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After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Monday, April 25, 2016, Diotima Chattoraj from Kolkata, India, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).
IEE-Students Raffael Beier and Britta Holzberg were accepted for the joint programme of the ISS and the Ruhr-University Bochum. On side of the ISS, Raffael’s PhD project will be co-supervised by Erhard Berner and Sylvia Bergh and promoted by Irene van Staveren; Britta’s PhD project will be co-supervised by Peter Knorringa.
Research Cluster 2 at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy is organising the panel 'The regional politics of forced displacement in the Middle East' at the Development Studies Association Conference 2016, 13-14 September 2016, in Oxford.
After successful defense of his PhD Thesis on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Atif Ikram Butt from Pakistan has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.). His thesis on "Public Policy and Ideation: A Case of a Grey-Zone Country - Pakistan " was supervised by Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer and Prof. Dr. Uwe Andersen. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.
Marc Hansen, Mohamed Conteh, Martina Shakya, and Wilhelm Löwenstein, three institute members and one of our alumni, worked together on the just published IEE Working Paper 211:
Determining Minimum Compensation for Lost Farmland: a theory-based impact evaluation of a land grab in Sierra Leone.
Beier, Raffael (2016): "Shifting Urban Policies in North Africa after the "Arab Spring" - Urgent Reaction or Real Changes?" (Diskussionspapiere Volkswirtschaft des Vorderen Orients, 113) Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag.
Social injustice, corruption, an authoritarian rule of law and the growing contrasts between rich and poor have become particularly evident in the Arab countries’ largest metropolitan areas. Mirroring the contrast between global aspirations and local challenges, these “cities of extremes” have seen the emergence of gated communities and urban flagship projects in the direct neighbourhood of precarious informal settlements. Far too often, the region’s urban planning is not demand-led, but rather driven by a centrally controlled real-estate market that feeds a hardly transparent, rentier-based economic model. Consequently, top-down planning has often prioritised ambitious large-scale projects instead of decentralised and differentiated planning solutions.
Tobias Thürer: Does speculation with agricultural commodity futures cause price bubbles in the event of negative production shocks? - Berlin: Logos Verl. - 220 S.
ISBN 978-3-8325-3876-7 (€ 42,00)
Since the mid 2000s, an increasing financialization of commodity futures markets is taking place. This has fueled an ongoing discussion about the effect of financial investments on the development of commodity prices. Against this background, the trading activities of financial speculators also come to the fore. There is the concern that such speculators can cause irrational overshootings of agricultural commodity prices, e.g. in the event of global production shocks. In such an event the decrease of total supply induces a price surge menacing food security in developing countries. Yet, the question emerges whether speculation aggravates this price increase, eventually inducing a price bubble. The relevance of this concern is reinforced by the fact that due to climate change an increased frequency and severity of global agricultural production shortfalls is at stake. If speculation evokes an additional threat to food security in the event of a production shock, the political agenda should not be confined to focus solely on the adaptation to climate change. Instead, it is then also necessary to address speculative activities on agricultural commodity markets. This book scrutinises whether speculative bubbles can be identified in the event of severe global production shocks. For this, a framework for tracing the transmission of the futures price's development on the spot market is developed. Using annual data from 1979-2012 for maize it is analysed whether production shock related price bubbles occurred.
The last Call for Scholarship Applictions is now open until 31 May 2016!
South African Master and PhD candidates and staff are invited to apply for a mobility period at one of the European EUSA_ID partner universities while European PhD candidates are invited to apply for a mobility period at one of the South African partner universities!
Available mobility scholarships of the Call depending on which group of applicants you are belonging to can be found in the respective section. The link to the online application form is also accessible via these pages:
The Call for Applications for Master and PhD Scholarships is now open until 15th July 2016.
All applicants have to fill in an online application form.
Any applications sent via email or as a hard copy are not eligible!
Please go to the "How to apply" section of the respective programme you are interested in to get access to the online application form, or click here in order to get to the "How to apply page" directly:
- for the Master in Development Studies
- for the Master In Public Administration
- for the PhD in Development Studies or Public Policy
This year's Annual International PhD Conference in International Development will take place on September 5th & 6th 2016 at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011 over 4.5 million people have fled the country to find safe havens in neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. As of 2016 Lebanon is host to over 1 million Syrian refugees in addition to a population of over 400,000 Palestine refugees that have been living in a protracted refugee situation in the country.
A summer school for Asian Alumni of Master programmes at German universities on "Reconciling biodiversity conservation and livelihood needs in protected area management in Nepal" will take place from September 19th to 30th 2016 in Kathmandu and Chitwan National Park in Nepal. For further information and details regarding the application process please refer to the attached call. Though the deadline of the call has expired, applications are still possible.
Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum
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As a part of the EUSA_ID program, Anne Siebert is lecturing and working on her PhD project "Food Sovereignty in Ghana and South Africa: Policy Implications and Impacts on Urban Agriculture" at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa.
Marc Hansen, Mohamed Conteh, Martina Shakya, Wilhelm Löwenstein: Determining Minimum Compensation for Lost Farmland: a theory-based impact evaluation of a land grab in Sierra Leone.
Raffael Beier: "Shifting Urban Policies in North Africa after the "Arab Spring" - Urgent Reaction or Real Changes?" (Diskussionspapiere Volkswirtschaft des Vorderen Orients, 113)
Tobias Thürer: Does speculation with agricultural commodity futures cause price bubbles in the event of negative production shocks? (UA-Ruhr Study Vol. 65)
More info under the "New Publications" tab on the left.