Since October 2013 he is leading a Junior Research Group on Migration and Environment in Bonn.
He worked on the conceptual development of social vulnerability (Sakdapolrak 2010), livelihoods (Sakdapolrak forthcoming) and social resilience (Keck & Sakdapolrak 2013) approaches, as well as migration (Etzold and Sakdapolrak 2012) and translocality (Greiner and Sakdapolrak 2013a, b). He worked empirically in Thailand, India as well as Kenya.
He took his Diplom in geography with minors in sociology and social anthropology at the University of Heidelberg. At the University of Wollongong in Australia, he obtained a Master’s degree in Social Change and Development. For his Ph.D. thesis on health vulnerability among poor urban groups in India, carried out in the Department of Geography in Bonn, he was awarded a special prize for excellent practice-relevant research in the field of development studies (the KfW-Förderpreis). In 2013 he had a temporary professorship for social geography and sustainability research at the LMU in Munich.