ForUm is a Network for Urban Future in Southeast Asia which is linking Southeast Asian and German experts. The network is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).


The Urban Challenge

Challenges and problems of urban and peri-urban regions and their development is becoming more and more apparent. Conflict prevention and crisis management are crucial factors. Cities are subject to increasing socio-economic vulnerability as well as socio-spatial and institutional fragmentation, segregation, disparities and conflicts.

Network of Southeast Asian and German Experts

Networking of Expertise and Experiences

Networking for a North-South-South Co-operation

Networking for Conflict Prevention

Networking for Life Long Learning



Partner Countries

Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Germany

Participants from

Universities, Development Agencies, Urban Planning, Government and Non - Government Bodies, Economy, etc.

International Conferences

  • Summer Schools and Expert Seminars
  • Scientific presentations and discussions
  • Regional case studies, best practises
  • Excursions, authentic field expertise
  • Postgraduate training


Prof. Dr. Frauke Kraas
, University of Cologne, Department of Geography,