Dr. Wolfram Laube

Research themes
  • Social and cultural change and adaption
Research countries
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
Research topic
Institutional Change and Natural Resources; Local Politics; Adaptation to Environmental Change; Rural Transformation, Education and Social Mobility, Extractive Industries
Working groups

Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS), 2 VW-Research Projects

Tutorship of doctoral candidates

Johanna Rapp, Aline Pereira, Darius Mwingyine, Adjoa Annan

Supervision of
ongoing doctoral theses

Mohammed Assaah (GGCDS), Maliam Acio (GGCDS)

Supervision of
completed doctoral theses

Emmanuel Abeka (GGCDS)


Laube, Wolfram, Martha Awo, Emmanuel Kanchebe Derbile. 2017. Smallholder Integration into the Global Shea Nut Commodity Chain in Northern Ghana. Download [PDF | 6.56MB]


Laube, W.. 2016. What Makes Kofi Run? Changing Aspirations and Cultural Models of Success in Northern Ghana. AnthropoChildren, 6: 1-25. (Open Access) Further Information
Laube, W.. 2016. Climate Change Adaptation, Education, and Rural Transformation in Northern Ghana. Moving Beyond an Agricultural Focus. In: J. A. Yaro & J. Hesselberg (eds.): Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Rural West Africa. Springer International Publishing. 121-145. Further Information


Laube, Wolfram. 2015. Global Shea Nut Commodity Chains and Poverty Eradication in Northern Ghana: Myth or reality?. UDS International Journal of Development, 2 (1): 128-148. (Open Access) Further Information
Laube, Wolfram. 2015. Laube, W. (2015). Changing Aspirations, Cultural Models of Success, and Social Mobility in Northern Ghana. ZEF Working Papers, 145. Download [PDF | 1.16MB]
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Derbile, E. K., and Laube, W. 2014. Local Knowledge Flows for Reducing Vulnerability of Rain-fed Agriculture to Environmental Change: Patterns and Drivers of Flow in North-Eastern Ghana. Information and Knowledge Management, 4 (7): 24-28. (Open Access) Further Information


Laube W., B. Schraven and M. Awo. 2013. Peasant Adaptation to Environmental Change and Globalization in Northern Ghana. In: Joseph Awetori Yaro (eds.): Rural Development in Northern Ghana. Nova Science Publishers. New York.


Laube W., B. Schraven and M. Awo. 2012. Smallholder adaptation to climate change: dynamics and limits in Northern Ghana. Climate Change, 111 (3-4): 753-777. Further Information
Laube, W.. 2012. Consumption and Production: Changing perceptions of water in northern Ghana. In: Hahn, H.P, K. Cless and J. Soentgen (eds.): People at the Well. Campus, Frankfurt. 145-169. Further Information
Laube, W.. 2012. Consumption and Production: Changing perceptionsof water in northern Ghana. In: Hahn, H.P, K. Cless and J. Soentgen (eds.): People at the Well. Campus, Frankfurt. 145. Further Information


Barry, Boubacar; Kortatsi, B.; Forkuor, G.; Gumma, M. K.; Namara, Regassa E.; Rebelo, Lisa-Maria; van den Berg, J.; Laube, W.. 2010. Shallow Groundwater in the Atankwidi Catchment of the White Volta Basin: current status and future sustainability. Research Report 139. International Water Management Institute (IMWI). Colombo, Sri Lanka. Further Information
Eguavoen, I. and W. Laube. 2010. Natural Resource Governance-Negotiations of community and the state in developing countries. In: Eguavoen, I. and W. Laube (eds.): Negotiating Local Governace. Natural Resource Management at the Interface of Communities and the State . LIT. 1-20.
Eguavoen, I. and W. Laube (eds.). 2010. Negotiationg Local Governance. Natural resource Management at the Interfaceof Communities and the State. LIT. Münster.
Laube, W.. 2010. Changing the Course of History? Ceontextualising the Adoption and Implementation of Water Policies in Ghana and South Africa.. In: Mollinga, P., Bhat, A. & S.V. Saravanan (eds.) (eds.): Water, Politics and Development. LIT, Berlin.
Mdemu, M., W. Laube and B. Barry. 2010. Temporal water productivity of tomato irrigated from a small reservoir and hand-dug-wells in dry season cropping in the Upper East Region, Ghana. Journal of Applied Irrigation Science, 45 (1): 75-93.


Liebe, J, W. Laube, C. Leemhuis, E. Youkhana, A. Rogmann, C. Claudia and P. Vlek. 2008. GLOWA Case Studies: Volta. IHP/HWRP-Reports, 7.
van de Giesen, N., W. Andah, M. Andreini, B. Barry, G. Jung, H. Kunstmann, W. Laube, P. Laux, and J. Liebe. 2008. Adapting to climate change in West Africa. Download [PDF | 179.23KB]
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Laube, W. 2007. Promise and Perils of Water Reform. Perspectives from Northern Ghana. Afrika Spectrum, 3: 419-437.
Laube, W. 2007. Changing Natural Resource Regimes in Ghana. Actors, Structures, Institutions. LIT . Berlin. Further Information
Rodgers, C., van de Giessen, N., Laube, W., Vlek, P. and E. Youkhana. 2007. The GLOWA Project: A framework for water resources decision-making and scientific capacity building in a transnational West African basin. Water Resource Management, 21: 295-313.


Laube, W. 2006. Changing Natural Resource Regimes in Northern Ghana. Actors, Structures and Institutions. Doictoral thesis at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Köln. Further Information
Laube, W. and E. Youkhana. 2006. Virtueller Wasserhandel und Konflikte um Wasser: Expertenstatement im Rahmen des BMZ-Projekts "Virtueller Wasserhandel - Ein realistisches Konzept zum Umgang mit Wasserarmut in Entwicklungsländern?".
Laube, W. and van de Giesen. 2006. Ghananian water law and policy: institutional and hydrological perspectives. In: Wallace JS., Wouters, P., Pazvakavambwa, S (eds.): Hydrologocal information in water law and policy: current practices and future potential. Kluwer.


Laube, W. 2005. Vision und Wirklichkeit: Die Umsetzung des IWRM und die Erfahrungen mit Landreformen in Subsahara-Afrika. In: Neubert, S.,W. Scheumann, A.V. Edig and W. Huppert (eds.): Integriertes Wasserresource-Management (IWRM). Ein Konzept in die Praxis überführen. Nomos, Baden-Baden. 217-238.


Laube, W. and V. Fuest. 2004. Konzept einer armutsorientierten Entwicklungszusammenarbeit im Wassersektor. Gutachten im Auftrag des BMZ. Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE). Bonn.

Wolfram Laube

Senior Researcher