News Archive

September 10, 2021

Recipient Award: Female Researcher’s Grant 2021

The gender board is pleased to announce that Romie Vonkie Nghitevelekwa has been chosen for the Female Researcher’s Grant 2021 with her research project “From subsistence […]
September 8, 2021

Research Roundtable Video: Rural Aspirations in Africa

Mismatched and Conflicting. How are Rural Aspirations Contested? Rural aspirations differ, conflict, and are in a constant state of change. While these features characterizing aspirations may […]
September 8, 2021

Conservation with elevated elephant densities

Nature conservation and restoration in terrestrial ecosystems is often focused on increasing the numbers of megafauna, expecting them to have positive impacts on ecological self-regulation processes […]
August 13, 2021

Religiosity and parental educational aspirations

Poor households make little investments in human capital, despite the potential benefits and are hence trapped in poverty. To overcome this poverty trap, households can invest […]
July 28, 2021

‘But We Cannot Do It All’: Investors’ Sustainability Tensions

Several studies have questioned investors’ adequate consideration of the three pillars of sustainable development in the construction of development projects in the Global South. Other studies […]
July 8, 2021

European Journal of Development Research Special Issue

Press Release | Aspirations matter: European Journal of Development Research Special Issue: ‘Rural aspirations in Africa – livelihood decisions and rural development trajectories’. Volume 33, issue […]
June 18, 2021

Off to sugar valley

Despite colonial echoes, settlement schemes represent a major element in ‘nation-building’ endeavours in Tanzania’s history. Their evolution through the 1960s was circuitous and haphazard. This article […]
June 18, 2021

Connected by water?

The dam allows me to have a good life, thank God”, says the Ethiopian smallholder. “I don’t have a house in town like rich people, but […]
June 12, 2021

You make the difference: Digital diversity week

The annual Diversity week from the Gender and Diversity Management at the University of Cologne will be taking place on the 14-18 June 2021. The central […]
June 9, 2021

Translating narratives in the Kilombero catchment, Tanzania

The Kilombero wetland in Tanzania is affected by advancing land use and land cover changes (LULCC), where we observe a conflict between development interests and the […]
June 7, 2021

Variegated consequences of path creation for regional development

The emergence of new regional paths is a key topic in economic geography. While new paths are largely associated with positive regional economic outcomes, little is […]
June 7, 2021

Aspiration formation and ecological shocks in rural Kenya

Aspirations have been shown to affect households’ decisions around productive investments, but little work explores how aspirations are formed or eroded, especially in the face of […]
June 2, 2021

Aspirations and livelihood strategies in the Zambezi region

This paper investigates rural development from a micro-level standpoint, focusing on individual and collective aspirations. We aim to deepen understanding of how a person’s socio-economic environment shapes their aspirations and simultaneously how aspirations contribute to future-oriented actions.
May 20, 2021

Book Review: The East African groundnut scheme and it’s legacy

The history of the Groundnut Scheme is so overwhelming farcical that the entire episode could easily be fabricated satire. If only it were so. Sadly, this […]
May 17, 2021

Integrating subsistence chickpea producers in the market economy

Enhancing agricultural productivity through the adoption of improved technologies presents a credible pathway to economic development and poverty reduction especially through increased commercialisation of production. We […]
May 11, 2021

SAGCOT as a spatial imaginary for strategic coupling processes

This article contributes an economic geography perspective on the envisioning and implementing of mega-infrastructure projects in Africa. Focusing on development corridors and their implicit spatio-temporality of […]
April 16, 2021

Megaprojects—mega failures? The politics of aspiration

Megaprojects are returning to play a key role in the transformation of rural Africa, despite controversies over their outcome. While some view them as promising tools […]
April 13, 2021

Livelihoods, land disputes, and anticipation in rural Kenya

This article examines how rural roads relate to differences in livelihood patterns, attitudes toward social change, and land disputes in Baringo, Kenya. Although their direct use […]
April 7, 2021

Temporalizing modern planning

In the introduction to their edited volume Elusive Promises: Planning in the Contemporary World, Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys (2013) introduce their understanding of modern planning […]
April 7, 2021

Export horticulture and labour migration in Kenya

Based on a study of globalized export horticulture at Lake Naivasha, Kenya, this paper explores urban development at the intersections of foreign capital investments and translocal […]
April 6, 2021

Female researcher’s grant 2021: Call for applications

The aim of the grant is to promote female researchers at all stages of their careers. Support is given to creative scientific ideas that fit the […]
April 1, 2021

Alexander von Humboldt fellow joins CRC as associate researcher

The CRC is pleased to introduce and welcome Valentine Opanga, the first Alexander von Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellow to be hosted by Bonn University’s Geography […]
April 1, 2021

New book: Securing land rights in Namibia

CRC associate member Romie Vonkie Nghitevelekwa of projects C05, ‘Framing Futures’ and A04, ‘Future Conservation’, has published her book, Securing land rights with UNAM press. The […]
March 15, 2021

Of aid and trade

Dambisa Moyo’s seminal book Dead Aid is the antidote to past and current development strategies of western countries for Africa: development aid. Moyo’s solution? Foreign direct […]
March 11, 2021

The CRC mourns the loss of Dr. Elke Grawert

With great sadness, we announce the death of our colleague and friend Dr. Elke Grawert. Elke passed away on 5 March, at the age of 62. […]
March 8, 2021

The making of a conservation landscape

The Kwando Basin of north-eastern Namibia is firmly embedded in current national and international conservation agendas. It is a key part of the world’s largest transboundary […]
February 25, 2021

Future trends, challenges, and the politics of anticipation in Africa

Globally, there is much debate about the rapid demographic developments in Africa (population growth, urbanization, youth bulge, migration), the growing demand for food, and the scenarios […]
February 22, 2021

Pandemics, ecosystems, and rainforests

What dangers does biodiversity loss pose to the eruption of future pandemics? Virologist and principal investigator of the CRC, sub-project B02, Prof. Dr. Sandra Junglen shares […]
February 2, 2021

Reflections on power, hierarchy, and knowledges

Can we get rid of ‘the west vs.” the rest”’? Well, it is never too late to reflect on hierarchical structures in development research – and […]
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: https://doi.org/10.3167/aia.2020.270105 “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 (steps-centre.org) and PI European Research Council Advanced Grant, PASTRES (pastres.org) 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 […]
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