169303 Applied development research II

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


This course is for students with a development research interest in Africa, Asia or Latin America. It is also intended for bachelor, master and doctoral students who return from the field and wonder how research findings support poverty reduction and food security. It is aimed at students with a desire to cross disciplinary boundaries and makes scientific knowledge available to a wider audience. Through a series of seminar units and a public forum towards the end of the term, the course integrates research insights with the ongoing millennium development discourse. Seminar units and term activities are geared towards the organisation and implementation of the ‘Young Scientist Forum’. The ‘Young Scientist Forum’ is a half day mini-conference for sharing and discussing latest research findings with a wider scientific and development oriented audience.Course units are:

•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;
•Mini-Conference: implementation of the ‘Young Scientist Forum’ at BOKU Festsaal, provision of summaries, view points and cross-disciplinary observations; derivation of conclusions;
•Reflection: consolidating lessons learned during the preparation and implementation of the Young Scientist Forum; discussion of policy relevant conclusions;


Previous knowledge expected

National and international students who pursue a doctoral degree, provided that their research is related to applied development issues; Master and bachelor 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 mechanisms in research for development.
# Describe how research findings support poverty reduction and food security
# Bridge disciplinary boundaries in research for development.
# Moderate interdisciplinary learning processes.
# 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.