Research at ZEF

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) is an institute of the University of Bonn, Germany. It started its research activities in 1997. ZEF's researchers aim to find science-based solutions to promote sustainable development and planetary health. ZEF’s research divisions and groups conduct inter- and trans-disciplinary research in, for and with emerging economies and on global issues with its collaborating research partners around the world. ZEF is guided by an International Advisory Board

ZEF educates doctoral students from all over the world in its Doctoral Studies Program



ZEF Research Projects

Our current projects are listed here.

Our former projects are listed here.

Research and strategy papers

ZEF's Strategy Paper 2021-2030

Inter and Transdisciplinarity at ZEF

Development. Note and notion of ZEF

ZEF Ethics Policy

ZEF Policy on Plagiarism


ZEF Gender Group

ZEF's Gender Group shares the interest and commitment to advance a gender-sensitive agenda in development research.


ZEF's major research projects worldwide

Click on the map markers to learn more about our projects.

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