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Alumni Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts

We are happy to announce the upcoming alumni conference, titled "Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices", taking place 04-08 November 2019 in Bochum / Germany.

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Congratulations, Dr. Beier - first joint PhD of IEE-RUB and ISS, The Hague

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Friday, 5 April 2019, IEE research fellow Raffael Beier has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Dr. Raffael Beier

His thesis entitled "From the City to the Desert. Analysing shantytown resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from residents’ perspectives" was jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Mathias Kies and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein (both RUB) and Prof. Irene van Staveren, Dr. Erhard Berner, and Dr. Sylvia Bergh (all ISS).

For the public defence, held in The Hague, a committee of in total eleven supervisors, examiners and other professors were sitting opposite him, including Rector Professor Inge Hutter who chaired the Full Doctoral Committee at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

Raffael Beier is the first PhD candidate graduated under a joint PhD agreement between the ISS and the IEE, which has been signed in 2014.

Call for Abstracts

8 th PhD Conference on International Development
19 – 20 September 2019
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
University of Sussex, UK
Call for Abstracts

The 8th PhD Conference on International Development is a student-led event organized by PhD students from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the School of Global studies at the University of Sussex (UK).

This PhD conference brings together current or recently-graduated doctoral researchers in development studies and related disciplines, but attendance is not limited to PhD students of the partner institutes. This conference is an opportunity for doctoral students to present to a larger audience to get critical and well-informed feedback. The conference will offer an international platform for exchange with fellow students, senior academics, and experts.

We invite abstracts for presentations (oral and poster) on topics that address or touch on, one or several of the following sub-themes from current or recently graduated doctoral students:

  1. Deconstructing frames of inequalities
  2. Sustainability in times of uncertainty
  3. Partnerships and collaborations in development
  4. Inclusivity and reflexivity in research methods

For more information and how to apply, please see the Call for Abstracts

Visit of two members of the German Federal Parliament and the Consul General at the SA-GER CDR

On 7th February the two members of the "German Federal Parliament", Ulla Schmidt und Dagmar Freitag, who stayed in South Africa for taking part in the 2019 State of the Nation Address by the South African President Cyral Ramaphosa, used the opportunity to as well visit two DAAD funded Centres of Excellence in Cape Town together with the Consul General Matthias Hansen.

They first visited the African Institute for Mathematical Studies (AIMS) in Muizenberg and afterwards the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR). Prof. Jullian May, the director of the SA-GER CDR at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), stressed the supra-regional importance of the Centre, the high number of Alumni who successfully work in development research or development co-operation and the strong motivation of these Alumni to build networks like the African Excellence Network of all DAAD African Excellence Centres, "Tumefika" (which means "We have arrived") which was constituted in 2018.

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During the occasion, current Phd scholarship holders of the SA-GER CDR presented on their research related to poverty reduction and public administration, current Master scholarship holders presented the different Master Programmes of the Centre and Ulla Schmidt, Dagmar Freitag and Matthias Hansen as well met DAAD-Alumna Prof. Pamela Dube, the current DVC for Student Development and Support at UWC, Winnie Sambu as the representative of “Tumefika” and several other DAAD scholarship holders studying at UWC.

Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein, managing director of the IEE of Ruhr University Bochum, took part in the event by making use of the DAAD funded videoconference system ZOOM and presented his vision of an African Graduate School as one option to foster the sustainability of the DAAD African Excellence Centres.

Congratulations, Dr. Hansen!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 6 February 2019, former IEE research fellow Marc Hansen has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Marc Hansen

His thesis with the title "Essays on the Theory-Based Impact Evaluation of Projects in Developing Countries" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations, Dr. Khafagy!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 28 November 2018, Amr Khafagy from Egypt has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Nienhaus, Amr Khafagy, Prof. Dr. Lösch, Prof. Dr. Löwenstein

His thesis with the title "Essays on the Economics of Cooperative Financial Institutions" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus and Prof. Dr. Manfred Lösch. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

10-Year Anniversary of the Centres of Excellence

On the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the Centres of African Excellence initiative by the Federal Foreign Office and the DAAD, a large network meeting was held in Berlin.

There are now ten university Centres of African Excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa, set up to train highly qualified future managers and leaders in Africa by significantly contributing to the quality and relevance of selected disciplines at African universities, to the creation of research capacities to the establishment of networks between African universities and research institutes including German partners.

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The SA-GER CDR Team in Berlin: (from left): Isioma Ille, Stefan Buchholz, Britta Niklas, Gabriele Bäcker, Mulugeta Dinbabo and Ina Conradie

For the achievements of the South African-German Centre for Development Research and for more information on the network meeting please have a look at the upcoming IEE-Newsletter (December 2018).

7th PhD Conference on International Development took place at the IEE

On 8th and 9th November, the seminar rooms of the Ruhr-University’s convention centre were packed with about 70 international PhD students in the interdisciplinary field of development research.

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The conference was funded by the RUB Research School and provided a platform for young scholars to present their research projects and engage in vital discussions. Overall, it was a successful event.

The 2019 PhD Conference on International Development will be hosted by the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, UK.

Conference Programme of the 7th PhD Conference

The 7th PhD Conference on International Development, organised by and for PhD researchers, is held at the RUB next week (8-9 November). In addition to the parallel sessions, this year’s PhD Conference will host two renowned scholars as keynote speakers: Laura Camfield of the University of East Anglia, UK, and Shelley Feldman of the Cornell University, USA.

You can view the conference programme here.

PhD Exchange Student from the ISS

2018 09 AdwoaWe currently have a PhD student visiting from the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong is staying from August until December 2018. RUB Research School is funding her stay. She is happy to be working closely with Anne Siebert, and under the supervision of Prof. Löwenstein. Her broad research interests are in rural development and agriculture, social justice and policy planning. Adwoa and Anne are writing a joint paper on farmers’ and farm workers’ engagement with food sovereignty in Ghana.

In her PhD research, Adwoa is looking into the labour dynamics of transnational large-scale agricultural land acquisitions (land deals) to draw implications for rural development and policy. She is undertaking an in-depth study of an Oil Palm land deal in Ghana. Specifically, she focuses on the management processes and the labour conditions for wage farmworkers, their livelihoods, and their differentiated political reactions. In the end, she hopes to see how these processes affect agrarian transitions in the affected communities, especially in terms of the modification or not of existing modes of production, changes in labour regimes, as well as their impacts on workers food security/sovereignty.

She is looking forward to interact with researchers and students and to get to know the IEE.