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Dr. Ute Rietdorf

Research Fellow

Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
Nikolaistraße 10, Room 5.61
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37756


I am an African studies’ specialist trained in development economics with minors in anthropology and business management. I received my PhD from the Leipzig University in 2002 for a dissertation about the role of the Asian minority in development processes in Tanzania. After that, I worked for the postgraduate programme “Small Enterprise Promotion and Training” (SEPT) and the Leipzig University and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg. My research interests include development theory, sustainable and rural development, and imaginations of development facilitated by Information and communications technology (ICT)

Professional career

  • 09/2001 - 11/2011
    Senior Researcher, Institute of African Studies and International Programme “Small Enterprise Promotion and Training” (SEPT), U Leipzig, Germany
  • 06/2004 - 05/2010
    Senior Researcher, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, Germany
  • 12/2011 - 07/2012
    Assistant Professor, Institute of African Studies, U Leipzig, Germany
  • 08/2012 - 07/2016
    Senior Researcher, Centre for Area Studies (CAS), U Leipzig, Germany
  • since 08/2016
    Scientific Coordinator, Collaborative Research Centre 'Processes of Spatialiaztion under the Global Condition' (SFB 1199), U Leipzig, Germany


  • 09/1989 - 07/1996
    MA, African Studies, Anthropology and Business ManagementsU Leipzig, Germany & Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • 10/1996 - 01/2002
    PhD, African Studies, U Leipzig, Germany
  • Development theory
  • History of economic development in Africa
  • Rural development
  • Technology and development
  • Complexity theory

Development Economics

Social Capital

Knowledge Management

Research Methodology

Institutions & Development

The Economics of Sustainable Development

Entrepreneuship in Africa

Africa in the Knowledge Economy