11 February 2022
Annual meeting of the research group South Asia (Arbeitskreis Südasien) in Bonn (online)
Juliane Dame co-organised this year’s annual meeting of the research group South Asia (Arbeitskreis Südasien) on 21-22 January 2022, which took place as an online event keeping in line with the current pandemic conditions. She also presented a paper on changes in the urban mountain waterscape in the context of rapid urbanization and climate change using the example of the city of Leh in the Indian Trans-Himalaya (together with Judith Müller, Marcus Nüsser and Susanne Schmidt). Moreover, Juliane Dame and Judith Müller are co-editors of this year’s conference proceedings.
10 January 2022
New publication: Urbanisation in Ladakh: migration patterns and socio-ecological implications
A chapter on urbanisation processes in Ladakh by Juliane Dame and Judith Müller was published in the volume “New Perspectives on Modern Ladakh. Fresh Discoveries and Continuing Conversations in the Indian Himalaya” edited by Rafal Beszterda, John Bray and Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg.
15 December 2021
Contribution to textbook on Human Geography
In the new textbook on Human Geography, edited by R. Schneider-Sliwa, R. Wehrhahn, I. Helbrecht and B. Braun, a chapter on integrative research perspectives on environment and development by Marcus Nüsser, Christoph Bergmann and Juliane Dame has been published.
12 November 2021
Indo-German Workshop on Water Availability and Quality in Heidelberg
The interdisciplinary Indo-German Workshop on Water Availability and Quality Under Varying Environmental and Urban Conditions took place at Heidelberg University, Germany. On October 22nd and 23rd, researchers from Germany and India met in the hybrid event to foster interdisciplinary exchange on the various aspects of water availability and quality. One key topic dealt with “Socio-hydrology and water resources management” and included two presentations on sociohydrological dynamics in the Northwestern Himalayas.
Susanne Schmidt, Dagmar Brombierstäudl, Stanzin Passang, Juliane Dame and Marcus Nüsser presented their research on "Glaciers, snow and neglected forms of frozen water: cryosphere components in the Transhimalaya of Ladakh”. In a second talk, Marcus Nüsser, Susanne Schmidt, Dagmar Brombierstäudl and Juliane Dame presented conceptual thoughts “Towards a socio-hydrological framework for the northwestern Himalaya”.
15 September 2021
Presentations at the International Conference on Sociohydrology, Delft, 6-8 September 2021
In September, the first international sociohydrology conference was hosted in Delft, Netherlands, as a hybrid event. Juliane Dame, Susanne Schmidt, Carina Zang and Marcus Nüsser presented research results entitled "Hydrosocial dynamics and water conflicts in the Upper Huasco Valley, Chile – an integrative assessment". In another paper, Marcus Nüsser, Susanne Schmidt and Juliane Dame presented the topic "Potential, limitations and risks: Towards a socio-hydrological framework for the Himalayan region". Juliane Dame received a grant from the Newave (Next Water Governance) project.
10 August 2021
Article on adaptation strategies in Chile published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
An article by Laura Meltzer, Juliane Dame, and Sabine Gabrysch (PIK, Potsdam) in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction addresses adaptation strategies in the aftermath of a flood event in northern Chile, with particular attention to health consequences. A standardized survey revealed that physical health impacts were uncommon and mild, and not linked to adaptation behaviour. However, mental health impacts were common and an ongoing issue one year after the flood. Material damages and affected infrastructure determined individual adaptation strategies.
12 July 2021
Special issue on the Covid19 pandemic and geographical research in South Asia published in ASIEN
Judith Müller, together with Carsten Butsch (Cologne/Bonn), Alexander Follmann (Cologne) and Markus Keck (Cologne/Göttingen), has co-edited a special issue on "Geographies of South Asia: Empirical Research and the Pandemic" published in June 2021 in the journal ASIEN of the German Association of Asian Studies. The editorial highlights the challenges that geographical research in South Asia in general; and the ways in which they have been exacerbated by the Covid19 pandemic in particular. Other contributions in the issue highlight the diversity of geographical research in South Asia and report on research on social and ecological issues in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
19 May 2021
Judith Müller successfully completed her doctorate
On May 19, 2021, Judith Müller successfully completed her PhD and defended her doctoral dissertation entitled: „Urban Mountain Waterscapes in Leh, Indian Trans-Himalaya – The Transformation of Hydro-Social Relations“.
15 February 2021
Laura Meltzer passed oral examination successfully
Laura Meltzer successfully passed her oral examination as part of the medical doctoral program (Dr. med.) at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg. Congratulations! In the meantime, she has started her residency in gynaecology.