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DFG funds two new Research Training Groups at the University of Göttingen

As from April 1, 2012, the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be funding two new Research Training Groups at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at Göttingen University. The scientists of the Research Training Group 1703, "Resource Efficiency in Corporate Networks - Methods for Enterprise and Corporate Level Planning to Utilize Renewable Resources", will be examining the increasing significance of renewable resources for industrial use. The scientists working in the Research Training Group 1723, "Globalization and Development", a joint project at the Universities of Göttingen and Hannover, are examining the impact of economic globalization on developing countries.

Press release No. 107/2011

DFG funds two new Research Training Groups at the University of Göttingen Globalization and development - Increasing significance of renewable resources to industry

(pug) As from April 1, 2012, the German Research Foundation (DFG) will be funding two new Research Training Groups at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at Göttingen University. The scientists of the Research Training Group 1703, "Resource Efficiency in Corporate Networks - Methods for Enterprise and Corporate Level Planning to Utilize Renewable Resources", will be examining the increasing significance of renewable resources for industrial use. The DFG is supporting the Group for an initial four-and-a-half-year period, in an amount of approximately more than four million euros. The Research Training Group 1723, "Globalization and Development", is a joint project at the Universities of Göttingen and Hannover. The scientists working in this Group are examining the impact of economic globalization on developing countries. The DFG is granting the Group funding of approximately two million euros for an initial period of four and a half years.

In addition to business administration, the Research Training Group "Resource Efficiency" consists of Göttingen scientists working in the fields of forestry and agricultural sciences, mathematics and business information systems. Nowadays, it is not only in power generation that renewable resources play a significant role; they are becoming ever more important also as an alternative basis for products traditionally relying on crude oil. The Research Training Group scientists seek to develop methods to enhance the efficiency of employing renewable resources in combined production processes with multiple outputs. In their research, the Göttingen scientists are focussing particularly on wood and derived timber products employed in the manufacturing and process industries. They aspire cascade utilization, that is, multiple use of a raw material prior to energy utilization.

The group is hosted by the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the Chair of Production and Logistics. "The Research Training Group offers the unique opportunity to develop quantitative methods for planning and for resource efficiency using an interdisciplinary approach. These methods serve to support decision-making and facilitate business-oriented management of production processes - a relevant question many enterprises are facing at this time", explains the Group's speaker, Prof. Dr. Jutta Geldermann. Further information is available at <www.resource-efficiency.uni-goettingen.de>.

The Research Training Group "Globalization and Development" at the University of Göttingen is hosted by the Courant Research Centre "Poverty, Equity and Growth in Developing Countries" which was set up on funding from the Excellence Initiative. During the first funding phase the function of Research Training Group Coordinator will be held by Prof. Dr. Lukas Menkhoff of the University of Hannover; Co-Coordinator is Prof. Stephan Klasen of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Göttingen, who is also Coordinator of the Courant Research Centre. Among other things, the group can build on successful ongoing cooperation between development economists in Hannover and Göttingen in the context of the DFG Research Unit "Vulnerability to Poverty in Southeast Asia".

Globalization of the world's economy is changing the living conditions of people in virtually every region of the world. Globalization research is generally conducted at the macro-economic level of economics, often from the perspective of developed economies and focussing more rarely on the developing countries. Development research, on the other hand, tends to highlight micro-economic issues in developing countries but does not link them systematically with the process of globalization. "Our Research Training Group combines precisely these two strands of globalization and development research. We are thus creating a unique centre of research excellence in development economics in Germany, with international visibility", says Prof. Klasen.

On the basis of capital, labour and technology flows, the researchers intend to find out how economic globalization impacts the inhabitants of developing countries, how they react and how, in doing so, they contribute to the shaping of globalization. Doctoral researchers at the Research Training Group follow a specially tailored study programme complemented by field trips to developing countries and internships in institutions dealing with developmental cooperation policy. Further information on the Research Training Group is available at <www.glad.uni-hannover.de>.

Additional information for journalists: High-resolution photos of Prof. Dr. Jutta Geldermann and Prof. Stephan Klasen are available for download at <www.uni-goettingen.de/en/3240.html?cid=3873>.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jutta Geldermann Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Faculty of Economic Sciences Chair of Production and Logistics Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3, 37073 Göttingen Tel.: +49 (0)551 39-7257, Fax: +49 (0)551 39-9343 Email: produktion@wiwi.uni-goettingen.de Internet: <www.production.uni-goettingen.de>

Prof. Stephan Klasen, Ph.D. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Faculty of Economic Sciences Chair of Development Economics Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3, 37073 Göttingen Tel.: +49 (0)551 39-7303, Fax: +49 (0)551 39-7302 Email: sklasen@uni-goettingen.de Internet: <www.uni-goettingen.de/en/64094.html>

Prof. Dr. Lukas Menkhoff Leibniz Universität Hannover Faculty of Economic Sciences Institute for Money and International Finance Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover Tel.: +49 (0)511 762-4551, Fax: +49 (0)511 762-4796 Email: menkhoff@gif.uni-hannover.de Internet: <www.gif.uni-hannover.de/lukasmenkhoff.html>

idw :: 17.05.2011