Department: Political and Cultural Change
ZEF's Department of Political and Cultural Change has 11 senior researchers, eight senior fellows supporting the seniors and around 40 junior researchers (doctoral students). Disciplinary research topics include knowledge, institutions and social and cultural change and adaptation. Current major research projects are in Pakistan, South East Asia, China, Ghana and Ethiopia. In addition, the Right Livelihood Campus is coordinated in the ZEF A Department.
Social and Cultural Change and Adaption
ZEF studies ‘social and cultural change’ as part of larger, socio-economic, and environmental change processes such as climate change and in close connection to ZEF's research
Institutions can be singled out as an important reason why certain societies follow particular trajectories or why so many development policies
Many governments put the creation of ‘knowledge-based economies’ or ‘knowledge societies’ on the top of their political agenda.