Full Professor (Univ.-Prof. Dr.)

Tabea Bork-Hüffer

Research Group Leader

Tabea Bork-Hüffer works on how practices and power relations shape spaces, cities, and societies, especially in relation to three interconnected processes: urbanisation, mobilities, and digitisation. Throughout the last 15 years Tabea Bork-Hüffer has worked on particularly quickly changing regions, urban, and cON/FFlating spaces in Southeast and East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, China) as well as Central Europe (Austria, Germany). Her work as geographer is characterised by an interdisciplinary outreach, and a focus on cross-sectional topics.

Contact

Office Location

Location: Bruno-Sander-Haus, 7th floor, room 60736b

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Phone

Phone: +43-512-507-54016
Fax: +43-512-507-54199

Postal address

Department of Geography, University of Innsbruck, Innrain 52, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Platforms & Social Media

Research Foci

At a Glance

Regional

Southeast and East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, China)
Central Europe (Austria, Germany)

Thematic

Digital Geographies
Urban Geographies
Cultural and Social Geographies
Geographies of Health

Concepts & Theories

Intersections of non-representational, poststructuralist, and social theories; transient spaces; cON/FFlating spaces; digital media, extended realities (AR and VR), and sense of place; spatial mobilities, migration management ,and translocality; geographies of encounter and difference; urbanism from below, in-between, and marginal settlements; worlding practices, policy mobilities, and city branding; urban governance and services; health governance and services; health seeking practices

Methods

Qualitative, mixed, non-representational, mobile, and digital methods

Academic Career

Positions:

 

2018 – present → Full Professorship (University Professor) at the Institute of Geography, Innsbruck University

2017 – 2018 → Interim Professorship at the Institute of Geography, Innsbruck University

2016 – 2017 → Maternity and parental leave

2013 – 2016 → Postdoctoral and Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Fellow: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

2014 → Maternity leave

2013 → Teaching Fellow: Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

2012 → Scientific Coordinator and Postdoctoral Fellow: Department of Geography, University of Cologne: German Research Foundation (DFG)-Priority Program 1233 “Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change”

2010 → Teaching Fellow: Geography and Planning School, Sun-Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2008 → Teaching Fellow: Geography and Planning School, Sun-Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

2007 – 2011 → Research Associate: Department of Geography, University of Cologne

2002 – 2007 → Studies of Geography, Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Universities Bonn, Cologne and Queen’s University Belfast

 

Special Academic Positions & Memberships:

 

2020 – present Invited member of the Disaster Competence Network of Austria (DCNA), board for Public Health

2020 – present Deputy Head of the Association of Academic Geography Austria (“Geographieverband”)

2019 – present → Editorial Board Member Journal “Digital Geography and Society“ (Elsevier)

2019 – present → Faculty member of the Research Centre “Migration & Globalisation”, University of Innsbruck

2019 – present → Member of the German Research Foundation’s (DFG) Network “Digitale Geographien”

2017 – present → Chair of the Workgroup “Urban Geography in the Development Context” of the German Association of Geography (DGfG)

2017 – present → Chair of the Workgroup “East Asia” of the German Association of Geography (DGfG)

2017 – present → Faculty member of the Research Centre “Global Change – Regional Sustainability”, University of Innsbruck

2014 – 2015 → Member of the Asia Research Institute Graduate Forum Committee, National University of Singapore

2013 – 2015 → Chair of the Asia Research Institute Social and Welfare Committee, National University of Singapore

2008 – 2012 → Support of the coordination of the DAAD-ISAP student and lecturer exchange program at the Institute of Geography, University of Cologne

2008 – present → Peer-reviews for scientific journals (among others: Area, Cities, New Media and Society, Natural Hazards, Social Science and Medicine, International Habitat, Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Chinese Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Die Erde, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development)

 

Degrees:

2018 → Habilitation (venia legendi: “Geography”), University of Cologne;

Title of thesis: “The Politics of Space and Place in Urban Asia: Mobilities, Migration and Digitisation”

