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Prof. Dr. Benjamin Etzold


Department of Geography

Chair of Human Geography


Malteserstr. 74-100

12249 Berlin

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Every wednesday from 14-15 o'clock


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Dr Benjamin Etzold is a scholar working at the intersections of social geography, migration studies and development studies. Since 2016, he has been working at the Bonn International Centre for Conversion – a think tank in the field of peace and conflict studies. He studied at the Universities of Stuttgart, Adelaide (Australia) and Bonn and worked in the University of Bonn’s Geography Department from 2007 till 2016. He obtained his PhD in 2012 with his research on the (trans)local livelihoods of street food vendors and political contestations in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Findings from his thesis have been published as a book with the title “The Politics of Street Food” (Steiner Verlag 2013), in a number of articles as well as chapters in edited volumes. Benjamin Etzold has worked extensively on urban livelihoods, food security, informality, social vulnerability and resilience, and on multifarious relations between climate change, food security and human mobility in Bangladesh. In recent years, his research focused on migration trajectories towards Europe, on labour relations in the context of migration and displacement, and on refugee’s integration, place-making and transnational lives. Dr Etzold currently leads the international and interdisciplinary EU-funded research project TRAFIG (‘Transnational Figurations of Displacement’) as scientific coordinator. The TRAFIG projects investigates the role of mobility and translocal connectivity for people in long-term displacement. It aims at generating new knowledge to help develop solutions for protracted displacement that are tailored to the needs and capacities of persons affected by displacement.

Winter Term 2020/21

  • Vorlesung Geographische Entwicklungsforschung
  • Grundkurs Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen (4 Vorlesungen)
  • Seminar Qualitative Datenanalyse
  • Projekt II, virtuelle Exkursionen zu entwicklungspolitischen Einrichtungen

Transnational Figurations of Displacement (TRAFIG), 2019-2022

EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project that aims to develop innovative solutions to protracted displacement on the basis of displaced people’s mobility and their translocal networks. Scientific coordinator. https://trafig.eu  

Flucht: Forschung und Transfer, 2016-2019

Project on the state-of-the-art and research networks in the field of forced migration and refugee studies in Germany, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research

(BMBF), carried out with the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of

Osnabrück. Coordinator of BICC’s activities. https://flucht-forschung-transfer.de/  

“Where the Rain falls“ – Climate Change, Hunger and Human Mobility, 2011-2012

Research project led by UNU-EHS and CARE International on the interrelations between rainfall variability, food insecurity and migration, funded by the AXA Group and the MacArthur foundation. Lead author for Bangladesh case study. http://wheretherainfalls.org

The Megaurban Food System of Dhaka (Bangladesh), 2007-2010

Project focussing on investigating the function of Dhaka’s food system and interrelated questions on food security and urban livelihoods in the priority programme „Megacities-Megachallenges: Informal Dynamics of Global Change" funded by German Research Foundation (DFG). PhD-candidate. http://www.megacities-megachallenge.org

Orcid-ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1109-7640


  • Mallick, B. & B. Etzold (Ed.)(2015): Environment, Migration and Adaptation. Evidence and Politics of Climate Change in Bangladesh. (AHDPH) Dhaka.
  • Etzold, B. (2013): The Politics of Street Food. Contested Governance and Vulnerabilities in Dhaka's Field of Street Vending. Kraas, F. et al.: Megacities and Global Change / Megastädte und globaler Wandel – Band 13. (Franz Steiner Verlag) Stuttgart.
  • Etzold, B. (2009): Illegalisierte Migration in der Flüssigen Moderne. Migration aus Afrika und die europäische Grenzsicherungspolitik. Dittmann, A. et al.: Entwicklungsforschung. WVB, Berlin.


  • Etzold, B. (2019): Special issue ‘Violence, Mobility and Labour Relations in Asia’, International Quarterly for Asian Studies (IQAS), 50(1-2)
  • Sakdapolrak, P. & B. Etzold (2016): Special section ‘Geographies of Vulnerability and Resilience – Critical Explorations’, Die Erde 147 (4).
  • Deffner, V., C. Haferburg, P. Sakdapolrak, M. Eichholz, B. Etzold & B. Michel (2014): Special Issue ‚Relational denken, Ungleichheiten reflektieren – Bourdieus Theorie der Praxis in der Geographischen Entwicklungsforschung‘, Geographica Helvetica 69 (1).
  • Keck, M. & B. Etzold (2013): Special Issue ‘Risks and Resilience in Asian Megacities’, Erdkunde 67 (1).

peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reports

  • Ferreira, N.; C. Jacobs; P. Kea; … B. Etzold et al. (2020). Governing protracted displacement: An analysis across global, regional and domestic contexts (TRAFIG working paper 3). Bonn: BICC.
  • Etzold, Benjamin (2020): Fragmentierungen im Feld des Asyls. Alte Hürden und neue Hierarchien beim Arbeitsmarktzugang von Geflüchteten in Deutschland. In: Kristina Binner und Karin Scherschel (Hg.): Fluchtmigration und Gesellschaft. Von Nutzenkalkülen, Solidarität und Exklusion (Arbeitsgesellschaft im Wandel), S. 149–168.
  • Etzold, B. (2019). Violence, Mobility and Labour Relations in Asia: Editorial. International Quarterly for Asian Studies (IQAS), 50(1-2), 5–18. https://doi.org/10.11588/iqas.2019.1-2.10287
  • Etzold, B. (2019): Fragmentierte Flucht nach Europa. In: Stadtforschung und Statistik 32 (2), S. 77–80.
  • Etzold, B. (2019). Auf der Flucht: (Im)Mobilisierung und (Im)Mobilität von Schutzsuchenden. Flucht: Forschung und Transfer (State-of-Research Papier No. 04). Osnabrück, Bonn. Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS); Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC): https://flucht-forschung-transfer.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/SoR-04-Benjamin-Etzold-WEB.pdf
  • Etzold, B.; M. Belloni; R. King et al. (2019). Transnational Figurations of Displacement (TRAFIG Working Paper No. 1). Bonn. https://trafig.eu/output/working-papers/2019-01/D011-TWP-Transnational-Figurations-of-Displacement-Etzold-et-al-2019-v02p-20190709.pdf
  • Sterly, H.; B. Etzold; S. Peth (2019): Bangladesch. Beweggründe für Binnenmigration und translokale Lebensrealitäten. In: Geographische Rundschau (3), S. 18–23.
  • Sterly, H.; B. Etzold; L. Wirkus, P. Sakdapolrak et al. (2019): Assessing Refugees’ Onward Mobility with Mobile Phone Data—A Case Study of (Syrian) Refugees in Turkey. In A. A. Salah, A. Pentland, B. Lepri, & E. Letouzé (Eds.), Guide to Mobile Data Analytics in Refugee Scenarios: The 'Data for Refugees Challenge' Study (pp. 251–263). Cham: Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-12554-7_13
  • Etzold, B. (2018): Arbeit trotz Asyl? Erlebte Chancen und Hürden von Geflüchteten beim Zugang zu Arbeit. In: Becker, M., V. Kronenberg & H. Pompe (Hrsg.): Fluchtpunkt Integration. Panorama eines Problemfeldes. Heidelberg / Berlin (Springer): 319-353. http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783658194291
  • Etzold, B. (2017): Capitalising on Asylum – The Reconfiguration of Refugees’ Access to Local Fields of Labour in Germany. In: Refugee Review, Vol. III: 82-102. https://espminetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/7-Etzold.pdf
  • Etzold, B. (2017): Mobility, Space and Livelihood Trajectories. New Perspectives on Migration, Translocality and Place-making for Livelihood studies. In: de Haan, L. (Ed.): Livelihoods and Development – New Perspectives (Brill Publications): 44-67. Doi: 10.1163/9789004347182_004 http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/b9789004347182s004
  • Etzold, B. & P. Sakdapolrak (2016): Socio-spatialities of vulnerability: towards a polymorphic perspective in vulnerability research. In: DIE ERDE 147 (4): 234-251.
  • Sakdapolrak, P. & B. Etzold (2016): Editorial to the special section “Geographies of Vulnerability and Resilience – Critical Explorations”. In: DIE ERDE 147 (4): 330-233.
  • Etzold, B. & B. Mallick (2016): Moving Beyond the Focus on Environmental Migration Towards Recognizing the Normality of Translocal Lives: Insights from Bangladesh. In: Milan, A., Schraven, B., Warner, K. & N. Cascone (Eds.): Migration, Risk Management and Climate Change: Evidence and Policy Responses. Global Migration Issues 6 (Springer): 105-128. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-42922-9_6
  • Etzold, B. (2016): Migration, Informal Labour and (Trans)Local Productions of Urban Space – The Case of Dhaka’s Street Food Vendors. In: Population, Space and Place 22 (2): 170-184.
  • Bork-Hüffer, T., B. Etzold, B. Gransow, L. Tomba et al. (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.
  • Etzold, B., et al. (2016): Rainfall Variability, Hunger, and Social Inequality, and Their Relative Influences on Migration: Evidence from Bangladesh. In: McLeman, R. et al. (Ed.): Environmental Migration and Social Inequality. (Springer) Dordrecht: 27-41.
