Institute of Regional Science

Regional research focus Bangladesh

The world's tropical coastal areas are

  • for the most part densely populated,
  • important economic centres and
  • permanently threatened by natural disasters as well as by an ongoing loss of resources,

rendering them highly vulnerable. Land use conflicts caused by competition for resources are aggravated. The cumulation of disastrous natural phenomenons which are forecasted as a result of the climate change for instance confront these regions with additional risks, causing the need for adopted planning strategies and measures. 

One of the regional foci of the Institute of Regional Science to study the complex cooperation of these processes is Bangladesh, a country whose coastal areas are often affected by tropical cyclones and floods with catastrophic effects.

At first, the research interest focuses on the analysis of

  • measurable and observable processes,
  • the reaction of the coastal population to these disasters and hazard risks and
  • the question which impacts external interventions in case of disastrous events have in the long run.

Besides, basics in view of an adaptable and compatible development and planning strategy in coastal areas are worked out.

In the framework of the regional research focus Bangladesh, these questions are investigated on site by means of empirical social research methods and in cooperation with local research teams. Also dissertations and Master's theses at the KIT regularly deal with questions of vulnerability of the southwestern coastal area of Bangladesh.

The regional research focus Bangladesh is closely connected with the research areas of  transformation of environment and resources, transformation of economy and society, method-integration as well as municipal management.