News from the Directors

Presentation by Anna-Katharina Hornidge at the Cardiff University Workshop

On 12 February  2021, Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) held a presentation at the Cardiff University workshop, which focused on the relationship between politics and environment („Politicising Environments: a workshop on politics and the environment“). In her presentation titled „Global regimes & practices of knowing“ Anna-Katharina Hornidge touched on different research topics. She outlined some results of the past years of research on ocean-related knowledge systems. Specifically, she discussed transregional distributions in publication behaviour on coastal ecosystems and gave insight into her own research on knowledge practices on a German research vessel and in a German-funded field station in Uzbekistan. She  then presented the project ‚Marine CO2 monitoring: knowledge system and communicative practice‘, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Moving towards the end of her talk, Anna-Katharina Hornidge shifted away from a detailed consideration of environmental knowledge systems and concluded with some reflections on the role of narratives in the transmission of knowledge from one social subsystem, here science, to another, here politics and civil society.

Contribution by DIE to the UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025

DIE, represented by its Director, Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, contributed to a panel discussion on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Strategic Plan 2022-2025, to which selected global think tanks were invited. The debates focused on the role of global and crisis narratives in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the development of trans-regional complementary programs for environmentally and socially sustainable recovery.