Dr. Benjamin Schraven

Department: Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management

Function: Researcher

Specialization: Social Scientist

Work areas:
  • Migration and population dynamics
  • Adaptation to climate/environmental change
  • Smallholders
  • Rural development
  • Food security

Responsibilities in education and training:
  • Person in charge of the training module „Study design“ of DIE’s Postgraduate Training Programme (since 2011)
  • Leader of the Country Working Group Ghana in the 47th course of DIE’S Postgraduate Training Programme (2011/2012)
  • Several courses on migration, quantitative research methodology and statistical data analysis (since 2007) for (i.a.): Ghanaian-German Center for Development Research/ DAAD –Center of Excellence in Ghana, University of Ghana (since 2009); Doctoral Programme of the Center for Development Studies, University of Bonn (2007-2012); „Training school on field research methods (qualitative and quantitative) in environmentally induced migration”, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) (2013); „Summer School on Renewable Energy“, University of Bonn (2012)


since 03/2011German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
06/2006-09/2010Doctoral studies in Development Studies at the Center for Development Research/ Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), University of Bonn
01/2006-02/2011Center for Development Research/ Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung
(ZEF), University of Bonn
Researcher at the Department of Political and Cultural Change
09/2005-12/2005Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations
University (UNU-EHS), Bonn; Data analyst for the project “Strengthening Early Warning Capacities in Sri Lanka
10/2003-12/2004International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C.
Research assistant for several studies
05/2003-10/2005Center for Development Research/ Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), University of Bonn
research assistant at the Department of Economic and Technological Change
10/2001-02/2002Sozialwissenschaftlichen Analysegruppe zur Leistung sozialer Systeme (SALSS), Bonn
Student assistant/ intern
10/1999-05/2005Master in Political Science (minors: sociology, history) at the University of Bonn

Expertise work for

  • World Bank/ Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD)
  • United Nations University
  • Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research
  • IPCC Working Group II AR 5
  • Climatic change
  • Climate and Development
  • Population and environment
  • Regional environmental change
  • Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development
  • The Canadian Geographer

Member of

  • World Bank’s Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) (Thematic Working Group “Environmental change and migration”)
  • Center for Development Research, University of Bonn (Associated Researcher)
  • Advisory boards of the research project “Building resilience through translocality. Climate change, migration and social resilience of rural communities in Thailand (TransRe)”, Department of Geography, University of Bonn

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



E-mail Benjamin.Schraven@remove-this.die-gdi.de
Phone +49 (0)176 78024298
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

In the Media

Cover: Frankfurter Rundschau

Mehr globale Verantwortung. Zuwanderung nützt auch den Herkunftsländern.

Frankfurter Rundschau, Gastwirtschaft
24 June 2015


Youth poverty in Accra: urban livelihoods in informal apprenticeships

Schraven, Benjamin / Amelie Hinz / Pascal Renaud / Christina Rumke / Amrei Schommers / Axel Sikorski (2013)
Geneva: International Labour Organization (Employment Report 21)

In the media

Umweltmigranten: „Migration ist per se kein Übel“
Novo Argumente
15 October 2014

In the media

Die neuen Flüchtlinge
Benjamin Schraven and Steffen Bauer
10 April 2013

In the media

Klimawandel: Migration als Anpassungsstrategie
Bayerischer Rundfunk
17 January 2013