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Welcome to the UA Ruhr Graduate Centre

The UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies is a collaboration project between the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, the Institute of Political Science (IfP), University Duisburg-Essen and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), University Duisburg-Essen.

Major features of the Centre are the interdisciplinary approach to development issues and the international focus. Complementary specializations in political science, economics, sociology and law benefit cooperation activities in research and postgraduate teaching. Joint cooperation links with international partners have been established for the PhD Conference on International Development and the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project EUSA_ID.


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  • 01-03-2021

    15 PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network "ADAPTED" - Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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    The European Joint Doctorate ADAPTED is a consortium of European Universities, important internationally active European development organisations and think tanks and six African partner universities. Recruiting partners are Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany (coordinator), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands, Boğaziçi University, Turkey, and Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in partnership with Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France. More information about the network and open positions is available at www.adapted-eu.org.

    Within ADAPTED 15 PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers linked to the research programme of ADAPTED are now open for applications:
    ESR 1: The Effect of Foreign Direct Investment and Official Development Assistance on Job Creation and Poverty Reduction
    ESR 2: Mining and Poverty – A focus on artisanal mining and on CSR in industrial mining
    ESR 3: Effectiveness of social protection in fighting poverty
    ESR 4: Labour regulation and economic performance in SSA
    ESR 5: Universal health coverage in West Africa
    ESR 6: A political ecology approach in evaluating the development agenda: The cases of Ghana and Kenya
    ESR 7: Costs/benefits of climate policies in the context of informal economies
    ESR 8: An analysis of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of African countries under the Paris climate agreement and how these NDCs relate to SDG1
    ESR 9: Mobilising international law for cross-border tax justice
    ESR 10: The effects of governmentally enforced minimum wages on formal sector employment
    ESR 11: Rights-based social assistance schemes
    ESR 12: Building coherent social protection systems
    ESR 13: Demand for good governance and policy access for the poor
    ESR 14: Neopatrimonialism, pockets of effectiveness and policy making for the poor
    ESR 15: Coalition-building and pro-poor governance reform

    ESRs will work full-time on their research projects. They will be involved in the ADAPTED research network and benefit from local and network wide training opportunities. They will be hosted at the recruiting university and spend a minimum period of 6 months at the partner university for the award of a joint PhD degree. In addition they will spend scondments for field research supervised by African partner universities and / or secondments with development practice partners (see individual ESR descriptions on the ADAPTED website for details)

    For further details regarding individual ESR projects, eligibility criteria, requirements and the application procedure please refer to the ADAPTED website.

    Application deadline is 31 March 2021.

  • 08-05-2019

    Alumni Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts

    We are happy to announce the upcoming alumni conference, titled

    "Evaluation of Development Interventions - Current Debates, Methods, and Best Practices", taking place 04-08 November 2019 in Bochum / Germany.


    The conference is hosted by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) in Bochum (Germany) and organised in collaboration with its partner programmes from HTW Berlin, University of Leipzig, and University of Duisburg-Essen.

    Alumni of the MA programme in Development Management (MADM; IEE), the MA programme in International and Development Economics (MIDE; HTW Berlin), the Small Enterprise Promotion and Training Programme (SEPT; University of Leipzig), the MA programme in Development and Governance (Institute of Political Science (IfP); University of Duisburg-Essen), and the MA programme in International Relations and Development Policy (Institute for Development and Peace (INEF); University of Duisburg-Essen) are highly welcomed to submit proposals for participating at the conference.

    Selected participants who are international alumni of the cooperating institutions will receive funding for their flight and accommodation. Please find more information here.

    For further questions, please refer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We are looking forward to your proposal submission until the 23rd of June 2019.

  • 08-05-2019

    8th PhD Conference on International Development - Call for Abstracts

    The 8th PhD Conference on International Development is a student-led event organized by PhD students from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the School of Global studies at the University of Sussex (UK).

    This PhD conference brings together current or recently-graduated doctoral researchers in development studies and related disciplines, but attendance is not limited to PhD students of the partner institutes. This conference is an opportunity for doctoral students to present to a larger audience to get critical and well-informed feedback. The conference will offer an international platform for exchange with fellow students, senior academics, and experts.

