Prof. Dr Katja Bender

DirectorProfessor for Economics, especially Economic and Social Development

Field of research

  • Political economy of social protection and health system reforms
  • Diffusion of technologies and political feasibility - Interaction between technological change and institutional change (focus: renewable energies/photovoltaics; 'digital health')
  • Attitudes towards and drivers of research-practice collaborations

Contact

Porträt Prof. Dr. Katja Bender Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Email: 
katja.bender [at] h-brs.de

Sankt Augustin

Grantham-Allee 20
53757
Sankt Augustin
Room: 
G 045

Profile

Subject area

Economics, especially economic and social development

Teaching areas

  • Microeconomics
  • Development economics
  • Research methods
  • Political economy of health systems

Research areas

  • Social protection and health systems in low and middle income countries, especially the political economy of reform processes
  • Diffusion of technologies and political feasibility - Interaction between technological change and institutional change (focus: renewable energies/photovoltaics; 'digital health')
  • Attitudes towards and drivers of research-practice collaborations

 

Supervision of PhD-projects

In cooperation with Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • Callistus Agbaam  (1st supervisor)
  • Klaudia Michalek-Kursawe  (1st supervisor)
  • Andrew Boogards (1st supervisor)
  • Lisa Hilleke (2nd supervisor)

In cooperation with Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

  • Ana Perez Arredondo “Adoption of risk transfer mechanism among small and medium scale farmers and the role of social capital” (1st supervisor),

 

Regional working experience

Sub-Saharan Africa (Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania); South Asia & South-East Asia (India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam)

 

Membership/Commission activities

  • European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)
    • Vicepresident
    • Co-convenor International Working group “Social Protection”
  • Konferenz Diakonie und Entwicklung (on behalf of Bread for the World) - Expert member
  • CARE Germany - Expert member Advisory Board
  • DAAD- Carlo-Schmid-Program “Internships in International Organisations” - Selection committee member
  • Member Advisory Board of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on “Inclusion of persons with disabilities in systems of social protection” (until 2016)

Projects

Current projects

  • 2019-2020: Roles, processes and risks within the research – practice nexus: Perspectives from academia [in collaboration with European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)]
  • 2019-2022: Energy Self-sufficiency for Health Facilities in Ghana (EnerShelf), CLIENT II – Internationale Partnerschaften für nachhaltige Innovationen“ [Funding organisation: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)]; https://www.bmbf-client.de/en/projects/enershelf 
  • 2016-2020/ 2021-2025: NRW-Fortschrittskolleg 'One Health and Urban Transformation' [Funding organisation: Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft - MKW NRW], https://www.zef.de/onehealth.html 

 

Closed projects:

  • Energy Self-sufficiency for Health Facilities in Ghana (EnerShelf), Definitionsvorhaben CLIENT II – Internationale Partnerschaften für nachhaltige Innovationen“ [Funding organisation: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)]
  • Social and Health Policies for Inclusive Growth (SHPIG) - Breaking the Vicious Circle between Poverty and Ill-Health. Are cash transfers and social health protection policies in Ghana and Kenya mutually complementing? [Funding organisation:  Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - WOTRO Science for Global Development] 2015-2017
  • Globale Partnerships – North Rhine-Westphalia and international sustainable development –Status Quo und perspectives [Funding organisation: Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung (MIWF) NRW] 2015-2016
  • International Policy Learning and Policy Change: Scientific Inputs for the Dialogue on Social Protection with Global Partners [Co-financing: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)], 2013-2014

Publications

Papers or articles in edited volumes​

  • Bender, K., Rohregger, B., Kinuthia, B., Ikua, G.,Schüring, E., Alatinga, K., Adamba, C., Pouw, N. (2021). Different pathways of social protection reforms: An analysis of long-term institutional change in Kenya. .), in: World Development, 131, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105210)

  • Bender, K. (in print). Public preferences In: E. Schuering & Loewe, M. (Eds.), Handbook of Social Protection Systems, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (to be published in 2021)

  • Pouw, N., Rohregger, B., Schüring, E., Alatinga, K., Kinuthia, B., & Bender, K. (2020). Social Protection in Ghana and Kenya through an Inclusive Development Lens: complex effects and risks, in: World Development Perspectives, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wdp.2020.100173

  • Rohregger, Barbara/Bender, Katja/Kinuthia, Bethuel/Schüring, Esther/Ikua, Grace/Pouw, Nicky: The politics of implementation or why institutional interaction matters: The role of traditional authorities in delivering pro-poor social policies in Kenya. IZNE Working Paper Series, 18/2., Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, 2018.

