Ao. Univ.-Prof. i.R. Mag. Dr. Karl Husa

Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna
A-1010 Vienna, Universitätsstraße 7/4, Zi. C 529

T: +43-1-4277-48632





  • 1960 – 1968 Secondary School in 1170 Vienna, RG Geblergasse; graduation June 1968 (summa cum laude)
  • 1969 – 1974/75: Studies of Geography and English at the University of Vienna, Austria final examinations in autumn 1974, graduation as "Master of Natural Science" (Mag. rer. nat.)
  • 1983 Graduation as Dr. phil. (PhD) with a doctoral thesis on internal migration, residential mobility and suburbanization processes in the Vienna Region
  • 1988 Tenure ("Venia Docendi" in Human Geography) after presenting a monograph ("Habilitation Thesis") on "Spatial mobility in Third World Countries as a complex phenomenon: The example of Thailand"

Job Career

  • 1974 – 1975 Research fellow at the University of Vienna, Department of Geography
  • 1975 – 1979 University Assistant
  • 1979 – 1988 University Assistant and Lecturer
  • June 1988 Tenure, Assistant professor at the Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna until June 1996
  • June 1996 Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna
  • since 2002 Head of the Asia Research Group of the Dept. of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna
  • October 2009 – 2014: board member of the interdisciplinary research platform on „Migration and Integration“ of the University of Vienna
  • since 2011: Deputy ASEA-UNINET representative of the University of Vienna
  • since February 2016: Foreign Expert, Suan Dusit University, Hua Hin, Thailand

Current Research Interests

  • intersections of tourism and migration, retirement migration and longstay tourism
  • population geography, theory and dynamics of population change, spatial demography
  • dynamics and spatial patterns of internal and international migration
  • theory, dynamics and spatial patterns of fertility decline and population ageing
  • socio-demographic transformation processes

Main Fields of Teaching

  • Population Geography, Migration Research, Tourism and Leisure Research, Development Problems and Regional Disparities in Third World Countries (regional focus: Southeast Asia)
  • Excursion abroad: Organisation and scientific support of numerous excursions to Italy, Germany Switzerland, Tunesia, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, India, Nepal, Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR
  • Lectures abroad: lectures on various topics (mainly population geography) at several universities in Europe, India and Southeast and East Asia

Scientific Reviews and Consulting / Membership and Activities in Scientific Societies

  • Austrian Geographical Society · Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Washington D. C.
  • Thai-Austrian Society · Working Group "Southeast Asia" of the "German Geographical Society" (DGfG)
  • SEAS - Working Group "Promotion of Southeast Asian Studies" - Verein zur wissenschaftlichen Foerderung suedostasiatischer Anliegen (honorary member)
  • Editorial Board: HSK - Internationale Entwicklung (since 1996)
  • Editorial Board: Edition Weltregionen (since 2003)
  • Editorial Board: Konzepte und Kontroversen. Geschichte - Geographie - Politische Bildung (since 2004)
  • Editorial Board: Suan Dusit University Research Journal, Thailand - Humanities and Social Sciences (since 2014)
  • Referee for scientific journals: Statistische Nachrichten, Erdkunde, Die Erde, Revue Geographie Belge, SDU Research Journal - Humanities and Social Sciences, Journal of Population and Social Studies (JPSS)
  • Referee for projects: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (since 2008)
  • Scientific Supervisor for OAD, ASEA-UNINET and EURASIA-PACIFIC UNINET: supervisor for visiting scientists from PR China and Southeast Asia (especially Thailand)


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Hatz, G., Husa, K., & Wohlschlägl, H. (1993). Bangkok Metropolis: eine Stadt in Südostasien zwischen Boom und Krise. in P. Feldbauer, E. Pilz, D. Rünzler, & H. Stacher (Hrsg.), Megastädte: Zur Rolle von Metropolen in der Weltgesellschaft (S. 149-189). Böhlau Verlag. Historische Sozialkunde Band 2 Nr. 1993

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