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The global perspective of sustainability also includes development aid programmes in the so-called less developed countries. Thereby one major issue is the evaluation of how influences on local societies change to the intentions at the beginning of a project. Often the participating and conducting organisations realise only at the end of their work that there are fundamental problems, which prevent sufficient results. A lot of projects therefore produce as their main result the wish to restart from the beginning. Hence identifying and tackling these gaps between theoretical goals and practical realisation of development aid are at the heart of these studies. We aim to include the analysis of actually applied management practices, their underlying ecological understandings, the social mechanisms behind these practices and a variety of geographical settings, cultures and ecosystems.


selected areas of the research agenda

  • Evaluation of impacts in the course of development aid with socio-ecological focus
  • Analysis of communities as complex systems
  • Initiation of Leitbild-processes
  • Conflict-theory
  • Group dynamics


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