Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Project Group Partners

In the third-semester project groups, students work in smaller teams of around ten students each on precise public policy problems. Supervised by an academic staff member, they are given a task by an external partner (“client”). In the project groups, students put acquired knowledge into practice, work on a specific project and defined tasks, and produce research of professional quality on a public policy-relevant question. At the same time, they learn how to successfully work in teams and for a client.

Notable examples

"Harmful Tax Practices, Tax Avoidance and Tax Administration in Developing Countries" (WS 2018/19)

External partner: Berlin-based NGO WEED - Weltwirtschaft, Ökologie und Entwicklung e.V.

Output: working paper published on WEED's website


„Shaping EU Policy-Making: ECIPE Consulting Project on the Sharing Economy and the Future of Work“ (WS 2017/18)

External partner: Brussels-based think tank ECIPE

Output: policy briefs and presentation in Brussels


„European Democracy Promotion in Fragile States: The Cases of Africa, Eastern Europe and the MENA Region“ (WS 2016/17)

External partner: German Development Institute (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik)

Output: impact evaluation presented in Bonn


„The Social Impact Navigator – A Useful and Free-of-Charge Tool which Needs to Reach the International NPO Community“ (WS 2016/17)

External partner: Berlin-based think tank and non-profit consultancy PHINEO gAG

Output: stakeholder engagement and international dissemination strategy presented in Berlin


„The EU Project Nopoor“ (WS 2016/17 and WS 2013/14)

External partner: FP 7-funded international research consortium Nopoor

Output: participation in the European Development Days in Brussels, contributions to milestone report, stakeholder analysis and dissemination strategy


„Illegal Economies in Borderlands – The Case of Western Africa“ (WS 2015/16)

External partner: Berlin-based think tank German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)

Output: report and presentation on drug trafficking in Sierra Leone and Liberia in Berlin


„Calculating the Social Return of Investment“ (WS 2015/16)

External partner: Regionales Bildungszentrum Eckert gGmbH Augsburg

Output: Social Return of Investment Report


„150 Perspectives – Migration and Regional Development in Thuringia“ (WS 2015/16

External partner: State Development Corporation Thuringia (Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Thüringen)

Output: evaluation of the project „150 Perspectives: Campus Zeulenroda-Triebes“


„Welcoming Skilled Migrants to Thuringia“ (WS 2012/13)

External partner: Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society

Output: policy proposal that led to the establishment of the Welcome Center Thuringia


„The Neighborhood Policy“ (WS 2011/12)

External partner: Friedrich Ebert Foundation Thuringia

Output: edited volume on EU foreign policy and panel discussion


This past February, a group of nine students, joined by their supervisor, Professor Edgar Aragón, traveled to Brussels for three days to attend the kickoff meeting for a Horizon 2020...

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Last October 30th 2018, the first workshop for the Project Group “Peace and Policy: Innovations in Peace Missions” took place at the Willy Brandt School.  In this meeting, Dr. Annika Hansen...

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Second-year students of the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy engaged in an intensive learning experience during their project group. In the role of consultants, they carried out research...

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Participants of the project group European Democracy Promotion in Fragile States: The Cases of Africa, Eastern Europe and the MENA Region, got valuable insights into EU policy making. From...

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