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Frauke Banse is lecturer at the Department of Political Science. She studied political science at the University of Bremen and philosophy at the University of Paris and pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Kassel attending the Global Social Policies and Governance graduate school. In 2013 she finished her PhD thesis on effects of foreign funding on trade unions in Ghana and Benin.

Apart from being an academic, Banse worked for NGOs and civil society networks (Bewegungsstiftung (movement foundation), medico international, Clean Clothes Campaign), as a coordinator in the Global Labour University and as a freelance researcher and trainer.

Banse’s research focuses on the intersection of international and intersocietal relations, International Political Economy and development studies. In particular, she is interested in international trade and development policies, as well as international trade unions and labour rights. The regional focus of her work is (West-)Africa, with a specific focus on the EU/German – Africa relations.

Publications (selection)

(2023): Die neue Schuldenkrise. In: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, 2023/5, pp. 107-113

(2023): Kriegs- und Konfliktanalysen für die politische Bildung am Beispiel der Sahelregion. In: Chehata, Yasmine; Eis, Andreas; Lösch, Bettina; Schäfer, Stefan; Schmitt, Sophie; Thimmel, Andreas; Trumann, Jana; Wohnig, Alexander (eds.): Handbuch kritische politische Bildung. Wochenschau Verlag, Frankfurt/M., pp. 192-200.

(2021): The "global pool of private money" in Africa. Local Currency Bond Markets and German Development Cooperation. In: PERIPHERIE, Vol. 41, No. 162/163,, pp. 251-274.

(2021): Financialization and development policy. Periphery, Vol. 41, No. 162/163, focus ed. together with Müller, Franziska; Shah, Anil; Ziai, Aram.

(2021): The German Push for Local Currency Bond Markets in African Countries: A pathway to economic sovereignty or increased economic dependency? In: Gadha, Maha Ben; Kaboub, Fadhel; Koddenbrock, Kai; Mahmoud, Ines; Samba Sylla, Ndongo (eds.): Economic and Monetary Sovereignty in 21st Century Africa. Pluto Press, London, pp. 284-302.

(2021): Private Sector Promotion for Development? An Analysis of German and European Development Policies in Africa. Bread for the World. Berlin. www.

(2019): Compact with Africa - the German contribution to investment liberalization and financialization in Africa. In: Prokla, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 79-98.

(2019): Franco-German race for Africa. In: Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik 7/2019, pp. 33-36.

(2016): Wes Brot ich ess, des Lied ich sing? Trade unions in Ghana and Benin and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation's funding. Kassel University Press.

(2016): Money for Unions. Intentions and effects of union funding, in PERIPHERIE, 142/143, page 289-306.

(2015): Wes Brot ich ess, des Lied ich sing? Trade Unions in Ghana and Benin and the Funding of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. In: Bettina Engels/ Melanie Müller/ Rainer Öhlschläger (eds.): Globale Krisen - Lokale Konflikte. Social Movements in Africa. Baden Baden, page 73-92.

(2015):The Bangladesh Accord - a model to secure workers rights in global supply chains?In: Global Labor Column.

(2014): Wess Brot ich ess, des Lied ich sing? Effects of civil society cooperation between periphery and center: trade union movements in Ghana and Benin and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, in: Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 3/2014, page 69-77.

(2014) Bitter losses, cheap excuses. Fashion companies shirk compensation for Rana Plaza victims, in: ver.di publik 3/2014.

(2013): Sometimes just a fig leaf - Instrument of domination and tool in the struggle for social rights. The ILO Conventions, in: Südlink 165/2013, page 11-13.

(2013), Campaign orientation and organizing informal workers as a crisis response in Ghana, in: Dörre, Klaus; Schmalz, Stefan (eds.), Comeback of trade unions? Power resources, innovative practices, international perspectives. Campus: Frankfurt/M. / New York, page 311-319.

(2013), More than a union. A travelogue from Faisalabad and Karachi, Pakistan, in: Südlink 164/2013, page 6-8.

(2012): From the end of the globalization movement - and what is to come. A retrospective and outlook, in: Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen, 1/2012, page 51-60. Together with Friederike Habermann.

(2012): Perspectives on International Solidarity. Some highlights, in: Good Work Worldwide? Development policy, trade unions and science on global labor rights and social standards. EPN Hessen, page 61-63.

(2010): Jörg Goldberg: Survival in the gold country, Africa in global capitalism. Book review, in: PERIPHERIE 117, page 128-130.

(2007): Global campaigning, in: Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen 3/2007, page 33-39.

(2007) (editor): What to do?- Critical campaigning in times of globalization. Medico international, Frankfurt/M. Together with Anne Jung.