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2012 → Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Cologne, summa cum laude (0,0)

Title of thesis: “Migrants’ Health Seeking Actions in Guangzhou, China. Individual Action, Structure and Agency: Linkages and Change”

2007 → Diploma (Geography), Universities of Bonn and Cologne, passed with distinction (1,0)

Title of thesis (in German): “Analyse und Bewertung der Gesundheitssituation in Dörfern-in-der-Stadt in Guangzhou, China”

Awards & Honors:

2013 –2016 → Feodor-Lynen Fellowship, Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation, Germany

2013 → VGDH-Dissertationspreis (award for doctoral thesis granted by the Association of Geographers at Universities and Research Institutions in the German-speaking region [Austria, Germany, Switzerland])

2009 → Dr. Prill Preis (award for Diploma thesis granted by the Association of Geographers, Cologne)

2006 → DAAD Scholarship (for field research abroad)

2004 –2005 → EU ERASMUS/SOKRATES Scholarship (Queen’s University Belfast)

My Publications

Featured PublicationsSelection

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed and reviewed):

Bork-Hüffer, T., Mahlknecht, B., & K. Kaufmann (2020): (Cyber)Bullying in schools – when bullying stretches across cON/FFlating spaces, Children’s Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2020.1784850.

Bork-Hüffer, T. & S. A. Peth (2020): Arrival or Transient Spaces? Differentiated Politics of Mobilities, Socio-Technological Orderings and Migrants’ Socio-Spatial Embeddedness. In: Urban Planning 2020, 5(3), 33-43, DOI: 10.17645/up.v5i3.2988.

Bork-Hüffer, T. & F. Kraas (2019): Zeitalter der Städte: Steingewordene Systemvisionen: In Asien entstehen immer mehr Megastädte und -projekte. In: Internationale Politik (November/December 2019), S. 38-42.

Kraas, F. & T. Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Metropolen und Metropolregionen: Strategische Steuerungszentralen globalisierter Transformationsprozesse weltweit In: geographie heute, 345.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Binnenwanderungen – ein weltweiter Überblick. In: Geographische Rundschau 2019 (3), 4-8.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Die Südwestgrenze der USA. Zu den Folgen von Grenzbefestigungen und -sicherungen. In: Geographische Rundschau 2019 (1/2), S. 62-63.

Kraas, F., Bork-Hüffer, T. & M. Kroll (2018): Stadtmodelle, neue Hauptstädte und Städte der Zukunft in Asien. In: Geographische Rundschau 2018 (6), 22-26.

Bork-Hüffer, T. & B. Yeoh (2017): The Geographies of Difference in Conflating Digital and Offline Spaces of Encounter: Migrant Professionals’ Throwntogetherness in Singapore. In: Geoforum 86, 93-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.09.002

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): Mobility Intentions of Privileged and Middling Migrant Professionals in Singapore: Cross-Cultural Comparison and Effects of the “Singaporeans First” Strategy. In: Asien 143/2017, 64-92.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): “Beyond Smart City”: Singapurs “Smart Nation” Strategie und der ewige Wettbewerb um Modellfunktion. In: Geographische Rundschau 7-8 (2017), pp. 36-40.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2016): Mediated Sense of Place: Effects of Mediation and Mobility on the Place Perception of German Professionals in Singapore. In: New Media and Society 18 (10), 2155-2170. DOI: 10.1177/1461444816655611.

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Etzold, B./ Gransow, B./ Tomba, L./ Sterly, H./ Suda, K./ Kraas, F. & R. Flock (2016): Agency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces: Examples of Migrants in the City in the Pearl River Delta, China and Dhaka, Bangladesh. In: Population, Space and Place 22 (2), 128-145. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1890.

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Rafflenbeul, B./ Kraas, F. & Z. Li (2016): Mobility and the Transiency of Social Spaces: African Merchant Entrepreneurs in China. In: Population, Space and Place 22 (2), 199-211. DOI: 10.1002/psp.1900.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2015): Healthcare-Seeking Practices of African and Rural-to-Urban Migrants in Guangzhou. In: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 44 (4), 49-81. DOI: 10.1177/186810261504400404.

