Harald Sterly

Project Coordinator


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Department of Geography, Bonn University
Meckenheimer Allee 166
D-53115 Bonn

Office:
Meckenheimer Allee 176,
Basement floor, Room U1.022

Tel.: +49.(0)228.73-3851
Email
: h.sterly@uni-koeln.de

Consultation hours: on appointment
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Biography | Research interestsPublications


Biography

As a human geographer, I focus on the spatial and social aspects of migration, urbanization, and technological change. A specific interest lies at the nexus of translocal social formations of people, how they use information and communication technology (ICT), and how this changes their scope for agency and their vulnerability and resilience. The conceptual frameworks I work with include relational sociology, structure-agency and practice theories, and relational approaches to space and place. I have conducted field work in Bangladesh, Thailand, Kenya, Somalia, and Guatemala. I have done my Diplom (MSc) in geography at the University of Cologne and a postgraduate course in international development cooperation with the SLE at the Humboldt-University Berlin. My PhD thesis focuses on mobile communication and translocal social relations of rural-to-urban migrants in Bangladesh. In the past, I coordinated the DFG priority program "Megacities-Megachallenge" in the Pearl River Delta (China) and Dhaka (Bangladesh), focusing on the interrelations of (mega) urban informality and global change processes. Since 2016, I have been leading the TransRe Research Group.


Research interests

Conceptual: translocality, relational sociology, structure-agency theories, science and technology studies, communication and digitalization
Thematic: urbanization, rural-urban relations, migration, poverty, development
Regional: South Asia (Bangladesh), South East Asia (Thailand), East Africa (Kenya, Somalia)


Publications

Books and edited volumes:

Hillmann, Felicitas; Pahl, Marie; Rafflenbeul, Birte; Sterly, Harald (Hg.) (2015): Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration. Bringing in the Region. [S.l.]: Palgrave Macmillan.


Grundmann, Gesa; Demel, Nathalie; Prediger, Eva; Sterly, Harald; Tschabo, Azani; Verbeek, Luzie (2005): Wirkungen im Fokus. Konzeptionelle und methodische Ansätze zur Wirkungsorientierung des Deutschen Entwicklungsdienstes im Kontext von Armutsminderung und Konflikttransformation. Berlin (Schriftenreihe des SLE, 217).

Scientific journals

Hackenbroch, Kirsten; Hossain, Shahadat; Schoon, Sonia; Altrock, Uwe; Sterly, Harald (forthcoming): Informality, urban governance and the state: Negotiations of space in Dhaka and the Pearl River Delta. In: International Development Planning Review.

Sterly, Harald (2015): “Without Mobile Suppose I Had to Go There” — Mobile Communication in Translocal Family Constellations in Bangladesh. In: ASIEN (134).

Bork-Hüffer, Tabea; Etzold, Benjamin; Gransow, Bettina; Tomba, Luigi; Sterly, Harald; Suda, Kimiko et al. (2014): Agency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces: Examples of Migrants in the City in he Pearl River Delta, China, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. In: Population, Space and Place. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1890.

Sterly, Harald (2015): “Without mobile suppose I had to go there” – Mobilkommunikation in translokalen sozialen Konstellationen in Bangladesch. In: Geographien Südasiens (3), S. 33–36.

Sterly, Harald; Hennig, Benjamin; Dongo, Kouassi (2013): “Calling Abidjan” – Improving Population Estimations with Mobile Communication Data (IPEMCODA). In: Vincent Blondel, Nicolas de Cordes, Adeline Decuyper, Pierre Deville, Jaques Raguenez und Zbigniew Smoreda (Hg.): Mobile Phone Data for Development. Analysis of mobile phone datasets for the development of Ivory Coast. NetMob 2013, Special Event on Data for Development Challenge, May 1-3, S. 108–114.

Bork, Tabea; Kilian, Pamela; Sterly, Harald (2009): Informalität in Megastädten. Das Beispiel der megaurbanen Region Perlflussdelta, China. In: Praxis Geographie 39 (7-8), S. 28–32.

Kraas, Frauke; Sterly, Harald (2009): Megstädte von morgen. Laboratorien der Zukunft? In: politische Ökologie 27 (114), S. 50–52.

Prediger, Eva; Sterly, Harald; Grundmann, Gesa (2006): Impact Assessment at Project Level - a Participatory Multi-Perspective Approach. In: Rural Development News (2), S. 58–62. Online verfügbar unter http://www.agridea-international.ch/fileadmin/10_International/PDF/RDN/RDN_2006/Impact_assessment.pdf.

Book chapters

Hillmann, Felicitas; Pahl, Marie; Rafflenbeul, Birte; Sterly, Harald (2015): Conclusion: Linking Migration, Environmental Change and Adaptation – Lessons Learnt. In: Felicitas Hillmann, Marie Pahl, Birte Rafflenbeul und Harald Sterly (Hg.): Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration. Bringing in the Region. [S.l.]: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 283–290.

Hillmann, Felicitas; Pahl, Marie; Rafflenbeul, Birte; Sterly, Harald (2015): Introduction: (Re-)locating the Nexus of Migration, Environmental Change and Adaptation. In: Felicitas Hillmann, Marie Pahl, Birte Rafflenbeul und Harald Sterly (Hg.): Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration. Bringing in the Region. [S.l.]: Palgrave Macmillan, S. 1–18.

Kraas, Frauke; Sterly, Harald (2009): Land Use Change in Megacities and Challenges for Water Management. In: Klaus Baier und Ramona Strohschön (Hg.): Megacities – Interactions Between Land Use and Water Management. Aachen (Mitteilungen zur Ingenieurgeologie und Hydrogeologie, 99), S. 9–16.

Policy Brief, Working Paper

Bork-Hüffer, Tabea; Kraas, Frauke; Sterly, Harald (2013): Konferenzbericht "Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change". Regionale Abschlusskonferenzen des SPP 1233, Dongguan/China, 21.–23. Nov. 2012, und Dhaka/Bangladesch, 26.–28. Nov. 2012. In: ASIEN (127), S. 98–99.

Demel, Nathalie; Fiebiger, Markus; Guenther, Dirk; Mogge, Mathias; Sterly, Harald (2008): Guideline Outcome and Impact Orientation. in the projects and programmes of Welthungerhilfe. Bonn.

Demel, Nathalie; Fiebiger, Markus; Guenther, Dirk; Mogge, Mathias; Sterly, Harald (2008): Leitfaden Wirkungsorientierung. in den Projekten und Programmen der Welthungerhilfe. Bonn.

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Featured paper:

Sterly, H. (2015):Without a Mobile Phone, I Suppose I Had to Go There” — Mobile Communication and Translocal Social Constellations in Bangladesh, In: ASIEN 134, 31-46.

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