Duisburg – 4 November 2013
On Monday, 4th November, the variety of development research within the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Bochum has been presented at the ‚UAMR Development Day 2013'. The Development Day was organised under the umbrella of the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies in cooperation with the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21).
The UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies is a collaboration project involving the Institute of Political Science, and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), both of the University Duisburg-Essen, and the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) of the Ruhr-University Bochum. The aim of the project is to bundle the complementary activities of these organisations in the field of postgraduate education and research.
Around 90 participants joined the UAMR Development Day, that this year had been hosted by the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). For the first time the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) - an interdisciplinary research institute of the UDE - was forming part of the conference.
In her welcome speech Professor Dr. Ute Klammer, Vice Rectress for Diversity Management at the UDE, emphazised the importance of the UAMR Graduate Centre for Development Studies specifically for students and young researchers as it profoundly enlarges their options and possibilities for specialization. In their opening address, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Löwenstein and Prof. Dr. Christof Hartmann gave an overview about the experiences of the UAMR Graduate Centre so far and had a look at further perspectives. Among the large number of motivations to collaborate they stressed the fact that the UAMR Graduate Centre not only strengthens the research capacities of all three partner institutes but also facilitates better access to networks inside and outside academia.
In his keynote speech on Development Research - Challenges ahead Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, Director of the German Development Institute, and the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK/GCR21) lead over into the subject matter of the conference. Prof. Messner illustrated the main changes the world is currently facing and raised the question how far development research is prepared to analyze these new realities. He concluded that new boundaries of global development research have to be defined in order to meet the challenges ahead.
In the following, researchers of all institutions involved presented their findings in four different panels comprising:The Global Development Agenda, Developmental Interventions at Micro-Level, Critical Perspectives: Post-Development, Law and Human Rights, and Ideas, Knowledge and Institutions. The KHK/GCR21 participated in the afternoon session with the Panel 3: Critical Perspectives: Post-Development, Law and Human Rights, during which the Fellows Dr Morgan Brigg and Dr Abou Jeng gave insights in their research. Furthermore, around 40 PhD-students and researchers of the UAMR Graduate Centre of Development Studies made use of the opportunity to present their research by the means of posters.
Date: 4 November 2013, 10.30 – 16.00h
Venue: Gerhard-Mercator-Haus, University Duisburg-Essen (Campus Duisburg, Building LR), Lotharstraße 57, 47057 Duisburg
The report is an excerpt of the News No. 18 (December 2013) of the Institute for Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, which can be downloaded here.