PD Dr. Andreas Ufen

Senior Research Fellow

PD Dr. Andreas Ufen

  • Kurzer Lebenslauf

    • 04/2021 - 01/2024: Sprecher des Forschungsteams „Demokratische Institutionen“ im FSP 1 „Politische Verantwortlichkeit und Partizipation“

    • 10/2011 - 09/2013: Vertretungsprofessur für Politische Wissenschaft an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

    • Seit 09/2012: Mitherausgeber des Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs

    • 2010 - 10/2011: Koordinator des Doktorandenprogramms am GIGA
    • 2010: Habilitation an der Universität Hamburg im Fach Politikwissenschaft mit einer Arbeit über das malaysische Parteiensystem

    • Seit 2000: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am GIGA Institut für Asien-Studien, zuständig für Indonesien, Ost-Timor, Malaysia, Philippinen, ASEAN

    • Studium: Politologie an der FU in Berlin, Abschluss als Diplompolitologe; Dissertation in Hamburg "Herrschaftsfiguration und Demokratisierung in Indonesien - Entstehung, Entwicklung und Zerfall der Neuen Ordnung (1965-1999)"

    Aktuelle Forschung

    • Demokratisierung in Indonesien und Malaysia

    • Anti-Fake News Laws in Indonesien und Malaysia

    • Politische Parteien in Südostasien

    • Populismus in Südostasien

    • Zivilgesellschaft in Südostasien

    • Außenpolitik Indonesiens

    Länder und Regionen

    • Südostasien

    • Indonesien

    • Malaysia


    • American Political Science Association, Mitgliedschaft in disziplinärem Fachverband oder Netzwerk, seit 2021
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde, Mitgliedschaft in regionenbezogenem Fachverband oder Netzwerk, seit 2021
    • European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, Mitgliedschaft in regionenbezogenem Fachverband oder Netzwerk, seit 2021

    PD Dr. Andreas Ufen

    Senior Research Fellow

    T. +49 40 428874-32andreas.ufen@giga-hamburg.de

    GIGA Focus Global | 1/2024

    Repression by Legal Means: Governments’ Anti-Fake News Lawfare

    Die Anti-Fake-News-Gesetzgebung verstärkt die Kontrolle über die Zivilgesellschaft und untergräbt deren demokratische Grundrechte. Die Muster dieser juristischen Repression und die damit verbundenen Gegenstrategien in Süd- und Südostasien werden als Vorreiter globaler Entwicklungen untersucht.

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.02.2023 - 31.01.2025

    Mapping and Strengthening Civil Society Response to Disinformation

    Governments in autocratic and autocratizing contexts may use anti-fake news laws to discredit critical civil society actors as agents of “disinformation” and punish them. Through comparative and cross-learning insights derived from field studies, we seek to map civil society responses against the autocratic use of disinformation laws and strengthen policies for right to information and freedom of speech and expression.
    NED, 2023-2025

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.01.2023 - 31.08.2024

    Strengthening Civil Society Against the Weaponization of Anti-Fake News Laws: A Comparison of Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Thailand

    In an age of proliferating disinformation, governments in South and Southeast Asia have come out with anti-fake news laws. However, the “weaponization" of such laws can lead governments to control online platforms and censor critics. Our project examines the patterns and processes of the weaponization of such laws against civic actors and countermeasures by the latter. We aim for academic and policy outcomes to improve disinformation regulation while safeguarding digital rights.
    GIGA, 2023-2024

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.03.2021 - 31.08.2023

    The Belt and Road Initiative and Southeast Asian Countries: The Debt Curse Perspective; WP “Political Implications of the BRI in Malaysia”

    This is a collaborative research project of 11 researchers led by a research team at the University of Kyoto (Japan). It analyses the political and economic consequences of Chinese investments within the framework of the BRI and focuses on countries in Southeast Asia.
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2021-2023

    Forschungsprojekt | 01.11.2017 - 28.02.2021

    Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA)

    Southeast Asia is facing diverse institutional and geopolitical challenges. Of further concern are environmental and social issues as well as new economic dynamics. This interdisciplinary EU funded research project, coordinated by EFEO (France) investigates current developments in Southeast Asia, using a broad array of topics, perspectives and approaches.
    EC, Horizon 2020, 2017-2021

    Radiowelt, BR2 | Interview | 14.11.2022

    Indonesien ist erstmals Gastgeber des G20-Gipfels

    Dr. Andreas Ufen, Wissenschaftler am GIGA Institute for Asian Studies im Interview mit Gabi Kautzmann zu Gastgeberrolle Indonesiens beim G20-Gipfel.

    The Asia Dialogue | Artikel | 01.08.2019

    The role of money in Southeast Asian politics

    Deutsche Welle | Zitat | 07.08.2017

    50 Jahre ASEAN-Weg

    Kooperationsveranstaltung | 29.05.2024

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific

    Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific, Online Event Organisation: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales, SciencesPo Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner (Organisator:in), Prof. Dr. David Camroux (Organisator:in), PD Dr. Andreas Ufen (Moderator:in)

    Patrick Köllner co-organised the 23rd Franco-German Observatory of the Indo-Pacific webinar "Thailand's Autocracy Complex and Its Indo-Pacific Consequences", featuring Professor Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

    GIGA Talk | 06.12.2023

    GIGA Talk: Weaponising Fake News Laws. Autocratic Use of Disinformation Laws Against Civil Society in South and Southeast Asia

    Weaponising Fake News Laws, GIGA Berlin Büro, and online event, Berlin Organisation: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) PD Dr. Andreas Ufen (Berater:in)

    This talk presents the latest findings from our research on governments’ use of fake news laws as a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) tactic. This trend has accompanied autocratisation in places such as Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. In these countries, governments have ridden the global wave of countering disinformation, exploiting existing information laws or passing new ones to censor and criminalise civil society while seeking to control the flow of information digitally. Together with other draconian laws and tools of digital repression such as surveillance and online smear campaigns, fake news laws increase the costs of public participation that could help keep the executive in check. Facing multiple charges, dissidents and journalists are compelled to fight endless court cases, depleting their energy and limited financial resources as well as being a time sink, further to enduring the detrimental psychological effects of this misuse of legal powers. This talk unpacks these mechanisms and proposes counter-responses to weaponising fake news laws.

    Workshop | 25.09.2023 - 26.09.2023

    Brainstorming Workshop on ‘Anti-Fake News Laws in South and Southeast Asia’

    Brainstorming Workshop on ‘Anti-Fake News Laws in South and Southeast Asia’, Bali PD Dr. Andreas Ufen (Chair), Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra (Chair), Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri (Chair)

    GIGA researchers along with local partner SAFEnet in Indonesia conducted an international knowledge-sharing and capacity-building workshop in Bali, on ‘Strengthening Civil Society Against Disinformation and the Weaponized Use of Anti-Fake News Laws’ from 25-26 September 2023.

    Lehre | Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg | 2024

    Politische Systeme in Südost- und Ostasien

    Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg Hamburg Deutschland

    Lehre | Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg | 2023

    Zivilgesellschaft und Transition in Asien

    Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg Hamburg Deutschland

    Lehre | Universität Hamburg | 2022

    Globaler Populismus

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Deutschland


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