Cluster 2

Cluster 2

The Effectiveness of Interventions and Policies for Development: social, political and legal science perspectives

Research Cluster 2 is located at the crossroads of social, political, and legal science research in the field of development. We critically evaluate local development interventions through the application of social science theories and research, moreover we assess the legal and political framework into which development interventions are embedded on an (inter-)national level. This allows for rich discussions on selected focal topics – such as housing, conflict, governance, health, employment and education - from different disciplinary perspectives. From a methodological point of view, qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research as well as legal analysis and policy analysis are at the core of Cluster 2. The figure below gives an overview on the specific disciplines and major topics represented and discussed in our research cluster.

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Cluster 2 News:

Paper on Refugees and the New Urban Agenda

BeierFritzscheTwo Cluster 2 members, Raffael Beier and Jasmin Fritzsche, published together a short, peer-reviewed paper in the special issue "Shelter in Displacement" of Forced Migration Review (55, June 2017). The article is titled "Refugees and the city: UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda" and calls for special protection for refugees and displaced persons as part of countries’ housing policies (full text)

Cluster 2 organised a panel at DSA 2016, Oxford

Research Cluster 2 at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy organised 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.

The panel was chaired by the cluster members Jasmin Fritzsche, Loubna Abi Khalil and Raffael Beier, and addressed the questions and problems that shape the local response to the Syrian refugee crisis in light of the regional political environment.

Cluster member Assem Abi Ali presented his paper `The Challenge of Syrian Refugee Settlement on Lebanese Consociationalism`.

Paper on national housing strategies in Brazil, South Africa and Marocco

BeierVilmondes-AlvesTwo Cluster 2 members, Raffael Beier and Mariana Vilmondes, published together a peer reviewed paper on national housing strategies in Brazil, South Africa, and Morocco in the context of Habitat III in the special issue "Global South" of the journal RaumPlanung (182/6-2015). The article (in German language) is titled "Dominanz des Quantitativen - Das Dilemma des Rechts auf angemessenen Wohnraum in Brasilien, Marokko und Südafrika."

Workshop: Urban Governance in a Global Perspective

The first international workshop of the IEE-Research Cluster 2 under the topic "Urban Governance in a Global Perspective - Contributions to the Habitat III Debate" took place at the IEE in Bochum on the 12th of November 2015. More than 30 participants from different disciplinary but also cultural backgrounds such as Sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, East and South Asia attended the workshop.

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Cluster 2: Contacts

BeierRaffael Beier
Cluster Representative

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Phone:  +49 (0)234 / 32-24857
Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

HolzbergBritta Holzberg
PhD Representative

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Phone:  +49 (0)234 / 32-26134
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Members of Cluster 2