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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.

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Congratulations, Dr. Engelbert!

After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Annika Engelbert from Bochum, Germany, has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.). Her thesis on "Public Procurement Law in Sub-Saharan Africa - a means to curb corruption?" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Kaltenborn and Prof. Dr. Christof Hartmann. Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein chaired the oral exam.

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Prof. Christof Hartmann, Prof. Wilhelm Löwenstein, Annika Engelbert, Prof. Markus Kaltenborn

Congratulations, Annika!

PhD Student Themba Nyasulu has won this year’s global "Microeconomics of Competitiveness" Team Project Competition

2016-11 ThembaNyasuluThemba Nyasulu, member of the PhD IDS and Research Cluster 1, has most successfully participated in the course "Microeconomics of Competitiveness" (MOC) offered by Prof. Kiese (RUB, Institute of Geography). Together with three other fellow students from the Institute of Geography and the Faculty of Management and Economics he co-edited a paper on ‘The Frankfurt Financial Service Cluster’ and participated in the MOC project competition. The MOC panel of judges at Harvard Business School selected the paper to be the winner of this year’s global paper competition. More than hundred papers from all over the world participated in this competition organised by Harvard’s MOC network, which is led by Prof. Michael Porter. If you want to repeat Themba’s success in the next year, you may register directly for Prof. Kiese’s next MOC course starting 18 April 2017 (email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Welcome to the 10th Intake of the PhD IDS!

With an opening reception on 23rd November, the IEE welcomed the latest intake of the PhD programme in International Development Studies (PhD IDS). The interdisciplinary, structured PhD programme offered at the IEE was first launched in 2007. In the shadow of the IEE’s 50th birthday, we are thus celebrating yet another small anniversary in 2016: the 10th intake of the PhD IDS programme! This year, four full members and eight associate members were newly admitted to the PhD IDS Programme.

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We wish all new PhD candidates much success for their doctoral studies and research projects!

PhD IDS German-Arab Programme: Autumn School 2016 - Lebanon

Autumn School 'Forced Displacement and Regional politics in the Middle East'

2016-11 Autumn-School smallIn October 2016, the joint Autumn School 'Forced Displacement and Regional politics in the Middle East' took place in Byblos and Beirut, Lebanon. The course was part of the German-Arab Joint Research, Training and Networking Programme 'From Responsibility to Protect to Responsibility to Assist: Conflict, Reconstruction and Sustainable Development in the Middle East' and was jointly organised by the Department of Social Sciences at the Lebanese American University, the UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies and the Institute for Development Studies and Development Policy at Ruhr University Bochum. It was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the 'Hochschuldialog mit der islamischen Welt'.

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