Welcome to DSSP / Bienvenido a PAFD

Welcome to DSSP / Bienvenido a PAFD

Doctoral Studies Support Program in Colombia / Programa de Apoyo a la Formación Doctoral en Colombia
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— Welcome to DSSP —

The Doctoral Studies Support Program (DSSP) on “Environmental peace building and development in Colombia” was launched in December 2017 with the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the Center of Development Research (Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung – ZEF) at the University of Bonn and the Institute of Environmental Studies (Instituto de Estudios Ambientales – IDEA) at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

The DSSP is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), within the framework of the “Sustainable Development Goals Graduate Schools” program, which aims at consolidating cooperation relationships between German higher education institutions and academic peers from countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, in order to make progresses in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations.



DSSP is one of seven international DAAD SDG Graduate Schools.
Learn more about the other SDG Graduate Schools.


— Latest News and Events —


March 29, 2021

Call: DSSP Postdoc Writing Fellowship

The three- month-long Writing Fellowship for Latin American postdoctoral researchers, to be recruited once a year, is an instrument to develop joint research proposals and prepare joint international publications. CLOSING DATE: May 31, 2021

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February 11, 2021

Doctoral defense by our DSSP student Mauricio Alberto Angel Macías

on “Air pollution in Bogotá in the XX century: historical approaches to the construction of a sanitary problem”. This research addresses the historical construction of air as a health and environmental problem for the city of Bogotá during the 20th century. This research was based on the review of primary source files: Bogotá Archive, press, historiography, specialized magazines and in-depth interviews with relevant local and regional actors. Quantitative and qualitative data extracted from the sources reconstructed the relationship of coexistence between Bogotás society and its air. This work carries out a broad approach that considers the relationships between geographical, meteorological and climatic conditions, which, together with the local society, built a type of polluted atmosphere in this city. 

December 2, 2020

Advances in doctoral research on beetles in a Mexican context

At the VII Course on Biology, Ecology and Taxonomy of Colombian beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) organized by several universities, doctoral student Ingrid Quintero will present the preliminary results of her doctoral thesis, entitled “Main Agroecological Structure (MAS), dung beetles, functional activity and soils fertility in Andean livestock agroecosystems”. The doctoral project aims to identify variables, considering the criteria and indicators proposed by the MAS index, that affect dung beetles´s richness, abundance and/or functional activity (dung removal) in several cattle farms located at the Andean region of Colombia (municipalities of La Vega and Nocaima, Cundinamarca). This thesis was supported by the ZEF-IDEA Agreement.

October 14, 2020

XI Week of Environmental Studies

On the first day of the XI Week of Environmental Studies the special guests are the students of the Doctoral Studies Support Program (DSSP).

>Presentations of research projects by DSSP Doctoral students and Postdocs (2018-2020) available on the IDEA-YouTube channel.