Pandemics I – Determinants and management

As humans have spread across the world, so have infectious diseases. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant, but not every outbreak reaches pandemic levels. There are some major pandemics which have afflicted mankind throughout history such as plague, cholera, influenza, and coronavirus diseases Thus it is important to know the way they […]

Data Analysis in R – Advanced Course

Objective: for students to build on their knowledge in using the R Project for Statistical Computing and use R for advanced statistical analyses and the application of machine learning algorithms in the fields of climate, geography and hydrology.   Lecturers: Oscar Manuel Baez Villanueva & Joschka Thurner find more detailed information under this link Registration […]

Democracy is not Rocket Science. Or Vice Versa.

Science, Academia and Democracy – an Introduction. The highly interactive workshop aims to clarify the ties between science, academia and democracy. In each of the six meetings the participants take part in a new activity which addresses specific aspects of how science/academia support or obstruct freedom and equality. In addition, the participants discuss the reasons […]

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA): Concepts and Applications

SEA is a systematic, decision aiding procedure for evaluating the likely significant environmental effects of a policy, plan, or program (PPP) through their development process and beginning at the earliest opportunity. In other words, it is an environmental assessment done at a high strategic level of decision-making (i.e., at the PPP level). It involves evaluation […]

Infrastructure and Human Development

With a main focus on health and education, the course deals with the interplay between infrastructure, human development, economic performance, and environmental factors. This includes a (comparative) analysis of the situation in different countries and a discussion of quality assurance procedures in (a) the provision of traditional infrastructure and (b) the health and education sectors. The course concludes with the analysis of market failures and an evaluation of infrastructure, health and education policies considering the relevant SDGs.

International Institutions in Development Cooperation

The course analyses the evolution and the current state of affairs of international development cooperation through global and regional interstate organisations. Emphasis is also given to more recent developments and the potentials of South-South cooperation in comparison to established modes of governance across the North- South divide.