The Institute of Political Science (IPS) at the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is the largest educational and research institution for political science in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and enjoys high standing within the German political science community. Students benefit from a wide range of associated research centres and programs, such as the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the NRW School of Governance.
The Institute of Development Research and Development Policy - in German 'Institut für Entwicklungsforschung und Entwicklungspolitik' (IEE) - was established as an important new research centre in 1966, only four years after the foundation of the Ruhr-University Bochum.From the outset, research at the IEE has been characterized by an interdisciplinary approach to the study of economic, political, and sociocultural development in the countries of the South. In its early years, the IEE was primarily a research institute and had a particular focus on the Islamic world.
The Institute for Development and Peace (INEF), which was founded in 1990, is a research institute of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a strong focus on policy-related and policy-relevant research. It closely collaborates with the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Bonn, established in 1986 at the initiative of former German chancellor and Nobel peace prize winner Willy Brandt.