Activities and Events 2012
RLC Bonn PhD Student held a presentation at Women's Development Research Centre (KANITA) in Malaysia
On November 8, 2012, Ms. Lai Wan Teng, the first Bonn PhD Student, held a presentation on "Kerja terus, Makan terus, Hidup terus!" (We keep on working, eating and surviving!): HER story of Indonesian women migrants in Penang.
Malaysia has the largest number of migrant employees in Asia. Penang as a major centre of production in the global electronics industry and tourism has recruited a substantial number of migrant workers, especially Indonesian workers. However, there is lack of ethnography research design in studying their everyday life, surviving strategies, interaction within and beyond their community. Ms Wan Teng discussed her research methodology and highlight some interesting findings regarding the lived reality of Indonesian female migrants, who sustain their livelihood in one of the migtrants’ hotspots in Penang.
For more information on the “Woman, Gender and Migration Forum”, view the
Second RLC Bonn PhD Student started her research at Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Ms. Divya Rajeswari Swaminathan from India has been awarded the second RLC Bonn PhD Scholarship funded by DAAD for 3 years. She started her research on the "Role of Local Knowledge in Multi-Stakeholder Innovation Processes" in August, 2012. She received her B. Sc., in Geography and M. Sc., in Applied Geography from University of Madras. She also completed her second master´s in Geoinformatics from University of Muenster. Ms. Swaminathan was a lecturer at the Department of Geography (GIS), University of Mysore. She has also worked in developmental organisations both at the national and international level.
RLC Fall Academy on the Economies of the Commons
From September 19-23, 2012, RLC Bonn organized an International Fall Academy on “The Economies of the Commons: Reshaping Economic Education”. Eleven PhD students from Asia, Africa and Latinamerica were granted scholarships by DAAD to participate in the workshop and engage in dialogue with two laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, namely Sulak Sivaraksa (Thailand) and Helena Norberg-Hodge (Australia). The Fall Academy was co-organized with the Alanus University for Arts and Social Sciences in Alfter, near Bonn. Sixty-four Alanus students took also part in the workshop to share the laureates' experiences in the practical work of promoting more just and sustainable economies beyond the classical paradigm of market and state.
Workshop on "Mobilization for Change: Social Movements in a Developing World", June 2 - 9, 2012
From June 2-10, 2012, RLC Bonn conduced an international workshop on "Mobilization for Change: Social Movements in a Developing World". On this occasion, three winners of the "Alternative Nobel Prize" were invited to Bonn, namely: Nnimmo Bassey (Nigeria), Prof. Dr. Anwar Fazal (Malaysia), and Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury (Bangladesh). 21 PhD students from Africa, Asia and Latin America also be participated. The workshop included various public events. The Workshop Programme is available » here
RLC Bonn PhD Student started field work in Malaysia
Ms. Lai Wan Teng, the first RLC Bonn PhD Student, started her field work in Malaysia End of May 2012. In the coming 10 monthes she will conduct empirical research on pattern of migrant integration in Penang State. She will work together with the two "Alternative Nobel Prize" winners Irene Fernandez and Prof. Anwar Fazal