Svenja Enge

Student Assistant


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

Meckenheimer Allee 176,
3. Floor, Room 3.009

Tel.: +49(0)228.73-2096


I am currently studying in the joint Master’s program “Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security” at the United Nations University-EHS in cooperation with the University of Bonn. During my Bachelor’s program at the Ruhr-University Bochum, I developed a strong interest in natural hazards and especially in the interrelations between Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. My academic focus lies on the assessment of risk in hazard-prone areas, particularly in the light of global dynamics such as migration and climate change. Another main interest of mine is the application of GIS in disaster risk contexts, which I learned more about during an internship with the Federal Agency for Technical Disaster Relief (THW).

Research Interests

- Risk Assessment and its Practical Application in Risk Reduction Initiatives

- Global Dynamics

- GIS & Geodata Processing

Bachelor Thesis

Enge, S. (2016): Klimaschutz gleich Katastrophenschutz? Diskussion der Synergieeffekte und Integrationspotenziale zwischen Extremwetterrisikomanagement und Klimawandelanpassungsstrategien. (unpublished)

Master Thesis

Enge, S. (2018): Operationalizing Migration Impacts for Index-Based Disaster Risk Assessments. A Systematic Approach to Migration as Multidimensional Risk Dynamic. (published as TransRe Working Paper No. 7 - see below)

Working Papers

Enge, S. (2019): Operationalizing Migration Impacts for Index-Based Disaster Risk Assessments. A Systematic Approach to Migration as Multidimensional Risk Dynamic, TransRe Working Paper No. 7, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Bonn.


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Migration is one of the most important population dynamics in the world and thus has diverse impacts on socio-ecological systems, including their risk to be harmed by disasters.
However, the prevailing one-sided notion of migration as mostly risk increasing factor in current index-based disaster risk assessments lags far behind the multifaceted academic discourse about migration impacts on particularly vulnerability and resilience dynamics. At the same time, index-based risk assessments are a widely used tool in policy making, whose missing incorporation of a holistic migration theory is one factor questioning its imprudent application.
This thesis seeks to reflect on this issue by taking a systematic approach to address conceptual, theoretical and practical questions concerning the operationalization of migration in index-based disaster risk analysis. The results are a new conceptual model to combine migration and disaster risk theory, an assessment of the current recognition of migration in disaster risk indices, and a literature- and expert interview-based development and discussion of potential migration-related risk indicators, which could enhance a better incorporation of migration impacts in disaster risk analysis in the future.

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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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