Univ.-Prof. Dr. Patrick Sakdapolrak

Head of the Working Group

Professor of Population Geography and Demography
Head of Department of Geography and Regional Research
Vice-Director of Doctoral Studies (SPL 45)
Deputy Head of the Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies


Department of Geography and Regional Research
Universitätsstraße 7/5, D518
1010 Vienna

Tel.: +43-1-4277-48730

E-Mail: patrick.sakdapolrak@univie.ac.at


Hours: There are no office hours in July and August. 


My research field is at the interface of population dynamics, environmental change and development processes, with a focus on the topics of migration and displacement as well as health and disease. The central theme of my research is the question of how vulnerable groups live with risk. My Ph.D. thesis is based on field research in slum settlements in India, where the inhabitants have significant higher mortality and morbidity rates than the rest of the urban population. I have investigated how these poor urban groups cope with and adapt to environmental and social stresses. My current research on migration-environment relationships in Kenya and Thailand addresses the question how migration alters the way people at places of origin deal with the environment and climate change. I have the aim to pursue sound theoretical and empirical research which is relevant for wider society. I have studied Geography and Development Research in Heidelberg and Wollongong, Australia, and received my doctorate degree at Bonn University.

Research interests

Conceptual: vulnerability, resilience, livelihoods, translocality, Bourdieu's Practice-Theory

Thematic: human-environment-relations, migration and displacement, health and disease

Regional: South Asia (India), South-East Asia (Thailand), East Africa (Kenia)

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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Butsch, C., & Sakdapolrak, P. (2022). Gesundheit und Krankheit im Entwicklungskontext. In Geographien der Gesundheit: Beiträge zum 50-jährigen Bestehen des Arbeitskreises Medizinische Geographie und Geographische Gesundheitsforschung in der DGfG (Vol. 6, pp. 85-98). Geographische Gesundheitsforschung

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 (pp. 149-158). Westermann. Compass: das geographische Seminar

Sakdapolrak, P., & Borderon, M. (2021). Vulnerabilität und Gesundheit. In R. Schneider-Sliwa, B. Braun, & I. Helbrecht (Eds.), Das Geographische Seminar - Humangeographie (pp. 111-120). Westermann.

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. https://books.openbookpublishers.com/10.11647/obp.0265.06.pdf

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