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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

Economics of Africa; Sustainable agricultural development and agrarian change in low- and middle-income countries, esp. economic organization and adaptation among small producers, rural labor markets, global commodity chains, agricultural diversification, and social-ecological and socio-economic dimensions of agro-industrial development; Education, training and labor market reforms in developing and emerging economies, including in post-conflict and natural disaster areas. International organizations and foreign aid.

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. (forthcoming). Towards inclusive rural development? A study of internal governance, gender relations and equality in Uganda's coffee cooperatives. In J. Bijman, R. Muradian and J. Schuurman (Eds.), Family Farms, Producer Organizations and Development. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Wedig, K. (forthcoming). Governing common waters: the political economy of Ugandan aquaculture. Co-authored with Bethel Abiy-Eshetu. In: J. Wiegratz, G. Martiniello and E. Greco (Eds.), The Making of Neoliberal Uganda: The Political Economy of State and Capital After 1986.

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.