Bork-Hüffer, T. & F. Kraas (2015): Health Care Disparities in Megaurban China: The Ambivalent Role of Unregistered Practitioners. In: Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 106 (3), 339-352. DOI:10.1111/tesg.12116.

Bork-Hüffer, T. & Y. Yuan-Ihle (2014): The Management of Foreigners in China: Changes to the Migration Law and Regulations During the Late Era Hu/Wen and Early Era Xi/Li and Their Potential Effects. In: International Journal of China Studies, 5 (3, 2014). http://ics.um.edu.my/?modul=IJCS

Bork, T./ Kraas, F./ Xue, D. & Z. Li (2011): Challenges for Urban Environmental Health in China’s Villages-in-the-city. In: Geographische Zeitschrift 99 (1), 16-35. DOI: 10.1038/ki.2010.438.

Bork, T./ Kraas, F. & Y. Yuan (2011): Governance Challenges in China’s Urban Health Care System – The Role of Stakeholders. In: Erdkunde 65 (2), 121-135. DOI: 10.3112/erdkunde.2011.02.02.

Bork, T./ Kraas, F. & Y. Yuan (2010): Migrant’s Health, Health Facilities and Services in Villages-in-the-city in Guangzhou, China. In: Berliner Chinahefte [Chinese History and Society] 38, 72-93.

Butsch, C./ Kroll, M. & T. Bork (2010): The Megaurban Health Challenge – Examples from India and China. In: Geographische Rundschau International 2010 (2), 20-25.

Bork, T./ Butsch, C./ Kraas, F. & M. Kroll (2009): Megastädte: Neue Risiken für die Gesundheit. In: Deutsches Ärzteblatt 106 (39), 1877-1881

 

Mongraphs, Editing of Special Issues and Volumes:

Bork-Hüffer, T. (ed.) (2019): Binnenwanderungen – Migration, Mobilität, Translokalität. In:  Geographische Rundschau 2019 (3).

Lim, S.S./ Bork-Hüffer, T. & B. Yeoh (eds.) (2016): Editorial: Mobility, Migration and New Media: Manoeuvring Through Physical, Digital and Liminal Spaces. In: New Media and Society 18 (10), 2147-2154. Editorial: DOI: 10.1177/1461444816655610

Bork-Hüffer, T. (ed.) (2016): Editorial: Migrants’ Agency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces. In: Population, Space and Place 22 (2), 124-127. Editorial: DOI: 10.1002/psp.1891, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/psp.1891/abstract

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): Migrants’ Health Seeking Actions in Guangzhou, China. Individual Action, Structure and Agency: Linkages and Change. (Steiner Verlag, Reihe Megacities and Global Change) Stuttgart, 292 Seiten. ISBN 978-3-515-10177-6

Kraas, F. & T. Bork (eds.) (2012): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration. Eine Welt 25. (Nomos Verlag) Baden-Baden, 183 Seiten. DOI: 10.5771/9783845238210

 

Contributions to Volumes (selection):

 

Mahlknecht, B. & Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Cybermobbing: Eine Untersuchung von individuellen Erfahrungen und Ängsten von Innsbrucker Schüler*innen. In: Innsbrucker Geographische Studien 2019.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): The Pearl River Delta. In: Kraas, F. et al. (Hrsg.): Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Bornträger, 43-53.

