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Workshop on "Reintegration into Domestic Job Markets – Vietnam"

On September 9th and 10th 2016, the third workshop on "Reintegration into Domestic Job Markets – Vietnam" was held at the Vietnamese-German Center at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Hanoi.

The event was organized and facilitated by a team from the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy.

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International Alumni Conference from 9-11 of November 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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Congratulations Dr. Chattoraj!

After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Monday, April 25, 2016, Diotima Chattoraj from Kolkata, India, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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IEE PhD Students join the ISS

IEE-Students Raffael Beier and Britta Holzberg were accepted for the joint programme of the ISS and the Ruhr-University Bochum. On side of the ISS, Raffael’s PhD project will be co-supervised by Erhard Berner and Sylvia Bergh and promoted by Irene van Staveren; Britta’s PhD project will be co-supervised by Peter Knorringa.

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Cluster 2 organised a panel at DSA 2016, Oxford

Research Cluster 2 at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy organised the panel 'The regional politics of forced displacement in the Middle East' at the Development Studies Association Conference 2016, 13-14 September 2016, in Oxford.

The panel was chaired by the cluster members Jasmin Fritzsche, Loubna Abi Khalil and Raffael Beier, and addressed the questions and problems that shape the local response to the Syrian refugee crisis in light of the regional political environment.

Cluster member Assem Abi Ali presented his paper `The Challenge of Syrian Refugee Settlement on Lebanese Consociationalism`.

Congratulations Dr. Butt!


After successful defense of his PhD Thesis on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Atif Ikram Butt from Pakistan has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Graduation of Our MADM Students in Bochum

On 26th of February 2016, we celebrated the graduation of our Master students who completed their studies in the MA in Development Management programme in Bochum.

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Research Cluster 3: New publications


The following publications were recently published/co-authored by members of Cluster 3 and associated researchers:


- Shakya, Martina (2016): Tourism and Social Capital: Case Studies from Rural Nepal. In: McCool, Stephen F. & Bosak, Keith (editors): Reframing Sustainable Tourism. Dordrecht: Springer (Environmental Challenges and Solutions 2), pp. 217-239.

- Bellwood-Howard, Imogen, Volker Häring, Hanna Karg, Regina Roessler, Johannes Schlesinger and Martina Shakya (2015): Characteristics of Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture in West Africa: Results of an Exploratory Survey Conducted in Tamale (Ghana) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Colombo: International Water Management Institute (IWMI Working Paper 163).


- Löwenstein, Wilhelm, Martina Shakya, Marc Hansen, and Sanjay Gorkhali (2015): Do the Poor Benefit from Corporate Social Responsibility? A Theory-Based Impact Evaluation of Six Community-Based Water Projects in Sri Lanka. Bochum (IEE Working Paper Vol. 210).

Graduation of our MADM students in Cape Town

Cape Town Students 2 On 5th December 2015 we celebrated the graduation of our Master students in Cape Town, who took part in the "Bochum Programme of Development Management" at the South African-German Centre for Development Research. Congratulations to all of you!



Congratulations Dr. Solikin!

20151118155040 bAfter successful defense of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Akhmad Solikin from Madiun, Indonesia, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor(Ph.D.). His thesis on "Revealing Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Work to Avoid Deforestation and Forest Degradation Using Contingent Valuation Method: Evidences from Indonesia" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl. Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn chaired the oral exam.