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July ISDC Newsletter Published

The July ISDC Newsletter features several new calls for papers, a recap of our travel this month, and some behind-the-scenes insights into how we foster a collaborative, flexible work environment. Find our July Newsletter. Subscribe to get future editions directly in your inbox. The monthly newsletter is the best way to stay up-to-date with our […]

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Student Research Poster Competition

We are delighted to announce the Student Research Poster Competition as part of the upcoming ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held on 11 – 12 October 2023 in Bishkek. The poster competition provides an exciting opportunity for talented students to showcase the research they have done for their theses or other project work. The poster should be […]

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Melodie Al Daccache presents at ANH Academy Week 2023

Melodie Al Daccache, from our Welfare Research Program, traveled to Lilongwe, Malawi this month to present at the ANH Academy – Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Week 2023.  There, she presented a paper (currently under review) on short- and medium-term impacts of a vegetable support intervention on food security, based on evidence from our work in […]

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Call for Papers: 2023 HiCN Annual Workshop

Violent conflict remains a key force not only in national politics and international relations, but for shaping individual behavior and welfare around the world. Between the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the civil war in Sudan, the ongoing fighting in Yemen, Syria or DRC or the many forgotten or hidden conflicts around the world, […]

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ISDC staff conduct joint paper workshop

This Monday, ISDC staff did something we don’t often get the chance to do: Gather as a big group in person! While we foster a flexible work environment and use a variety of tools that allow remote cooperation day-to-day, we recognise the unique opportunities for collaboration and teambuilding that exist only when being together in […]

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FAO Syria Representative Mike Robson visits ISDC

Over many years and several projects, understanding food security in Syria has been part of ISDC’s work. One of our closest partners during this time was Dr. Mike Robson, who is the FAO Representative in Syria. We were delighted to be able to welcome Mike in Berlin last week and thrilled that he also agreed […]

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Wolfgang Stojetz presents at University of Palermo

In June, Behavior Research Program Director Wolfgang Stojetz traveled to Palermo to speak as a Senior Expert at ‘“Working & Networking” on Climate Change and Innovation for Sustainable Agrifood Systems’. Wolfgang discussed compounding climatic and non-climatic challenges in North-east Nigeria, based on the work we are doing for a project funded by the Food and […]

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Ayşegül Kayaoğlu and Piero Ronzani present at Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference

Behavior Researcher Piero Ronzani and Welfare Senior Researcher Aysegül Kayaoglu traveled to Bologna, Italy this June to present at the 22nd Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference. The annual conference gives researchers the opportunity to speak on any issue broadly related to peace and security and is hosted by the Network of European Peace Scientists […]

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ISDC presents research at German Ministry of Education and Research

Tilman Brück, Wolfgang Stojetz, and Mekdim Regassa presented the results of our joint Life with Corona – Africa project at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) this week. We presented at the BMBF’s Status Seminar, where all the projects funded under the “Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects (ELSA) of Modern Life Sciences” […]

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Lame Ungwang and Dorothee Weiffen present at Nordic Conference in Development Economics

Peacebuilding Researcher Lame Ungwang and Welfare Researcher Dorothee Weiffen traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden this month to participate in the Nordic Conference in Development Economics (NCDE). Spread over 3 days, the annual conference brought together 100 participants in development economics from across Europe. Doro presented early-stage work from our project in South Sudan in a session […]

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Tilman Brück joins PICAIS Board

As of April 2023, ISDC Director Tilman Brück has joined the board of the Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS). The appointment is for two years. The Passau International Centre for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (PICAIS) is the central platform for interdisciplinary research and networking of visiting scholars from Germany and abroad at the […]

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Neil Ferguson’s article on Ethnic Cooperation and Conflict in Kenya published in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

Peacebuilding Research Program Director Neil Ferguson’s newest article with Alicia Barriga, Nathan Fiala, and Martin Leroch has been published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. The article, titled “Ethnic Cooperation and Conflict in Kenya,” examines the effects of ethnic divisions and violence on social capital and economic interactions in Kenya. The authors conducted […]

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Paulina Rebolledo travels to Guatemala for capacity building and participatory workshops

Peacebuilding Researcher Paulina Rebolledo traveled to Guatemala this June as part of our flagship PeaceFIELD project to participate in two workshops on site. The purpose of these workshops was to empower United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) recipients, implementing partners, and community leaders. The first workshop, held in Guatemala City, focused on capacity building with PBF […]

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Melodie Al Daccache joins Welfare Research Program

Melodie Al Daccache has joined our Welfare Research Program, where she will be working alongside Ghassan Baliki, Ayşegül Kayaoğlu, Mariami Marsagishvili, and Dorothee Weiffen. Her research focuses on food security, nutrition, women’s health, livelihoods, and gender equity in developing contexts, especially in crisis-affected settings. Melodie is also a PhD candidate at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, holds […]

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Article on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) published in Journal of Development Economics

Globally, one in three women experience intimate partner violence (IPV) over their lifetimes. Yet, the factors that cause men to commit IPV remain poorly understood. In a newly published open access paper in the Journal of Development Economics, Wolfgang Stojetz and Tilman Brück propose a causal long-term link from past exposure to gender-based collective violence […]

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New article on home garden interventions in crisis and emergency settings published in Frontiers

Ghassan Baliki, Dorothee Weiffen, Tilman Brück, and Gwendolyn Moiles‘ paper ‘Home garden interventions in crisis and emergency settings’ has been published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. While home gardens are popular among donors and NGOs, the evidence base for their impacts is weak. Using a three-pronged approach (triangulating evidence from academic literature, expert discussion […]

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Article on welfare effects of smallholder export participation published in Journal of Development Studies

Damir Esenaliev’s research on welfare effects of export participation by household farms in Kyrgyzstan is published at The Journal of Development Studies. In this article, Damir uses the Life in Kyrgyzstan data for 2010-13 and analyses if small farms in Kyrgyzstan improve their welfare by selling their products to export markets. He finds no evidence […]

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Theodora Benesch joins Peacebuilding Program

ISDC’s Peacebuilding Research Program welcomes a new member: Theodora Benesch is our newest Junior Researcher! Theodora holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Goethe University. Her research interests relate to peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and gender as well as nonviolent movements, negotiations, and […]

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Lame Ungwang defends PhD

Lame Ungwang from our Peacebuilding Program was scheduled to defend her PhD dissertation this April, and we’re delighted to announce she was successful! Everyone at ISDC could not be more proud of Lame. Lame’s dissertation is titled Essays in Behavioral Economics: Experimental Evidence on Explicit and Implicit Incentives and uses evidence from Uganda and Botswana […]

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Tilman Brück presents at ‘War and Reconstruction in Ukraine’ Workshop

ISDC Director Tilman Brück is presenting preliminary results from a joint project with the International Trade Centre (ITC) at a joint HiCN-UNU WIDER-NEPS Workshop titled ‘War and Reconstruction in Ukraine’ in Helsinki on 8 May, 2023. The workshop and subsequent policy panel will link stakeholders across research and policy communities to build up combined capacities. […]

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