Joachim Betz

After finishing high school at the Leibniz-Gymnasium in Stuttgart-Feuerbach in 1966, Joachim Betz studied political science, history and romance studies in Erlangen, Tübingen and Montpellier. His graduated from the Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium in Reutlingen, after which he transferred to the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tübingen in 1974 to work as a researcher and assistant. His tasks included holding lectures, participating in the social science curriculum, writing reports on the the institute’s research tasks, and participating in the academic self-administration, while simultaneously producing a dissertation titled ‘The Internationalisation of Foreign Aid’ in 1977.


Betz stayed in Tübingen to become a research assistant and also served as a member of the university’s Little Senate, before becoming leader of the Media Department in the Institute for Political Science. In 1981 he moved to Hamburg, where, as a leading research assistant for the Institute for General Overseas Research, he wrote reports on the institute’s research plans and coordinated research together with the German Overseas Institute and the board of directors. In the following years Betz worked as an assistant lecturer at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Hamburg and was responsible for the compilation and publishing of the ‚Jahrbuch Dritte Welt’ (‘Third World Almanac’) and ,Neues Jahrbuch Dritte Welt’ (‘New Third World Almanac’). Since 1984 he has worked as a co-editor for the quarterly publication ‚Sicherheit und Frieden’ (‘Security and Joy’) and until 2005 was responsible for the compilation of the quarterly publication ‚Nord-Süd aktuell’ (‘The current North-South situation’).


Joachim Betz was also a spokesman between 1991 and 1996 for the Development Theory and Development Policy department for the German Association for Political Science. In 1993 Betz submitted his professorial dissertation, ‘Agricultural Resources and Development’. A year later he became a private lecturer, and his application for a grant for a state doctorate for political science in the specialist field of Philosophy and Social Science at the University of Hamburg was successful.


From 1998 to 2004 Betz was a member of the Development Policy Advisory Board for Hamburg and in 2000 he became a professional in Political Science at the University of Hamburg. Since 2007 he has worked as a research associate at the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies, where he researches primarily South Asia, Development Financing, Debt, Resources and North-South negotiations.

Description Tea Talk


The economic acceleration in India goes hand in hand with a steady urbanisation of the country, which has led to its cities growing in new ways. The development of an efficient transport system can’t keep up with this pace. The city planners and politicians must recognise and analyse a multitude of challenges, and think of solutions, as well as how to implement them, should a total collapse of transport in Indian cities take place.


How is transport planning generally aligned and how are the topics of air pollution and congestion dealt with at political level? What are the peculiarities of life on the street of Stuttgart’s partner city Mumbai? And can Mumbai learn something from Stuttgart’s fine dust problem? The lecture will give an overview of Indian transport policy and, using the example of Mumbai, demonstrate the challenges and Mumbai-specific hurdles there are to overcome, and what measures are being taken. Finally a comparison with Stuttgart will show the differences in transport policy, as well as the similarities, between the two partner cities.