Matthias Garschagen

Research Associate

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  • Matthias Garschagen
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    UNU-EHS
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    Education

    Geography, Anthropology and Economics, Cologne University, Germany
    Geography, Anthropology and Economics, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada

    Key Publications

    Garschagen, M. (2011). Resilience and Organisational Institutionalism from a Cross-Cultural Perspective – An Exploration based on Urban Climate Change Adaptation in Vietnam. In Natural Hazards. Online first. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-011-9753-4.
    Birkmann, J., Garschagen, M., Kraas, F., and N. Quang (2010). Adaptive Urban Governance: New Challenges for the Second Generation of Urban Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change. In Sustainability Science. vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 185-206.
    Birkmann, J., Buckle, P., Jäger, J., Pelling, M., Setiadi, N., Garschagen, M., Fernando, N., and J. Kropp (2010). Extreme Events and Disasters: A Window of Opportunity for Change? Analysis of Organizational, Institutional and Political Changes, Formal and Informal Responses After Mega-Disasters. In Natural Hazards. vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 637-655.
    Garschagen, M. (2010). Potential Humanitarian Crises and Climate Change Adaptation in the Coupled Social-Ecological Systems of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. In Shen, X.; Downing, T.E.; Hamza, M. (eds.): Tipping Points in Humanitarian Crises: From Hot Spots to Hot Systems. SOURCE No.13/2010. pp. 45-55. Bonn: United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).
    Lynn, S., Garschagen, M., Lehmann, J., Khan, S., Drew G., Prasad, V., Nkem, J., and J. Mushongah (2010). Introducing the „Hot System”-Approach to Tipping Points in Humanitarian Crises. In Shen, X.; Downing, T.E.; Hamza, M. (eds.). Tipping Points in Humanitarian Crises: From Hot Spots to Hot Systems. SOURCE No.13/2010. pp. 14-21. Bonn: United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).
    Garschagen , M., Binh, N.T., and L.N. Thach (2009). Vietnam: The Challenge of Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. In Birkmann, J.; Tetzlaff, G.; Zentel, K. (eds.). Addressing the Challenge: Recommendations and Quality Criteria for Linking Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change. DKKV Publication Series, 38. pp. 18-20.
    Garschagen, M., Revilla-Diez, J., Nhan, D.K., and F. Kraas (2012). Socio-Economic Development in the Mekong Delta: Between the Prospects for Progress and the Realms of Reality. In Renaud, F., Künzer, C. (eds.): The Mekong Delta System - Interdisciplinary Analyses of a River Delta. Springer.
    Birkmann, J., Garschagen, M., Tuan, V.V., and N.T. Binh (2012). Profiling Present and Future Vulnerability to Water-Related Hazards in the Mekong Delta. In Renaud, F., Künzer, C. (eds.): The Mekong Delta System - Interdisciplinary Analyses of a River Delta. Springer.
    Garschagen, M., Renaud, F., and J. Birkmann (2011). Dynamic Resilience of Peri-Urban Agriculturalists in the Mekong Delta Under Pressures of Climate Change and Socio-Economic Transformation. In Steward, M.; Coclanis, P. (eds.): Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta. Springer.
    Garschagen, M., and F. Kraas (2011). Urban Climate Change Adaptation in the Context of Transformation – Lessons Learned from Vietnam. In Zimmermann, K. (ed.): Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change. Springer.
    Garschagen, M. (2010). Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change Adaptation in High Risk Areas Using the Example of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. In Dölemeyer, A., Zimmer, J., Tetzlaff, G. (eds.): Risk and Planet Earth. Vulnerability, Natural Hazards, Integrated Adaptation Strategies. Stuttgart. pp. 56-65.
    Birkmann , J., Garschagen, M., Fernando, N., Hettige, S., Tuan, V.V., and A. Oliver-Smith (in print). Relocation: Reduction in Exposure – Increase in Susceptibility? Measuring Dynamics of Vulnerability before, during and after Relocation Processes in the Context of Disasters and Natural Hazards. In Birkmann, J. (ed.) Measuring Vulnerability to Natural Hazards. Towards Disaster Resilient Societies. 2nd Edition. UNU Press.

    Biographical Statement

    Matthias Garschagen studied Geography, Anthropology and Economics at Cologne University, Germany, and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His main research focus is on urban vulnerability, social resilience and climate change adaptation in Asia. Over the recent years, Matthias has gathered more than 18 months of field research experience in Viet Nam and India. Besides his engagement with UNU-EHS, he has been a lecturer at the University of Cologne, Department of Geography. Matthias was a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service. He is currently an active member of the working group on Southeast Asian studies within the German Geographical Association as well as the International Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability, organized by UNU-EHS. Prior to his engagement in the WISDOM project, Matthias conducted research on local electricity governance in Pune, India.

    Matthias is a contributing author to the IPCC´s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) in WG II, chapter 24 on Asia. He further was an invited member to the FP-7 IDEAS Working Group ‘Towards a Joint Research Programme on the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

    At UNU-EHS, Matthias is a research associate working on the BMBF-funded German-Vietnamese WISDOM project (Water Related Information Management System for the Mekong Delta). Within this project his research focus is on assessing dynamics in the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of different urban population groups with regards to natural hazards and climate change impacts. Besides pursuing his own research, he supports the coordination of work package 5200 on vulnerability and adaptation assessment as well as work package 7000 on capacity-building.