Prof. Stephan Klasen receives an honorary doctorate from Jaume I University in Spain

On April 19, 2018, Prof. Stephan Klasen, Ph.D. was awarded an honorary doctorate from Jaume I University in Spain at a ceremony in Castellón, near Valencia. The laudatory speech was given by Prof. Dr. Celestino Suárez-Burguet from the Institute of International Economics at Jaume I University. In particular, he emphasized Prof. Klasen's research contributions to poverty, inequality, and specifically, gender inequality in developing countries. He also spoke to Klasen's accomplishments in strengthening development economic research in Germany and his role as mentor and supervisor to over 50 doctoral students and young researchers.

Prof. Klasen also gave a speech titled “From #MeToo to Boko Haram: Some comments on the state of gender relations in the world”. During the ceremony, Prof. Alan Kirman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Aix-Marseille III and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, was also awarded an honorary doctorate.

Since 2003, Prof. Klasen holds the Chair of Development Economics of the University of Göttingen Faculty of Economic Sciences. His research covers the areas of poverty, inequality, environment, and gender in developing countries. He is also a member of the UN Committee on Development Policy, President of the European Development Research Network, and was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the 5th Assessment Report.