The Centre for Development Studies (ZELF) provides research and teaching in the field of Geographical Development Studies.
Our main research interests are related to political, economic and socio-cultural developments and transformation processes in the countries of Central and South Asia. We study the dimensions and forms of social vulnerability, effects of global exchange relations and transformation processes in rural areas, analyse its underlying natural and social causes, and design countermeasures and strategies. Our current research activities focus on rural areas in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and People's Republic of China (Xinjiang and Tibet). Most of our research projects are located in peripheral regions where human-environmental relations are under stress, e.g. in mountain regions with a focus on pastoral practices, water management and other resource-oriented strategies. In the field of borderland studies emphasis is put on the impact executed by central governments and development agencies on peripheral regions, e.g. on administration, infrastructure expansion and development projects.
The institutional core of the Centre for Development Studies is the professorship in Geographical Development Studies (Prof. Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann) at the Institute of Geographical Sciences in the Department of Earth Sciences of the Freie Universität Berlin.
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Earth Sciences
Institute of Geographical Sciences
Centre for Development Studies
Campus Lankwitz, Building K
D- 12 249 Berlin
Secretariat of Univ.-Professor Dr. Hermann Kreutzmann
Phone: 030 - 838 70 223, Fax: 030 - 838 70 757