News Archive

January 4, 2021

Podcast: Covid-19 shocks in rural and urban Africa

CRC-TRR 228 ‘Future Rural Africa’ · COVID-19 shocks in rural Africa: Preliminary findings of ongoing research The Future Rural Africa podcast, is a research series by […]
November 24, 2020

#African time: Streamlining the future to make it legible

Throughout our research in Namibia, we encountered different versions of the idea that there is something peculiar about African perceptions of time. For example, in Otjiwarongo, […]
November 24, 2020

The capacity to aspire: Culture and the terms of recognition

Anthropologist, Arjun Appadurai, begins his essay on the “Capacity to Aspire” with a captivating statement that “Poverty is many things, all of them bad, including material […]
November 3, 2020

Local effects of trophy hunting in Namibian conservancies

In addition to wildlife conservation, Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) programmes aim to foster regional development. To achieve this, communal areas couple to tourism Global Production […]
November 2, 2020

Establishing horizontal partnerships on scientific North-South partnerships?

Following the debates about Black Lives Matter raised questions on postcolonial continuities and racist structures within academic partnerships. This is especially relevant with regard to a […]
November 2, 2020

Research: Willingness to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers from the Collaborative Research Center “Future rural Africa” are collaborating with their partners from, the University of Gondar (Ethiopia), Kabale University and Apata Insights (Uganda), […]
October 27, 2020

Summer School 2020

African Rural Futures: Debates, Theories, and Challenges Rattled by the adverse effects of COVID-19, the year 2020 continues to exemplify the global phase unprecedented with volatility, […]
October 27, 2020

Far-reaching connections and inoperable crossings

What future for “cross-scalar linkages”? Far-reaching connections, inoperable crossings, and the difficulty to depart from ‘the modern’ Taking the ‘global’ and the ‘local’ as intrinsically distinct […]
October 22, 2020

Tourism and community-based conservation

New Publication (Sub-project A01-Future Carbon Storage): Initiatives to promote community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) have been evaluated with mixed results in socio-economic and ecological outcome dimensions. […]
October 22, 2020

COVID-19 in Africa: Lockdowns and exposed vulnerabilities

The worldwide devastating effects of the COVID-19 did not only burden healthcare institutions but also strained economic, political, and social structures. Although the virus has its […]
October 14, 2020

Green Futures: Cross-scalar discourses about possible African futures

Being part of project area C (“linkages”), project C03 “Green futures” is particularly interested in the relevance of cross-scalar relations. The overall objective of the project […]
October 13, 2020

Climate change, anticipation and future riskscapes in Africa

In this new publication, the authors review two conceptual frameworks of risk management and apply them to the context of climate change in Africa, based on […]
October 12, 2020

Workshop: North-South research partnerships

The worldwide outcry after the violent death of George Floyd is a fierce reminder that racism and structural forms of discrimination are still omnipresent. Amidst the […]
October 12, 2020

CRC Reads: Future making through design thinking

Thinking about technological innovations in the field of development, this latest book by Arturo Escobar – one of the most famous post-development thinkers – offers an […]
October 1, 2020

Accumulation, herd management, and land-use patterns

New Publication: North-eastern Namibia’s Zambezi Region became part of the world’s largest transboundary conservation area in the early 2010s: the Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. While wildlife […]
September 23, 2020

Cross-scale linkages in geothermal future-making

Geothermal development in Kenya not only contributes to electrification in Kenya, but also has the potential to significantly change livelihoods and future development in the marginalized […]
September 22, 2020

New Book: Land investment and politics

Can large scale investments into pastoral drylands of East Africa change the development narrative of pastoral communities who are often marginalised from centralized interventions and with […]
September 16, 2020

Geothermal development and investor–community relations

New Publication: Based on a study of Kenya’s geothermal-energy development in Baringo-Silali, this publication explores how and with whom government actors and local communities in rural […]
September 8, 2020

Understanding linkages of future-making through global value chains

Far from the romanticized image of pristine wilderness and isolation, rural Africa is deeply embedded into the global political economy. To understand and explain how and […]
August 17, 2020

Linking integrative plant physiology with agronomy

New Review Article: Linking integrative plant physiology with agronomy to sustain future food production Two billion people do not know where they can find their next […]
August 17, 2020

A financialisation perspective on value chains

New Publication: Large investments, small farmers: A financialisation perspective on value chains in a development corridor Development corridors have recently gained momentum as territorial tools to […]
August 11, 2020

