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 about three months.

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


Time frame: January, 2022 - March, 2022
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


  • Dima Al Munajed
  • Dr. Denis Lucy Aviles Irahola
  • Dr. Jan Janosch Förster
  • Katrin Gleisberg-Gerber
  • Dr. Girma Kelboro
  • Dr. Wolfram Laube
  • Dr. Guido Lüchters
  • Volker Merx
  • Alejandro Mora Motta
  • Christian Petersheim
  • Dr. Henning Sommer
  • Dr. Till Stellmacher
  • Dr. habil. Eva Youkhana


Time frame: January, 2022 - April, 2022
Coordinator: Dr. Zaneta Kubick
Downloads: ZEFb course plan

Part I: Quantitative Methods for Research in Development Economics

Part II: Data Analysis for Social Scientists

Part II: Development Economics

The course contains written exams and assignments.


  • Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Börner
  • Dr. Bezawit Chichaibelu
  • Dr. Lukas Kornher
  • Dr. Zaneta Kubik
  • Dr. Guido Lüchters
  • PD Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev
  • Dr. Tekalign Sakketa
  • Dr. Oliver Kirui
  • Dr. Amy Faye

External lecturers:

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Kosfeld (University of Frankfurt)
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Vollmer (Göttingen University)
  • Prof. Dr. Assefa Admassie (Addis Ababa University)
  • Prof. Dr. Aly Mbaye (Cheikh Anta Diop University)


Time frame: January, 2022 - April, 2022
Coordinator: Dr. Navneet Kumar
Downloads: ZEFc course plan

The ZEFc disciplinary course offers different lectures on the topic related to natural sciences. The traing modules are designed to cover the thematic fields such as:

  1. Hydrology (Integrated water resource management, irrigation, hydrological modelling)
  2. Ecology and Biodiversity (Patterns, determinants, threats & conservation
  3. Ecosystem services & impacts of changes in envirnmental stress
  4. Agriculture (Food security, plan nutrition and soil manangement)
  5. Public Health (One health concept, vector borne disease, entomology & integrated pest management)
  6. Introduction to climatology
  7. Agroforestry & land degradation

Three special modules are designed for training in:

  1. Remote Sensing
  2. Geographic Information System (GIS)
  3. R course (Statistics)


  • Antonio Rogmann
  • Dr. Bernhard Tischbein
  • Dr. Cory Whitney
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister
  • Prof. Dr. Eike Luedeling
  • Dr. Guido Lüchters
  • Dr. Jan Henning Sommer
  • Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger
  • Dr. Luna Bharati
  • Dr. Navneet Kumar
  • Dr. Timo Falkenberg
  • Dr. Wolfram Laube

External lecturers:

  • Prof. Dr. Mathias Becker (University of Bonn)
  • Dr. Jan Decher (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig)
  • Dr. Vera Rduch (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig)
  • Dr. Peter Droogers (FutureWater, Netherlands)
  • Prof. Jorge Alberto Guzman Jaimes (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Dr. Juliana Jaramillo (Global Lead Sustainable Agriculture, Rainforest Alliance)
  • Prof. Dr. Asia Khamzina (Korea University)
  • Prof. Maria Librada Chu (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Prof. Dr. Kensuke Okada (University of Tokyo)
  • Dr. Adrian Strauch (ZFL)
  • Dr. Taro Takahashi (University of Tokyo)