IEE Newsletter No. 28


Dear Reader,

Since its founding, the IEE has promoted multifaceted research with an effort to find theory-based solutions for real-world development problems. Currently, its research activities are based on the expertise of around 50 researchers and PhD students with backgrounds in economics, geography, law, political science and sociology. The diversity of disciplines convened at the IEE is reflected in the publications from IEE members over the last year covering diverse topics, such as global politics of intellectual property, social movements as drivers of urban policy, fair trade wine, privatization of the power sector in Latin America, financial cooperatives, and African procurement law, to name a few.

The multi-disciplinary approach of the Institute is not only a strength when it comes to running interdisciplinary master and PhD programmes, such as our Master in Development Management and the PhD in International Development Studies, but also allows researchers and students to find complementary research angles from different disciplines and conduct projects in cooperation with other universities. In the ongoing multi-university research consortium, Urban Food Plus, the IEE contributes studies from the field of economics to a larger project involving researchers from many disciplines, ranging from soil science to ethnology.

With Christmas time coming closer and the end of the year now approaching, it is time to look back at the last month and highlight some events. In May, we welcomed 12 new Master students at the UWC in Cape Town; and in August, 16 new MADM Students in Bochum. The 28 students come from 21 different countries and we look forward to guiding and accompanying them on their journey in graduate studies. Together, the students started with a statistical boot camp in a summer school in Bochum, followed by a trip to Berlin to get to know our beautiful capital. The Cape Town students are now in their internship phase while the Bochum students are now completing their first semester of lectures and seminars. Furthermore, we were happy to host the 7th Conference on International Development in Bochum in early November. PhD students from our cooperation partners at the School of International Development (DEV), University of East Anglia; the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex; the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam; and the Institutes for Development and Peace (INEF) and Political Science (IfP), University Duisburg-Essen took part. Furthermore, applicants from other institutions were also given the opportunity to participate. The conference showed that learning from the perspectives of other disciplines can be challenging, but is always rewarding and we look forward to the 8th Conference on International Development.

From all of us at the IEE, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.



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