Anthropology from home

Magdalena Góralska (2020): Anthropology from Home: Advice on Digital Ethnography for the Pandemic Times. Anthropology in Action 27(1): 46-52. DOI: “Whatever the future holds, the […]
August 5, 2020

New book: The politics of uncertainty

CRC’s spokesperson, Detlef Müller-Mahn would like to draw your attention to an interesting new book on the Politics of Uncertainty, an issue which comes close to […]
July 28, 2020

Negotiating inter-ethnic boundaries as future-making

The Il Chamus, Maa-speaking agro-pastoralists who inhabit the lowlands south of Lake Baringo, are concerned about their future. They have for long dealt with difficult climatic […]
July 22, 2020

Argelander grant recipients research COVID-19 shocks in rural Africa

Dr. Emmanuel Nshakira Rukundo from the Institute of Food and Economic Resources and Dr. Christiane Stephan from the Department of Geography, both at the University of […]
July 6, 2020

Local value capture from tourism in Namibia

High hopes are pinned on tourism and its catalytic potential to foster growth in remote rural areas. In the Zambezi region of northeastern Namibia, tourism plays […]
July 6, 2020

Security dynamics in conservancies in Isiolo, Kenya

Parallel to a worldwide trend, the community-based conservation model is an increasing phenomenon in Kenya, especially in northern pastoralist counties. Publication author of BICC Working Paper […]
July 6, 2020

Fluid boundaries: Frontiers of land-use change

How is land-use change enacted at frontiers, both violently and by peaceful means? This is one of the central questions leading investigations in the “Violent futures?” […]
June 22, 2020

Future-Making on Hold: Pandemic Audio Diaries from Kenya

This blog post features voices from our research partners in the Kenyan Rift Valley and gives some insights into how corona prevention measures have impacted their […]
June 17, 2020

Structural Discrimination in Academia

Debating partnerships, collaboration, and research in Africa in the context of #BlackLivesMatter. The recent, violent death of George Floyd and the subsequent worldwide protests against structural […]
June 9, 2020

Disruption of natural boundaries and the emergence of arboviruses

Reasons for the sometimes breathtakingly rapid spread of emerging infectious diseases are not entirely clear, though often land-use changes, loss of biodiversity, and accelerated human movement […]
May 13, 2020

R for AfRica! Training on Analyzing and Documenting Data with R

The use of freeware and open-source computer applications is getting increasingly popular within the academic community worldwide. In the context of enhanced international networks between education […]
May 5, 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: A momentum for change

While the western World is grappling with the spread of the novel Corona Virus, dozens of prominent intellectuals, writers and academics from across Africa have co-signed […]
May 5, 2020

Emergence of “Boundaries” by the Spread of Invasive Plant Species

Boundaries are not only spatial separations between territorial units, they are also zones of interaction between neighboring entities. Leaving the mere spatial interpretation, this dual nature […]
May 4, 2020

Living with Ruins: Workshop on Future-Making amid Rubble and Debris

By: Uroš Kovač A collaborative group of postdoctoral researchers from Kenya and Germany explored the unfulfilled promises of infrastructural prosperities and how contemporary Kenyans are reconstructing […]
April 20, 2020

Podcast: The boom and burst of desert locust in Northeast Africa

Much of East Africa and especially the Horn of Africa is currently battling one of the worst desert locust swarm invasions yet to be witnessed. It […]
April 14, 2020

Future conservation: Anthropological perspectives on the (re)coupling of social-ecological relations in conservation areas

Future conservation: Anthropological perspectives on the (re)coupling of social-ecological relations in the conservation areas of southern and eastern Africa. Experiences from Namibia and Kenya. The project […]
April 9, 2020

Publication: Smartphone adoption amongst horticultural smallholders

Digital connectivity at the upstream end of value chains: A dynamic perspective on smartphone adoption amongst horticultural smallholders in Kenya. Competition & Change Driven by the […]
April 3, 2020

Global nature conservation key to reducing future epidemics

As the world struggles to contain the spread and effects of global health pandemics such as the novel Covid-19 virus (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2), discussions about the role […]
March 27, 2020

Witnessing Corona: Call for contributions

Witnessing Corona – The Corona Diaries. A Joint Blog Initiative by the Global South Studies Center (GSSC), the Blog “AG Medical Anthropology” and “Curare: Journal of […]
March 23, 2020

