Right Livelihood College (RLC) - RLC Global Secretariat


Right Livelihood College, RLC, Alternative Nobel Prize, capacity building, trans-disciplinarity


India, Kenya, Chile, Egypt, Nigeria, Thailand, Uganda


The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award, known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". The RLC promotes transdisciplinary education and research on social justice, poverty and environmental sustainability together with Laureates and organizations of the "Alternative Nobel Prize".

The RLC initiative comprises ten campuses and centres worldwide. The campuses are located at universities in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Bangkok (Thailand), Bonn (at ZEF, Germany), Córdoba (Argentina), Lund (Sweden), Mumbai (India), Port Harcourt (Nigeria), Santa Cruz (USA),Valdivia (Chile) and Zurich (Switzerland).

The RLC Campus at ZEF provides 3-year PhD scholarships for research projects in the Global South and organizes international conferences, workshops and research seminars, as well as public panel discussions with “Alternative Nobel Prize” Laureates in Bonn.

In 2014, the Global Secretariat of the RLC moved from Penang, Malaysia, to ZEF in Bonn. The Global Secretariat is responsible for setting the overall strategy and direction of the RLC and liaising with and supporting the activities of the RLC campuses and centres around the world. Since 2018, the Global Secretariat started its RLC Alumni programme, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Main Cooperation Partners

  • Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Stockholm
  • Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), Sweden
  • College of Development Studies (CDS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India
  • University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
  • Universidad Austral, Valdivia, Chile
  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • University of Córdoba, Argentina
  • University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • City of Bonn
  • Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum
  • International Association of Universities (IAU) - Affiliate Membership status
Main Funding Partners

  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Volkswagen Foundation
  • Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation
Duration of the Project

  • Inauguration of RLC Campus Bonn at ZEF in 2011
  • Opening of RLC Global Secretariat at ZEF in 2014
  • Beginning of the RLC Alumni programme in 2018
  • ongoing
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  • Dr. Till Stellmacher
  • Arthur Guischet
  • Lani Döhring

PhD students:

  • Alejandro Mora Motta
  • Amit Kumar
  • Dorothy Birungi Namuyiga
  • Ewere Evelyn Anyokwu
  • Ahmed Abdalla
  • Irene Ojuok


  • Dr. Juliet Wanjiku Kamau
  • Dr. Willis Okumu
  • Dr. Divya Swaminathan
  • Dr. Lai Wan Teng


Dr. Till Stellmacher


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