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  3. Announcements
  • 27-03-2017

    Call for applications - International Alumni Conference

    The South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) at UWC/Cape Town (South Africa) together with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) of Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) is happy to host the international conference

    "Tackling the root causes of displacement in Sub Sahara Africa"
    taking place 26 November – 01 December 2017 in Cape Town/South Africa

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  • 24-03-2017

    Conference on "Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights"

    2017-03 TheGlobalGoalsIn cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN), the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) will be holding a conference on "Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights" from June 06-07, 2017.

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  • 14-03-2017

    Alumni Conference "Innovation in Development Thinking and Practice"​

    IEE's partner, the MA in "International and Development Economics" (MIDE) programme at HTW Berlin, is hosting this year's alumni conference titled "Innovation in Development Thinking and Practice" (Berlin, June 21 - 23, 2017).

    During the conference, formal presentations will be combined with hands-on workshops, where participants will be working together on formulating a common position on a range of development issues. For details, please find the call for applications and the programme draft here.

    If you are interested in participation please submit your application until March 26, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Please send the following documents:
    1) Completed Application Form (available for download here)
    2) Presentation outline or abstract (pdf-version)

    Please note that MIDE is not able to provide financial support for transport and accommodation, yet participation is for free.

  • 07-04-2017

    New Journal Article by Raffael Beier

    Raffael Beier: Tunis und Casablanca - Stadtentwicklungspolitiken zwischen "Worlding" und Sozialverträglichkeit, in: inamo 89, Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten, Jg. 23, Frühling 2017, S. 24-28

    2011 gerieten die arabischen Städte als Orte der Revolte in den Fokus der Weltöffentlichkeit. Dieser Artikel widmet sich dem engen Verhältnis von Stadt und Protest und fragt, inwiefern die Stadtentwicklungspolitik in Tunis und Casablanca auf den Arabischen Frühling reagiert hat. Neben Versuchen der strukturellen Erneuerung der Stadtentwicklungspolitik in Tunesien und steigender Bedeutung der sicherheits- und stabilitätspolitischen Dimension in der Stadtplanung sind zuletzt verstärkt Kontinuitäten, insbesondere im Hinblick auf den Bau von Großprojekten, zu beobachten.

  • 03-04-2017

    New Book published by Ruth Knoblich

    Ruth Knoblich, IEE research fellow, and current visiting researcher at the Intellectual Property (IP) Unit, University of Cape Town, published a book on global power shifts in the international IP regime, analyzing the interests, strategies, and influence of Brazil, India, and China.

    9783658037246"Die globale Regulierung geistiger Eigentumsrechte. Interessen, Strategien und Einfluss Brasiliens, Indiens und Chinas"

    Angesichts des Aufstiegs von Staaten wie Brasilien, Indien und China zu neuen Wissensmächten fragt das Buch nach den Konsequenzen, die diese Dynamik für die globale Regulierung geistiger Eigentumsrechte mit sich bringen könnte und prüft entlang des Fallbeispiels 'Zugangsregelungen zu genetischen Ressourcen und dem Schutz traditionellen Wissens' den Einfluss der BIC-Staaten auf das bestehende internationale Schutzsystem.


    The book can be found here, via Springer Link.

  • 30-01-2017

    New Article by Johannes Norpoth

    Johannes Norpoth: The Mutually Agreed Solution (MAS) between Indonesia and the United States (US) in US – Clove Cigarettes: A Case of Efficient Breach (or Power Politics)?

    The MAS to the US – Clove Cigarettes case between the US and Indonesia evokes the idea of the WTO dispute settlement system (DSS) allowing for efficient breach since the case was declared settled based on mutual commitments of the two parties, while the original violation by the US remains in place. The paper first discusses whether MAS are a means through which WTO law allows such flexibility, concluding that such a view is tenable despite valid objections. Then, it inquires whether the MAS found between Indonesia and the US can be considered as a situation of efficient breach. In this context, the paper analyses the mutual commitments of the US and Indonesia with specific attention to the potential role of power in the settlement. The paper argues that from a legal perspective the MAS between Indonesia and the US cannot be considered a case of efficient breach, although politically the situation established through the MAS resembles a situation of efficient breach. The paper finds that power imbalances played a role in the settlement and suggests that the case study of this specific MAS highlights systemic risks in the current handling of WTO dispute settlement through MAS.