The impact of land use/land cover change in Tanzania

The Impact of Land Use/Land Cover Change (LULCC) on Water Resources in a Tropical Catchment in Tanzania under Different Climate Change Scenarios Many parts of sub-Saharan […]
March 23, 2020

Financing large-scale renewable-energy projects in Kenya

Financing large-scale renewable-energy projects in Kenya: Investor types, international connections, and financialization As energy transitions are progressing and economies of scale are kicking in, renewable-electricity generation […]
March 23, 2020

The bridging concept of “Coupling” in the context of “Agro-Futures”

Coupling refers to mutual interactions and feedbacks between ecological, social and economic elements within socio-ecological systems. The project on “Agro-Futures” (CRC Future Rural Africa, Project A03) […]
February 22, 2020

Open training and coaching programme for young female scientists

University of Bonn – New topics and dates 2020 – Media training for young female scientists (05./06.03.2020) – Effective networking in science (20.04.2020) – Breaking new […]
February 10, 2020

Past Futures: Historical perspectives towards coupling within social-ecological systems

By: David Anderson and Jono Jackson: Within the discipline of History the theme of ‘coupling’ has obvious utility, connecting as it does mutual interactions and feedbacks […]
February 10, 2020

Spatialities of future making: The case of fertilizer value chains

Latest with the launch of Tanzania’s agriculture-oriented development corridor SAGCOT, the country’s Southern Highlands have become a space where the future of African fertilizer markets is […]
February 3, 2020

Visions for rural African futures mean conflicting aspirations for coupling processes

by Anja Linstädter, Wulf Amelung, Jan Börner, Liana Kindermann, Maximilian Meyer, Alexandra Sandhage-Hofmann (Project A01 – Future Carbon Storage) Social-ecological transformation may have tremendous consequences for […]
January 9, 2020

Dr Anja Linstädter’s take on Australian Bushfires

Principal Investigator of CRC Future Rural Africa Dr. Anja Linstädter was interviewed by the General-Anzeiger Bonn. The interview was published online on January 7, titled “Welche Folgen die […]
January 6, 2020

Coloniality of East Africa’s ´new´ development corridors

Across East Africa, rural space are being transformed through the implementation of national spatial planning strategies. East Africa’s approach to spatial planning is predicated on the […]
December 18, 2019

Workshops of the Genderboard 2019

In 2019, the CRC Gender Board organized three workshops on different topics. The focus was on strengthening the resilience of female scientists and exchanging on communication […]
December 16, 2019

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher, Starting at April 1st, 2020

The Rheinische Friedrich‐Wilhelms‐Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers  a wide range of degree programs. With 200 years of history, about 38,000 students, over 6,000  employees, […]
December 11, 2019

Uncertainty, rethinking development, reimagining the future

This talk makes the argument for putting uncertainty at the centre of thinking and practice in development. This means rejecting a linear, technocratic framing and embracing […]
December 3, 2019

Pastoralists, politics and development

Pastoral counties of northern Kenya are expected to undergo massive change in the coming years due to the government’s ambitious infrastructural development agenda. However, the area frequently experiences […]
November 21, 2019

Potentials and challenges of resource use on communal land

  In July, Javier Revilla Diez, Jim Kairu, Mary-Ellen Kimaro and Carolin Hulke conducted a joint University of Namibia – University of Cologne field school in […]
November 21, 2019

The future of people, wildlife, and vegetation in KAZA

Since 2006, the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) cuts across very distinct rural landscapes of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Despite its declared goal to […]
November 20, 2019

CRC Lecture Series 09.12: On the coloniality of East Africa’s ‘new’ development corridors

by Charis Enns, University of Sheffield Across East Africa, rural space is being transformed through the implementation of national spatial planning strategies. Conveyed through documents like […]
November 13, 2019

Mid-term Meeting of the CRC Future Rural Africa

Almost 50 members of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 228) “Future Rural Africa” took part in a retreat from 6th to 8th of November in the […]
November 6, 2019

15.11: What is Uncertainty and Why Does it Matter? – Ian Scoones Workshop

On Friday November 15th from 9:15 to 15:00 we are organizing a workshop for interested early career researchers to discuss concepts and interpretations of uncertainty, and relate […]
October 21, 2019

Report of the CRC-TRR 228 Future Rural Africa – Summer School in Kenya 2019

Find the report here to download.   The second annual CRC-TRR 228: Future Rural Africa Summer School was held in Nairobi and Naivasha, Kenya from 29th July […]
October 14, 2019

