Zur Reorganisation der Abfallwirtschaft von Pune/Indien. Geographische Rundschau 60 (11): 56–61.

  • Kraas, F., G. Mertins (2008): Megastädte in Entwicklungsländern: Vulnerabilität, Informalität, Regier- und Steuerbarkeit. Geographische Rundschau 60 (11): 4–10.

  • Kraas, F., U. Nitschke (2008): Megaurbanisierung in Asien: Entwicklungsprozesse und Konsequenzen stadträumlicher Reorganisation. In: Themenheft "Raum- und Stadtentwicklung in Asien". Informationen zur Raumentwicklung 8–2008: 447–456.

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

  • Kraas, F. (2009): Tsunami 2004 und Zyklon "Nargis" 2008. Katastrophenbewältigung in den Küstenregionen von Myanmar. Geographische Rundschau 61 (12): 50–58.

  • Kraas, F., Yin May, Zin Nwe Myint (2010): Yangon/Myanmar: Transformation Processes and Mega-Urban Developments. Geographische Rundschau International 6 (2): 26–37.

  • Birkmann, J., M. Garschagen, F. Kraas, N. Quang (2010): Adaptive urban governance: new challenges for the second generation of urban adaptation strategies to climate change. Sustainability Science (accepted 29.4.2010) online first. DOI: 10.1007/s11625–010–0111–3.

  • Yuan Yuan, Tabea Bork, Frauke Kraas (2010): Migrant´s Health, Health Facilities and Services in Villages-in-the-city in Guangzhou. In: Gransow, B., Zhou Daming (eds.): Migrants and Health in Urban China. Berliner China-Hefte 38. Berlin: 72–93.

  • 262 Veröffentlichungen, darunter 16 Bücher, 74 referierte Artikel und 172 weitere Publikationen


Selected projects

  • Spokesperson of the German Research Foundation (DFG) programme, Mega-cities: Informal Dynamics of Global Transformation" (Priority Programme SPP 1233), regional focus: Pearl River Delta in China and Dhaka in Bangladesh, 2007 – 2013

  • Head of the research project "Risk analysis and crisis/catastrophe prevention in megacities: The coastal cities of Mumbai, India, and Jakarta, Indonesia" (German Federal Ministry), 2009 – 2011

  • Coping with the Consequences of Cyclone Nargis in the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, Myanmar, since 2008

  • Land Use Change Dynamics in Yangon, Myanmar, since 2007

  • Head of the alumni and expert network ForUm – Forum for Urban Future in Southeast Asia; collaboration with colleagues from Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, East Timor, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam. Funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), 2005 – 2011

  • Head of the research project "Providing resources to the megacity of Yangon, Myanmar", in cooperation with Yangon University, since 2003

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), since 2013

  • Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, since 2009

  • President of the German-Thai Society (DTG), since 2009

  • Spokesperson for and member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) review board "Geography", since 2008

  • Referee for the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation, since 2008

  • Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, since 2007

  • Since 2006 juror on and since 2007 spokesperson for the jury for the subject area geosciences and spatial sciences at the federal level of the competition "Jugend forscht (Youth in research)

  • Member of the Academia Europaea, since 2004

  • Vice president of the GeoUnion – Alfred Wegener Foundation, since 2004

  • Spokesperson for the Southeast Asia working group, German Geographical Society (DGfG), since 1996

  • Co-director of the GEO-Büro in Bonn, the national offices of the Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (VGDH – Association of Geographers at German Universities), since 1991

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