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Congratulations Dr. Ali Zaidi! !

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Monday, 19 December 2022 Muhammad Ali Zaidi has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).
His thesis with the title "
Brokering ʻdevelopmentʼ and representing the ʻpoorʼ: An anthropological understanding of NGOs in southern Pakistan " was supervised by Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz and Prof. Dr. Rixta Wundrak. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, speaker of the PhD Programme in International Development Studies chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations Dr. Wright!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Tuesday 6 December 2022 Will Wright has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Foto: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze, Dr. Will Wright, Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger

His thesis with the title " Norm Clusters of Non-State Armed Groups: Mapping and Understanding the Limits of Warfare as Understood by Non-State Armed Groups " was supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, speaker of the PhD Programme in International Development Studies chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations Dr. Holzberg!

 After successful defence of her PhD Thesis on Tuesday 11 October 2022, Britta Holzberg has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Foto: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein (IEE managing director), Dr. Britta Holzberg, Prof. Dr. Inge Hutter (ISS Rector), Prof. Dr. Peter Knorringa

Her thesis with the title "Decent Work in Textiles and Garment Production: Analysing the formation of glo-cal perspectives and practices in Egypt and Jordan" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Uta Wilkens, RUB, and Prof. Peter Knorringa, ISS, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The public defence was held in The Hague, and the PhD degree has been awarded to Britta Holzberg under the joint PhD agreement between the ISS and the IEE, which has been signed in 2014.

Welcome to MADM 2022 intake

MADM 2022 group welcomeOn 5 September 2022, the new Bochum group of MA in Development Management students started their studies. For the formal opening and the opening of the 2022 summer school the students of the MADM at UWC also arrived at the IEE.

During the next 4 weeks both groups will follow a Summer School programme which includes coursework in Statistical Methods, a trip to Berlin, a weekend seminar Intercultural Communication and Teambuilding, and sessions with external experts representing German organisations working in the field of development cooperation.

Extraordinary DAAD Scholarship Opportunity for Students Fleeing the War in Ukraine

The MA in Development Management at Ruhr University Bochum is one of the programmes included in the recently published extraordinary DAAD call for scholarship applications. The Master Scholarship Programme for students from the Ukraine as well as from countries of the DAC list fleeing the war in Ukraine to continue/complete their studies in Development-Related Postgraduate Courses is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

(Update: Application deadline for eligible applicants was 30 June 2022.)

The full call for applications is available here.

Information regarding application requirements of the MA in Development Management and the documents to be submitted are available here.

Congratulations, Dr. Agbaam!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Tuesday 24 May 2022, Callistus Akachabwon Agbaam from Ghana has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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His thesis with the title "Determinants of Public Support for Social Protection in Ghana. A Micro-level Analysis" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Katja Bender and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein. Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn chaired the oral exam.

Former MADM Student Installed as President of MaK PhD Fellows

AhabweFormer IEE student Gerald Ahabwe, MADM Alumnus of 2009, was installed as President of the Phd Fellows at Makerere University (Pf@Mak) last week. This group was established to "bring together PhD fellows to actively provide each other with mutual academic support, producing timely high quality research through networking, peer reviewing, sharing funding opportunities and timely study completion." Please find more information here.

Congratulations for achieving this responsible position, and best wishes for your work for the PhD community at Makerere University!

Call for Applications – Alumni Conference 2022

Fostering University Business Collaboration for Employability Promotion

The conference will take place in Leipzig, Germany, from 19-21 September 2022 and is hosted by the SEPT programme, University Leipzig, in cooperation with the MADM and MIDE programme, HTW Berlin.

Deadline for applications: 15 April 2022.

Please find more information in the call for applications.

It would be great to see many of you there!

Call for Papers:

18th Development Dialogue Virtual Conference in October 2022

The 18th Development Dialogue (DD) conference "Doing Development Differently" will be organized virtually on the 17th and 18th of October 2022. ADAPTED Early Stage Researchers Ahmed El Assal and Petronilla Wandeto who are based at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) are part of the conference organizing committee.

The DD conference is an annual academic conference organized by Ph.D. researchers of the ISS at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The dialogue aims to stimulate multi-disciplinary, reflective, and collaborative discussions that bring together researchers worldwide. The conference provides a platform for doctoral candidates and early career researchers engaged in different fields of development studies to share their work, exchange ideas, and discuss how their research relates to global development struggles.

Interested PhD candidates are required to fill out this online application and submit their abstracts by Sunday, April 17th, 2022. For more information about the past Development Dialogue conferences, please visit the official conference website. For any queries, feel free to contact the organizing committee at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More information here: Call-for-Abstracts-DD18.pdf

MADM Students of the Bochum Group Graduated

On Friday, 18th of February, 22 candidates of the MA in Development Management programme received their graduation certificates after having successfully defended their Master thesis during the week.

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Congratulations to all of you and welcome to the IEE alumni family!