Participating Institutions

University of Duisburg-Essen

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is a central research institute of the University Duisburg-Essen.
The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is located in the region with the largest number of educational institutions per square kilometre in Europe.

Since its foundation in 2003, UDE has become one of the tenth largest universities in Germany. The university offers a wide range of subjects with international orientation from humanities and social sciences to engineering and natural sciences. More than 100 Bachelor and Master Programmes accommodate over 37,400 students of 130 nationalities. The university's concept 'open-minded' is reflected in its teaching, learning and living atmosphere. For the engagement of its five research areas (including Nano Sciences, Empirical Education Research, Medical Biotechnology, Urban System and Transformation of Contemporary Societies), the university has earned its Top10 rank of German research universities.

As a central research institute the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research is in close exchange with various other facilities within the UDE. These include the main research area Transformation of contemporary societies: Building order in a borderless world, the Faculty of Social Sciences - and here besides the INEF also the Institute of Political Science - as well as various colleagues at the Institute of East Asian Studies, at the Faculty of Humanities and at the Faculty of Business Administration and Economics.

German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is the largest research institute on development policy of Germany. It focuses on the challenges of global change as well as the implications of these challenges on international cooperation between industrialised, emerging and developing countries. In 2009, the DIE was once again voted as one of the Top Five of 'International Development Think Tanks' (Ranking of the 'Leading Think Tanks in the World' of the University of Pennsylvania). Diverse international research focuses of DIE offer various collaboration opportunities between DIE and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research. These focuses include Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies in Latin America and Africa; Low Carbon Development Trends in China and India; Global Governance Paradigms from an International Perspective; and Impact of international financial market regulation on developing countries.

The former Executive Director of the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and currently the Director of DIE, Prof. Dr Dirk Messner, is affiliated to INEF as board member and to the University of Duisburg-Essen as adjunct professor. As a member of the WBGU, he has contributed to the flagship report 'Climate Change as a Security Risk' (2007).

The Centre can very much benefit from DIE’s worldwide network of cooperation on global development. This includes DIE-Postgraduate Training Programme 'Managing Global Governance' which addresses academics from Egypt, Brazil, PR China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa. Situated in the Germany’s United nation city, DIE offer an excellent infrastructure for conferences and academic exchanges with leading international organisations.    

Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

The Institute for Development and Peace/Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden (INEF) is a research institute of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Since its foundation in 1990, it is one of few institutes worldwide that addresses questions focussing on the intersection of development and peace. It combines basic research approach with applied research and public policy consulting. The spectrum of research issues include:

  • Global governance
  • Fragile states
  • Civil conflict transformation and the reconstruction of post-conflict societies
  • Implementation of human rights and other global norms through private actors such as enterprises and private foundations

The central focus of INEF’s research is how to deal with globalisation phenomena e.g. climate change, transnational migration and the recent global financial crisis. INEF is tracing these change processes in its well-known publication series 'Globale Trends' The series is co-edited by the Development and Peace Foundation/Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden (SEF). INEF’s main cooperation partners are the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS, University of Queensland) and the Crisis States Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI)

The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen belongs to the three universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen, which form the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR). The KWI promotes excellent interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social and cultural sciences. It conducts basic research on the principles of modern culture with regard to relevant questions of contemporary societies. At present the Institute focuses on the thematic fields of collective memory, cultural diversity of global citizenship, social responsibility, and cultural aspects of climate change.  

These focuses and expertise of KWI’s research fellows will bring about significant synergy effects on the scientific potential of Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research. Furthermore, KWI is an internationally renowned institution in the humanities.

KWI maintains close co-operations with a number of university and non-university as well as regional, national and international partners. It engages in civic education and outreach programmes by organising public events and by cooperating with cultural institutions as well as the media.