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Dr. Graw, Valerie

Senior Researcher

Research interests:
  • Land Use Land Cover Change
  • Land Degradation
  • Marginality
  • Drought Monitoring
  • Multi-Hazard Assessment
  • Coupled Socio-Ecological Systems
  • Agricultural innovations
Study Areas:
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Kenya
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Ukraine
  • Ecuador
  • Ethiopia
  • Zimbabwe
 
Background:

  • Since 11/2017 Senior Researcher and Coordinator of GlobeDrought and EVIDENZ projects (substitute for Dr Dubovyk)
  • 09/2016 - 11/2017 Senior Researcher, EVIDENZ project, ZFL, University of Bonn
  • 08/2015 - 03/2016 Postdoc Study "Bush Encroachment Mapping for Africa", Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), University of Bonn, Germany
  • 06/2015 - 09/2016 Research Associate, Remote Sensing Research Group (RSRG), Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany, Project "Columbus Eye - Live Imagery from the ISS in Schools"
  • 07/2014 - 05/2015 Research Associate, Remote Sensing Research Group (RSRG), Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 10/2012 - 06/2015 PhD Researcher ZEF/ZFL
  • 10/2012 - 07/2014 Researcher ZEF b TIGA-Project
  • 08/2012  Research Stay at International Food Policy Research Insitute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, USA
  • 03/2012 – 09/2012 Researcher ZEFb MARGIP-Project
  • 08/2010 – 02/2012  ResearcherZEFb, ELD-Project
  • 04/2010 – 08-2010 Reserach Assistant, WISDOM-ProjectZEFa
  • 01/2010 Diploma in Geography
  • 2003-2010 Studies of Geography at University of Bonn (Minor Subjects: business studies, sociology)
Current projects:
Closed projects:
Teaching:
  • GIS and Remote Sensing (Course I & II), Specialization Course for Master Students of UNU-MERIT. UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands (02-03/2017)
  • Advanced GIS and Introduction to Remote Sensing
    Specialization Course for Master Students of UNU-MERIT. UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands (02/2016)
  • GIS and Geodatamanagement; (Course I & II)
    Disciplinary Course for BiGSD PhD Students (Course I) and ZEF B Senior Researcher (Course II), Bonn, Germany Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany (02-03/2016)
  • NASPAA Student Competition 2016
    Judge at the Global Site in Maastricht. International Competition to stop global warming.  UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands (02/2016)
  • Introduction to GIS
    Specialization Course for Master Students of UNU-MERIT. UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands (02/2016)
  • Lecture: “Geomatik”, Assistance Lecturer for Bachelor Students of Geography
    Department of Geography, University of Bonn, Germany (07/2015)
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing
    Disciplinary Course for BiGSD PhD Students,  Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany (04/2015)
  • Advanced Geospatial and Geostatistical Analysis with ArcGIS
    Specialization Course for Master Students of UNU-MERIT. UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands (03/2015)
  • Introduction to GIS
    Specialization Course for Master Students of UNU-MERIT. UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, The Netherlands (02/2015)
  • GIS and Geodata-Management; 
    Disciplinary Course for BiGSD PhD Students, Bonn, Germany Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany (02/2015)
  • Seminar “Working with ArcGIS and Introduction in Open Source GIS” 
    Summer Term 2014, Department of Geography, University of Bonn (04/2014 - 10/2014)
  • GIS and Geodatamanagement
    Disciplinary Course for BiGSD PhD Students Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany (02/2015)  GIS-Workshop at IHUB, Nairobi, Kenya (08/2013)
  • Introduction to ArcGIS and Geoprocessing in ArcGIS
    Workshop for TIGA-project partners from Ghana, Ethiopia, India and Bangladesh in New Delhi, India (11/2012)
Recent publications:
  • Graw, V.; Ghazaryan, G.; Dall, K.; Delgado Gómez, A.; Abdel-Hamid, A.; Jordaan, A.; Piroska, R.; Post, J.; Szarzynski, J.; Walz, Y. & O. Dubovyk (2017): Drought Dynamics and Vegetation Productivity in Different Land Management Systems of Eastern Cape, South Africa—A Remote Sensing Perspective. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1728.
  • Graw, V.; Oldenburg, C and O. Dubovyk, 2016. Bush Encroachment Mapping for Africa: Multi-scale analysis with remote sensing and GIS. Discussion Paper Series. Center for Development Research. Bonn, Germany. Further Information: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2807811
  • Graw, V.; Smale, M. and G. Menz, 2016. Land Degradation, Tenure and Poverty: A Geospatial Analysis of socio-ecological Systems in Western Kenya. Tegemeo Working Paper Series. Nairobi, Kenya. Further Information: http://www.tegemeo.org/index.php/resources/publications.html?id=244
  • Kwon, Ho-Young; Nkonya, E.; Johnson, T.; Graw, V.; Kato, E.; Kihiu, E., 2016. Global Estimates of the Impacts of Grassland Degradation on Livestock Productivity from 2001 to 2011. in: Nkonya, E., Mirzabaev, A., von Braun, J. (Eds.), Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development. Springer International Publishing, pp. 261-290.
  • Banana, A. Y., P. O. Ongugo, W. S. Gombya-Ssembajwe, T. W. Gole, F. Senbeta, J. Namaalwa, E. Luoga, J. Bahati, L. A. Mbwambo, V. Graw & F. W. Gatzweiler (2013): Forest Governance Reforms in Eastern Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Institutional, Livelihood and Forest Sustainability Outcomes. In: F. W. Gatzweiler (ed): Institutional and Livelihood Changes in East African Forest Landscapes. Decentralization and Institutional Changes for Sustainable Forest Management in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Peter Lang, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Graw, V. & C. Husman (2014): Mapping Marginality Hotspots. In: von Braun, J. & F. Gatzweiler (eds): Marginality. Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology. Springer, pp. 69-83.
  • Graw, V. 2013. Mapping hotspots of marginality for area identification. In: Rural 21 – 01/2013. Scientific World: 42-43.
  • Graw, V. and C. Ladenburger. 2012. Mapping Marginality Hotspots. Geographical Targeting for Poverty Reduction. ZEF Working Paper Series No. 88. Center for Development Research, University of Bonn. Further Information: www.zef.de/fileadmin/webfiles/downloads/zef_wp/wp88.pdf
  • Nkonya, E., N. Gerber, P. Baumgartner, J. von Braun, A. De Pinto, V. Graw, E. Kato, J. Kloos and T. Walter. 2011. The economics of desertification, land degradation and drought: toward an integrated global assessment. 196. Further Information: www.zef.de/fileadmin/webfiles/downloads/zef_dp/zef_dp_150.pdf
  • Nkonya, E., N. Gerber, P. Baumgartner, J. von Braun, A. de Pinto, V. Graw, E. Kato, J. Kloos and T. Walter. 2011. The Economics of Land Degradation. Toward an Integrated Global Assessment. Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, Development Economics and Policy - Volume 66. Further Information: www.peterlang.de/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=62940&cid=564&concordeid=263082
 

 

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