The Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna was founded in 2010. It originated from the project “International Development”, which was initiated in 2002 by a group of lecturers interested in establishing a study program focusing on ‘development’.
The aim of the Department, which is supported by different Faculties at the University, is the establishment of Development Studies in teaching and research. The premise that ‘development’ is a phenomenon that can only be taught and analyzed transdisciplinarily is the basis for our work. In our study programs and research activities we focus on social, political, historical, cultural and economic approaches to development and to global and local inequalities. The critical and constructive support of development policy and practice, paired with the goal of fostering new methodological approaches to ‘development’ also underlie our academic efforts.
Such an approach requires a multidisciplinary team. Our staff members as well as our lecturers have various disciplinary backgrounds. These different knowledge and praxis backgrounds are an important pillar in teaching and research, especially concerning the bridging of research and practice.
An important aspect of our research agenda is the collaboration with other Departments at the University of Vienna, that focus their research and teaching on the so-called global ‘South’, development cooperation or ‘North-South’ relations, in the broadest sense of the terms. Furthermore, we are networking with different partners working in a broad variety of spheres and regions in order to establish creative partnerships, which help us explore the complex subjects of ‘development’ and social change, as well as growing local and global inequalities. The aim of the Department is to challenge classical conventions and produce new transdisciplinary approaches and theoretical concepts of ‘development’ that go beyond disciplinary boundaries.
Detailed information regarding the current and expiring curricula, regulations for transition, as well as organizational issues and statutory requirements, are currently only available in German.
Student advisory services are offered by Daniel Görgl and Elke Christiansen (office hours 'Büro IE': see address box on the right), the Directors of Studies (in particular deputy director of studies: Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Margarete Maria Grandner) and the Students Council (StV/ bagru.ie).
University of Vienna
Office hours 'Büro IE':
Tue, Wed: 10.00-12.00
Office hours during holidays:
Tue, Wed: 10.00-12.00
Daniel Görgl:(currently on leave)