Urban and Population Geography working group

Dr. Anna Lena Bercht

research assistent

Room: 414
Phone: +49 431 880-1781
Fax: +49 431 880-4658

Curriculum Vitae

2013 - present
    Associate Researcher, Disaster Research Centre (KFS), Freie Universität Berlin
       
2012 - present
    Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Geography at the University of Kiel (DFG Priority Programme 1233 "Megacities - Megachallenge. Informal Dynamics of Global Change", Project Phase III) (DFG-Priority Programme) .
       
2011     PhD ( "Stress Experience, emotions and Coping in Guangzhou China - Man-Environment-Transactions from a Geographical and Psychological Perspective")
       
2007-2011     Research Scientist at the Department of Geography at the University of Kiel (DFG Priority Programme 1233 „Megacities – Megachallenge. Informal Dynamics of Global Change“, Phase I and II)
       
2006     Diploma with honours (Diploma-thesis: "The Impact of Urban Tourism on the Quality of Life in the Historic District of Luebeck, Germany")
       
2002-2006     Student assistant in the International Center of the University of Kiel
       
1999-2006     Studies of Geography (Minors: Psychology an Public Law) and teaching training program for Gymnasium (Geography and English)
       
1998-1999     Studies of Psychology at the University of Kiel, resumption of studies since 2006
       
1997-1998     Au paircombined with College-Studies, USA
       
       
Scholarships / Support Programmes
 
       
2013     Hans Driesch science award for innovative and interdisciplinary thinking  (endowed with 5000 euro; awarded by the selection panel of Witten/Herdecke university)

2013     Final of Dahlberg-Preis 2013 for transdisciplinary junior research of the Akademie gemeinnütziger Wissenschaften zu Erfurt, endowed with 1500 euro

since 2012     Mentee in the mentoring-programme via (support-programme for highly qualified female postdocs)
       
2006     Scholarship for Summer School at the Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China
       
2004     Studies of Geography at the University of Vienna (Erasmus-Exchange)
       
2002     DAAD-Scholarship for an internship in New Zealand (tourism marketing)

Research Projects

Research Focus

  • stress, vulnerability, emotions, coping, resilience

  • urban governance and transformation processes in megacities (in particular in East Asia)

  •  interface of geography and psychology

  • qualitative social research methods

 

Regiona Focus

  • China

 

PhD Project

... within the DFG-Priority-Programme  1233 "Megacities-Megachallenge - Informal Dynamics of Global Change".

DFG

Megacities - Megachallenge

Title:

"Stress Experience, Emotions and Coping in Guangzhou China - Man-Environment-Transactions from a Geographical and Psychhological Perspective"

Summary and Content

Dissertation Available from Steiner Verlag

Publications

Wehrhahn, R., M. Helten and A. L. Bercht (2013): Politische Ökologie des Trinkwassers in Guangzhou: Akteure und soziale Verwundbarkeiten. In: Geographische Rundschau 65 (10), pp. 38-45.

Bercht, A. L. (2013): Glurbanization of the Chinese megacity Guangzhou – image building and city development through entrepreneurial governance. In: Geographica Helvetica 68 (2), pp. 129-138. Link

Bercht, A. L. (2013): Resilience in the face of changing living conditions in Guangzhou, China – insights and perspectives from psychology. In: Erdkunde 67 (1), pp. 63-74. Link

Bercht, A. L. (2013): Stresserleben, Emotionen und Coping in Guangzhou, China. Mensch-Umwelt-Transaktionen aus geographischer und psychologischer Perspektive. Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag (Reihe Megastädte und Globaler Wandel Band 8, 445 S.). Link zum Buch

Azzam, R., R. Strohschön, K. Baier, L. Lu, K. Wiethoff, A. L. Bercht and R. Wehrhahn (2013): Water Quality and Socio-Ecological Vulnerability Regarding Urban Development  in Selected Case Studies of the Megacity Guangzhou. In: Kraas, F., S. Aggarwal, M.Coy und G. Mertins (eds): Megacities. Our Global Urban Future. Springer, pp. 33-58.

