Cooperating Institutions
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The UA Ruhr Graduate Centre for Development Studies is a collaboration of the following three institutes at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) and the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE):

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE)

The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy - in German 'Institut für Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik' (IEE) - was established as an important new research centre in 1966, only four years after the foundation of the Ruhr-University Bochum.From the outset, research at the IEE has been characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the study of economic, political, and sociocultural development in the countries of the South. In its early years, the IEE was primarily a research institute and had a particular focus on the Islamic world.

At the beginning of the 1990s the IEE laid the foundation blocks of its new interdisciplinary approach to teaching in the fields of development policy and management. A first step was the development of its three year interdisciplinary PhD programme 'System Efficiency and Dynamics in Developing Countries', which started in the spring of 1995. The program was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and terminated after the maximum funding period of three intakes. It is now substituted through the new international English-language PhD program in International Development Studies (PhD IDS). The PhD IDS started in 2007 and was implemented by the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy on behalf of the Faculties of Geography, Law, Social Science, and Economics. Starting from winter 2000, the IEE offers an international English-language program: The Master of Arts in Development Management. Since May 2002 the program is also offered at UWC, first as part of the DAAD initiative 'German Programs of Study Abroad' and now as part of the DAAD funded 'South African - German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice'. In addition, the institute cooperates with research institutes and universities in Germany and abroad. Links exist to institutions in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Marocco, Namibia, Poland, Russia, the Republic of South Africa, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as to Euopean and European/African university networks.

For more information on the IEE please visit its website.

Institute of Political Science (IfP)

The Institute of Political Science (IfP) at the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is the largest educational and research institution for political science in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and enjoys high standing within the German political science community. Students benefit from a wide range of associated research centres and programmes, such as the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the NRW School of Governance.

The Institutes offer a broad selection of study programmes: a BA in Political Science, several specialized Master programmes in German and English language, as well as the opportunity to acquire a doctoral degree (Ph.D. equivalent). The BA Political Science programme provides a general introduction to the discipline and qualifies for any MA programme in social sciences. Close cooperation with the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) opens opportunities for interdisciplinary orientation.

The UDE’s MA programmes correspond to the institute’s research focus – including an MA in International Relations and Development Policy, an MA in Policy Management, Public Policy and Public Administration as well as an MA in Theory and Comparative Studies of Political Systems in Transition. All three programmes are two year full time study programmes. Most courses are taught in German but a few are also offered in English language. In addition, the institute offers an English-language MA degree programme Development and Governance with one-year duration – building on elements of the other MA programmes.

Research at the Institute of Political Science concentrates on five particular research fields:

  • Development and conflict studies;
  • Comparative politics with a strong area focus on Europe, Africa and East Asia;
  • Administrative studies including recent topics such as e-Governance and e-Democracy;
  • Policy management, political communication and public opinion;
  • Studies in urban and local policies.

For more information on the IfP please visit its website.

Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

The Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), which was founded in 1990, is a research institute of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a strong focus on policy-related and policy-relevant research. It closely collaborates with the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Bonn, established in 1986 at the initiative of former German chancellor and Nobel peace prize winner Willy Brandt.

INEF combines basic research with applied and policy-related research on issues like Global Governance and Human Security, Fragile States, Crisis Prevention and Civilian Conflict Management, Development, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility. The unique approach of INEF, as the only German research institute to combine basic with applied research in peace and development research is also reflected in a wide range of third party funding bodies . The Bertelsmann-Foundation, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), German Research Foundation (DFG), German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the World Bank etc. were partners in our research activities. INEF carries out research programmes and systematically explores available international expertise and world reports, often in cooperation with national and international partners. INEF also conducts smaller projects for NGOs and NGO networks. The institute is integrated in a strong and viable international research network. Besides activities in international scholarly associations like the International Studies Association (ISA), International Peace Research Association (IPRA) and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), the institute also conducts joint research projects with international partners like the Australian Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS), Brisbane, the London School of Economics (LSE), the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University College, Toronto und the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

For more information on the INEF please visit its website.

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