Dr. Harald Sterly

Senior Scientist




Department of Geography and Regional Research
Universitätsstraße 7/5, D512
1010 Wien

Tel.: +43-1-4277-48731

Email: harald.sterly@univie.ac.at


As a human geographer, I focus on the spatial and social aspects of the intersection of climate and environmental change and different forms of mobility and migration. A specific interest lies on the outcomes of migration and translocal connectivities on the scope for people's agency and their vulnerability and resilience. At present, I am based as a Senior Scientist in the Department of Geography at the University of Vienna, from where I conduct empirical research with mixed methods approaches in Europe, Africa, as well as in Southeast, Central and South Asia. I have done my Diploma (MSc) in Geography at the University of Cologne and a postgraduate course in international development cooperation at the Humboldt-University Berlin. My PhD thesis focused on mobile communication and translocal social relations of rural-to-urban migrants in Bangladesh. In the past, I have coordinated research projects on mega-urban dynamics and informality in Bangladesh and China, and 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)

Current Research Projects

  • AGRUMIG – "Leaving something behind" – Migration governance and agricultural and rural change in "home" communities: comparative experience from Europe, Asia and Africa
  • HABITABLE – Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration
  • Migration Moldova – Mainstreaming the Migration and Climate Change Perspective into the National Adaptation Plan-2 and Agriculture Sectoral Adaptation Plan on Climate Change


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Hillmann, F., Pahl, M., Rafflenbeul, B., & Sterly, H. (2015). Conclusion: Linking Migration, Environmental Change and Adaptation - Lessons Learnt. In F. Hillmann, M. Pahl, B. Rafflenbeul, & H. Sterly (Eds.), Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration: bringing in the region (pp. 283-290). Palgrave Macmillan.

Hillmann, F., Pahl, M., Rafflenbeul, B., & Sterly, H. (2015). Introduction: (Re-)locating the Nexus of Migration, Environmental Change and Adaptation. In F. Hillmann, M. Pahl, B. Rafflenbeul, & H. Sterly (Eds.), Environmental Change, Adaptation and Migration: bringing in the region (pp. 1-17). Palgrave Macmillan.

Sterly, H., Hennig, B., & Dongo, K. (2013). "Calling Abidjan'' -- Improving Population Estimations with Mobile Communication Data (IPEMCODA). In V. Blondel, N. de Cordes, A. Decuyper, P. Deville, J. Raguenez, & Z. Smoreda (Eds.), Mobile Phone Data for Development (pp. 108-114) https://perso.uclouvain.be/vincent.blondel/netmob/2013/D4D-book.pdf

Kraas, F., & Sterly, H. (2009). Land Use Change in Megacities and Challenges for Water Management. In K. Baier, & R. Strohschön (Eds.), Megacities – Interactions Between Land Use and Water Management (pp. 9-16). Mitteilungen zur Ingenieurgeologie und Hydrogeologie

Grundmann, G., Demel, N., Eva, P., Sterly, H., Tschabo, A., & Verbeek, L. (2005). Wirkungen im Fokus: Konzeptionelle und methodische Ansätze zur Wirkungsorientierung des Deutschen Entwicklungsdienstes im Kontext von Armutsminderung und Konflikttransformation. Schriftenreihe des Seminars für Ländliche Entwicklung Vol. 217

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