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A Career with the EU? Find out how!

2017 11 BenitaRoseSince September 2017, Ruhr-University Bochum has a new EU Careers Student Ambassador!

Benita Rose studies Development Management (M.A.) at the IEE, and is now for one year the local contact person for RUB-students of all disciplines, who are interested in a traineeship or career path with the European Union. Her tasks as EU Careers Student Ambassador include informing students about the application process to get into the EU (the so-called “Concours”), and to inform students of different study areas about possibilities and professional fields within the EU institutions.

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Visiting Scholar from Cornell University at IEE

2017 10 FeldmannFrom this week until 15th December, Professor Shelley Feldman from Cornell University will be joining the IEE as a Visiting Scholar.  In her research as a sociologist, she has been working on a number of topics that have also been addressed by other IEE members, often coming from other disciplines. Her work on garment workers and the garment industry in Bangladesh as well as her research on land grabbing and displacement match research projects and interests of some IEE members.

Professor Feldman will hold presentations during the cluster sessions on "Garment Workers in Bangladesh and the Regulation of Garment Industry and Labour Markets" (8th November 2017, 10am-1pm, Room 2.25) and on "Land-Grabbing and Displacement" (13th December 2017, 10am-12noon, Room 2.25). We hope for inspiring exchanges with Prof. Feldman and warmly welcome her at the IEE.

Congratulations, Dr. Temory!

After successful defense of his PhD Thesis on Wednesday, 27th September 2017, Mohammad Dawude Temory from Herat, Afghanistan, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Manfred Lösch, Mohammad Dawude Temory, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn

His thesis with the title "Determinants of Household Income in Afghanistan. An Empirical Analysis" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Manfred Lösch and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein. Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn chaired the oral exam.

MADM Student Speaks at Global Citizen Event in Hamburg prior G20 Summit

Brenda Mbaja Lubang'aBrenda Mbaja Lubang’a from Kenya, student of the MA in Development Management programme, spoke at the Global Citizen Festival which took place in Hamburg at the 6th of July 2017 prior the G20-summit. International music stars, politicians, and representatives of development NGOs shared the stage for celebrating together with more than 11,000 visitors the commitment of more than $700 mio. for achieving the Sustainable Development goals. More information about this event can be found here. Brenda’s appearance can be watched here.

Congratulations, Dr. Mihalik!

After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Monday, 3rd July 2017, Éva Mihalik from Makó, Hungary, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Eva Mihalik, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze, Dr. Martina Shakya

Her thesis with the title "Building Sustainable Peace: From Practice to Law de lege ferenda - Legal Assessment of the Concept ‘Post-conflict Peacebuilding’" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze and Prof. Dr. Pierre Thielbörger. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

Paper on Refugees and the New Urban Agenda

BeierFritzscheTwo Cluster 2 members, Raffael Beier and Jasmin Fritzsche, published together a short, peer-reviewed paper in the special issue "Shelter in Displacement" of Forced Migration Review (55, June 2017). The article is titled "Refugees and the city: UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda" and calls for special protection for refugees and displaced persons as part of countries’ housing policies (full text)

IEE Football Team Reaches Semifinal

The IEE Football Team won its second match in the International Football Tournament of the Welcome Center of RUB and entered the semifinal.

After the lost match against the HGI (Horst Görtz Institut für IT-Sicherheit) in the previous week the IEE team was under pressure but managed to defeat the Department of Mechanical Engineering 5-3. The goal scorers were Raffael Beier, Robin Pass, Assem Ali Lali, Volker Häring and Mohamed El-Shewy. Compared to the first match the IEE team played well-organised, showed an impressive performance in the defence against a strong opponent and is now ready to take on the Faculty of Mathematics. The match will take place on June 1.

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Call for Papers: Development Dialogue and PhD Conference 2017 at the ISS, 11-13 October 2017

As every year, the IEE’s PhD in International Development Studies and its partner programmes in the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR), at the University of East Anglia (School of International Development) and Erasmus University Rotterdam’s International Institute for Social Studies (ISS) will jointly organise an international PhD Conference in 2017. This year’s PhD conference will be integrated into the 15th Development Dialogue 2017, taking place from 11-13 October 2017 at The Hague, coinciding with the celebrations of the 65th Anniversary of the ISS. As usual, PhD candidates at all stages of their doctorate are welcome to attend the conference and present their research projects.

More information, including the Call for Papers, is available on the ISS website:

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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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. After the Millennium Development Goals have been very much in the focus of criticism from a human rights perspective, the conference is intended to clarify whether initial experiences with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals indicate a change of direction in this regard. The keynote speech will be held by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

The venue is the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn.

For further information see