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Dr. Hanna Karg

Research Associate

E-Mail: hanna.karg[at]geographie.uni-freiburg.de
Phone: ++49(0)761 203-9128
Room: 03009
Office hours: during semester by arrangement,
during the semester break by arrangement

Thematic and Methodological Focus
  • Urban Food Systems
  • Peri-urban Development and Urban Growth
  • Urban Sanitation in Developing Countries
  • Spatial Analysis
Regional Focus
  • West Africa
  • South Asia
  • Since 2017
   Postdoctoral researcher under the UrbanFoodPlus project
  • Since 2016
   Research associate at OPATS (Organic Plant Production and Agroecosystems Research in the Tropics and Subtropics), University of Kassel
  • 2013 - 2017
   PhD research under the UrbanFoodPlus project (PhD Dissertation: The role of locality in feeding cities: Spatial analysis of agriculture, markets and food flows in West African urban food systems)
  • 2011 - 2016
   Research associate at the Department of Physical Geography, University of Freiburg
  • 2012
   Research stay in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2011
   Research stay in Sri Lanka (funded by the "Agriculture and Environment Foundation")
  • 2009 - 2011
   Student assistant at the Department of Physical Geography, University of Freiburg
  • 2008 - 2011
   Master of Science: Geography of Global Change (M.Sc. Thesis: Spatial analysis of river pollution in the context of urbanisation, sanitation and wastewater irrigation in the Godavari Basin, India), University of Freiburg
  • 2008
   Research stay in Ghana (funded by BEAF, gtz)
  • 2005 - 2008
   Bachelor of Science: Geography, Forestry and Environment (B.Sc. Thesis: From Food Contamination to Food Safety. Analysing Options for Behaviour Change in urban Ghana), University of Freiburg
Project Member
  • GlobE: UrbanFoodPlus - Strukturierte Afrikanisch-Deutsche Forschungspartnerschaft zur Steigerung der Ressourceneffizienz urbaner und peri-urbaner Landwirtschaft mit dem Ziel der Verbesserung der Ernährungs- und Einkommenssicherung in westafrikanischen Städten (Project Details)
Journal Articles
  • Chagomoka T, Drescher A, Glaser R, Marschner B, Schlesinger J, Abdul-Razak A, Karg H, Nyandoro G: Urban and peri-urban agriculture and its implication on food and nutrition insecurity in northern Ghana: a socio-spatial analysis along the urban-rural continuum. Population and Environment, 2018; 39: 1-20: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11111-018-0301-y
  • Iddi F Y, Donkoh S A, Danso-Abbeam G, Karg H, Akoto-Danso E K: Marketing efficiency analysis of yam value chain in the Northern Region of Ghana. UDS International Journal of Development, 2018; 5 (1) : 73-84: http://www.udsijd.org/index.php/udsijd/article/view/238/116
  • Karg H, Akoto-Danso E K, Drechsel P, Abubakari A-H, Buerkert A: Food- and feed-based nutrient flows in two West African cities. Nutr Cycl Agroecosys, 2018: 1-16: http://10.1007/s10705-018-9944-4 (download: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10705-018-9944-4)
  • Karg H, Drechsel P, Akoto-Danso E K, Glaser R, Nyarko G, Buerkert A: Foodsheds and City Region Food Systems in Two West African Cities. Sustainability, 2016; 8 (12) : http://10.3390/su8121175
  • Karg H, Akoto-Danso E K, Drechsel P: Examining Food Sources in the City of Tamale. Ghana Urban Agriculture Magazine, 2015; 29: 38-40
  • Drechsel P, Karg H: Motivating behaviour change for safe wastewater irrigation in urban and peri-urban Ghana. Sustainable Sanitation Practice: Behavious Change, 2013; 16: 10-20: http://www.ecosan.at/ssp/issue-16-behaviour-change
  • Karg H, Drechsel P: Motivating behaviour change to reduce pathogenic risk where unsafe water is used for irrigation. Water International, 2011; 36 (4) : 476-490
Book Chapters
  • Drechsel P, Karg H: Food flows and waste. Planning for the dirty side of urban food security. In: Cabannes Y & Marocchino C (eds.). Integrating Food into Urban Planning. UCL Press, FAO, 2018; 155-171
  • Karg H, Drechsel P, Amoah P, Jeitler R: Facilitating the Adoption of Food-Safety Interventions in the Street-Food Sector and on Farms. In: Drechsel P, Scott C A, Raschid-Sally L, Redwood M & Bahri A (eds.). Wastewater Irrigation and Health - Assessing and Mitigating Risk in Low-Income Countries. Earthscan, 2010; 319-336
  • Karg H, Drechsel P, Amoah P, Jeitler R: Faciliter l’adoption d’interventions de sécurité alimentaire dans le secteur des aliments de rue et dans les champs. In: Drechsel P, Scott C A, Raschid-Sally L, Redwood M & Bahri A (eds.). L’irrigation avec des eaux usées et la santé. Évaluer et atténuer les risqué dans les pays à faible revenue. Presses de l'Université du Québec, 2010; 345-362
Conference Papers
