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Development Geography is concerned with the spatial dimensions and multi-scalar processes of social, economic and cultural development. It investigates the causes and consequences of unequal human development on different scales, as well as the critique of ‘development’ as social construct. Considering the rapid transformations and increasing interconnectedness in a globalised world, our group conducts research in the global North and South. Our research is grouped around three thematic areas:

  • Political ecology and critical human-environment interactions
  • The spatial implications of processes of globalisation
  • Issues of risk, uncertainty, and vulnerability in social-ecological systems.

Our current regional focus is on East/South Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia), Asia (Thailand, India), and Latin America (Mexico, Ecuador). With our teaching and research, we aim to contribute to current socio-political debates and the deepening of theoretical knowledge on development issues, as well as to building practical skills and knowledge for development.


News


09.04.18: Collaborative Research Centre "Future Rural Africa" officially launched

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Photo Credit: Patrick Augenstein for CRC228

On the 9th of April, the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) "Future Rural Africa – Future-making and social-ecological transformation" was officially launched with an opening symposium at the University Club Bonn. Numerous guests from scientific institutions, research funding and development cooperation organisations were present. The rectors of the universities of Bonn and Cologne, Michael Hoch and Axel Freimuth, highlighted the strong cooperative relations between the two neighbouring universities carrying this CRC.


The introductory speech by Detlef Müller-Mahn and Julia Verne presented the core ideas of the joint project carrying out research in Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia, which is designed to last for 12 years. The following keynote speeches discussed different aspects of the topic "Future Rural Africa". The sociologist Elisio Macamo from Basel confronted the audience with critical questions from a postcolonial point of view. Jakob Rhyner, vice-rector of the United Nations University, addressed the different 'realities' in current Sub-Sahara Africa during his speech, while Dirk Messner, director of the German Development Institute in Bonn, ended with an emphasis on the important role of the African continent in finding solutions for global challenges.


The contrasting points of view emphasized that the CRC works within a tension-filled and therefore scientifically very exciting field.
You can find more information about the CRC "Future Rural Africa" on the website www.crc228.de


16.10.17: TransRe Side-Event at COP23

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The TransRe project is now Official Climate Partner at the World Climate Conference in November 2017 (COP23) that will take place in Bonn. Together with DIE, TransRe will organize the side-event "Adaptation in Motion", which will critically discuss under which conditions migration and population movement can contribute to climate change adaptation, deriving policy recommendations. Speakers include Vanessa Lueck, Arizona State University [USA]; Patrick Sakdapolrak, University of Vienna [Austria]; Cosmin Corendea, UNU-EHS [Germany]; Kees van der Geest, UNU-EHS [Germany] & University of Hawaii [USA]; Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaii [USA] and Mariam Traoré-Chazalnoel/Dina Ionesco, IOM [Switzerland]. Moderation will be by Benjamin Schraven, DIE [Germany].

Date: Tuesday, 14th November 10am - 12am

Address: DIE-GDI, Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn, Germany

For more information please see the facebook event and TransRe's Website.


01.09.17: Development Geography Paper Seriesklima paper bild.PNG

We are pleased to announce a new contribution of the Occasional Paper Series. Master students of the seminar "Politics of international climate change negotionations" (conducted by Prof. Müller-Mahn and Dr. Weisser) attended the Conference of the Parties 21 in Paris as observers. Following the debate of the de-politicization of international climate change politics the students worked on different issues regarding the plurality of climate change, the potential of re-politicization of climate negotiations through protests and the problematization and translation of climate change by LDC representatives.

The Working Paper Series aims at disseminating research results prior to publication in order to exchange ideas, encourage academic debate and receive feedback on work in progress. The Occasional Paper Series makes available outstanding research of our students.

Scholars and students who are interested in publishing their work in one of the respective series are invited to contact Johannes Dittmann.

All Working Papers of the Centre for Development Geography can be downloaded free of charge here.


09.08.17: The food-energy-water nexus in the Blue Nile Mountains of EthiopiaP1140702.JPG

The department of development geography launched a new research project for the years 2017-2019 with support of the DFG and the Belmont Forum as part of the program “Mountains as sentinels of change. The mountains of Ethiopia are often called the "water tower of Africa," giving rise to major transboundary rivers. Rapid hydropower development in these mountains is quickly transforming them into the "power plant of Africa" as well. Under changing climate, rapid national economic growth, and steadily increasing population and land pressures, these mountains and their inhabitants have become the focal point of a multi-scale food-energy-water nexus with significant implications across East Africa. The core objective of the study is to identify emerging pressures in this rapidly changing tropical mountain system. The research team is composed of researchers from Ethiopia, Germany, USA and Italy with expertise in social-ecological systems analysis, livelihoods risks and social resilience strategies, East African ecology and agronomy, hydropower development, agricultural economics, and the climate and hydrology of the Ethiopian highlands. The approach will yield new insights on adaptation strategies in tropical mountain environments. The livelihood risks and adaptation component of the project is led by Professor Detlef Müller-Mahn with an assistance from postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Million Gebreyes. This research component uses case study based qualitative research approaches, which are carried out together with a number of PhD and Master students from Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar University.


20.07.17: "Future-making as space-making: large scale land use change and the transformation of rural Africa"

Prof. Müller-Mahn gave a lecture about "Future-making as space-making: large scale land use change and the transformation of rural Africa" at the SOAS Africa Conference 2017 "Imagining Africa's Future: Language, Culture, Governance, Development" in London. Please find the core messages in the image below:

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 01.07.17: Development Geographie Paper Serieszufluchtsorte bild.PNG 

We are pleased to announce a new contribution of the Occasional Paper Series. As part of her thesis Lena Rott and Roxana Gabriel analysed the urban refugee accomodation in the city of Remscheid. Thereby they made use of a socio-geographic perspective.

The Working Paper Series aims at disseminating research results prior to publication in order to exchange ideas, encourage academic debate and receive feedback on work in progress. The Occasional Paper Series makes available outstanding research of our students.

Scholars and students who are interested in publishing their work in one of the respective series are invited to contact Johannes Dittmann.

All Working Papers of the Centre for Development Geography can be downloaded free of charge here.

 


11.05.17: Faire Rosen aus Afrika - Interaktive Infografik

Andreas Gemählich, zurzeit Doktorand bei Prof. Müller-Mahn, forscht "wie sich globale ökonomische Dynamiken und lokale Arbeitsbedingungen auf die Produktionsstätten der Schnittblumenindustrie am Naivasha-See in Kenia auswirken". den kompletten Artikel sowie eine interaktive Infografik finden Sie unter folgendem Link:

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