CRC Lecture Series 14.11: Why embracing uncertainty means rethinking development and reimagining the future

by Ian Scoones, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, co-director ESRC STEPS Centre ( and PI European Research Council Advanced Grant, PASTRES ( This talk […]
September 26, 2019

Future making through processes of coupling and de-coupling

by Matian van Soest The Collaborative Research Center is structured in three project groups, each organized around a bridging concept that addresses specific aspects of social-ecological […]
September 24, 2019

Bewerbungsstart für das Cornelia Harte Mentoring

Meine Karriere? Nehm’ ich selbst in die Hand! Bewerbungsphase des Cornelia Harte Mentoring bis zum 13. Oktober 2019 Mit Mentor*innen aus Wissenschaft oder außeruniversitären Arbeitsfeldern, Netzwerkarbeit, […]
September 3, 2019

Joint Workshop with University of Namibia

Workshop Theme: Commodifying the ‘Wild’: Conservation, Markets and the Environment in Southern Africa 2nd – 5th September 2019 UNAM Katima Mulilo Campus The University of Namibia […]
August 20, 2019

Future Rural Africa Summer School 2019

The second annual CRC-TR 228: Future Rural Africa Summer School was held in Nairobi and Naivasha, Kenya from 29th July to 2nd August 2019 under the […]
August 20, 2019

Jour fixe: Progressive Masculinities

On the 8th of July Muriel Aichberger visited us with his thoughts and reflections on “progressive masculinities“. As a known speaker and coach in all things […]
August 13, 2019

IPCC special report 2019 – Interview with Dr. Anja Linstädter

Principal Investigator Dr. Anja Linstädter of CRC Future Rural Africa was interviewed by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ). The interview was published online on August 8, titled […]
July 11, 2019

Exploring socio-ecological transformation

July 29th –August 2nd 2019 – Nairobi and Naivasha, Kenya This summer school will provide early career researchers with training to enhance their theoretical knowledge and jointly […]
July 9, 2019

Report: Workshop on quantitative research methods

by Maximilian Meyer (A01) at UNAM – Campus Katima Mulilo on the 9th and 10 of June 2019 One of the main pillars of CRC’s work […]
June 18, 2019

CRC Lecture Series 08.07.2019: Progressive Masculinities – A critical examination of possibilities to enable freedom of choice and equity beyond the strict gender-binary

by Muriel Aichberger  A new fashionable term occured in masculinity studies several years ago: toxic masculinity describes the negative side effects of the hegemonic image of […]
June 6, 2019

CRC Lecture Series 17.06.2019: Data Challenges, Poverty Dynamics and Economic Growth. Insights from Assets in Rural Africa.

by Prof. Dan Brockington Recent economic growth in many African countries is widely welcomed, but it is not clear how inclusive that growth is, particularly of […]
June 4, 2019

Edited Volume: “Value Chains in Sub-Saharan Africa – Challenges of Integration into the Global Economy”

Together with co-editors Sören Scholvin, Anthony Black, and Ivan Turok, the CRC’s PI Javier Revilla Diez (C01 – Future in Chains) recently published the edited volume […]
June 4, 2019

Of trains and elephants

The scene evoked memories of a Western movie: glittering sun and a deserted platform with tracks running into the far distant horizon. But we are in […]
April 18, 2019

Kidsboxes for the CRC

To improve the compatibility between family and work the genderboard of the CRC funded two kidsboxes for both locations of the CRC in Bonn (Meckenheimer-Allee 176, R. 1.011) and Cologne […]
April 5, 2019

CRC Lecture Series 27.05.2019: !CANCELED! Beyond Geography’s comparative impulse? On methods and modes of staging comparison in geography

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this lecture is canceled. 0
April 5, 2019

CRC Lecture Series 06.05.2019: Afrotopia, African Renaissance, Afropolitanismus and Afrofuturismus: Four concepts of African Futures

by Dr. Lena Kroeker  Currently, various visions of African Futures circulate. They follow distinctive variations in their concepts and this presentation aims at shedding light on four […]
March 17, 2019

What will the future of rural Africa look like? Seminar on land use transformations by mega-development projects and their implications for local communities in Eastern Africa

By Marie Müller-Koné Two collaborators of the CRC Consortium, Dr. Kennedy Mkutu (Project B03 Violent Futures?), from United States International University Nairobi (USIU-Africa), and Dr. Eric […]
March 6, 2019