    2017-01 NorpothJohannes Norpoth, The Mutually Agreed Solution (MAS) between Indonesia and the United States (US) in US – Clove Cigarettes: A Case of Efficient Breach (or Power Politics)?, in: Adinolfi, G., Baetens, F., Caiado, J., Lupone, A., Micara, A.G. (Eds.), International Economic Law - Contemporary Issues, Springer 2017, pp. 129-147

    available as E-Book (ISBN 978-3-319-44645-5) and Hardcover (ISBN 978-3-319-44644-8) - more info at http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319446448

  • 20-09-2016

    Conference on Social Protection Systems in Africa

    From 10-11 November 2016, the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) together with the Gesellschaft für afrikanisches Recht (African Law Association) will organize a conference on

    "Law for Development: Strengthening Social Protection Systems in Africa"

    Experts from both African and European research institutes will discuss the current challenges of Social Protection Law in African countries. The conference will be hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Berlin.

    For more information on this event please see the Agenda and Logistical Information.

    You can register for the conference until 28 October 2016 at Christiane Schwausch via E-Mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

  • 28-05-2016

    Alumni conference 9-11 Nov. 2016

    Doing Good with Business?
    – Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Fair Trade –

    Dear alumni,

    the submission date for proposals for the upcoming alumni conference (9-11 Nov. 2016), titled "Doing Good with Business? – Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Fair Trade", has passed. The proposals are currently reviewed. Notifications will be sent out mid of September 2016.

    The conference is hosted by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) in Bochum (Germany) and organised in collaboration with its partners from HTW Berlin, University of Leipzig, and University of Duisburg-Essen. Alumni of the MA programme in Development Management (MADM; IEE), the MA programme in International and Development Economics (MIDE; HTW Berlin), the Small Enterprise Promotion and Training Programme (SEPT; University of Leipzig), the MA programme in Development and Governance (Institute of Political Science (IfP); University of Duisburg-Essen), and the MA programme in International Relations and Development Policy (Institute for Development and Peace (INEF); University of Duisburg-Essen) are highly welcomed to submit proposals for participating at the conference. Selected participants who are international alumni of the cooperating institutions will receive funding for their flight and accommodation.

    Please find more information in the call.

    For further questions, please refer to the IEE (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

  • 10-10-2016

    International Alumni conference 9-11 Nov. 2016

    The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) of Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) is happy to host the international conference:

    "Doing Good with Business?
    Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship, and Fair Trade"

    taking place 9-11 of November 2016.

    On three days, approximately 200 conference participants – practitioners, researchers, and students – discuss different approaches which aim at improving the social and environmental effects of production standards and business models: Corporate Social Responsibility, Fair Trade, and Social Entrepreneurship. Diverse questions are addressed, like to which extent those approaches actually fulfil the expectations set in them, whether they are economically viable, what the dominant current challenges as well as the prospects for future developments of these concepts are.

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  • 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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How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: ieeoffice@rub.de

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Latest Publications

Raffael Beier: Tunis und Casablanca - Stadtentwicklungspolitiken zwischen "Worlding" und Sozialverträglichkeit.

Ruth Knoblich: Die globale Regulierung geistiger Eigentumsrechte. Interessen, Strategien und Einfluss Brasiliens, Chinas und Indiens.

Johannes Norpoth: The Mutually Agreed Solution (MAS) between Indonesia and the United States (US) in US – Clove Cigarettes: A Case of Efficient Breach (or Power Politics)?

More information on the "New Publications" tab on the left.

IEE on Tour

April 08 - 18:
Dr. Martina Shakya
at UWC in Cape Town/South Africa, for teaching and supervising within the MADM programme

April 13 - May 06:
Nicole Dittrich
at UWC in Cape Town/South Africa, for teaching and supervising within the MADM programme

April 23 - June 17:
Jasmin Fritzsche
at ODID, University of Oxford/UK, for a Visiting Study Fellowship

April 27 - 29:
Christina Seeger
in Göttingen for the GlobalFood Symposium 2017

IEE on Field Research

Ruth Knoblich spends a research period from Jan. 2017 until Dec. 2017 for her PhD at the University of Cape Town/South Africa as an EUSA-ID Scholar