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Research workshop "Decolonizing Development Economics"

How can and should scientific research on so-called developing countries and development processes look in a post-colonial world? What role do historical path dependencies play in the real world and in our thinking? And what does decolonization mean for companies and foundations operating in the Global South?

For two days, 12 keynote lectures provided the basis for discussons among over 20 researchers and practitioners from Brazil, India, South Africa, Uganda, Botwana, Namibia, and Germany. The diverse and different regional perspectives once again made it clear that the colonial heritage varies significantly between countries and continents regarding economic structures, geopolitical embedding, and discourses on the meaning of independence and decoloniality.

In the assessment of the current state of affairs, participants shared the conviction that prevailing economic theories and models are shaped by Eurocentrism and colonial thought patterns. However, they noted that the incentives of the academic system hinder breaking away from these patterns. Competition, the pressure to publish, and the acquisition of third-party funding favor state-of-the-art theories and methods, often historically developed within Western contexts, while the integration of local expertise is hindered. 

The workshop was organized by assistant professor Svenja Flechtner together with Dr. Peter Heller from the Canopus Foundation and Professor Jörg Ankel-Peters from the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen. 



Vortragsreihe "Wie retten wir das Klima?" 

Im Wintersemester 2019/20 organisierte die Juniorprofessur Plurale Ökonomik die Vortragsreihe "Wie retten wir das Klima? Eine interdisziplinäre Lösungssuche". Ansprechpartnerin war Ulli Lich. Eine rückblickende Pressemitteilung finden Sie hierVideoaufzeichnungen der meisten Vorträge sind im Videoportal der Uni Siegen zu finden.



Research workshop: "Structural change and technological upgrading in times of globalization: strategies and policies for developing countries"

On 8-10 November 2018, we hosted a workshop on "Structural change and technological upgrading in times of globalization: strategies and policies for developing countries". The workshop was organized jointly with Melike Döver (HTW Berlin), Claudius Gräbner (JKU Linz) and Jakob Hafele (University of Vienna & ZOE.Institute) and enjoyed financial support by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

Vorträge (Auswahl)

  • Tübingen, 3 December 2019: "Wo bleibt der Streit um die Volkswirtschaftslehre?", Ringvorlesung Studium Generale.
  • Nizza, 4 September 2018: "Fields of study choices and the reproduction of gender inequalities", presentation at the 30th EAEPE Conference (joint paper with Carlo D'Ippoliti).
  • Tutzing, 6 March 2018: "Development and freedom, development as freedom"?, talk at the conference "Capitalism and freedom" (in German), Evangelische Akademie Tutzing.
  • Göttingen, 31 January 2018: participation at the panel discussion "Development: Between Model and Reality", University of Göttingen, organized by the students of Kritische Wirtschaftswissenschaften Göttingen.
  • New Delhi, 5 December 2017: "Behavioural development economics - progress or fad?", lecture at the DAAD-funded workshop "New Paradigsm of Economic Development: Social and Environmental Dimensions”, Network for Comparative Economic Development Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Tübingen, 5 July 2017: "Individuelle Zielsetzungen - ein Ansatzpunkt für das gute Leben?", talk at the lecture series organized by Rethinking Economics Tübingen.
  • Helsinki, 22 May 2017: "Old vs. New Behavioural Economics: A Comparison Using the Case of 'Aspiration Traps', talk at the TINT Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Workshop on "Economics and/or Psychology?".
  • Budapest, 22, October 2016: "Inequalities, policy-making, institutions and human development. A framework and and an Illustration", talk at the YSI-INET Plenary "Piecing Together a Paradigm". 
  • Oxford, 14 Sept 2016: "What are the policy implications of aspiration traps?", presentation at the Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference 2016.
  • Berlin, 26 Oct 2015: "What development economics can learn from behavioural economics", invited talk at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) & Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (giz) (in German).
  • Santiago de Chile, 10 June 2014: "Towards a political economy of the middle-income trap", presentation at the REPAL Annual conference.
    Washington D.C., 30 May 2014: "Socio-economic family background, household situations, educational aspirations and achievements", invited presentation at the 4th World Bank Equity Conference on Aspirations, Poverty and Inequality.
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