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Karin Wedig, Assistant Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Assistant Professor Karin WedigEmail:

Phone: 303-871-2580

Office: 332 Ben M. Cherrington Hall
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208

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  • PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • BSc, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Research and Expertise

Agricultural development and rural labour relations; social and solidarity economy in the context of international value chains; education and training reform, labour market regulation and employment promotion; industrialisation and labour informalisation in the context of globalisation; development policy and  instruments of international aid. Design, implementation, and evaluation of education and training reforms and of labour market policy in low- and middle-income countries.

Professional Profile

  • Assistant professor of development economics, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies (2013-present)
  • Labour market policy adviser, Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs and Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Jakarta/Indonesia, (2012 - 2013)
  • Lecturer, MA International Education and Training. University of Magdeburg, Department of International Cooperation. Magdeburg/ Germany (2012)
  • Consultant and author (on Youth, Skills and Work in the rural sector), UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2012 Education for All (EFA) Initiative (2011 - 2012)
  • Researcher, Policy briefings on African economics and politics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK (2010)
  • Teacher MSc Development Studies London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), London, UK, African economic development (2010)
  • Expert advisor, Development of labour market information systems, German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Jakarta, Indonesia (2010)
  • Expert advisor, national reform of the Business, Technical, and Vocational Education and Training system, GIZ, Kampala, Uganda (2009)
  • Expert advisor, Modernisation of the education and training system and of non-formal skills development, GIZ, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Economic development advisor for education, training and labour market reform, GIZ, Department of Economic Development and country sections, (Eschborn/Germany, Kampala/Uganda, Jakarta/Indonesia), including secondment to ILO (Geneva/Switzerland and Bangladesh), (2003-2007)

Recent Publications

Wedig, K. (2013). It is the powerful farmers who really enjoy the group: Inequality and change in Uganda's coffee cooperatives. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).

Wedig, K. (2012). Skills for rural youth – an escape route from poverty. Chapter 7, Thematic part, UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2012 Youth and Skills. In Putting Education to Work. UNESCO Publishing and Oxford University Press.

Wedig, K. (2010). Linking labour organisation and vocational training in Uganda: lessons for rural poverty reduction. In Focales working paper series. Agence Française de Développement (AFD). Paris, France.

Wedig, K. (2009). Uganda labour market and human resource development. Study for the National Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES). Kampala, Uganda.