Luise Porst

Research Associate / PhD Candidate

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

Meckenheimer Allee 176,
3. Floor, Room 3.009

Tel.: +49.(0)228.73-60218

Consultation hours: on appointment
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I am currently a research associate and PhD candidate at Bonn University within the Department of Geography. As a team member of the TransRe Project, my scientific work primarily focuses on internal migration in Thailand and its effects on resilience to environmental risks in migrants’ places of origin. After graduating from Karlsruhe University, where I did a master’s programme in Area Studies/Spatial Planning (M.Sc.) with a special focus on developing and transition countries, I joined the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) as a junior development advisor in Lesotho. Within the bilateral decentralization program, I supported the implementation of land use and settlement planning processes through capacity building on the national and district level. I also hold a degree in human geography (B.Sc.) from Leipzig University.

Research Interests

Conceptual : resilience, translocality; development studies
Thematic : international cooperation and development, rural development 
Regional: Thailand; Mali         

PhD Dissertation

Social practices of translocality and their influence on resilience to environmental risks in migrants’ sending areas. A case study on internal migration in Thailand read more...


Porst, L. & P. Sakdapolrak (2017). How scale matters in translocality: uses and potentials of scale in translocal research, Erdkunde71 (2): 111-126.

Sakdapolrak, P., S. Naruchaikusol, K. Ober, S. A. Peth, L. Porst, T. Rockenbauch & V. Tolo (2016). Migration in a changing climate. Towards a translocal social resilience approach, Die Erde 147 (2), 81-94.

Working Papers

Porst, L. (2015): Translocality: Place, Space – and Scale? TransRe Working Paper No. 3, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Bonn.


Porst, L. & P. Sakdapolrak (2016): Gendered remittance practices and their implications for translocal social resilience:
A case study on internal migration in ThailandInternational Geographers Conference, Beijing.

Porst, L. (2015): Deciphering translocal social resilience – Methodological considerations. Workshop: COST Workshop "Combining quantitative and qualitative methods for a better understanding of the climate change-migration nexus", Seville.

Porst, L. & Ober, K. (2014): "Building Resilience through translocality. Climate change, migration and social resilience in rural Thailand - Post-site selection insights". Conference: Multilocality in the Global South and Global North, TU Dortmund, 18 - 19/09/2014.

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Who we are

We are a BMBF supported research group seeking to decipher the relationships between migration, translocality, and social resilience to climate change in Thailand. Our working group is based at the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany. Get to know our team...



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