The Dynamics of human-water interactions

Understanding how farmers cope with environmental and socio-economic change and how they are envisioning their future has been at the core of the focus group discussions […]
March 6, 2019

Stakeholder workshop on “Dynamics of human-water interactions in the Kilombero Catchment”

The workshop was jointly organized by the Institute of Development Studies, Mzumbe University, Tanzania (also part of sub-project C03) and the Department of Geography, University of […]
February 19, 2019

“Future Rural Africa” taking part in the panel for evaluating the excellence strategy of the University of Bonn

“Future Rural Africa” played a prominent role in the presentation of the University of Bonn to a panel of international experts in the evaluation of the […]
January 29, 2019

CRC Lecture Series 04.02: Deforestation and future of rural Zambia

by Dr. Enock Sakala  Zambia is regarded as one of the highly forested country and with a forest cover of about 60% of the total land […]
January 17, 2019

Aktuelle Seminar- und Coaching-Angebot für Wissenschaftler*innen für das Jahr 2019 der Uni Bonn

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, wir freuen uns, Ihnen beigefügt das aktuelle Seminar- und Coaching-Angebot für Wissenschaftler*innen für das Jahr 2019 präsentieren zu können: Neben den […]
January 17, 2019

The quest to find SAGCOT: Erratic space(s) and fragments of interpretation

by Gideon Hartmann (C01 – Future in Chains) How to find a corridor? Or to be precise: Where and how can a corridor project like the […]
January 14, 2019

The DFG-Chancengleicheitsbericht (DFG Equal Opportunity Report) has been published, find it here. 0
December 19, 2018

Research Data Management Workshop in January 2019

For all of you who were not able to attend our research data management (RDM) workshop modules in November/December we will rerun our first two modules […]
December 17, 2018

Self-organised inter-disciplinary/cultural workshop for doctoral researchers and post-docs in Lindlar

By Rene Vesper and Chigozie Nweke-Eze Eight months after the CRC 228 „Future Rural Africa“ has been staffed with more than two dozen doctoral students and […]
December 14, 2018

Searching Futures elsewhere – a story from Western Kenya

Almost ten years have passed since the last time I had walked with David Odhiambo through the land of his ancestors. From afar, it appears as […]
December 13, 2018

CRC/TRR 228 “Future Rural Africa” – Retreat in Unkel, 22.-24.11.2018

Retreat in Unkel, 22.-24.11.2018 After the first year of successful cooperation, the members of the CRC/TRR 228 “Future Rural Africa” met in the small town of […]
December 10, 2018

Postdoc-Kids&ElderCare. A measure of the Female Professors Programme II at the University of Cologne

Guidelines for Postdoc-Kids&ElderCare (English version) Listing of day-care-costs for application for Postdoc-Kids&ElderCare (English version) Richtlinien Postdoc-Kids&ElderCare (German version) Aufstellung der Betreuungskosten für die Bewerbung für Postdoc-Kids&ElderCare (German version)   0
December 6, 2018

PhD students of the sub-project C03 “Green Futures” attend the OECD 6th Green Growth Forum 2018 in Paris

By Antony Ogolla and Rene Vesper In the quest to investigate how ideas of green growth are travelling from the global level (here: OECD headquarter in […]
December 6, 2018

CRC Lecture Series 17.12: Large-scale land acquisitions in the Global South. A global phenomenon with local-level repercussions

by J-Prof. Kerstin Nolte  The demand for agricultural land has increased over the last decade. This is reflected in the rise in large-scale land acquisitions by […]
November 29, 2018

Tourism development and smallholder agriculture in conservancies of the Zambezi region – first research phase completed

By Linus Kalvelage & Carolin Hulke Thanks to the very vital collaboration with our research partners from the Wildlife Management and Ecotourism Department of the University of […]
November 14, 2018

First Gender Workshop successfully carried out on the topic “Self-Management Competence”

November 13, 2018

First steps of the CRC 228: Opening symposium, stakeholder workshop and a visit from the German president

On April 9th, 2018, the CRC „Future Rural Africa – Future-making and social-ecological transformation” was officially launched. Numerous guests from scientific institutions and development organisations attended […]
November 13, 2018

Successful seminar, conducted by Mara Mürlebach “Gender-terror? Gender-nonsense? Gender trouble! Yes, please.”

Since the ominous G-word has seeped into project applications, research evaluations, and institutional guidelines, the need has grown to think about how ‘gender’ can inform research. […]