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Welcome to the IEE

Welcome to the website of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (German acronym: IEE) of the Ruhr-University Bochum.


Das IEE sucht einen Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiter (26 Std.). Mehr Informationen in der Stellenausschreibung.


Please don't miss several Calls of Application in the "Announcements" tab below.


WE ARE MOVING!
The IEE is moving to another building, which is not located on campus. The move itself is scheduled for April/May; an exact date cannot be announced at the moment. Any further information will be published here as soon as possible.


  1. News
  2. New Publications
  3. Announcements
  • 29-04-2016

    Congratulations Dr. Chattoraj!

    2016-04 DiotimaChattorajPhDAfter 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.).

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  • 24-03-2016

    IEE PhD Students join the ISS

    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.

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  • 23-03-2016

    Cluster 2 is organising a panel at DSA 2016, Oxford

    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.
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  • 17-03-2016

    Congratulations Dr. Butt!


    2016-03 SolikinAfter 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.

  • 03-06-2015

    IEE Working Paper vol. 211

    iee wp210 cover 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.

    more info and download

  • 20-04-2016

    New Publication by Raffael Beier

    Raffael Beier 20.04.2016Beier, 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.

    more info

  • 02-03-2016

    New UA-Ruhr Study by Tobias Thürer

    Threr Cover Bd. 65Tobias 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.
    more info

  • 18-04-2016

    EUSA_ID - 3rd Call for Scholarship Applications - deadline 31 May 2016

    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:

    - South African Master applicants
    - South African PhD applicants
    - South African staff applicants
    - European PhD applicants

  • 13-04-2016

    New Call for Scholarship Applications at the South African-German Centre for Development Research open until 15th July 2016

    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

  • 24-04-2016

    5th Annual International PhD Conference in International Development -- September 5th & 6th, 2016 -- University of East Anglia

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    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.

    more info and Call for Papers

  • 24-04-2016

    Forced Displacement, Regional Politics and the Middle East Autumn School 2016, Lebanon 03-12 October 2016

    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.

    Call for Application

  • 09-03-2016

    Summer School for Asian Alumni

    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.

    Call


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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Building GB, Room 1/59
Universitaetsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

E-Mail: ieeoffice@rub.de

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
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Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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IEE on Field Research

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.

Latest Publications

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.