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Dr. Gabriele Bäcker

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Executive Director

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitaetsstr. 105, Room 2.07
44789 Bochum

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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-27770

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

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Consulting Hours: on appointment


1996:   Phd in Economics (Dr. rer oec.), Faculty of Economics, Ruhr University Bochum
1991:   MSc in Management and Economics (Dipl. Ökonom), Faculty of Economics, Ruhr University Bochum

Fields of Expertise

Research Experience:
  • International Trade
  • Regional Economic Integration
  • Human Capital and Growth
  • Commodity Risk Management

Country Expertise:
  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Malawi
  • Sambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Costa Rica


Since 2008:   Steering Committee Member of the "South African-German Centre for Development Research" at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, funded by DAAD
Since 2005:   Executive Director, Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB
Since 2002:   Visiting Lecturer, University of the Western Cape, South Africa


  • (1999) Veränderungspotentiale im südlichen Afrika: Humankapital im Wachstumsprozeß in Malawi, Namibia und Samiba, Tagungsband zum 2. Limburg-Seminar „Wissenschaft und Praxis der Entwicklungsökonomik" vom 13. bis 16. Januar 1999 in Limburg an der Lahn, Verein für Entwicklungsökonomische Forschungsförderung (EFF) e.V.
  • (1998) mit Dieter Bender: Humankapitalbildung und wirtschaftliche Aufholprozesse in Südostasien, in: Rahmenbedingungen von Entwicklung, Festschrift zum achtzigsten Geburtstag von Willy Kraus, München u.a.: Olzog
  • (1998) Möglichkeiten des Risikomanagements für rohstoffexportierende Entwicklungsländer. Materialien und kleine Schriften 166. Herausgegeben vom Institut für Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspoltik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Studie im Rahmen einer Hospitation im Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung
  • (1996) Ökonomische Entwicklung durch Transformation des Außenhandelssystems, Diss., München u.a.: Olzog
  • (1996) Hauptstichwort „Exportförderung" und Nebeneinträge „Importsubstitution", "AKP-Staaten" und "Lomé-Abkommen" in: Plümper, T. (Hg.), Lexikon der Internationalen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen, München u.a.: Oldenbourg
  • (1994) Kompetenzverteilung und Entscheidungsverfahren in der europäischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit nach Maastricht, IEE, Materialien und kleine Schriften 152, Bochum

Mentoring (Master in Development Management)

