List of courses


BIGS-DR coordination team

Dr. Günther Manske
Ms. Maike Retat-Amin

Email: docp.zef(@)


Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn

Tel. +49 (0)228 73 1792

Fax +49 (0)228 73 1839

Disciplinary courses

BIGS-DR offers three disciplinary courses organized by its three research departments. Attendance is mandatory for the students of the respective department. The courses have a time frame of three months.

1) A Social Science Perspective on Development: Development Theory, Practice and Research Methods (ZEFa)
2) Course on Economic Analysis of Development and Development Policy (ZEFb)
3) Course on Ecology and Development (ZEFc)


Time frame: December 3rd, 2018 - February 15th, 2019
Coordination: Andreas Gohlke
Downloads:   ZEFa course plan  

The ZEFa disciplinary course offers total eight weeks of distinct training modules:

1) Development Theory and Practice
2) Quantitative Methods
3) Qualitative Methods
4) Development of Research Proposals
5) Research Colloquia*
6) Excursions to Development Organisations
7) Time for Readings and Assignments

*ZEFa Colloquium (Wednesdays 11:00-12:00) and ZEF Research Colloquium (Thursdays 13:00-14:00)

The ZEFa course ends with a written examination on February 15th, 2019.

ZEF junior researchers will present their doctoral research proposal in March and a revised version of it in April. They will also present and defend their research approach to the ZEF Ethical Committee.


  • Prof. Dr. Solvay Gerke
  • Rabia Chaudhury
  • Dr. Irit Eguavoen
  • Dr. Jan Janosch Förster
  • Dr. Girma Kelboro
  • Dr. Wolfram Laube
  • Dr. Guido Lüchters
  • Volker Merx
  • Christian Petersheim
  • Dr. Henning Sommer
  • Dr. Till Stellmacher
  • Dr. habil. Eva Youkhana


Time frame: November 28th, 2017 - February 23rd, 2018
Coordinator: Dr. Chiara Kofol
Downloads: ZEFb course plan (tentative)

Part I: Quantitative Methods for Research in Development Economics

Part II: Development Economics

The course contains two written exams and assignments.


  • Prof. Dr. Jan Börner
  • Dr. Lukas Kornher
  • Dr. Chiara Kofol
  • Dr. Guido Lüchters
  • Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun

External lecturers:

  • Dr. Arjun Bedi (Economics of Sustainable Development, Institute for Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Kosfeld (University of Frankfurt)
  • Jun. Prof. Dr. Devesh Rustagi (Department of Management and Microeconomics, University of Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer (University of Göttingen)


Time frame: December 12th, 2017 - March 19th, 2018
Coordinator: Antonio Rogmann
Downloads: ZEFc course plan

The course has four thematic blocks:

1) Ecology: Systems (which aims at providing a system perspective)
2) Ecology: Selected topics (which gives an impression on the variety of topics in ecology)
3) Ecology: Tools and techniques (which aims at providing more technical help)
4) GIS course


  • Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
  • Dr. Luna Bharati
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister
  • Dr. Timo Falkenberg
  • Dr. John Lamers
  • Dr. Wolfram Laube
  • Dr. Guido Lüchters
  • Dr. Eike Luedeling
  • Antonio Rogmann
  • Dr. Jan Henning Sommer
  • Dr. Bernhard Tischbein,

External lecturers:

  • Dr. Mathias Becker (University of Bonn)
  • Dr. Jan Bliefernicht (University of Augsburg)
  • Dr. Jürgen Burkhardt (University of Bonn)
  • Dr. Jan Decher (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig)
  • Dr. Bernd Diekkrüger (University of Bonn)
  • Dr. Peter Droogers (FutureWater)
  • Dr. Valerie Graw (ZFL)
  • Dr. Manfred Kern (ISPSW)
  • Dr. Paco Melià (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Dr. Kenesuke Okada (University of Tokyo)
  • Dr. Taro Takahashi (University of Tokyo)