Strohschön, R., K. Wiethoff, K. Baier, L. Lu, A. L. Bercht, R. Wehrhahn and R. Azzam (2013): Land use and water quality in Guangzhou, China: A survey of ecological and social vulnerability in four urban units of the rapidly developing megacity. In: International Journal of Environmental Research 7 (2), pp. 343-358. Link

Bercht, A. L. and R. Wehrhahn (2011): Urban restructuring processes in Guangzhou/China – the significance of emotion-focussed coping. In: Geographische Zeitschrift 99 (1), pp. 50-64.

Bercht, A. L. and R. Wehrhahn (2010): A psychological-geographical approach to vulnerability: the example of a Chinese urban development project from the perspective of the transactional stress model. In: Environment and Planning A 42 (7), pp. 1705-1722.

Wehrhahn, R., A. L. Bercht, C. L. Krause, R. Azzam, F. Kluge, R. Strohschön, K. Wiethoff and K. Baier (2008): Urban restructuring and social and water-related vulnerability in mega-cities – the example of the urban village of Xincún, Guangzhou (China). In: Die Erde 139 (3), pp. 227-249.

Wehrhahn, R. and A. L. Bercht (2008): Konsequenzen der Weltmarktintegration für die mega-urbane Entwicklung in China. Das Beispiel Guangzhou/Perlflussdelta. In: Geographie und Schule 173, pp. 18-27.


Presentations

Psychological Resilience and the Role of Risk and Protective Factors – Conceptual Considerations Based on Research in Guangzhou, China. Bercht, A. L. Final Conference of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Priority Program "Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change". Bonn, 14.04.-16.04.2013.

Glurbanization Processes in Guangzhou – Competitive Urban Development and Discourses. Bercht, A. L. Regional Conference of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Priority Program "Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change". Dongguan/China, 21.11.-23.11.2012.

A Psychological-Geographical Approach to Vulnerability: The Example of a Chinese Urban Development Project from the Perspective of the Transactional Stress Model. Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Edinburgh, 03.07.-05.07.2012.

Vulnerability in Guangzhou – Urbanization Processes from a Social and Ecological Perspective. Bercht, A. L. Annual Scientific Colloquium of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Priority Program "Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change". Berlin, 09.05.-11.05.2010.

Stress Appraisal, Vulnerability and Coping with the Impacts of Urban Restructuring in China – Linking Geographical and Psychological Concepts of Vulnerability. Gemeinschaftsvortrag: Bercht, A. L., Wehrhahn, R. Internationale Konferenz des UFZ: Megacities: Risk, Vulnerability and Sustainable Development. Leipzig, 07.09.-09.09.2009.

Megastadtentwicklung und lokale Auswirkungen - Stresserleben und (in)formelles Coping in Guangzhou, China. Bercht, A. L. Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreises Geographische Stadtforschung im Entwicklungskontext: In_formalität und Stadt - globale Trends, lokale Dynamiken. Innsbruck, 05.06.-07.06.2009.

Appraisal of Stress and Coping - a Traditional Village and the Impacts of Rapid Urbanization. Bercht, A. L. Regional Conference of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Priority Program "Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change". Dhaka/Bangladesch, 25.02.-26.02.2009.

Socio-ecological Consequences of Rapid Urban Restructuring – First Results and Further Research Perspectives. Gemeinschaftsvortrag: Wehrhahn, R., Bercht, A. L. Regional Conference of the German Research Foundation's (DFG) Priority Program "Megacities - Megachallenge: Informal Dynamics of Global Change". Guangzhou/China, 13.11.-14.11.2008.

Ökologische und sozioökonomische Vulnerabilität in Megacities – Beispiele aus Guangzhou/China. Gemeinschaftsvortrag: Wehrhahn, R., Bercht, A. L., Wiethoff, K. Jahrestagung des Arbeitskreises Geographische Stadtforschung im Entwicklungskontext: Megastädte in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern. Köln, 30.11.-02.12.2007.