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Jahn, H.J., Khan, M.M.H. (2019): Access to Health Care. In: Kraas, F. et al. (Hrsg.): Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Bornträger, 128-132

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Migrants in the (Mega)City – Theories and Scales of Migrants’ Everyday Life. In: Kraas, F. et al. (Hrsg.): Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Bornträger, 70-71

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Migrant’s Space-making Strategies: Shaping Urban Space in Everyday Life. In: Kraas, F. et al. (Hrsg.): Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Bornträger, 71

Bork-Hüffer, T. & Hackenbroch, K. (2019): Governance of Service Provision: Agents and Arenas of Health Care and Infrastructure Provision. In: Kraas, F. et al. (Hrsg.): Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. Bornträger, 5

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Rafflenbeul, B./ Kraas, F. & Z. Li (2014): Interlinkages of Global Change, National Development Goals, Urbanization and International Migration in China. The Example of African Migrants in Guangzhou and Foshan. In: Kraas, F./ Aggarwal, S./ Coy, M. & G. Mertins (Hrsg.): Megacities – Our Global Urban Future. Springer, 135-150.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): Transformation und Stadtentwicklung in China: alte und neue Risiken für die Gesundheit. In: Passauer Kontaktstudium Geographie 2012. Passau, 27-40.

Bork, T./ Kraas, F.: Einleitung. In: Kraas, F. & T. Bork (Hrsg., 2012): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration. Eine Welt 25, (Nomos Publishers) Baden-Baden, 9-12.

Bork, T./ Rafflenbeul, B./ Kraas, F. & Z. Li: Chinas Migrations- und Stadtpolitik: Auswirkungen für afrikanische Migranten in Guangzhou und Foshan. In: Kraas, F. & T. Bork (Hrsg., 2012): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration. Eine Welt 25, (Nomos Publishers) Baden-Baden, 149-165.

Kraas, F. & T. Bork: Urbanisierung und internationale Migration: Versuch einer Standortbestimmung. In: Kraas, F. & T. Bork (Hrsg., 2012): Urbanisierung und internationale Migration. Eine Welt 25, (Nomos Publishers) Baden-Baden 13-30.

Bork, T./ Gransow, B./ Kraas, F. & Y. Yuan (2011): Marketization and Informalization of Health Care Services in Mega-urban China. In: Krämer, A./ Khan, M.M.H. & F. Kraas (Hrsg.): Health in Megacities and Urban Areas. (Springer) Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London, New York, 173-188.

Kraas, F. & T. Bork (2010): Der Mensch im Erdsystem: Herausforderungen für die Zukunft. In: Wefer, G. & F. Schmieder (Hrsg.): Expedition Erde. Wissenswertes und Spannendes aus den Geowissenschaften. (Marum Bibliothek) Bremen.

Bork, T. &. K.-H. Erdmann (2005): Grenzüberschreitende Naturschutzareale im südlichen Afrika als Instrument der Konfliktbewältigung und Friedenskonsolidierung. In: Zukunftsfaktor Natur – Blickpunkt Berge und Gebirge. Bonn, 135-158.

 

 

Other Publications (selection):

 

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): cON/FFlating spaces: on the intersections and conflation of our ONline and OFFline worlds. Blog entry. Transient Spaces Blog. Published on 25 November 2019. https://www.transient-spaces.org/blog/blog-con-fflating-spaces-on-the-intersections-and-conflation-of-our-online-and-offline-worlds/ DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.34834/2019.0001

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Inaugural lecture: Transient cities and societies. Video Blog. Transient Spaces Blog. Published on 09 October 2019. https://www.transient-spaces.org/blog/blog-transient-cities-and-societies/ DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.34834/2019.0004

Bork-Hüffer, T. (accepted for publication): Intra-Urban and Inter-Urban Quality of Life or Liveability Approaches. In: Michalos, A.C. (Hrsg.): Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research (Springer) Dordrecht, 2nd edition (revised 2014 version).

Butsch, C./ Kroll, M. & T. Bork-Hüffer (accepted for publication): Megaurban Health in Countries of the Global South. In: Michalos, A.C. (Hrsg.): Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research (Springer) Dordrecht, 2nd edition (revised 2014 version).

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2016): Migrationspolitik und ihre Dynamik im Einwanderungsland Singapur. In: Universitas 71 (11), 47-63.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2014): Intra-Urban and Inter-Urban Quality of Life Approaches. In: Michalos, A.C. (Hrsg.): Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research (Springer) Dordrecht.

