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


The IEE is looking for a student assistant!
New deadline for application: 17th April 2015.
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Call for Applications for the German-Arab PhD Programme: Deadline is April 30th, 2015!
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Call for Papers for the 4th PhD Conference on International Development: Deadline is May 30th, 2015!
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The online application process for the MADM intake 2016 has started
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For EUSA_ID 2nd Call for Applications see "Announcements" below!

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  2. New Publications
  3. Announcements
  • 09-04-2015

    Afghan Lecturers Graduated from the Bachelor Upgrading Programme

    2015-03 BachelorGraduationCongratulations to 24 Afghan lecturers – the largest group yet – from the Universities of Nangarhar, Herat, Faryab, Samangan, Bamyan, Khost, Kunduz, Paktia, Kandahar and Kabul who completed the Bachelor Upgrading Programme in Management and Economics at RUB.
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  • 04-02-2015

    Approval of Funding for German-Arab Joint Research, Training and Networking Programme

    The project proposal "From Responsibility to Protect to Responsibility to Assist: Conflict, Reconstruction and Sustainable Development in the Middle East" has been approved for funding by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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  • 19-12-2014

    Approval of Funding for Joint UA Ruhr GC Research Project

    The project entitled "Political authority in transnational governance arrangements: Regulation through public and private labour, social and environmental standards in the Asian textile and apparel industry" is the first research project under the umbrella of the UA-Ruhr Graduate Center to receive third-party funding. From the IEE, Markus Kaltenborn and Johannes Norpoth are part of the team of researchers. Read more about the interdisciplinary project funded by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR) at the Mercator Foundation on the website of the UA-Ruhr Graduate Center.

  • 03-02-2015

    New Publication of IEE Member

    2015-01 publ-SadikZadaMetaheuristics in the Modern Economy – a new book of IEE-research fellow Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada with scientific editions of Orkun Karabasoglu from MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, dedicated to the applications and comparison of heuristic optimization methods like Tabu Search (TS), Genetic Algorithms (GA), Simulated Annealing (SA) and Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) in modern economy. In addition, the author shows the advantages of the hybrid metaheuristics combining pure strategies.

    The most of the real scheduling problems in job-shop scheduling are non-deterministic polynomial-time hard and that’s why cannot be solved in appropriate time even with supercomputers, available only to the limited number of scientific and defense institutions. With the emergence of the mass production and consumer markets in the 1950s importance of the optimization of the machine-scheduling have grown. As an alternative to precise optimization methods, heuristic algorithms deliver good results with less time and equipment costs than precise methods. But which metaheuristic is appropriate for a concrete enterprise? The author compares the existing major metaheuristics and concludes that hybrid metaheuristic algorithms adapted to a concrete job-shop problem is the most efficient strategy in solving real scheduling problems.

    Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada: Metaheuristiken in der modernen Ökonomie. - Bochumer Universitätsverlag, 2015. - 129 S. - ISBN 978-3899667615

  • 15-10-2014

    IEE Working Paper vol. 208

    iee wp208 coverDr. Martina Shakya,  IEE senior research fellow, published her paper "Social Capital, Tourism and Socio-Economic Transformation of Rural Society: Evidence from Nepal" as volume 208 of the IEE Working Paper series.

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  • 15-10-2014

    IEE Working Paper vol. 209

    iee wp209 coverAnnika Engelbert,  student in the IEE PhD-IDS programme, published her paper "The Role of Anti-Corruption Agencies in the Investigation and Prosecution of Procurement Related Corruption Cases" as volume 209 of the IEE Working Paper series.
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  • 23-01-2015

    Upcoming PhD Conference on International Development

    4th PhD Conference on International Development
    24 - 25 September 2015
    Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum/Germany

    The IEE together with the School of International Development (DEV), University of East Anglia, UK, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL, and our partners in the UA-Ruhr Graduate Centre, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the Institute of Political Science (IfP), University of Duisburg-Essen, is organizing the 4th PhD PhD Conference on International Development.

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  • 24-11-2014

    EUSA_ID 2nd Call for Applications

    The second call for applications is now open until 12th April, 2015.

    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!

    More information on the EUSA_ID website.

  • 15-08-2014

    Summer School in Ghana on Urban and Periurban Agriculture in West African Cities

    From 28th September to 3rd October 2014, the Urban Food Plus (UFP) project will be conducting a summer school on urban and periurban agriculture (UPA) at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale/Ghana. The aim of the summer school is to present the state of the art on UPA and the on-going research activities of UFP in two West African cities (Tamale/Ghana and Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso). The UFP summer school will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners from Africa and Europe. A special focus of the summer school will be on the potentials of biochar as a soil amendment in the context of Ghana.

    The international UFP project investigates options for enhancing resource use efficiency in urban and periurban agriculture for improved food security in West African cities. It is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The IEE is coordinating UFP sub-project "Economics", which is assessing the economic impacts of biochar application and improved irrigation management.

    For more information on UFP see the UFP section on our website.

    For more information on the UFP summer school: http://www.urbanfoodplus.org/index.php?id=120


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Ruhr University Bochum

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IEE on Tour

April 10 - May 1:
Ruth Knoblich
in Cape Town, lecturing for MADM

April 13 - 17:
Raffael Beier and
Mariana Vilmondes (PhD 2014)
in Nairobi for the 2nd Session of the Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

April 15 - 18:
Johannes Norpoth
in Milan for the 4th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals and Academics Network of the Society for International Economic Law (4th PEPA/SIEL Conference), presenting "The Mutually Agreed Solution between Indonesia and the US in US - Clove Cigarettes: A Case of Efficient Breach (or Back to Power Politics?)"

IEE on Field Research

Casper Agaton
in the Philippines until June 2015

Lesley Hope
in Ouagadogou/Burkina Faso and Tamale/Ghana for Urban Food Plus