Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Fachbereich Sozial- & Kulturwissenschaften
Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies


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.

She is a member of the Law and Development Research Network, the Informationsstelle Peru, the Kampagne "Bergwerk Peru - Reichtum geht, Armut bleibt" and the Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Lima (Lima Bar Association). She is also a member of the Consultative Council of EDERA PUCP for a two-year period.​


Subjects: Politikwissenschaften
Research subjects: Entwicklungspolitik
Capacities: Lehrbeauftragte


Entwicklungstheorien, internationale Entwicklung, Macht und "Empowerment", soziale Bewegungen, partizipative Theorien und Ansätze, Menschenrechtsbasierte Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Gemeinwesenentwicklung, Praxis der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (Methoden und Ansätze).



- MES 3.1 Empowerment I: Development and Power

- MES 3.2 Empowerment II: Social Movements and Community Development

​Betreuung Masterarbeit:

First/Second Reader of theses of the Master of Empowerment Studies. Thesis can be written in German or English.

For inquiries, please, contact me at the university e-mail address.​

Themes In the Wintersemester 2021/2022:

1. Power and intersectionality in gender training in development

2. Global inequality from a German perspective: the meaning of political engagement in development cooperation

3. ​​German foreign policy contributions to SDGs through partnerships

​Recent Publications:

​Knowledge partnerships for SDG 4: Bridge 47 and GCE in perspective. Silvana Longueira Matos, Talia Vela-Eiden. (2020) Revista Internacional de Comunicación y Desarrollo. p. 121-129. Knowledge partnerships for SDG 4​

Knowledge exchange partnerships on global citizenship education at Bridge 47 - Building Global Citizenship. Talia Vela-Eiden (2020). Sinérgias ED and Revista de Fomento Social. Knowledge Partnerships Sinérgias ED​, ​Knowledge Partnerships Revista de Fomento Social

DIálogo trinacional sobre el proyecto Bridge 47. Antonio Sianes, La Salete Coelho, Talia Vela-Eiden. (2020). Sinérgias ED and Revista de Fomento Social. Diálogo Revista Sinérgias EDRevista de Fomento Social

Learning from the grassroots: "Together we are much more than two". Talia Vela-Eiden. (2020) EADI Blog Debating Development Research. Learning from the grassroots

Global citizenship education in uncertain times​. Karen Hagelskaer, Talia Vela-Eiden. (2020) Bridge 47 Blog. ​Global Citizenship Education​