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Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit zunehmender Verwundbarkeit

Bishawjit Mallick


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1All praises belongs to almighty God. I would like to thank all those individuals who have played essential roles in my advancement towards the completion of this dissertation. First and foremost, I wish to heartily acknowledge my gratitude to my supervisor Professor Dr. rer. nat. Joachim Vogt, Director of the Institute of Regional Science (IfR), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). When deadlines, patience, and existential questions posed hurdles, he remained supportive, constructive and enthusiastic. Needless to say, I would never have managed to complete my thesis work without him.

2My special thanks go to Prof. Dr. Caroline Kramer for her supports and willingness to act as a second examiner. I am also very much grateful to Prof. Dieter Burger, PD Dr. Stefan Norra, for joining in the examination board.

3This research was funded by a PhD studentship from the Catholic Academic Exchange Program (KAAD) under their scholarship program-2, a field research grant from Karlsruhe House of Young Scientist (KHYS) and a contribution from Graduate School for Climate and Environment (GRACE) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Institutional support was provided by the Khulna University and Coastal Research Foundation (CRF) of Bangladesh.

4A long list of people also deserve to be acknowledged. My friendly fellows Raju and Gautam suggested different dimensions of the research questions, which greatly improved my work. Dr. Terry Cannon supported me in analyzing social structure of risk. Dr. Robert McLemann and Dr. Cecilia Tacoli also assisted me in designing the migration and disaster nexus analysis. Prof. Dr. Akhter Hussain Chowdhury, Prof. Dr. Ziaul Haider, Prof. Dr. Dilip Kumar Dutta from Khulna University of Bangladesh were helpful during my field survey in Bangladesh. Sumon, Utpal, Nazrul, Sudeb, Rajib, Rony, Raju Mallick, Tania and Sharmin must be thanked first, as they devoted time and energy to help me carry out my field survey; without their dedication it would have been impossible to complete the field survey. My respondents, who were facing livelihood crisis due to cyclone Sidr and Aila but helped me by answering questions and gave time for discussions must also be thanked – without you I would have had no data. I am in debt to thank Sharmin, Rana and Apurba for their devotion in data input and quality check.

5Others who have at one point or another provided assistance, by sending over documents or answering questions include (at least) the following: Dr. Saleemul Huq, Dr. Lisa Schipper, Dr. Koko Warner, Dr. Sonia Akter, Dr. Oscar Teka, Dr. Ulrike Sturm, Dr. Animesh Gain, Dr. Khan Rubayet Rahman, Dr. Taibur Rahman, Dr. Mustafa M. Naser, Abidur Rahman, Nasrin Akter, ABM Firoz, Hasnayen Ahmed, Dipayan Debnath, Mainul Hossain Liton, Pronab Roy, Taufiq Mohiuddin, Sujoy Barua.

6I am gratefully acknowledging my debt to all my colleagues at the Institute of Regional Science (IfR) for their valuable comments and cooperation. All the language-tutors of the institute deserve huge thanks for supporting me, a non-native German student, in writing my dissertation in German; without their heartfelt commitment and excellent language editing it would never have been possible to end up this writing.

7Special thanks go to Dr. Marion Hitzeroth for many constructive suggestions during the end phase of my work, without her supportive role and patience it would not have been possible to proofread my thesis and presentation. I am also grateful to Gundula Marks for proofreading at different phases of writing and to Bianca Maria Sander for her support on the book layout. I would like to acknowledge my colleagues Zan Wang, Mathias Jehling and Martin Spoo for their inspirational supports at different crisis moments throughout my PhD days. I am grateful to other PhD students of the Institute of Regional Science (IfR). Tommasina Miller, Anindita De, Asiful Alam and Fahd R. Faridi deserve special thanks for their efforts for copy editing, designing and printing this thesis at various times.

8On a more personal side, my family have also been essential to this endeavour – without my parents, and my wife Dipika, I would never have managed to remain motivated. I am in debt to my beloved children Netui and Babui, who always show their kindness to me, whenever I am unable to give them time. Lastly, I took my inspiration from my wife to try to finish a bit quicker and she deserves recognition for understanding the pressure posed by doctoral research. My Bangladeshi seniors, juniors and friends at Karlsruhe deserve thanks for continuing their inspiration on my research and for their connectedness in abroad.

9This research is dedicated to my family: Dipika, Netui and Babui.

10Karlsruhe, September 2013

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