169303 Applied development research II

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
El Bilali, Hamid , Wurzinger, Maria , Loiskandl, Willibald , Probst, Lorenz , Kral, Rosana , Dobetsberger, Greta , Melcher, Andreas
Centre for Development Research
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


This course is for students with a UN Sustainable Development (SDGs) research interest worldwide. It is intended for all students who wonder how research findings support poverty reduction, zero hunger or sustainable energy consumption. It is aimed at students with a desire to cross disciplinary boundaries and makes scientific knowledge available to a wider audience. The course integrates research insights with the ongoing SDGs discourse with a wider international, scientific and development oriented audience, stakeholders, experts and politicians.

It is new that this course gives beside a series of seminar units the opportunity to be part of the public SDG discussion. Activities are geared towards the participation of the “Global Challenge Univerersity Alliance” Life Science SDG Workshop at BOKU and the ”Young Scientist Sustainable Energy Forum 2018” at the Diplomatic Acedemy in Vienna.

Course units are:

• International SDGs Workshops:

-April 16; Life Science Universities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
-May 9; SDG 2 - Zero Hunger: Need for a systemic approach to agriculture, food security and nutrition.
-October 3; Young scientist Energy Forum, at the “Diplomatische Akademie” Vienna (optional participation).

•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;

•Implementing provision of summaries, viewpoints and cross-disciplinary observations; derivation of conclusions;

•Reflection: consolidating lessons learned during the preparation and implementation of the public workshops; discussion of policy relevant conclusions;

Previous knowledge expected

All national and international 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.