Dr. Clara Brandi Appointed Professor of International Economics / Devt Economics at Bonn University

In a joint appointment procedure between the law and political science faculty of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS), formerly the German Institute for Development Policy (DIE), PD Dr. Clara Brandi was appointed Professor of International Economics / Development Economics at the University of Bonn. Associated with the W2 professorship is the management of the research program “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” at IDOS, together with Dr. Tilman Altenburg.

Clara Brandi studied economics and political science at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Oxford. She received her doctorate from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence and completed her habilitation at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2021. Further stations in her career include the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). For around 15 years she has been working on global political and economic issues with a focus on sustainability. Her work focuses on global economic governance, international trade and the interplay between business and sustainability, especially in the context of climate change. Clara Brandi has published more than 150 publications, including numerous articles in renowned professional journals. Based on her expertise, she advises political decision-makers at national and international level.

Clara Brandi will take up the permanent professorship on September 1, 2022. Brandi’s appointment is the second joint appointment by IDOS and the University of Bonn. The first involved the joint appointment of Professor Hornidge, IDOS director, with the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bonn.

“We are very pleased on the part of the IDOS to structurally anchor the cooperation with the law and political science faculty of the University of Bonn with this joint appointment. It is an important step in expanding cooperation in research, the promotion of young researchers and high-level policy advice. The latter is particularly important when it comes to dealing with the multidimensional crises of our time and economic answers. The economics department at the University of Bonn, which according to the Shanghai Ranking 2022 is the frontrunner in Germany, is a strong partner here,” says Hornidge.

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“I am very much looking forward to leading our research program at IDOS, while also teaching at the University of Bonn and expanding the collaboration between IDOS and the University of Bonn,” said Clara Brandi on the occasion of her appointment. “I would like to advance research and policy advice that contributes to solving the important global challenges of our time. How should we shape economic policy in order to strengthen the global common good? How can we promote transnational cooperation in business and politics to tackle the climate crisis? I would like to contribute new research results and impulses to central questions like these,” Brandi continues.

professor dr Jürgen von Hagen, dean of the university’s law and political science faculty, also emphasized the new opportunities from the university’s point of view: “The economics department of the University of Bonn is pleased about the joint appointment of Ms. Brandi with the IDOS. The cooperation between our department and IDOS has great potential in research, policy advice and the training of young scientists. With the joint appointment, a first step towards using this potential has been taken”.

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