Butsch, C./ Kroll, M. & T. Bork-Hüffer (2014): Megaurban Health in Developing and Newly Industrializing Countries. In: Michalos, A.C. (Hrsg.): Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life and Well-being Research (Springer) Dordrecht.

Butsch, C./ Bork-Hüffer, T. & M. Kroll (2014): Menschliche Gesundheit in den Megastädten Indiens und Chinas. In: Universitas 69 (5), 40-59.

Kraas, F., Sterly, H. & T. Bork-Hüffer (2012): Megacities-Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change. The EU Parliament Magazine, Ausgabe 360, S. 94. Online verfügbar: http://www.theparliament.com/digimag/issue360

Bork, T./ Kilian, P. & H. Sterly (2009): Informalität in Megastädten. Das Beispiel der megaurbanen Region Perlflussdelta, China. In: Praxis Geographie 39 (7-8), 28-32.

Beisswenger, S./ Bork, T. & P. Kilian (2008): Perlflussdelta: Vom Dreistromland zur megaurbanen Region. Wanderungsbewegungen und Stadtentwicklungen im Süden Chinas. Scinexx vom 29. Februar, 2008. Abrufbar unter: http://www.g-o.de/geounion-aws_basics-7882.html.

 

Presentations on Invitation (selection):

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Kontakte und Begegnungen in „cON/FFlating Spaces“: Zur Bedeutung der Verschmelzung von physischen und digitalen Räumen für unser soziales Miteinander, Berner Humangeographisches Kolloquium, 10th December, Bern

Bork-Hüffer & B. Mahlknecht (2019): Digitale Kollektivität in cON/FFlating Spaces. Tagung „Digitale Kollektivität: Ressourcenerwerb und soziale Teilhabe im Cyberspace“, 8th November, Regensburg, Hansen-Stiftung, Forschungsstelle Kultur- und Kollektivwissenschaft

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Singapur – Nationale Identitätsstiftung in einer hybriden Gesellschaft im Wandel, Philosophisches Café Innsbruck, Austria

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Begegnungen in digitalen Räumen: Wie Digitale Medien unsere Wahrnehmung von „Anderen“ prägen, Ringvorlesung „Digitale Geographien“, 14th of June, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2018): Diversität und Begegnungen: Konstruktionen von Differenz im physischen und digitalen Raum. 3. Innsbrucker Winterschool “Sprachliche Diversität – Diversität in der Sprache”, 22nd November 2018, Obergurgl, Austria

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2018): Smart City Concepts in Southeast Asia and the Smart National Model in Singapore. Panel Discussion organised by the Berlin ASEAN Committee: “Urbanisation and Smart Cities”, 13th June 2018, Berlin (Panelist and Presenter)

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2018): “Geographien der Begegnung und (De)Konstruktionen von Differenz im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung”, May 8th 2018, Workshop of the Forschungszentrum „Migration und Globalisierung“, University of Innsbruck

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): “Singapur: Der Stadtstaat zwischen nationaler Identitätsfindung und globalem Wettbewerb”, Innsbrucker Geographische Gesellschaft, November 11th  2017, University of Innsbruck

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): “Digitalisierung und Geographien der Begegnung”, Workshop “Information and Communication Technologies for Development”, October 13th 2017, Bonn

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2014): “Governance Challenges in China’s Urban Health Care System:
Effects for its Domestic and International Migrant Population”, UGEC-Conference, November 6th,Taipei, Taiwan

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2013): “The Singapore Urban Development Model in China: Challenges for Meeting Public, Social and Psycho-social Health Needs”, Conference “Health in Chinese Megacities: From Environmental Risks and Socio-Epidemiological Challenges to Public Health Chances of Future Development”, Sino-German Centre for Research Promotion and Chinese Academy of Sciences, October 8th, Beijing, China