    We invite abstracts for presentations (oral and poster) on topics that address or touch on, one or several of the following sub-themes from current or recently graduated doctoral students:

    1. Deconstructing frames of inequalities

    2. Sustainability in times of uncertainty

    3. Partnerships and collaborations in development

    4. Inclusivity and reflexivity in research methods


    For more information and how to apply, please see the Call for Abstracts

  • 18-04-2018

    Final EUSA_ID Meeting took place in Gordons Bay, South Africa

    From 18-21 March the final EUSA_ID Meeting took place in Gordons Bay, South Africa.

    All South African and European partners of the consortium took part in the meeting in order to discuss the results and the sustainability of the programme, challenges during the implementation phase and best practice examples. Several scholarship holders of the programme were invited to talk about their experiences at their respective host institutions. Alumni work and networking were as well part of the agenda and the selection committee selected some final staff grantees.

    2018 04 EUSA IDAlltogether it was a successful meeting with promising ideas for future collaborations.

  • 15-11-2016

    Raffael Beier (2019): From the City to the Desert - Analysing Shantytown Resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from Residents' Perspectives

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    From the City to the Desert – Analysing Shantytown Resettlement in Casablanca, Morocco, from Residents' Perspectives. - Berlin: Logos Verl. - 335 S. ISBN 978-3-8325-4951-0 (€ 48,50) [more info]

    In recent years, large-scale housing and resettlement projects have experienced a renaissance in many developing countries and are increasingly shaping new urban peripheries. One prominent example is Morocco's Villes Sans Bidonville (cities without shantytowns) programme that aims at eradicating all shantytowns in Morocco by resettling its population to apartment blocks at the urban peripheries. Analysing the specific resettlement project of Karyan Central, a 90-year-old shantytown in Casablanca, this book sheds light on both process and outcome of resettlement from the perspective of affected people. It draws on rich empirical data from a structure household survey (n=871), qualitative interviews with different stakeholder, document analysis, and non-participant observation gathered during four months of field research. The author emphasises that the VSB programme, although formally part of anti-poverty and urban inclusion policies, puts primary focus on the clearance of the shantytown. Largely based on ill-informed policy assumptions, stigmatisation, rent-seeking, and opaque implementation practices, the VSB programme interpreted adequate housing in a narrow sense. By showing how social interactions, employment patterns, and access to urban functions have changed because of resettlement, the book provides sound empirical evidence that housing means more than four walls and a roof.

  • 02-05-2018

    Christian Tischmeyer (2018): The Strong Nation-State and Violence.


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    The Strong Nation-State and Violence. - 78 S.

    Our world is still massively violent. This is in harsh contrast to Elias' civilisation process, implying ever more peaceful conduct as modernity manifests. The very organisation he designates for pacifying society, the modern state, is itself central cause for ongoing violence. In fact, most of modernity's notorious massacres, genocides, and ethnic cleansings could not have been committed by lesser organisations than strong states. I seek to explicate this connection, using an historical-institutionalist approach, from a perspective critical of established orders. Modern statehood will be conceptualised as ascribed status, depending on external demands f rom an ‘international community’. This ascription is based on existence of five sets of institutions, or dimensions of state activity. A state is considered strong when perceived to perform effectively in the dimensions of monopolising the military draft, direct taxation, bureaucratic organisation, promotion of formal economy, and keeping internal order. As meeting these conditions depends on direct rule, strong modern states are necessarily nations. Using an actor-centred concept of violence, I assess the violence necessary in creating and maintaining such orders. I conclude that nation-states have an institutional disposition towards mass-violence. Thus one has to think beyond this political order when seeking less violence.




The UA Ruhr Graduate Centre is part of the University Alliance Ruhr.

Steering Board


Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein


Dr. Gabriele Bäcker


Prof. Dr. sc. pol. Tobias Debiel

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Prof. Dr. Christof Hartmann

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy Institute of Political Science Institute for Development and Peace