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Call for Participation: International Forum on Refugee Protection & Migration Issues 2019

From 28 to 29 November 2019, IEE and IFHV at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum will be hosting the International Forum on Refugee Protection (IFRP 2019) & Migration Issues.

This 2-day forum (IFRP 2019) stems from the collaboration of PhD Students from various disciplines from the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) and the Institute for International Law of Peace & Armed Conflict (IFHV), with support from the RUB Research School at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany.

The IFRP 2019 is a student-led initiative and offers an international platform for knowledge-exchange with fellow doctoral researchers, senior academics, and experts. The IFRP 2019 will include two keynote speakers, case study sessions, discussion sessions, lunch, refreshments, and an official forum dinner.

We invite submissions of participation from current or recently-graduated doctoral researchers in the field of international human rights law, international development studies, and other related disciplines.

Applicants do not need to be affiliated with any of the institutions listed above.

The call for participation is open until the 21 July 2019 on topics that address or touch on, one or several of the following sub-themes:

  • The Modern Refugee Crisis: Rights holders vs. Duty bearers
  • Impacts of securitization on refugees and migration policies
  • Bringing the law to life: Refugee protection at national, regional, and global levels
  • Relationship between crime and security in the age of refugee securitization
  • Regional cooperation and governance in development

The abstracts (500 words) for oral/poster presentation should include the preferred sub-theme, indication of the presentation type (oral/poster/both), full name, institutional affiliation, and contact details to, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21st July 2019. A CV is also requested with submission.

Successful candidates will be notified by 21 August 2019.

Download: Call for Participation

Alumni Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts

We are happy to announce the upcoming alumni conference, titled "Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices", taking place 04-08 November 2019 in Bochum / Germany.

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Congratulations, Dr. Beier - first joint PhD of IEE-RUB and ISS, The Hague

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Friday, 5 April 2019, IEE research fellow Raffael Beier has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Dr. Raffael Beier

His thesis entitled "From the City to the Desert. Analysing shantytown resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from residents’ perspectives" was jointly supervised by Prof. Dr. Mathias Kies and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein (both RUB) and Prof. Irene van Staveren, Dr. Erhard Berner, and Dr. Sylvia Bergh (all ISS).

For the public defence, held in The Hague, a committee of in total eleven supervisors, examiners and other professors were sitting opposite him, including Rector Professor Inge Hutter who chaired the Full Doctoral Committee at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

Raffael Beier is the first PhD candidate graduated under a joint PhD agreement between the ISS and the IEE, which has been signed in 2014.

Call for Abstracts

8 th PhD Conference on International Development
19 – 20 September 2019
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
University of Sussex, UK
Call for Abstracts

The 8th PhD Conference on International Development is a student-led event organized by PhD students from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the School of Global studies at the University of Sussex (UK).

This PhD conference brings together current or recently-graduated doctoral researchers in development studies and related disciplines, but attendance is not limited to PhD students of the partner institutes. This conference is an opportunity for doctoral students to present to a larger audience to get critical and well-informed feedback. The conference will offer an international platform for exchange with fellow students, senior academics, and experts.

We invite abstracts for presentations (oral and poster) on topics that address or touch on, one or several of the following sub-themes from current or recently graduated doctoral students:

  1. Deconstructing frames of inequalities
  2. Sustainability in times of uncertainty
  3. Partnerships and collaborations in development
  4. Inclusivity and reflexivity in research methods

For more information and how to apply, please see the Call for Abstracts

Visit of two members of the German Federal Parliament and the Consul General at the SA-GER CDR

On 7th February the two members of the "German Federal Parliament", Ulla Schmidt und Dagmar Freitag, who stayed in South Africa for taking part in the 2019 State of the Nation Address by the South African President Cyral Ramaphosa, used the opportunity to as well visit two DAAD funded Centres of Excellence in Cape Town together with the Consul General Matthias Hansen.

They first visited the African Institute for Mathematical Studies (AIMS) in Muizenberg and afterwards the South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR). Prof. Jullian May, the director of the SA-GER CDR at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), stressed the supra-regional importance of the Centre, the high number of Alumni who successfully work in development research or development co-operation and the strong motivation of these Alumni to build networks like the African Excellence Network of all DAAD African Excellence Centres, "Tumefika" (which means "We have arrived") which was constituted in 2018.

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During the occasion, current Phd scholarship holders of the SA-GER CDR presented on their research related to poverty reduction and public administration, current Master scholarship holders presented the different Master Programmes of the Centre and Ulla Schmidt, Dagmar Freitag and Matthias Hansen as well met DAAD-Alumna Prof. Pamela Dube, the current DVC for Student Development and Support at UWC, Winnie Sambu as the representative of “Tumefika” and several other DAAD scholarship holders studying at UWC.

Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein, managing director of the IEE of Ruhr University Bochum, took part in the event by making use of the DAAD funded videoconference system ZOOM and presented his vision of an African Graduate School as one option to foster the sustainability of the DAAD African Excellence Centres.

Congratulations, Dr. Hansen!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 6 February 2019, former IEE research fellow Marc Hansen has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Marc Hansen

His thesis with the title "Essays on the Theory-Based Impact Evaluation of Projects in Developing Countries" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn chaired the oral exam.

Congratulations, Dr. Khafagy!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 28 November 2018, Amr Khafagy from Egypt has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Nienhaus, Amr Khafagy, Prof. Dr. Lösch, Prof. Dr. Löwenstein

His thesis with the title "Essays on the Economics of Cooperative Financial Institutions" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Volker Nienhaus and Prof. Dr. Manfred Lösch. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

10-Year Anniversary of the Centres of Excellence

On the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the Centres of African Excellence initiative by the Federal Foreign Office and the DAAD, a large network meeting was held in Berlin.

There are now ten university Centres of African Excellence in Sub-Saharan Africa, set up to train highly qualified future managers and leaders in Africa by significantly contributing to the quality and relevance of selected disciplines at African universities, to the creation of research capacities to the establishment of networks between African universities and research institutes including German partners.

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The SA-GER CDR Team in Berlin: (from left): Isioma Ille, Stefan Buchholz, Britta Niklas, Gabriele Bäcker, Mulugeta Dinbabo and Ina Conradie

For the achievements of the South African-German Centre for Development Research and for more information on the network meeting please have a look at the upcoming IEE-Newsletter (December 2018).

7th PhD Conference on International Development took place at the IEE

On 8th and 9th November, the seminar rooms of the Ruhr-University’s convention centre were packed with about 70 international PhD students in the interdisciplinary field of development research.

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The conference was funded by the RUB Research School and provided a platform for young scholars to present their research projects and engage in vital discussions. Overall, it was a successful event.

The 2019 PhD Conference on International Development will be hosted by the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex, UK.

Conference Programme of the 7th PhD Conference

The 7th PhD Conference on International Development, organised by and for PhD researchers, is held at the RUB next week (8-9 November). In addition to the parallel sessions, this year’s PhD Conference will host two renowned scholars as keynote speakers: Laura Camfield of the University of East Anglia, UK, and Shelley Feldman of the Cornell University, USA.

You can view the conference programme here.