ICDD Breakfast Talks

Good food for thought, and stomach!

Guest scientists and members of the International Center for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) present and discuss current research or themes of special interest. In addition, participants are invited to a little breakfast buffet with tea, coffee, bread, cheese, jam, fruits etc.

All ICDD members and all interested persons are welcome!

Time: Thursdays (fortnightly during the semester), 8:15 – 9:45 (please use the buffet from 8:15-8:30 mainly)

  >  Kassel - Location: ICDD, Kleine Rosenstr. 3 (5th floor), seminar room

  >  Witzenhausen - Location: H13, Steinstr. 19

11 January 2018, Kassel

[Book Launch] Migration and domestic work: The collective organisation of women and their voices from the city

Gaye Yılmaz (Bosporus University), Sue Ledwith (Oxford Brookes University)

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With female migrants dominating low paid and ever-expanding domestic work worldwide, this book brings together the voices of 120 migrating women of 28 national identities and 10 different religious affiliations. Together they tell how patriarchal and religious gender codes in the family and at work shape their new lives in London, Berlin and Istanbul. Through their own accounts, the study explores the intersecting multiple and gendered identities women carry from their home countries and how these are reshaped, challenged, changed, or not, as they encounter different structures, traditions and cultural codes in their new countries. With women’s propensity for collective organising, whether via community, social movements or trade unions as a central theme, the authors also bring together issues of migration, work and identity with trade union and community organizing. Migration and Domestic Work is an important source for scholars and practitioners in each of these fields.

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Gaye Yilmaz, PhD, is a scholar in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. While her academic work focuses on political economy she has also actively taken part in the struggles of vulnerable groups such as Kurds, workers, women and LGBTI. She worked for Turkish labour unions between 1996 and 2008.  She was also one of 1128 academics who signed a petition urging the government to make peace with the Kurdish people.

Sue Ledwith is Emerita Scholar in International Labour and Trade Union Studies, Ruskin College, Oxford, UK. Also an activist, Sue has researched and published in the field of gender democracy and labour movements for 25 years, recently re-addressing this work as a longitudinal, international study in her PhD “Prospects for Gender Democracy in Labour Movements”.

25 January 2018, Kassel

Polycentricity and agri-environmental governance

Andreas Thiel (University of Kassel)

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Polycentricity puts dynamics of self-organisation among citizens but also among public agents centre stage in the way governance and management of people’s affairs are organized. The presentation will explain a particular perspective of polycentricity, which uses the writings around it to analyze the dynamics and performance of governance. Particularly, it will focus on the role of variables underlying polycentric governance, i.e. social problem characteristics and constitutional rules and assumptions. The presentation will illustrate the application of this perspective for a variety of natural resource management problems. It will be applied to investigate the determinants of the organisation of water governance in Europe; it will be used to theorize cross-sectoral nexus governance, similarly in the water sector; and it will be used to illustrate how social problem characteristics and constitutional rules shape biodiversity governance and governance of global value chains and its performance. In essence, the presentation therefore wonders how putting self-organisation centre stage can enhance our understanding of (natural resource) governance.


Andreas Thiel received his PhD from Oxford Brookes University with his work on ‘Environmental Policy Integration and the development of water use in the Algarve, since Portugal’s accession to the EU`. His second PhD (Habilitation), received from the Humboldt-University Berlin, was entitled ‘Developing Institutional Economics for the Analysis of Social-Ecological-Systems’. After several positions, among them at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Spain and the Humboldt-University Berlin, he became Professor for International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance at Kassel University in 2016.

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8 February 2018, Kassel

Inequalities and social policies in Cuba: Old Havana as a scenario for intervention

Rebeca Ramos Padrón (University of Havana)

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Rebeca Ramos Padrón presents the results of her doctoral research, with which she earned her PhD in Sociology at the University of Havana in 2017. Here she serves as full professor for Sociology and Vice-Director of the Sociology Department since 2011. She is involved in numerous research projects as well as consultancies on social development issues and has been a visiting scholar at various institutions, among them UNESP (Sao Pablo, Brazil), Thompson Rivers University (Canada), and Malmö University (Sweden).