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PhD Exchange Student from the ISS

2018 09 AdwoaWe currently have a PhD student visiting from the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong is staying from August until December 2018. RUB Research School is funding her stay. She is happy to be working closely with Anne Siebert, and under the supervision of Prof. Löwenstein. Her broad research interests are in rural development and agriculture, social justice and policy planning. Adwoa and Anne are writing a joint paper on farmers’ and farm workers’ engagement with food sovereignty in Ghana.

In her PhD research, Adwoa is looking into the labour dynamics of transnational large-scale agricultural land acquisitions (land deals) to draw implications for rural development and policy. She is undertaking an in-depth study of an Oil Palm land deal in Ghana. Specifically, she focuses on the management processes and the labour conditions for wage farmworkers, their livelihoods, and their differentiated political reactions. In the end, she hopes to see how these processes affect agrarian transitions in the affected communities, especially in terms of the modification or not of existing modes of production, changes in labour regimes, as well as their impacts on workers food security/sovereignty.

She is looking forward to interact with researchers and students and to get to know the IEE.

Congratulations, Dr. Nyasulu!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Monday, 21st of August 2018, Themba Nyasulu from Malawi has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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His thesis with the title "Foreign Direct Investment and Inclusive Growth: Comparative Evidence from Zambia and Malawi" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Dieter Bender.

Congratulations, Dr. Agaton!

After successful defence of his PhD Thesis on Monday, 7th of August 2018, Casper Agaton from the Philippines has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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His thesis with the title "A Real Options Approach to Renewable and Nuclear Energy Investments in the Philippines" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl and Apl. Prof. Dr. Nicola Werbeck.

Congratulations, Dr. Asna Ashari!

After successful defense of her PhD Thesis on Monday, 4th of July 2018, Farah Asna Ashari from Iran has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

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Farah Asna Ashari, Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl

Her thesis with the title "Welfare Effects of Alternative Irrigation Water Prices on Farm Households: a case study of Lake Urmia Basin, Iran" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Helmut Karl and Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein.

2017 Intake of the PhD IDS Now Complete

The IEE is happy to welcome three additional new full members of the PhD IDS programme: Uk Mong Marma (left) and Bablu Chakma
(right) from Bangladesh and Zena Raquel Mouawad from Brasil.

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The 2017/18 intake is now complete with 7 PhD candidates from 6 countries. We wish all new PhD candidates much success for their doctoral studies and research projects! Read more about their PhD projects here.

7th PhD Conference on International Development - Call for Abstracts

The IEE’s PhD students are organising the 7th PhD Conference on International Development, which is to take place 8-9 November 2018 in Bochum. This travelling event  is part of IEE's cooperation with the School of International Development (DEV), University of East Anglia, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, both UK, the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam, NL, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), as well as the Institute of Political Science (IfP), both University Duisburg-Essen.

Attendance is not limited to PhD students of the partner institutes. PhD candidates at all stages of their PhD project are welcome to attend the conference and present their work.

The Call for Abstracts is now open (PDF download).

Congratulations, Dr. Rosenberger!

After successful defense of his PhD Thesis on Friday, 9th February 2018, Sascha Rosenberger from Paraguay has been awarded the degree of a Philosophiae Doctor (Ph.D.).

2018 02 PhD RosenbergerProf. Dr. Heike Mónika Greschke, Sascha Rosenberger, Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz

His thesis with the title "Grounded in Paraguay: An Appropriation Theory of ICTs and Education for Development" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz and Prof. Dr. Heike Mónika Greschke.

Welcome to the 11th Intake of the PhD IDS!

With an informal opening reception on 20 November, the IEE welcomed the new intake of the PhD programme in International Development Studies (PhD IDS). The interdisciplinary, structured PhD programme was first launched in 2007. 

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This year, the IEE is happy to welcome four new full members of the PhD IDS programme: Ulemj Dovchin from Mongolia, Om Ki from Myanmar, Will Wright from the USA, and Katharina Girndt from Germany.

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

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.

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.