The Research Group on Development Economics was founded in the 1970’s. It dedicates itself to the research as well as to critical discussion of research results and relevant questions in the area of development theory and policy. Accordingly, the Research Group aims for its members to engage in theoretical and political questions regarding both, their research and teaching activities. Moreover, special attention is paid to the promotion and building up of a new scientific generation in this area of interest. Maintaining an active exchange between the Research Group and the development practice is another important aspect.
The members meet on a regular basis at the Annual Conferences. The venue changes every year according to the member of the Research Group who is responsible for organizational matters. Besides scientifically specialized lectures, the program of the Annual Conference can cover deepening lectures and discussions.
Present chairman of the Research Group on Development Economics is Axel Dreher, who was elected on the Annual Conference 2015. The Research Group was formerly led by Katharina Michaelowa (2011-2015), Stephan Klasen (2007-2011), Lukas Menkhoff (2004-2007), Heinz Ahrens (2000-2004) and Renate Schubert (1996-2000). If you are interested in participation, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Research Group on Development Economics.