  • Figueroa Hernandez, Gregorio Eliab (2016): Benefits and determinants of financial Low Cost Technologies usage/non-usage
  • Kassie, Workineh Asmare (2016): "Determinants of Smallholder Productivity and Output Growth: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia"
  • Njoko, Mnqobi (2016): Access to Post-Sceondary Education Information and ist Impact on Student of Rural Origin's Access to Higher Education: A Case of Two Schools in Ntabamhlophe, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Rinschede, Tomke (2015): South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment policy and its impact on firm performance in the tourism sector: an empirical assessment on the example of the hotel industry in the Western Cape region
  • Tefera, Frezer Tilahun (2013): Assessing the Impact of Microfinance for Rural Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Omo Microfinance Institution in Sodo Zuria Woreda, Ethiopia
  • Ahmed, Firoj (2012): Effects of Trade liberalization on Poverty in Bangladesh. A study on the poverty dynamics among the households directly or indirectly associated with RMG industries
  • Escallon Santamaria, Myriam Mercedes (2012): Decentralization and Social Services Delivery. A Case Study from "De Cero a Siempre" Strategy in Colombia
  • Habtemariam, Solomon Ghebrezghabiher (2012): Overlapping Membership and Intra-regional Trade. A Case Study of COMESA and ECOWAS
  • Jafr, Sirwan (2012): Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment Inflow to the Iraqui Kurdistan Region
  • Mukasa, Anita Kayise Kyazike (2012): The Capacity of NERCHA Funded NGOs to Implement HIV/AIDS Related Projects
  • Garr, Ewald Quaye Kwabla (2010): Infrastructure and Rural Poverty Reduction: An Impact Assessment of the Keta Sea Defence Project, Ghana
  • Kausya, Leoard Kwinga (2010): Trade and Transport Facilitation in the East African Community. A Case Study on the Perceptions of How Customs Processes and Procedures on Namanga and Malaba Borders Influences Growth in Volumes of Trade among the Republics of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
  • Sydykova, Gulshat (2010): Constraints for Success and Productivity of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: The Case of the Kyrgyz Republic
  • Tran, Nam Binh (2010): International Integration Agreements and the Credibility of Trade Policy Reform: The Case of Vietnam Joining the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Chin'anga, Rumbidzai Francisca (2009): Assessing the Impact of the Maputo Corridor Toll Road as a pro poor development intervention in Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Asaba Ajabo, Rebecca (2008): Community Mobilization in Rural Agriculture Development Programs: A Case Study of the Area Based Agriculture Modernization Program in Kisoro District, Uganda
  • Crespo Benitez, Laura Gorety (2008): Participation in Public Sector Reforms. A Case Study of Secondary Education Reform in Mexico
  • Sarwary, Naeem Jan (2008): Problem of Financial Intermediation for Small and Medium Enterprises: A Case of Two Commercial Banks in Afghanistan
  • Luwabelwa, Mainga (2007): Fiscal Decentralization and Public Financing for Agricultural Extension Services: The Case of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in Southern Province of Zambia
  • Omokaro, Osayande (2007): Multinationals and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Niger Delta: A Case Study of Shell in Delta State
  • Lara Díaz del Castillo, Alejandro Eliseo (2006): Institutional Analysis of the Budget Process with Regard to Debt Accumulation. A Case Study of Puebla, Mexico
  • Tran, Ngoc Diep (2006): Export Promotion of Handicrafts and Poverty Reduction. The Case of Craft Villages in Vietnam
  • Höllige, Olliver (2005): The Influence of Laws, Regulations and Policies on the Development of Micro-, Small- and Medium Enterprises: The Case of the Benguela Province
  • Bui, Hong Hanh (2004): Vietnamese Garment Industry in the Process of Implementing AFTA (ASEAN Free Trade Area): The Case of Garment Enterprises in Hanoi
  • Dimaano, Vanessa Agnes (2004): Foreign Aid, Growth and Poverty Reduction. The Case of the Philippines
  • Hoang, Mai Anh (2004): Economic Growth and International Trade: The Case of Vietnam in the 1990s
  • Ha, Hoang-Lan (2002): Creditworthiness Appraisal of Private Enterprises. The Case of Commercial Banks in Vietnam
  • Ouk, Serey Thor (2002): The Problem of Effective Coordination of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Cambodia

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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Latest Publications

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada & Mattia Ferrari: Privatization and the Role of Sub-National Governments in the Latin American Power Sector: A Plea for less Subsidiarity?, in: International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Volume 8, No. 1, pp. 95-103

Britta Niklas: Impact of Annual Weather Fluctuations on Wine Production in Germany, in: Journal of Wine Economics, Volume 12/2017, No. 4, pp. 436-445
Britta Niklas, Karl Storchmann & Nick Vink: Fairtrade Wine Price Dispersion in the United Kingdom, in: Journal of Wine Economics, Volume 12/2017, No. 4, pp. 446-456

Khafagy, Amr: Regulation, supervision and deposit insurance for financial cooperatives: an empirical investigation. In: Annals of Finance (online first)

More information: "Publications / New Publications"

IEE on Tour

March 11 - 26:
Dr. Gabriele Bäcker
in South Africa and Namibia for evaluation, conference and institutional visit purposes.

March 17 - 24:
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Bettina Löwenstein
in Gordon's Bay and Cape Town/South Africa for the final meeting for the EUSA_ID project

March 17 - 28:
Britta Niklas
in Gordon's Bay and Cape Town/South Africa for the final meeting for the EUSA_ID project as well as a meeting for the DAAD African Excellence Centre UWC

April 04 - 06:
Dr. Elkhan Richard Sadik-Zada
at the University of Orleans, France, presenting at the International Conference "Environmental Economics: a focus on Natural Resources"

IEE on Field Research

Raffael Beier has a research stay at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague/The Netherlands from mid-March to mid-May 2018.

Ruth Knoblich spends a research period for her PhD as an EUSA-ID Scholar at the University of Cape Town/South Africa from January 2017 to April 2018.

Anne Siebert is at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra und University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana, from 25th February to 9th April, 2018, for field research.