Professur für Humangeographie, insbesondere Geographische Energie-, Ressourcen- und Ostasienforschung

Prof. Dr. Thomas Feldhoff

Geographisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum

Raum IA 5-121

Telefon: +49 234 32-24847

Email: thomas.feldhoff(at)rub(dot)de

Sprechstunde: Mi 12.00-13.00 Uhr und n.V. in der Vorlesungszeit, in der vorlesungsfreien Zeit nur n.V.

New research article

New research article published with Socities, an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of sociology published quarterly online by MDPI. Feldhoff, T.    Visual Representations of Radiation Risk and the Question of Public (Mis-)Trust in Post-Fukushima Japan. Societies 2018, 8, 32,

Feldhoff, Thomas (2017): Child Poverty in a Rich Country: Measuring and Influencing Policies in Contemporary Japan. In: Education About Asia, Vol. 22, No. 3, Winter 2017, „Demographics, Social Policy, and Asia (Part I), pp. 20-26.

New book published:

"Routledge Handbook of Africa-Asia Relations", edited by Pedro Amakasu Raposo, David Arase, Scarlett Cornelissen, with a contribution by Thomas Feldhoff on "Asian Stakes in Africa’s Natural Resources Industries and Prospects for Sustainable Development"
© 2018 – Routledge, Hardback: 9781138917330, 484 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

The Routledge Handbook of Africa-Asia Relations is the first handbook aimed at studying the interactions between countries across Africa and Asia in a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive way. Providing a balanced discussion of historical and on-going processes which have both shaped and changed intercontinental relations over time, contributors take a thematic approach to examine the ways in which we can conceptualise these two very different, yet inextricably linked areas of the world.

Using comparative examples throughout, the chronological sections cover:

• Early colonialist contacts between Africa and Asia;
• Modern Asia–Africa interactions through diplomacy, political networks and societal connections;
• Africa–Asia contemporary relations, including increasing economic, security and environmental cooperation.

This handbook grapples with major intellectual questions, defines current research, and projects future agendas of investigation in the field. As such, it will be of great interest to students of African and Asian Politics, as well as researchers and policymakers interested in Asian and African Studies.


Sustainable Cities in Asia, edited by Federico Caprotti and Li Yu, with a contribution by Thomas Feldhoff on 'Low Carbon Communities, Energy Policy and Energy Democracy in Japan.

With Asia’s cities undergoing unprecedented growth in the 21st century, lauded the ‘urban century’ by many, Sustainable Cities in Asia provides a timely examination of the challenges facing cities across the continent including some of the projects, approaches and solutions that are currently being tested.
This book uses numerous case studies, analysing topical issues ranging from city cycling in India, to green spaces in China, to the use of community-led energy generation projects in post-Fukushima Japan. Containing contributions from an international team of scholars, it also takes a multi-disciplinary approach and draws on examples from a wide range of countries, including China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Ultimately, by providing a comprehensive discussion of the broader debates around the shape of sustainable urbanism, it demonstrates that Asia is one of the most active regions in terms of the development of sustainable city strategies.
Tackling the contemporary issues of key importance for sustainability, such as property markets, migration and transport, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Urban Geography, Sustainability, Environmental Studies and Asian studies.

Sustainable Cities in Asia: Link





  • Allgemeine Humangeographie
  • Geographische Energie- und Ressourcenforschung
  • Geographische Ostasienforschung, insb. Japan und China
  • Public Policy



  • „Material Political Geographies“: Georessourcen (u. a. Energie, Umwelt, Klima, Agrarwirtschaft) im Kontext von Globalisierungsprozessen und Geopolitik, Energiesektortransformationen, Ressourceneffizienz urbaner Räume und Nachhaltigkeit, Transnationale Energieunionen in Ost- und Südostasien
  • „Space and Place in Public Policy“: Analyse raumwirksamer Politikfelder (u. a. öffentliche Infrastrukturen und Daseinsvorsorge), Theorien, Akteure, Strategien und Instrumente räumlicher Entwicklung und Planung in urbanen Räumen, Prozesse des raumwirksamen politischen Handelns in multiskalarer und komparativer Perspektive
  • „East Asian and Trans-Area-Studies“: Regionalspezifische Grundlagen Ostasiens, insb. Japans und Chinas, in ihrem historischen, kulturellen, politischen, wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Kontext, einschließlich konzeptioneller Fragen der Regionalstudien („Area Studies“) bzw. Trans-Area-Studies, raumdifferenzierende Transformationsprozῥsse in einer transnationalen Welt