  • Afifi, T., A. Milan, B. Etzold, B. Schraven, C. Rademacher-Schulz, P. Sakdapolrak, A. Reif, K. van der Geest & K. Warner (2016): Human mobility in response to rainfall variability: opportunities for migration as a successful adaptation strategy in eight case studies. In: Migration and Development 5 (2): 254-274.
  • Etzold, B. & B. Mallick (2015): Länderprofil Bangladesch. Reihe Focus Migration. Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS), Osnabrück, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb), Bonn.
  • Etzold, B. (2015): Selling in Insecurity – Living with Violence: Eviction Drives against Street Vendors in Dhaka and the Informal Politics of Exploitation In: Ha, N. & K. Graaf (Ed.): Street Vending in the Neoliberal City. (Berghahn) New York: 164-190.
  • Etzold, B., A.U. Ahmed, S.R. Hassan & S. Neelormi (2014): Clouds gather in the sky, but no rain falls. Vulnerability to rainfall variability and food insecurity in Northern Bangladesh and its effects on migration. In: Climate and Development 6 (1): 18-27.
  • Etzold, B. (2014): Raumaneignungen, Regeln und Profite in Dhakas Feld des Straßenhandels – Sozialgeographische Erklärungsversuche auf Grundlage von Bourdieus Theorie der Praxis. In: Geographica Helvetica 69 (1): 37-48.
  • Deffner, V., C. Haferburg, P. Sakdapolrak, M. Eichholz, B. Etzold & B. Michel (2014): Relational denken, Ungleichheiten reflektieren – Bourdieus Theorie der Praxis in der Geographischen Entwicklungsforschung. In: Geographica Helvetica 69 (1): 3-6.
  • Etzold, B. (2014): Towards Fair Street Food Governance in Dhaka – Moving from Exploitation and Eviction to Social Recognition and Support In: de Cassia Vieira Cardoso, R. et al. (Ed.): Street Food. Culture, Economy, Health and Governance. (Routledge) New York: 61–82.
  • Keck, M. & B. Etzold (2013): Risks and Resilience in Asian Megacities. Editorial. Erdkunde 67 (1): 1-3.
  • Keck. M. & B. Etzold (2013): Resilience Refused - Wasted Potentials for Improving Food Security in Dhaka. Erdkunde 67 (1): 75-91.
  • Keck, M., B. Etzold, H.-G. Bohle & W.-P. Zingel (2013): Food Security in Dhaka: Between Global Risks and Local Vulnerabilities. In: Kraas, F. et al. (Ed.): Megacities. Our Global Future. (Springer) Dordrecht / Heidelberg / New York / London: 59-73.
  • Etzold, B. & P. Sakdapolrak (2012): Globale Arbeit – lokale Verwundbarkeit: Internationale Arbeitsmigration aus der Perspektive der geographischen Verwundbarkeitsforschung. In: IMIS-Beiträge 42, 131-163.
  • Ahmed, A.U.A., S.R. Hassan, B. Etzold & S. Neelormi (2012): `Where the Rain Falls´ Project. Case Study: Bangladesh. Report No. 2, UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) & CARE International, Bonn.
  • Etzold, B., S. Jülich, M. Keck, P. Sakdapolrak, T. Schmitt & A. Zimmer (2012): Doing institutions. New trends in institutional theory and their relevance for development geography. Erdkunde, 66 (3), 185-195.
  • Rademacher-Schulz, C., T. Afiffi, K. Warner, T. Rosenfeld, A. Milan, B. Etzold & P. Sakdapolrak (2012): Rainfall Variability, Food Security and Human Mobility. An Approach for Generating Empirical Evidence. Inter SecTions, No.10. Bonn.
  • Zingel, W.-P., B. Etzold, M. Keck, & H.-G. Bohle (2011): Urban Food Security and Health Status of the Poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In: Krämer, A., M.M.H. Khan, F. KRAAS (eds): Health in Megacities and Urban Areas. Springer, Heidelberg: 301-319.
  • Etzold, B. (2011): Die umkämpfte Stadt – Die alltägliche Aneignung öffentlicher Räume durch Straßenhändler in Dhaka (Bangladesch). In: Holm, A. & D. Gebhardt (Ed.): Initiativen für ein Recht auf Stadt. VSA, Hamburg: 187-220.
  • Bohle, H.-G., B. Etzold& M. Keck (2009): Resilience as Agency. In: IHDP Update 2: 8-13.
  • Butsch, C., B. Etzold& P. Sakdapolrak (2009): The Megacity Resilience Framework. Policy Brief. Munich Re & UNU-EHS, Bonn.
  • Etzold, B., M. Keck, H.-G. Bohle& W.-P. Zingel (2009): Informality as agency. Negotiating food security in Dhaka. In: Die Erde 1/2009: 3-24.
  • Keck, M., Etzold, B., H.-G. Bohle & W.-P. Zingel (2008): Reis für die Megacity. Die Nahrungsversorgung von Dhaka zwischen globalen Risiken und lokalen Verwundbarkeiten. In: Geographische Rundschau 60 (11): 28-37.


Most of my publications can be accessed via the academic platform ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Benjamin_Etzold