Dr. Wolfram Laube

Research themes
  • Water resources (management)
  • Mobility and migration
  • Knowledge
  • Social and Cultural Change and Adaptation
  • Sustainable use of natural resources
  • Theories of Development
  • Decentralization & Reforms
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
Research countries
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Niger
Research projects

Capacity Building:

Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS, DAAD Centre of African Excellence)

West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT, DAAD Centre of African Excellence)


- Global Value Chain Restructuring, National Policy Regimes and Local Livelihood Impacts in Ghana’s Shea Sector (with VW Senior African Fellow Dr. Martha Awo)

- Agricultural Commercialization for Inclusive Economic Development: Comparative of Crop and Non-Food Crop Models in Ghana (with VW Senior African Fellow Dr Michael Ayamga)

Tutorship of doctoral candidates


Dr. William Tsuma, Dr. Tapiwa Nyasulu, Dr. Emmanuel Derbile, Dr. Benjamin Schraven, Dr. Martha Awo, Dr. Jonas Akugudu, Dr. Monica Gruezmacher, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, Dr. Johanna Rapp


Aline Pereira, Darius Mwingyine, Galia Figueroa Alfonso, Ernesto Cruz-Kanter, Adjoa Annan, Elizabeth Ekren, Dima Al-Munajed, Edna Agyepong, Albert Dakyie, Namrata Rawat

Supervision of
completed doctoral theses

Antoinette Tsiboe Darko (GGCDS, ISSER, University of Ghana), Emmanuel Abeka (GGCDS, ISSER, University of Ghana), Mohammed Asaah (GGCDS, ISSER, University of Ghana), Maliam Acio (GGCDS, ISSER, University of Ghana)


Dagunga, G., Ayamga, M., Laube, W., Ansah, I. G. K., Kornher, L., & Kotu, B. H..  2023.  Agroecology and resilience of smallholder food security: a systematic review..  Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 7   . (Open Access)  


Ibrahim, A.-S., Akanbang, B. A. A., & Laube, W..  2022.  Sustaining decentralized collaborative governance arrangements in Africa: a case study of land management committees in the Upper West Region, Ghana..  GeoJournal, . (Open Access)   Download [PDF]


Laube, Wolfram & Aline R. B. Pereira.  2020.  Introduction.  In: Laube, Wolfram & Aline R. B. Pereira (eds.): 'Civilizing'Resource Investments and Extractivism: Societal negotiations and the role of law. LIT Verlag.   3-15.  Further Information
Laube, Wolfram and Pereira, Aline R. B.  2020.  'Civilizing' Resource Investments and Extractivism. Social negotiations and the role of law.  Lit Verlag. Wien. (Open Acess) Download [PDF]
Further Information
Mohammed, A. S., & Laube, W.  2020.  From Contentious Politics to Political Bargaining: Negotiations for local benefits from the oil and gas sector in Ghana.  In: W. Laube & A. R. B. Pereira (eds.): 'Civilizing'Resource Investments and Extractivism: Societal negotiations and the role of law. LIT Verlag.   Further Information
Mwingyine, D. T., Akaateba, M. A., & Laube, W.  2020.  Elite Capture of Land Commodification and Land Use Planning In Peri-Urban Northern Ghana.  In: W. Laube & Aline R. B. Pereira (eds.): 'Civilizing'Resource Investments and Extractivism: Societal negotiations and the role of law. LIT Verlag.   185-203.  Further Information


Abeka, E., F.A. Asante, W.Laube and S.N. A. Codjoe.  2019.  Contested causes of flooding in poor urban areas in Accra, Ghana: an actor-oriented perspective.  Environment, Development and Sustainability, : 1-17   . Further Information


Aline Barbosa Pereira, Wolfram Laube.  2018.  Knowledge Politics in Environmental Conflicts: A Case from Brazil.  Gestion & Ambiente, 21 (suppl. 2)   : 30-46   . (Open Access)   Further Information


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


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]
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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.  UNDP. Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery 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?".  Bonn, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik
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.

Ayamga, Michael & Laube, Wolfram.  From Transnational Corporations to Domestic Medium-Scale Investors: An exposition of land deals in northern Ghana.  In: W. Laube & A. R. B. Pereira (eds.): 'Civilizing'Resource Investments and Extractivism: Societal negotiations and the role of law. LIT Verlag.   157-183.  Further Information

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Wolfram Laube

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Cultural and Political Change


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