Research Cluster 2 is located at the crossroads of social, political, and legal science research in the field of development. We critically evaluate local development interventions through the application of social science theories and research, moreover we assess the legal and political framework into which development interventions are embedded on an (inter-)national level. This allows for rich discussions on selected focal topics – such as housing, conflict, governance, health, employment and education - from different disciplinary perspectives. From a methodological point of view, qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research as well as legal analysis and policy analysis are at the core of Cluster 2. The figure below gives an overview on the specific disciplines and major topics represented and discussed in our research cluster.
The first international workshop of the IEE-Research Cluster 2 under the topic "Urban Governance in a Global Perspective - Contributions to the Habitat III Debate" took place at the IEE in Bochum on the 12th of November 2015. More than 30 participants from different disciplinary but also cultural backgrounds such as Sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, East and South Asia attended the workshop.
The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy and in particular Research Cluster 2 successfully registered to take part in the Habitat III preparatory process of UN Habitat. On behalf of Research Cluster 2, which has a thematic focus on Housing and Urbanization, Mariana Vilmondes and Raffael Beier attended the second session of the Preparatory Committee for Habitat III in Nairobi in April 2015.