Project Z01, Central Administrative Project

Project Summary

The CRC spokesperson Prof. Müller-Mahn in close collaboration with the co-spokesperson Prof. Bollig, will be the project leader of the central administrative project Z01. He will give general directions concerning workflows and responsibilities, be responsible for the management of part of funds, and have managerial oversight over the staff employed in the project. In addition, he will, together with the CRCs co-spokesperson, serve as editor for the planned working paper series.

The scientific coordinator of the CRC will oversee the allocation of funds applied for in this project. In collaboration with other members of the CRC, the coordination office will be responsible for the organization of workshops (kick-off; CRC retreats, conferences, summer schools), partner invitations, and related arrangements. Members of the office will act on behalf or as representatives of, the executive board concerning logistical tasks and communication with service providers (i.e. homepage, working paper series, etc.). Furthermore, the day-to-day managerial tasks within the CRC will be handled through the office (i.e press releases, public relations, etc.).

Early on, two-week kick-off workshops are planned to present the research program and rationale to participating institutions, researchers, as well as to other interested parties in Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia. To the CRCs own researchers, these workshops shall provide an opportunity to present their research plans and discuss them with local counterparts to plan joint exercises to identify aspects where synergies can be achieved. Another kick-off will present the CRC to interested parties and the public in Germany. Next to these, workshops and retreats are planned to take place among all members of the CRC as well as PIs and PhDs respectively to allow for in-depth discussions of ongoing research, preliminary results, the joint preparation of publications, and conference contributions, etc.

Although both host Universities (Bonn and Cologne) do already have structures in place to allow for the training of early-career researchers, the CRC seeks to add to these offers by providing thematically suited workshops and training (see also Z04, IRTG) The central project Z01 also has the responsibility to ensure tackling the challenges linked to increasing diversity in academia which include, but not limited to, gender equality. A key aim of the CRC is to offer equal opportunities in this highly diverse research setting. To do so, (1) we will particularly take into account the strong patriarchal bias of both social and academic structures characterizing our research contexts in sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, (2) while hosting and collaborating with a large number of fellow academics from all over the world, it is of great significance for us to form research teams that see diversity as a distinct resource. Finally, we wish to address the issue of gender equality

Key Events

1. Organization of regular trainings and workshops for ECRs on topics related to future-making in rural Africa

2. Annual project retreats

3. Regular Jour Fixe meetings

4. CRC Public Lecture Series

Outlook for phase II (2022 - 2025)

Z01 will continue its activities in the second funding phase, overseeing the allocation of funds and facilitate the organization of workshops, guest lectures, research stays of visiting researchers, and the public outreach of the CRC.

Partner Institutions