  • Karg H, Akoto-Danso E K, Amprako L, Drechsel P, Allen Th, Heinrigs Ph, Drescher A, Buerkert A: Mapping and understanding urban food provisioning in West Africa. 2017 (3rd International Conference on Global Food Security 2017, Cape Town)
  • Drechsel P, Karg H, Appoh R K, Akoto-Danso E K: Resilience of Rural-Urban Food Flows in West Africa. 2016 (International conference on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development: Linking Local and Global Dynamics 2016, Montpellier, France)
  • Karg H, Bellwood-Howard I, Akoto-Danso E K, Chagomoka T, Schlesinger J, Drescher A W: Rural-urban market connections in Northern Ghana. 2016 (Rurban Conference 2016, Copenhagen)
  • Akoto-Danso E K, Karg H, Drechsel P, Buerkert A: Nutrient and Virtual Water Flow Analysis for Tamale, Ghana and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 2015 (Tropentag 2015, Berlin)
  • Deißinger L, Karg H, Schlesinger J, Glaser R: Periurban neighbourhoods and access to food – A case study conducted in Tamale, Northern Ghana. 2015 (Tropentag 2015, Berlin)
  • Hologa R, Schlesinger J, Karg H, Drescher A W: Grade von Urbanität und ihre Siedlungstypen in Tamale, Ghana. Eine Synthese aus Haushalts- und Fernerkundungsdaten. 2015 (Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2015, Berlin)
  • Häring V, Bellwood-Horward I, Karg H, Schlesinger J, Shakya M, Roessler R, Marschner B: Vergleich von landwirtschaftlich genutzten urban und ländlichen Böden in Westafrika mittels Infrarotspektroskopie 2015 (DBG Jahrestagung, München)
  • Karg H, Akoto-Danso E K, Glaser R, Buerkert A: Food flows shaping urban food systems: Case studies from two West-African cities. 2015 (Deutscher Kongress für Geographie 2015, Berlin)
  • Karg H, Schlesinger J, Bartels L, Drescher A W, Nyarko G, Buerkert A: Mapping urban agriculture in West African cities: Spatial extent & temporal dynamics. 2015 (Tropentag 2015, Berlin)
  • Hologa R, Karg H, Schlesinger J: Integrated Analysis of Household and Remote Sensing Data for Settlement Characterisation in Tamale, Northern Ghana. 2014 (Tropentag 2014, Prague (Czech Republic))
  • Häring V, Hansen M, Shakya M, Bellwood-Howard I, Karg H, Schlesinger J, Marschner B: Soil Science Meets Economics: An Interdisciplinary Study on Urban and Periurban Agricultural Production Systems in Ghana and Burkina Faso. 2014 (Tropentag 2014, Prague (Czech Republic))
  • Karg H, Akoto-Danso E K, Drechsel P: Mapping Urban Foodsheds – A Comparison of Tamale and Ouagadougou. 2014 (Tropentag 2014, Prague (Czech Republic))
  • Shakya M, Bellwood-Howard I, Karg H, Schlesinger J: The Role of Backyard Gardening in West African Cities – Evidence from Ghana and Burkina Faso. 2014 (Tropentag 2014, Prague (Czech Republic))
  • Karg H: GIS-based modelling of water quality at basin-scale: The Godavari River Basin in India. In: Koch/Bill/Donaubauer (Hrsg.): Geoinformationssysteme 2013. Beiträge zum 18. Münchner Fortbildungsseminar, 2013; Wichmann-Verlag: 119-129
  • Drescher A, Shackleton C, Schlesinger J, Karg H: Locating the Margin? Agriculture and Livelihoods Along the Rural-Urban Continuum of African mid-Sized Towns. 2011 (Tropentag 2011 Bonn)
  • Schlesinger J, Drescher A, Shackleton C, Karg H: Locating the Margin? Agriculture and Livelihoods Along the Rural-Urban Continuum of African mid-Sized Towns. Proceedings of the Tropentag 2011, October 5-7, 2011 in Bonn, 2011 (Tropentag 2011, Bonn)
  • Drechsel P, Karg H, Boelee E: Facilitating behaviour change for the adoption of ‘non-treatment’ options for the implementation of the 2006 WHO wastewater use guidelines. 2010 (Water and Health: Where Science Meets Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapell Hill, USA.) (download: http://www.slideshare.net/IWMI_Media/facilitating-behaviour-change-for-the-adoption-of-non-treatment-options-for-the-implementation-of-the-2006-who-wastewater-use-guidelines)
  • Drechsel P, Seidu R, Karg H: Social incentives and cost-effectiveness of non-treatment options for health risk reduction. 2010 (World Water Week 2010, Stockholm) (download: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/documents/WWW_PDF/2010/sunday/K16_17/Pay_Drechsel_2.pdf)
  • Drechsel P, Karg H, Keraita B: Facilitating Adoption of Best Practices – More Work for Research than Extension! 2009 (Tropentag 2009, Hamburg)
Other publications
  • Bellwood-Howard I, Häring V, Karg H, Roessler R, Schlesinger J, Shakya M: Characteristics of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in West Africa: Results of an Exploratory Survey Conducted in Tamale Ghana) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): IWMI Working Paper 163, 2015; Colombo (Sri Lanka) 2015
  • Gamor G, Akoto-Danso E K, Karg H, Chagomoka T: Traditional Recipes from the Northern Region of Ghana, AVRDC. 2015 (download: http://avrdc.org/download/publications/recipes/ghana-cook-book_final_web.pdf)

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