Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2014
    Advisor at the University of Yangon

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

  • Since 2000
    Professor at the University of Cologne, Germany

  • 1998 – 2000
    Heisenberg Fellowship from the German Research Foundation

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

  • 1981 – 1987
    Studied Geography, Biology, Ethnology and Philosophy at the Universities of Bochum and Münster, Germany

Selected publications

  • Kraas, F., Zin Nwe Myint, N. Häusler (2020): Tourism development in Myanmar: Dynamics, policies, and challenges. In: Dolezal, C., Trupp, A., Bui, H.T. (eds.): Tourism and Development in Southeast Asia. Routledge Contemporary Asia Series. London (Routledge): 163-181.

  • Häusler, N., Zin Mar Than, F. Kraas (2019): Tourism as a tool for peace? Between the lines – Thandaung Gyi in Kayin State, Myanmar. In: Isaac, R., Cakmak, E., Butler, R. (eds.): Tourism and Hospitality in Conflict-Ridden Destinations. London (Routledge): 84-103.

  • Kraas, F., K. Hackenbroch, H. Sterly, J. Heintzenberg, P. Herrle, V. Kreibich (eds.) (2019): Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Insights from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Pearl River Delta, China. Stuttgart (Borntraeger).

  • Brill, D., K. Seeger, A. Pint, F. Reize, Kay Thwe Hlaing, M. Seeliger, S. Opitz, Khin Mi Mi Win, Win Thuzar Nyunt, Nilar Aye, Aung Aung, Kyaw Kyaw, F. Kraas, H. Brückner (2019): Modern and historical tropical cyclones and tsunami deposits at the coast of Myanmar – Implications for their identification and preservation in the geological record. Sedimentology (2019): 1-29.

  • Kraas, F., Spohner, R., Aye Aye Myint (2017): Socio-Economic Atlas of Myanmar. Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart.

  • Butsch, C., Kumar, S., Wagner, P.D., Kroll, M., Kantakumar, L.N., Bharucha, E., Schneider, K., Kraas, F. (2017): Growing ‘Smart‘? Urbanization Processes in the Pune Urban Agglomeration. Sustainability 9 (2335).

  • Phalkey, R.K., Butsch, C., Belesova, K., Kroll, M., Kraas, F. (2017): From habits of attrition to modes of inclusion: enhancing the role of private practitioners in routine disease surveillance. BMC Health Services Research 17: 599.

  • Kroll, M., Phalkey, R., Dutta, S., Bharucha, E., Butsch, C., Kraas, F. (2017): Urban health challenges in India – Lessons learned from a surveillance study in Pune. Die Erde – Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin 148 (1): 74-87.

  • Kroll, M., Revati K.P., Dutta, S., Shukla, S., Butsch, C., Bharucha, E., Kraas, F. (2016): Involving private healthcare practitioners in an urban NCD sentinel surveillance system: lessons learned from Pune, India. Global Health Action 2016, 9: 32635.

  • Butsch, C., Kraas, F., Namperumal, S., Peters, G. (2016): Risk governance in the megacity Mumbai/India – A Complex Adaptive System perspective. Habitat International 54 (2): 100-111.

  • 440 publications, among them 35 monographs, 120 reviewed papers



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Long-term research activities and projects abroad

  • Driving factors for and societal effects of sea-level rise and delta flooding in the Ayeyarwady Delta (Myanmar) – Lessons from the past for disaster governance in the future, since 2019

  • Management of multiple risks of extreme events in the developing (mega)cities of Myanmar, since 2017

  • The Urban System of Myanmar in Transformation, since 2012

  • Urban Cultural Heritage of Yangon/Myanmar. Negotiation Processes under Transformation, 2013 – 2018

  • Urban Cultural Heritage and Cultural Governance in the South Asian Megacity of Delhi/India, 2013 – 2019

  • Analysis of the Socio-economic Potentials of four Regional Cities in Myanmar, 2013 – 2018

  • Surviving the first 72 hours – Megaurban disaster response in times of limited statehood in Jakarta/Indonesia, 2013 – 2017

  • Socio-Economic Development Potentials in Chin State/Myanmar, 2012 – 2019

  • Designing a health monitoring system – the example of the Indian megacity of Pune/India, 2012 – 2017

  • Regional agility in the wake of crisis: New growth model in the Greater Pearl River Delta?, 2011 – 2014

  • Patterns of migrant community formation in China's megaurban Pearl River Delta (PRD) – linking informal dynamics, governability and global change, 2011 – 2015

  • Health disparities in the emerging Megacity Pune, India, 2010 – 2012

  • Regional agility and upgrading and in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta/China, 2009 – 2011

  • Urban Disaster Risk and Crisis Prevention in the coastal megacities Mumbai/India and Jakarta/Indonesia, 2009 – 2011

  • Coping with the Consequences of Cyclone Nargis in the Ayeyarwady Delta/Myanmar, 2008 – 2010

  • Urban Development and Land Use Change Dynamics in Yangon/Myanmar, 2007 – 2010

  • Informal Dynamics of Agile Firm Organisation in the Greater Pearl River Delta/China, 2006 – 2008

  • Internal and international migrant communities and health strategies in urban villages of the Pearl River Delta/China – linking global change and urban health, 2006 – 2014

  • Speaker of the DFG Priority Program "Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change" (SPP 1233), 2006 – 2015

  • Governing emerging megacities: water, health and quality of life in Pearl River Delta/China and Pune/India, 2005 – 2008

  • Vulnerability in megacities: Risk analysis with high resolution satellite images and GIS in Delhi/India, 2005 – 2010

  • Urban heritage in Yangon/Myanmar: Thein Gyi Zay, 2004 – 2006

  • Socio-Economic Disparities in Southeast Asia, 1997 – 2006

  • Current Economic and Social Structure of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, 1995 – 1996

  • Geographic Information System and Location Atlas of Malaysia, 1993 – 1994

  • Location Atlas of Thailand, 1992 – 1993

  • Development Dynamics and Governability of the Greater Bangkok Region/Thailand, 1991 – 1995

  • Peripherisation of a minority: The Rhetoromansh of Grisons/Switzerland, 1987 – 1991

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Senate Committee and member of the Grants Committee on Collaborative Research Centres (SFB) of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Member of the International Expert Comission of the Elite Network of Bavaria

  • Co-head of the federal office of the Association of Geographers at German Universities, GEO-Office, Cologne

  • International Advisor for the University of Yangon, Myanmar

  • Adjunct Faculty of Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune/India

  • President of the German-Thai-Society, publisher of the "Thailand-Rundschau"

  • Chairperson of the Frithjof Voss Foundation of Geography

  • Spokesperson of the "Scientifc Research Group on Southeast Asia", German Geographical Society (DGfG)

  • Editor of the publication series "Megastädte und Globaler Wandel; Megacities and Global Change"(Franz Steiner Verlag), "Urban and Regional Development in Myanmar" (Franz Steiner Verlag) and "Southeast Asian Modernities"(LitVerlag)

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