Dr. Julia Schöneberg

Country of current residence


Current position

Executive Assistant

Current institute employer

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)



Website current institute

Award for the best M.A. dissertation in Peace and Conflict Studies, The Richardson Institute 2010 Award of scholarship for field research in Haiti German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2012


Political Scientist

Degrees / expertise

B.A. Socio-Economics (University of Hamburg)

M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Lancaster, UK)


Schöneberg, J..  2015.  NGOs – Development Actors as Alternatives to Development? Exploring the role of the privileged in regard to Post-Development theory by looking at cooperations and partnerships of Haitian and international NGOs.  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kassel.  Further Information

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Research countries
  • Haiti
Research projects
The dissertation project aims at determining the practicability of Post-Development theory. To do so, the work will focus on partnerships between international Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs) and local NGOs in Haiti. Arguing that mainstream development has failed, Post-Development no longer searches for alternative Development approaches, but rather alternatives to Development. As a possible mean of these alternatives, a form of “development-as-politics” is envisaged, in which local and international actors engage in selective, political interactions. Post-Development approaches have been extensively discussed theoretically but insufficiently been examined in practice. For this reason, the main focus will be to explore to what extent international NGOs as actors of mainstream development can and do comply with approaches of Post-Development, what the necessary conditions are and how questions of knowledge, power and cooptation are confronted within cooperations. The principle of partnership, which is often stressed by INGOs, will be in the centre of the analysis. A discourse-analytical approach is pursued, allowing the exploration of language, text and interaction by means of an analysis of strategy papers, qualitative interviews and case studies.

B.A. Socio-Economics (University of Hamburg)

M.A. Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Lancaster, UK)

Research affiliation

University of Kassel

Former Department :
ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change

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