Christiane Stephan holds a position as post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Geography at Bonn University. She is active in research and teaching as part of the working group "development research". A focus of her research lies on the development of approaches for participatory and qualitative research, especially visual methods. The author has worked in different institutional settings as e.g. the Institute of Rescue Engineering and Civil Protection at TH Cologne, the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance in Bonn as well as GIZ in Eschborn and Cameroon.