934303 Applied development research II

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Reihle, Carla , Hundscheid, Laura , Melcher, Andreas , Kral, Rosana , Probst, Lorenz
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction


This course is for students with a development research interest in Africa, Asia or Latin America. It is also intended for bachelor, master and doctoral students who return from the field and wonder how research findings support poverty reduction and food security. It is aimed at students with a desire to cross disciplinary boundaries and makes scientific knowledge available to a wider audience. Through a series of seminar units and a public forum towards the end of the term, the course integrates research insights with the ongoing SDGs discourse. Seminar units and term activities are geared towards the organisation and implementation of the ‘Young Scientist Sustainable Energy Forum 2018’. The Forum is an Evening Event on October 3rd in Vienna for sharing and discussing latest research findings with a wider scientific and development oriented audience, stakeholders, experts and politicians.

Course units are:

•Preparation: Introduction of course goals, programme and participants; course modalities and grading; literature and essential reading;
•Exploration: selection of a mini-conference theme; formulation of the conference call, interdisciplinary integration of research findings;
•Planning: self-organised preparation and planning of a mini-conference aimed at knowledge sharing and implementation, public relations, invitation of speakers;
•Mini-Conference: implementation of the ‘Young Scientist Energy Forum’ October 3rd, Vienna, provision of summaries, view points and cross-disciplinary observations; derivation of conclusions;
•Reflection: consolidating lessons learned during the preparation and implementation of the Young Scientist Energy Forum 2018; discussion of policy relevant conclusions.

Previous knowledge expected

National and international students who pursue a doctoral degree, provided that their research is related to applied development issues; Master and bachelor students who are concerned about ‘research for development’ in Africa, Asia or Latin America.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

• Define multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing UN SDGs (Agenda 2030) mechanisms in research for development.
• Describe how research findings support SDGs as #7clean energy, #1poverty reduction, #2no hunger, #9industry innovation, #13climate action and #17partnership for the goals.
• Bridge disciplinary boundaries in research for development.
• Moderate interdisciplinary learning processes and discussion.
• Analyse needs for bridging disciplinary boundaries,
• Debate needs for interdisciplinary learning and knowledge exchange
• Organise a small scientific conference as a multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing mechanism.
• Relate disciplinary research findings and insights to the national / global development discourse,
• Relate research with practice in management of natural resources
Evaluate one’s own ability to conceptualise, organise and moderate interdisciplinary learning and knowledge ex-change.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.