PhD defence by Willem van Eekelen

Socio-Economic Development in the rural Global South and the role of Official Development Assistance
PhD student

Willem van Eekelen

Wednesday 1 Jun 2022, 16:00 - 18:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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On 1 June 2022, Willem van Eekelen will defend his thesis investigating socioeconomic development in the Global South.

The world's rapid but uneven development, the problems it causes and the very different opinions as to how to proceed, serve as the backdrop of three interrelated narratives presented in this thesis.

These narratives cover agricultural production, the management of common resources, and the effects of ICT on rural development. The narratives are based on literature, public databases and Willem van Eekelen's evaluative work in the Global South.

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PhD defence Willem van Eekelen - livestream

Doctoral Board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Thea Hilhorst
Dr Oane Visser

Members of the Full Doctoral Committee

Professor David Lewis, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Jaap Zevenbergen, University of Twente
Professor Payal Arora
Professor Peter Knorringa, ISS
Dr Sylvia Bergh, ISS

More information

The ceremony will begin promptly at 16.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

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