Bork, Hüffer, T. & Y. Yuan-Ihle (2013): “Management of Foreigners in China During the Era of Economic Reforms and Beyond: Experiences of Africans and Expected Effects of Current Policy Changes”, Conference “From Hu-Wen to Xi-Li Administration: China’s Leadership Transition and Its Domestic and International Implications”, Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, September 12th, 2013, Kuala Lumpur

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2013): “Migration and Health in Urban China”, East Asia Institute Seminar Series, National University of Singapore, September 9th, 2013, Singapore

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2013): „Chinas Megastädte: Motoren des Aufstiegs der Volksrepublik“, Volkshochschule München, February 19th, Munich, Germany

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): „Transformation und Stadtentwicklung in China: alte und neue Risiken für die Gesundheit“, Passauer Kontaktstudium Geographie” 2012, April 19th, Passau, Germany

Bork, T. & F. Kraas (2011): Keynote: „Chinas Megastädte: Schlüssel zur Weltmachtposition?“ Lecture Series: „China – Mensch, Welt, Macht“ [China – Man, World, Power], Professional Center of the University of Cologne, Cologne, October 18th, 2011

Bork, T. & F. Kraas (2011): Keynote: „Seelische Gesundheit in Städten“. International Day of Mental Health organized by the Association for Mental Health, Cologne and the City of Cologne, Cologne City Hall, October 10th, 2011

Bork, T. (2009): „Analyse und Bewertung der Gesundheitssituation in Dörfern-in-der-Stadt in Guangzhou, China“, Dr. Prill-Preis award conferment ceremony of the Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Köln, November 19th, Cologne, Germany

Bork, T. (2007): “Villages-in-the-city in Pearl River Delta, China – Perspectives and Needs for Action”, “International Workshop: Next Steps for Sustainable Urban Research”, September, 5th, Centre for Sustainable Urban Research (cSUR), University of Tokyo, Japan

Bork, T. (2006): “Health Situation in Urban Villages of Guangzhou.” Public Presentation at the School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, December 21st, Guangzhou, China

 

 

Other Presentations (selection):

 

Kaufmann, K., Bork-Hüffer, T., Rutzinger, M. & N. Gudowsky-Blatakes (2019): The Digital, Affects and Space (DigitAS), 4th European Technology Assessment Conference, Bratislava

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Virtual Healing Places? Zur Veränderung des Verhältnisses von Raum(wahrnehmung) und Gesundheit durch die Digitalisierung, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, September 28th, Kiel

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): The Geographies of Difference in Conflating Digital and Offline Spaces of Encounter: Migrant Professionals‘ Throwntogetherness in Singapore, August 30th, London, RGS-IBG

Bork-Hüffer, T., Rutzinger, M., Kaufmann, K. & N. Gudowsky-Blatakes (2019): Creative Methodologies for Researching the Socio-spatial Impact of Augmented Urban Futures, August 30th, London, RGS-IBG

Bork-Hüffer, T., Rutzinger, M., Kaufmann, K. & N. Gudowsky-Blatakes (2019): The Digital, Affects and Space (DigitAS), DFG-Netzwerktreffen Digitale Geographien, 23rd May 2019, Frankfurt, Austria

Bork-Hüffer, T., Rutzinger, M., Kaufmann, K. & N. Gudowsky-Blatakes (2019): The Digital, Affects and Space (DigitAS), Symposium “Reflections on the Societal Consequences of a Future in Mixed Realities”, May 17th, Innsbruck

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2019): Mediated Sense of Place? Reflections on the Conflation of our
Physical and Digital Perceptions of Place. International Conference “Medien – Wissen – Bildung: Augmentierte und virtuelle Wirklichkeiten“, 26th April 2019, Innsbruck, Austria

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2018): (Im)Mobilitäten und die Wahrnehmung von Orten: Ergebnisse einer transkulturellen und Langzeitstudie mit kognitiven Karten, 5th Annual Conference of the Migration- and Integration Research in Austria, 6th December 2018, Vienna, Austria