  • Bender, K. (2016), Internationale Politikdiffusion und Umsetzung des Rechts auf soziale Sicherung, MenschenRechtsMagazin, Heft 2/16, pp. 129-138, https://publishup.uni-potsdam.de/opus4-ubp/frontdoor/deliver/index/docId/10036/file/mrm21_02.pdf

  • Bender, K., Loewe, M., Schüring, E. (2016), Soziale Sicherung in Entwicklungsländern, in: Handbuch zur Sozialversicherungswissenschaft. Grenzen überwinden: Interdisziplinäre Diskurse innerhalb des Systems der Sozialversicherung, Springer-Verlag Berlin,  2015
  • Bender, K., Keller, S. und Willing, H. (2014), The Role of International Policy Transfer and Diffusion for Policy Change in Social Protection – A Review of the State of the Art, BMZ/GIZ/IZNE, Bonn, 2014
  • Bender, K., Keller, S. und Willing, H. (2014), Insights into the Role of International Policy Networks for International Policy Transfer and Policy Learning in Social Protection, BMZ/GIZ/IZNE, Bonn, 2014
  • Bender, K., Nachhaltigkeit aus institutionenökonomischer Perspektive am Beispiel der Schiefergasförderung, in Seegers, N. et al., Hrsg., Responsible Business – Nachhaltiges Handeln in Unternehmen, Nomos-Verlag, Berlin, 2014.
  • Bender, K., The Political Economy of Social Protection Reforms in Developing Countries: What is to be explained and how?, to be published in Social Protection in Developing Countries: Reforming Systems, eds. Bender, K.; Kaltenborn, M. and Pfleiderer, C., Routledge, 2013
  • Bender, K., Health Financing Mechanisms, Access to Health and Economic Growth;  IEE Working Paper 192, 2011
  • Bender, K. and Rompel, M., Financial Crisis and Social Protection Reform - Brake or Motor?, with Rompel, M.,  in: Bauer, A.; Thant, M. (ed.), The Impact of the Global Economic Slowdown on Poverty and Sustainable Development in Asia and Pacific", Asian Development Bank (Manila/Tokyo), 2010
  • Bender, K., Soziale Sicherung im Krankheitsfall für Mittellose, in: Die Krankenversicherung, 2008, 60(1), S.22-24
  • Bender, K., Social Protection Reform in Indonesia - In Search of Universal Coverage, with Knöss, J.in: Küsel, Corinna; Maenner, Ulrike; Meissner, Ricarda (ed.), Social and Ecological Market Economy, GTZ, Eschborn, 2008
  • Bender, K., The Role of Social Protection within a Social Market Economy, in: Küsel, Corinna; Maenner, Ulrike; Meissner, Ricarda (Ed.), Social and Ecological Market Economy, GTZ, Eschborn, 2008

 

Monographs and editorships

  • Bender, K.; Kaltenborn, M. und Pfleiderer, C., Hrsg., Social Protection in Developing Countries: Reforming Systems, Routledge, Abingdon, 2013
  • Bender, K., Institutionelle Reformen für dezentrale Entwicklung: Die Rolle gemeinschaftsbasierter Organisationen am Beispiel kooperativer Versicherungsarrangements, Verlag für Entwicklungspolitik, Saarbrücken, 2006

 

Policy reports and Papers

  • Bender, K. et al., Options for Social Protection Reform in Indonesia, with et al., Jakarta, 2008
  • Bender, K.,  Holst, J., Möller, S und Schramm, B., Soziale Krankenversicherung - Ein Beitrag zur internationalen entwicklungspolitischen Diskussion über umfassende Systeme der sozialen Sicherheit/ Social Health Insurance - A contribution to the international development policy on universal systems of social protection, with.,  GTZ/ BMZ, 2005