Our students

Since its start in 1999, more than 550 doctoral students have participated in ZEF's doctoral studies program. If you click below, you can find lists of our current 130 doctoral students at ZEF

as well as

  • batches of all ZEF doctoral students who have participated in the program (back to 1998).

In the picture: ZEF doctoral students and senior researcher at the "UN Day" in Bonn, October 2014.




"The increasing use of the internet and smartphones in developing countries has a big potential for early warning systems"

I am currently implementing a new approach to the monitoring of risks to food security in cooperation with Welthungerhilfe, a large German NGO. We are piloting an innovative data collection initiative in Kenya, Afghanistan and Mali.

Read the full interview with Regine Weber.


"As a researcher, I wanted to understand why most peacebuilding initiatives have failed in Northern Kenya"

My research dealt with violence among pastoralist groups in Northern Kenya. The study sought to add to the anthropological conceptualization of violence, by looking into ways how local Turkana and Samburu communities use violence to gain power at both the individual and collective levels.

Read the full interview with Willis Okumu from Kenya, who finished his doctoral studies at ZEF in January 2017.


Vincent during his field research in Ghana.

Tracking waste: what really happens to our electronic devices.

"I have observed the issue of electronic waste for quite some time and noticed that e-waste and related activities pose a huge challenge to the government, environmental managers and e-waste workers in Ghana. It also causes environmental and public health concerns for people and their livelihoods" tells Vincent Kyere, a doctoral research from Ghana. He works in ZEF's Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management. Read more about Vincent Kyere's research here.