Bork-Hüffer T. (2018): Geographies of Difference in Digital Spaces of Encounter:
Results from Singapore and New Avenues for Research, Geographiewerkstatt Österreich, 27th June 2018, Tainach, Österreich

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2018): Der Methodenpluralismus in der Humangeographie und das Nicht-repräsentationale Paradigma. Schwerpunkttag des Forschungsschwerpunktes „Kulturelle Konflikte – Kulturelle Begegnungen“ der Universität Innsbruck, 29th of May 2018, Innsbruck

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2018): “Aktuelle Schwerpunkte und Projektideen im Bereich der digitalen Geographie”, Netzwerktreffen Digitale Geographien, 20th April 2018, Humboldt University Berlin

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2018): “Zur (Un)Wirksamkeit der Begrenzung von Migration durch Mauern und Zäune”, Wissenschaftlicher Habilitationsvortrag im Fach Geographie, 18th January 2018, University of Cologne

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): “Mediated Sense of Place? Zur Auswirkung von Digitalisierung und Mobilität auf Raumwahrnehmung”, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, September 30th, Tübingen

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): “Interkulturelle Begegnungen in digitalen Räumen – Auswirkungen auf Vorurteile und Stereotype”, Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, October 3rd, Tübingen

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): “Asian Urbanisms, Worlding Practices and the Model City: Singapore’s Smart Nation Strategy”, Annual Conference of the AK Stadtgeographie im Entwicklungskontext of the DGfG, July 8th, University of Cologne

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2017): “Challenge: Rising Xenophobia – Effects on Immigration Politics and Migrants’ Lives in Singapore”. Annual Conference of the AK Stadtgeographie im Entwicklungskontext of the DGfG, June 25th, University of Göttingen

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Etzold, B./ Gransow, B./ Tomba, L./ Sterly, H./ Suda, K./ Kraas, F. & R. Flock (2015): “Transient urban spaces: Migrants‘ agency, translocality and the transformation of urban spaces”, Junior Researcher Workshop on “Translocal Spatial Practices, Urban Transformations: Migration and Mobile Urbanism in South and South-East Asia”, January 14th-16th, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in cooperation with the FREINEM (Freiburger Network for Migration Research) and the Freiburg Center for Transcultural Asian Studies (CETRAS), Freiburg

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2014): “Environment and Health in China‘s Urban Marginal Settlements”, Humboldt Kolleg on “Environment and Health in the 21st Century, September 22nd, Center for Life Sciences, Singapore

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2014): “Intersections of Offline and Virtual Contact Zones: Transnational Migrants’ Transcultural Encounters in Singapore”, Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, October 21th-24th, Daegu, Korea.

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2014): “Mediated Sense of Place: Changes in Place Perception During the Migration Process of Highly Skilled Transnationals in Singapore”, Workshop “Manoeuvering Through Physical and Virtual Spaces: Mobility and New Media in Asian Cities”, August 4th-5th, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2013): “Self-organisation and the Creation of New Urban Spaces: Analysing African Migrants’ Agency in Chinese Urbanisation”, Bi-annual Meeting of German Geographers, October 3rd, Passau

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2013): “Mobility, New Media and the City”, Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union, August 5th, Kyoto, Japan

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2013): “ICT and the Change of Notion of Place. The Example of
German Migrant Professionals in Singapore”, Regional Conference of the International Geographical Union, August 5th, Kyoto, Japan

Bork-Hüffer, T./ Etzold, B./ Gransow, B./ Tomba, L./ Sterly, H./ Suda, K./ Kraas, F. & R. Flock (2013): “Migrants’ Agency and the Making of Transient Urban Spaces.
Examples from the Pearl River Delta, China, and Dhaka, Bangladesh”, Final Symposium of the DFG Priority Program 1233, April 15th-16th, Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn

Bork, Hüffer, T. (2013): “Migration, Agency, and Health in China”, Final Symposium of the DFG Priority Program, 1233, April 15th-16th, Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2013): “Migrants’ Health Seeking Practices in Guangzhou, China: Understanding the Nexus Between Reflexivity, Rules and Constraints”, Asia Research Institute Seminar Series, January 15th, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): “Intervention II: An Example of a Mixed Methods Research Approach: Benefits and Constraints for Migration Research”, Workshop “Outsiders, Migrant Workers, New Citizens – What Story to Tell? Migrants in the Mega-urban Pearl River Delta/China”, November 17th, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): “’The Place of Culture in Social Theory’ and in Social Geography. A New Approach Towards Linking Agency, Structure and Culture”, International Geographical Congress (IGC), August 28th, Cologne

Bork-Hüffer, T. (2012): “Health Seeking Actions – A New Approach towards Conceptualizing the Health Seeking Process”, Pre-Conference Meeting of the IGC “The Geography of Health: The Challenges of Environmental and Societal Issues in the 21st Century”, August 24th, Berlin

Bork-Hüffer, T., Garschagen, M. & F. Kraas (2012): “Pathways  and  Challenges of Urban  Development  Under  Transformation in China and Vietnam: Commonalities and Differences”, Annual Conference of the Work Groups “Southeast Asia” and “East Asia” of the German Association of Geographers (DGfG), May 12th, Duisburg

Bork, T. (2010): „Auswirkungen von Globalisierung, Zuwanderung, Stadtentwicklung und -management auf die Umweltgesundheit in Chinas Dörfern-in-der-Stadt“, Annual Conference of the AK Stadtgeographie im Entwicklungskontext of the DGfG, November 12th, Erlangen

Bork, T. (2010): “Internal and International Migrant Communities in the Pearl River Delta/ China – Linking Informal Migration Dynamics, Global Change and Urban Health”, Scientific Colloquium of Priority Program 1233 of the German Research Foundation, May 11th, Berlin

Bork, T. (2010): “Governance Challenges in China’s Urban Health Care System – The Role of Stakeholders”, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 15th, Washington DC, USA

Bork, T. (2009): “DFG-project: Internal Migrant Communities and Health Strategies in Urban Villages of Pearl River Delta, China: Key Findings”, Presented at the Scientific Colloquium of Priority Program 1233 of the German Research Foundation, June 23rd, Dortmund

Bork, T. & F. Kraas (2009): “Governance Challenges in China’s Urban Health Care System – Informal Health Care Providers in Guangzhou”, Annual Conference of the Work Group: “Geographical Urban Research in the Development Context” of the German Association of Geographers (DGfG), June 7th, Innsbruck, Austria

Bork, T. (2009) “Governance Challenges in China’s Urban Health Care System – The Example of Informal and Illegal Health Care Providers in Guangzhou”, Regional Workshop of Priority Programme 1233 of the German Research Foundation, February 26th, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

About Me

The main question that guides my research is how practices and power relations shape spaces, cities, and societies, especially in relation to three interconnected processes: urbanisation, mobilities and, digitisation. Throughout the last 15 years I have worked on particularly quickly changing regions, urban, and cON/FFlating spaces in Southeast and East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, China) as well as Central Europe (Austria, Germany). I am a geographer whose work is characterised by an interdisciplinary outreach, and a focus on cross-sectional topics.

I have a high interest in debating, developing, and refining theoretical-conceptual approaches based on ethically sound, and empirically founded research, in which I apply qualitative, mixed, mobile, non-representational, and digital methods. Research-led, student-focused, and interactive teaching as well as learning methods are inspiring my work with my student(researcher)s.

My research has been supported by grants from the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation, the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). For my doctoral thesis I received the award of the Association of Geographers at Universities and Research Institutions in the German-speaking area (VGDH, Austria, Germany, Switzerland). Among others, I was coordinator of the DFG priority programme “Megacities – Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change” at Cologne University, and research as well as teaching fellow at the National University of Singapore, and the Sun-Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. I studied at the Universities of Bonn, Belfast, and Cologne, and received my doctoral, and habilitation degrees from Cologne University.

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