Talia Vela-Eiden is lecturer in the Master of Empowerment Studies (MES) at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. Previously, she taught at the joint Double Degree Master in Development of the Hochschule Düsseldorf and the University of Development Studies in Tamale, Ghana, and at the Bachelor and Diplom levels. She also supervises MA theses at the Faculty.
Talia holds a Dr.phil. in Political Science from the University of Bonn and a MA in Politics of Development from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) now part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Previously, she studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and is a qualified barrister and solicitor in Perú.
Her research interest concerns theories of development, alternatives to development, participatory approaches, including empowerment strategies and conflict resolution for communities affected by extractive industries. In particular, she focuses on community development from alternative perspectives, working as a consultant with civil society organizations and policymakers.