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Prof. (i. R.) Dr. Gudrun Lachenmann

Professor , Fakultät für Soziologie, Bielefeld University

Network Professorship

Sociology with particular reference to women in developing countries


Prof. Dr. Gudrun Lachenmann, University of Bielefeld, Sociology Faculty, research focus development sociology, social anthropology, since 1992 sociology, particularly women in developing countries. Student of sociology, politics and economics at the University of Konstanz following training and professional work as a translator/interpreter, including in France and in/on developing countries.
Longstanding activity in the Africa department of the German Development Institute Berlin - policy consulting, research, postgrad. training. Development studies, particularly gender-specific.
Currently working on civil society and transformation processes, women's/peasants' movements; development policy analysis, currently on social policy, poverty orientation, international women's policy. Methodical problems of empirical research and development planning. Empirical research focus: (mainly French-speaking) West Africa: Senegal, Cameroon, etc.

Focus of Work

Development sociology
Women's and gender studies in the developing world
Social movements, particularly women's movement
State, decentralisation
Civil society
Gender-specific embedding of the economy
Empirical emphases: West Africa, especially French-speaking; environment, social security, development policy

Publications (selection)

Websitelink to my Publications


development, sociology, social movements, women's movement, state, civil society, environment, Africa, development sociology, developing countries, decentralisation, economy, West Africa


Social Sciences