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Simon Alexander Peth

PhD Candidate TransRe

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Department of Geography

Bonn University 

Meckenheimer Allee 166

53115 Bonn

 

Office

Meckenheimer Allee 176, 3. Floor, Room 3.009

 

Tel.: +49.(0)228.73-2096
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Consultation hours: on appointment

  

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ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2553-1505

Website: www.transre.org


Research Interests

 

Migration Studies; Translocality; Development Geography; Social Geography; Human Dimension of Climate Change and Seasonality; Human-Environment Relations; Resilience 

Methodological foci: Participatory approaches; Multi-sited Ethnography; Geographical Filming   

Regional foci: Horn of Africa (Ethiopia), South and South-East Asia (Bangladesh, Thailand, Singapore) 


Dissertation project

 

The effects of transnational migration and translocal practices on the social resilience (towards environmental change) of family networks in rural Thailand. A multi-sited analysis in/between Thailand, Singapore and Germany. 

 

Currently I am working in the Trans|Re project focusing on translocality and resilience building of rural communities in Thailand in the context of Climate Change (TransRe). In my Ph.D. theses I focus on everyday dynamics of translocality and translocal social practices of migrants who are embedded in multiple localities. In this project I will carry out a multi-sited ethnography and “follow the people” (Marcus 1995) from Thailand to Singapore and Germany.

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Biography

 

I studied human geography, anthropology and development economics at the University of Bonn.At the beginning of my studies I was interested in the broader field of development studies, vulnerability and livelihood research. In 2009 I got the opportunity to join a research program lead by Prof. Tröger in Ethiopia (Failing Seasons, Ailing Societies). It was a joint research project of the German Society for Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center (HoA-REC) aiming to understand the impacts of climate change on small-scale farmers in different agro-ecological zones in Ethiopia. My experiences in Ethiopia enhanced my profound interest on human-environment relations in general and the topic of climate change and adaptation in particular. I therefore focused my studies on this subject. Furthermore, I discovered that human mobility and migration represents one of the major adaptation strategies to face destructive environmental events. Thereupon, I concentrated on migration studies and the question how to scrutinize the complex nexus between environmental and human mobility. My diploma research took me then to Bangladesh where I examined the topic of migration trajectories, labour migration and the role of translocality for the livelihood security in a changing and insecure environment. 


Publications

 

Sakdapolrak, P., Naruchaikosol, S., Ober, K., Peth, S. A., Porst, L., Rockenbauch, T., Tolo, V. (2016) Migration in a changing climate. Towards a translocal social resilience approach. DIE ERDE, 147(2), 81-94.

Peth, S. A. (2015): Migrationspfade und Arbeitsräume in Bangladesch - Translokale Lebenssicherung in einer sich wandelnden (Um)Welt, TransRe Working Paper No. 4, Department of Geography, University of Bonn, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1951.9840, Bonn.

Peth, S. A. & S. Birtel (2015): Translocal livelihoods and labor migration in Bangladesh - migration decisions in the context of multiple insecurities and a changing environment, In: Mallick, B. & Etzold, B. (Eds.): Environment, Migration and Adaptation. Evidence and Politics of Climate Change in Bangladesh. Dhaka: AHDPH. ISBN: 978-984-91037-9-0

Greiner, C., Peth, S. A. & P. Sakdapolrak (2015): Deciphering migration in the age of climate change - Towards an understanding of translocal relations in social-ecological systems. TransRe Working Paper No 2. Department of Geography, University of Bonn. Bonn. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4402.9765

Hornung, M. & S. A. Peth (2014): Alltag im Hier und Dort - Heiratsmigration und translokale Verflechtungen zwischen Thailand und Deutschland, in Südostasien 4(2014).

Steinbrink, M & S. A. Peth (2014): Hier, dort und dazwischen - Translokale Livelihoods in Südafrika, in: Geographische Rundschau 66(11), S.32-38.

Peth, S. A. (2012): Migrationspfade und Arbeitsräume in Bangladesch - Translokale Lebenssicherung in einer sich wandelnden (Um)Welt, unpublished diploma thesis, Bonn, University of Bonn. (→ forthcoming)

Tröger et al. (2011): Failing Seasons, Ailing Societies – Climate Change and the Meaning of Adaptation in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.


Presentations

 

Peth, S. A. (2016): Living between the village and the global city: Translocal connections and social resilience of Thai migrant workers in Singapore, Workshop: Connecting the Dots, Bonn, 29.09.2016.

Peth, S. A. (2013): Lost in space and fluidity? Gedanken zu den Herausforderungen translokaler Geographien, Workshop: Grundfragen geographischen Arbeitens, Bayreuth, 22.11.2013.

Peth, S. A. (2013): Migration in the age of Climate Change: Moving beyond the geo-determinist agenda, Workshop: Denaturalizing climate change: migration, mobilities and space, Bremen, 01.11.2013

Peth, S. A. (2013): Arbeit im System: Migration und translokale Lebenssicherung in Bangladesch, Deutscher Geographentag 2013, Passau, 22.11.2013.

Peth, S. A. (2013): Doppelt sesshaft oder völlig losgelöst? Arbeitsmigration, Translokalität und soziale Einbettung im ländlichen Bangladesch, Deutscher Geographentag 2013, Passau, 22.11.2013.


Blogs

 

Peth, S. A. (2016) “I will never return.” The drudgery of Thai farm workers in Israel Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, Oct. 2015.

Peth, S. A. (2016): New connectedness of people on the move, Blog: Migration Systems, Aug. 2016.

Peth, S. A.(2015) Bangladesh: Prime Example of Climate Migration? Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, Oct. 2015.

Peth, S. A.(2015) "I call several times per day." How new communication tools shape the connectedness of people on the move. , Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, Jul. 2015.

Peth, S. A.(2015) From Science to Action, through Co-Production of Knowledge [VIDEO BLOG], Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, May 2015.

Peth, S. A.(2015) Are we all translocal now? Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, Feb. 2015.

Peth, S. A.(2014) What is translocality? A refined understanding of place and space in a globalized world, Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, Nov. 2014.


Film & Multimedia 

 

Peth, S. A. (2016) Climate Change, Migration and Resilience in Thailand (short video on the Trans|Re Research Project)  

Peth, S. A. & C. Sefrin (2010-2011) Grenzgänger – Ein Weg durch Äthiopien, Sudan und Ägypten (Live-Multivisionsvortrag)

Peth, S. A. & C. Sefrin (2008) Wax and Gold - Äthiopien ein Land auf dem Weg in die Zukunft.


Teaching

 

TransRe Short Course| "Does Migration Move You? The impacts of climate change on migration and the concepts, methods, and policies behind them”, Chiang Mai, Thailand, June 2015

Methodological workshop | Introduction to the methods of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA): potentials and pitfalls of participatory approaches, United Nation University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn, 15.09.2011

 

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