Vera Tolo

Research Associate / PhD Candidate

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Department of Geography, Bonn University
Meckenheimer Allee 166
D-53115 Bonn

Meckenheimer Allee 176,
3. Floor, Room 3.009

Tel.: +49.(0)228.73-2096

Consultation hours: on appointment
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Biography | Research interests | PhD DissertationPresentations


I studied geography, sociology, and development economics at the University of Bonn, with a focus on vulnerability, food security, and migration research. For my final thesis, I examined the political ecology of food security in the context of oil production in southern Chad. The project was carried out in cooperation with the Centre for Research in Anthropology and Human Sciences Chad and Misereor. Currently, I am a research associate and PhD candidate with the RCR Project based at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne. Previously, I have worked as a trainer on intercultural learning and conducted interactive workshops for organizations like GIZ, Bayer, and Telecom in this regard. I am a native of Sarajevo and fluent in German and English.

Research Interests

Conceptual: translocality, socio-ecological systems, resilience, food security   

Thematic: migration studies, relational sociology, political ecology, (internal) labor migration   

Regional: Central Africa (Chad); East Africa (Kenya)

PhD Dissertation

Translocal Relations & Reorganization of Socio-Ecological Systems (SES)
A case study on the nexus between internal labor migration and land use in Kenya

The project investigates the environmental impacts of translocal relations in migrants’ rural origins. It places specific attention on the (re)production of different types of translocal relations and their particular socio-ecological implications. Learn more here ...


Tolo, V. (2015): “If nobody was sending money, everything would stop”. Die Rolle translokaler Beziehungen für Landnutzungswandel


Tolo, V. (2014): A Kenyan Marriage and a European Perception. Blog: Connecting the spots - Notes on migration and environment from a geographical perspective, Oct. 2014.


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

Seminar on  Strategien und Methoden der Kritischen Entwicklungsforschung | “Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) als Methode der Entwicklungsforschung“, Bonn Jan. 2014 and 2015

  Latest Blog:


A Kenyan marriage and a European perception 
by Vera Tolo
Blog: Connecting the Spots



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We are a BMBF supported research group seeking to decipher the relationships between migration, translocality, and social resilience to climate change in Thailand. Our working group is based at the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany. Get to know our team...




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