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 —


June 21-24, 2022

3rd Workshop on “Participatory Monitoring of biodiversity loss in Colombia: Alternatives for understanding and resolving environmental conflicts” (ColPaMon) in Bonn (ZEF).

Between May and November 2021 two workshops and three conferences were carried out and contributed to deepen in diverse monitoring experiences in territories of conflict. With these inputs, we have increased the knowledge about participative and communitary monitoring processes.

More information and program here.

June 8-10, 2022

Eighth Annual Conference of the World-Ecology Research Network, Bonn, June.

Eva Youkhana, Dennis Aviles and Carolina Tobón (all researcher of DSSP programm) present their work.

The theme of the 2022 conference „ Working Environments, Unruly Natures” focuses on the concept and politics of work in the World-Ecology conversation. Work is understood here in its multiple and bundled dimensions. Program here

April 14, 2022

Public Lecture on “Participatory Monitoring of biodiversity loss in Colombia: Alternatives for understanding and resolving environmental conflicts (ColPaMon)”.

The purpose of this initiative is to explore alternatives, to better understand the roots of environmental conflicts and to support local stakeholders whose livelihoods are threatened by natural resources’ loss, exploitation or degradation, by working at the crossroads of science, local knowledge and activism.

More information here

January 26, 2022

Call for applications for DSSP Writing Fellowship 2022

…three month-long stay in Bonn, Germany for Latin American Postdocs,
to develop joint research proposals and prepare international publications. 

Closing date: March 20, 2022

More information here

January 19-21, 2022

XII Week of Environmental Studies:
Presentations of research projects by DSSP doctoral
students and postdocs


November 2, 2021

Call for application:
Grants for DSSP Master Students

Closing date: November 28, 2021

October 20, 2021

ZEFa Colloquium on “Social Metabolism, Sustainability and Territory
in the Bogota River”

…presented by Carolina Tobón, doctoral student in the DSSP project and
PhD candidate at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

The Bogota River is located at the centre of Colombia, South America. Its basin is of strategic importance because it provides water to the most populated area of the country and its capital. However, the Bogota River and its watershed have lived a long history of contamination.

September 15, 2021

Blog on “Development, peace and violence in Colombia”

By Alejandro Mora Motta, Carolina Tobón Ramírez,
Emilia Schmidt, Estefanía Montoya Domínguez

August 30, 2021

New Working Paper on “Deforestation in
Tinigua National Natural Park:
Socio-environmental consequences
of the Peace Agreement in Colombia”

by Carolina Tobón Ramírez, David Zamora Ávila,
Mauricio Ángel Macias and Eva Youkhana