Dr. Harald Sterly

Senior Scientist

Department of Geography and Regional Research
Universitätsstraße 7/5
1010 Wien

Tel.: +43-1-4277-48731

E-Mail: harald.sterly@univie.ac.at

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 have coordinated the TransRe research group at the University of Bonn, which focuses on the linkages between migration, translocal connections and social resilience in Thailand.

Research interests

Conceptual: spatiality of livelihoods, translocality, relational sociology, practice theories, science and technology studies, communication and digitalization

Thematic: migration, vulnerability, urbanization, rural-urban relations, development

Regional: South East Asia (Thailand), South Asia (Bangladesh), East Africa (Kenya, Somalia)

Publications

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Sakdapolrak, P., Stange, G., & Sterly, H. (2021). Bevölkerungsdynamiken im Kontext des globalen Umweltwandels. In B. Braun, I. Helbrecht, R. Schneider-Sliwa, & R. Wehrhahn (Eds.), Humangeographie Westermann. Compass: das geographische Seminar


Durand-Delacre, D., Bettini, G., Nash, S. L., Sterly, H., Gioli, G., Hut, E., Boas, I., Farbotko, C., Sakdapolrak, P., de Bruijn, M., Furlong, B. T., van der Geest, K., Lietaer, S., & Hulme, M. (2021). Climate Migration is About People, not Numbers. In S. Böhm, & S. Sullivan (Eds.), Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis (pp. 63-81). Open Book Publishers. books.openbookpublishers.com/10.11647/obp.0265.06.pdf


Sterly, H., & Wirkus, L. (2021). Mobilfunkdaten: Forschungsethische Probleme bei der Arbeit mit Mobilfunkdaten in Kontexten von Migration und Flucht. In T. Bork-Hüffer, H. Füller, & T. Straube (Eds.), Handbuch Digitale Geographien: Welt - Wissen - Werkzeuge (pp. 343-353). UTB.


Hermans, K., Berger, E., Biber-Freudenberg, L., Bossenbroek, L., Ebeler, L., Groth, J., Hack, J., Hanspach, J., Soekardjo Hintz, K., Kimengsi, J. N., Kwong, Y. M. C., Oakes, R., Pagogna, R., Plieninger, T., Sterly, H., van der Geest, K., van Vliet, J., & Wiederkehr, C. (2021). Crisis-induced disruptions in place-based social-ecological research – an opportunity for redirection. GAIA - Ökologische Perspektiven in Natur-, Geistes- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften, 30(2), 72-76. doi.org/10.14512/gaia.30.2.3


Oliver, N., Lepri, B., Sterly, H., Lambiotte, R., Delataille, S., De Nadai, M., Letouzé, E., Ali Salah, A., Benjamins, R., Cattuto, C., Colizza, V., de Cordes, N., Fraiberger, S. P., Koebe, T., Lehmann, S., Murillo, J., Pentland, A., N Pham, P., Pivetta, F., ... Vinck, P. (2020). Mobile phone data for informing public health actions across the COVID-19 pandemic life cycle. Science Advances, 6(23), [eabc0764]. doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abc0764


Boas, I., Farbotko, C., Adams, H., Sterly, H., Bush, S., Van der Geest, K., Wiegel, H., Ashraf, H., Baldwin, A., Bettini, G., Blondin, S., de Bruijn, M., Durand-Delacre, D., Fröhlich, C., Gioli, G., Guaita, L., Hut, E., Jarawura, F. X., Lamers, M., ... Hulme, M. (2019). Climate migration myths. Nature Climate Change, 9(12), 901-903. doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0633-3


Sterly, H., Etzold, B., Wirkus, L., Sakdapolrak, P., Schewe, J., Schleussner, C-F., & Hennig, B. (2019). AROMA_CoDa: Assessing Refugees’ Onward Mobility through the Analysis of Communication Data. Paper presented at Data for Refugees Challange, Istanbul, Turkey.


Sterly, H., Etzold, B., Wirkus, L., Sakdapolrak, P., Schewe, J., Schleussner, C-F., & Hennig, B. (2019). AROMACoDa: Assessing Refugees' Onward Mobility through the Analysis of Communication Data. In A. A. Salah, A. Pentland, B. Lepri, E. Letouzé, Y-A. de Montjoye, X. Dong, & P. Vinck (Eds.), Your Voice, Your Data, Your Future (pp. 70-82) www.researchgate.net/publication/330999866_AROMA_CoDa_Assessing_Refugees'_Onward_Mobility_through_the_Analysis_of_Communication_Data


Sterly, H., Etzold, B., Wirkus, L., Sakdapolrak, P., Schewe, J., Schleussner, C-F., & Hennig, B. (2019). Assessing Refugees’ Onward Mobility with Mobile Phone Data—A Case Study of (Syrian) Refugees in Turkey. In A. A. Salah, A. Pentland, B. Lepri, & E. Letouzé (Eds.), Guide to Mobile Data Analytics in Refugee Scenarios: The 'Data for Refugees Challenge' Study (pp. 251-263). Springer. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12554-7_13


Sterly, H. (2019). Coordinating the Research Programme. In F. Kraas, K. Hackenbroch, H. Sterly, J. Heintzenberg, P. Herrle, & V. Kreibich (Eds.), MegaCities MegaChallenge - Informal Dynamics of Gobal Change (pp. 160-161). Bornträger.


Hackenbroch, K., & Sterly, H. (2019). Dhaka: A Rapidly Expanding and Economically Dynamic Agglomeration. In F. Kraas, K. Hackenbroch, H. Sterly, J. Heintzenberg, P. Herrle, & V. Kreibich (Eds.), MegaCities MegaChallenge - Informal Dynamics of Gobal Change (pp. 40-51). Bornträger.


Kraas, F., Kroll, M., & Sterly, H. (2019). Global Megacity Dynamics. In F. Kraas, K. Hackenbroch, H. Sterly, J. Heintzenberg, P. Herrle, & V. Kreibich (Eds.), MegaCities MegaChallenge - Informal Dynamics of Gobal Change (pp. 25-32). Bornträger.


Hackenbroch, K., Altrock, U., & Sterly, H. (2019). Governance of the Megacity: Challenges for Service Provision and Planning. In F. Kraas, K. Hackenbroch, H. Sterly, J. Heintzenberg, P. Herrle, & V. Kreibich (Eds.), MegaCities MegaChallenge - Informal Dynamics of Gobal Change: Insights from Dhaka, Bangladesh and Pearl River Delta, China (pp. 66-70). Schweizerbart.


Sterly, H. (2019). Informality. In F. Kraas, K. Hackenbroch, H. Sterly, J. Heintzenberg, P. Herrle, & V. Kreibich (Eds.), MegaCities MegaChallenge - Informal Dynamics of Gobal Change (pp. 148-157). Bornträger.


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