IEE Newsletter No. 21

IEE on Tour

External activities of IEE members.

In the context of research for her PhD thesis on Anti-Corruption Policies, Annika Engelbert joined the Public Procurement Research Group at the University of Nottingham, England from 1 to 12 December 2014.

Jasmin Gerau attended the Graduate Conference on "The EU and the World" held on 9 and 10 January at the University of Mainz, Germany. She presented a paper entitled "Here and Beyond? The Perception of the European Union as a Leading Environmental Actor in Jordan and Morocco".

As part of the MADM curriculum and lecture within the 2nd MADM Summer School of the current intake, Marc Hansen, Anne Siebert, and Tobias Thürer taught the course "How to Conduct a Field Survey" from 12 January to 23 January at the University of the Western Cape in Belville, Cape Town, South Africa. Tobias Thürer stayed until 2 February to coordinate further the activities of the MADM summer school.

Anja Zorob presented a paper on "New Dimensions of Economic Relations between Rich and Poor States of the Middle East and North Africa" in the workshop "The Rise of the Gulf in Contemporary Middle East and North Africa" which was organized by Fred Lawson and Massimiliano Trentin at the SeSaMO Conference 2015. This conference was held under the theme "Beyond the Arab Uprisings: Rediscovering the MENA Region" from 16 to 17 January at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice, Italy.

On 23 January, Anja Zorob participated in a coordinatory meeting with the International Institute of Social Sciences, University of Rotterdam, for a Joint PhD programme. The meeting was held in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

As part of the MADM curriculum, Johannes Norpoth, together with Ruth Körsgen from the Faculty of the Ruhr-University Bochum, gave the lecture "Law and Development: International and Constitutional Law Perspectives" from 2 to 10 February at the University of the Western Cape in Belville, Cape Town, South Africa.

On 13 February, Martina Shakya held a guest lecture entitled "Introduction to Development" as part of a module of the Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) Universities at the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at the RUB.

Martina Shakya and Marc Hansen attended the International and Interdisciplinary Workshop on "Corporate (Ir-)Responsibility and Its Consequences in a Globalized World" held from 20 to 21 February at the Ruhr-University Bochum. At the workshop, Martina Shakya presented a paper on "The Private Sector as Development Agent? Impacts of Corporate Social Responsibility of a Private Energy Provider on Poverty Alleviation in Sri Lanka".

From 26 to 27 February, Raffael Beier attended the 5th Young Academics Workshop of the MENA-Region Studies in Bochum held at the Center for MENA Studies in Bochum. He gave a presentation entitled „Zwischen Prestigeprojekten und Elendsvierteln - Auswirkungen dualistischer Stadtpolitik in Marokko (Between Flagship Projects and Slums – Impacts of Dualistic Urban Policy)".

Wilhelm Löwenstein, Martina Shakya, and Marc Hansen attended the PLANT 2030 status seminar in Potsdam from 4 to 6 March. Wilhelm Löwenstein, together with Andreas Bürkert from the University of Kassel, presented the research agenda and progress report of the Urban Food Plus research project, while Marc Hansen gave a short oral presentation of the contribution of the IEE to the Urban Food Plus project.

From 9 to 20 March, Wilhelm Löwenstein lectured the MADM course "Economic Evaluation Methods" at the University of the Western Cape in Belville, Cape Town, South Africa.

Gabriele Bäcker taught the MADM course "Financial Management" from 23 to 27 March at the University of the Western Cape in Belville, Cape Town, South Africa.

From 30 March to 12 April, Martina Shakya and Britta Niklas gave the course „Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation" as part of the MADM curriculum at the University of the Western Cape in Belville, Cape Town, South Africa.

Raffael Beier and Mariana Vilmondes attended the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom2) of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) which took place at the UN-Habitat headquarter in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14 to 16 of April.

From 13 to 24 April Ruth Knoblich instructed MADM students on "Public Policy and Reform Management" at the University of the Western Cape in Belville, Cape Town, South Africa.

From 16 to 17 April, Johannes Norpoth attended the 4th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society for International Economic Law held at the Faculty of Law in Milan, Italy, and presented a paper entitled "The Mutually Agreed Solution between Indonesia and the United States in the US – Clove Cigarettes case: A Case of Efficient Breach (or Back to Power Politics)?".

On 27 and 28 April, Gabriele Bäcker and Britta Niklas attended the DAAD symposium "Excellence through Networking" held at the Justsus-Liebig University in Gießen, Germany.

On 12 and 13 May, Annika Engelbert, Ruth Knoblich, Anne Siebert and Mariana Vilmondes attended the Bonn Conference for Global Transformation held at the World Conference Center, Bonn, Germany.

Jurek Seifert attended a workshop sponsored by the Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Development Studies Association Rising Powers Group which was held on 26 May at Newnham College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop theme was "Looking Ahead: South-South Development Cooperation in the Next Decade". As part of the workshop Jurek gave a presentation on his PhD project on "Asymmetries in South-South Cooperation - Brazil as a New Development Partner in Africa".

Britta Niklas attended the 9th Annual Conference 2015 of the American Association of Wine Economists held from 26 to 30 May in Mendoza, Argentina, and presented a paper on "Impact of Annual Weather Changes on Output, Quality and Profits of Wine Producers in Germany".

Qin Tang attended the 20th EU-Asia International Research Seminar held from 27 to 29 May at the Ruhr-University Bochum. The theme of the seminar was "Asian Development, Institutional Change, and Business Strategy in an Unstable Economy". In the session on "Regional Integration" Qin held a presentation on "The Evolving Taiwan-China-Relationship".

From 28 to 29 May, Tobias Thürer attended the seminar "Wissenschaftskooperation mit Entwicklungsländern (Scientific Cooperation with Developing Countries)" which was organized by the DAAD and held in Bonn, Germany.

Martina Shakya and Wilhem Löwenstein took part in the Conference "Enhancing German – South African Scientific Cooperation", a match-making conference for German and South African Researchers, organized by the German Rectors' Conference, the Durban University of Technology, and Higher Education South Africa, held from 28 to 29 May at the Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa.

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