Name (year of graduation, dissertation title), current position, current institution

  • Martin Ostermeier (2020, Key labour market issues and decent work in developing and emerging countries), Technical Officer, International Labour Organization.

  • Michael Strautmann (2020, Harmonization is Dead, Long Live Complementarity: An Explorative Study of Interorganizational Coordination for Aid Effectiveness in Development Cooperation in Indonesia and Madagascar), Digital Transformation Analyst, United Nations Development Programme.

  • Bellgardt, Jan (2020, The Development Concept of ,,Buen Vivir” and its Institutions- An Analysis of the Political Economy of Ecuador’s Transformation Policy), Head of Unit, State Chancellery of the State of Mecklenburg - Vorpommern.

  • Schöneich, Svenja (2020, Living on a Time Bomb - Local perspectives and responses on fracking, oil and gas projects in a rural community in Veracruz, Mexico), Research Fellow, University of Hamburg.

  • Velosa, Eduardo (2020, Formalizing Roles to Assess Extra Regional Powers' Influence on Foreign Policy. South America, China, and the United States, 1990-2015), Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá.

  • Guerrero Valencia, Carolina (2020, First Ladies in Politics: Lessons from Latin America, 1990-2016), General Consulate of Chile, Frankfurt.

  • Tibi Weber, Cordula (2019, The Contested Role of Courts in New Democracies: Political Interferences in Comparative Perspective), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Wiegel, Sarah (2019, Employment and Micro and Small Enterprises), Researcher, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.

  • Ewert, Insa (2019, The China Watchers: EU Trade Policy in the Making), Programme Manager, Development Cooperation, EU Delegation to Indonesia and EU Mission to ASEAN.

  • García, Pau Palop (2019, Institutional Representation of Emigrants in their States of Origin: How much Presence from Abroad?), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Flemmer, Riccarda (2019, The Contested Meaning of Prior Consultation and FPIC. Indigenous Grassroots and the Politics of Translating Rights in Struggles over Resources in the Peruvian Amazon).

  • Soliz Landivar de Stange, Anna (2018, Triangular Relations: China, Latin America, and the United States), Research Fellow, Helmut-Schmidt-University.

  • Schotte, Simone (2018, Poverty, Social Mobility, and the Middle Class: The Case of South Africa), Research Associate, UNU-WIDER, Finland.

  • Mijares, Víctor M. (2018, Explaining Flaws of Security Regionalism in the Global South: Lessons from South America), Assistant Professor of Political Science, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

  • Heuser, Christoph (2018, Contested State Formation? The Effect of Illicit Economies in the Margins of the State), Research Fellow, Latin America and the Caribbean, Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung.

  • Giolbas, Anna (2018, Four Essays on the Political Economy of Social Transfers).

  • Glawion, Tim (2018, Security Arena – Local Order Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland and South Sudan).

  • Bunselmeyer, Elisabeth (2018, Trust Repaired? The Impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Reparation Program on Social Cohesion in Post-Conflict Communities of Peru), Promotion of Science and Research, University of Hamburg.

  • Heyl, Charlotte (2017, The Contribution of Constitutional Courts to the Democratic Quality of Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Case Study of Madagascar and Senegal), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Haaß, Felix (2017, Buying Democracy? The Political Economy of Foreign Aid, Power-Sharing Governments, and Post-Conflict Political Development), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Bondes, Maria (2017, A Burning Issue: Waste Incineration and the Diffusion of Environmental Contention in China), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • van Treeck, Katharina (2017, The Role of Labor in Sustainable Development), Project Lead, Common Future e.V..

  • Sunik, Anna (2017, Monarchic Peace? Foreign Policy and Ingroup Identity of Middle East Monarchies), Lecturer, University of Heidelberg and University of Koblenz-Landau.

  • Wilczak, Jessica (2017, Reconstructing Rural Chengdu: Urbanization as Development in the Post-Quake Context), Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Lausanne.

  • Strüver, Georg (2017, Explaining Alignment in International Politics: The Case of Foreign Policy Convergence and Partnerships with China), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Negrete García, Ana Karen (2017, Microenterprise Performance and Economic Development: Evidence from Mexico), Researcher, DCEA University of Guanajuato.

  • Hettig, Elisabeth (2017, Agricultural Transformation and Land-Use Change: Evidence on Causes and Impacts from Indonesia)

  • Grauvogel, Julia (2017, The 'Internal Opposition Effect' of International Sanctions: Insights from Burundi, Zimbabwe and a Qualitative-Comparative Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Renner, Sebastian (2016, Poverty, inequality and the decarbonization of economic development), Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Göttingen.

  • Strasheim, Julia (2016, Interim Governments and the Stability of Peace), Research Fellow, Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung.

  • Pawelz, Janina (2016, The Transformation of Violence-Prone Groups. The Cases of Trinidad and Tobago and Timor-Leste), Research Fellow, IFSH Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg.

  • Hoffmann, Anne (2016, Regional Public Policy-Making. The Case of UNASUR)

  • Ebert, Hannes (2016, Change and Contestation in South Asia), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Wojczewski, Thorsten (2016, India and the Quest for World Order: Hegemony and Identity in India's post-Cold War Foreign Policy Discourse)

  • Roy, Vita (2016, Managing Lootable Natural Resources: What Makes Successful Strategies of Reconstruction?)

  • Garzón, Jorge (2016, The Problem of Regions and Regionalism in a Multipolar World), Assistant Professor, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires.

  • Burilkov, Alex (2016, The Maritime Strategy of Regional Powers: China, India, Iran, and Brazil from 2001 to 2015), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Peters, Ina (2016, Cohesion and Fragmentation in the Social Movement against Belo Monte: How Frames and Identities promote Movement Dynamics), Research Management, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning.

  • García, Daniela (2015, Solar Energy and the Problem of Path Dependency in Costa Rica's Energy System), Researcher, Center for Political Economy and Sustainable Development (CINPE), Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica.

  • Koß, Maren (2015, Islamist Resistance Organizations and Conceptions of Political Order: Comparing Hezbollah and Hamas from 2005 to 2013), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Gephart, Malte (2015, Local embedding of the international and transnational anti-corruption discourse from a post-development perspective: Anti-corruption narratives in Paraguay and Chile), Senior Consultant "Energy Policy", Ecofys Germany GmbH.

  • Lucas, Viola (2015, The Effects of Autocracies on Governance), Research Fellow, GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies.

  • Mau, Karsten (2015, Essays in International Economics: China’s Exports, Economic Growth, and Comparative Advantage), Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Leuphana University Lüneburg.

  • Darwich, May (2015, The Interplay of Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: Saudi and Syrian Choices in Middle East Wars), Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East, Durham University.

  • Zanker, Franzisca (2015, The Legitimisation of Peace Negotiations: A Role for Civil Society), Senior Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute.

  • Nymalm, Nicola (2015, Debates on Economic Policies towards Japan (1985-1995) and China (1995-2008) in the United States), Associate Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor, Swedish Defense University.

  • Koos, Carlo (2015, Ethnic Mobilization in Resource-Abundant African States. Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses of the Role of Ethnic Identity and Natural Resources in Armed Intrastate Conflicts), Senior Research Fellow, University of Konstanz, Department of Politics and Public Administration.

  • Wagner, Maren (2015, Emergence, Complexity, Discourse: A critical realist approach to institutional dynamics in East Asia), Academic Development Manager, GIGA.

  • Nolte, Kerstin (2015, Large-scale land acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa. Determinants, processes and actors), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Carpes, Mariana (2015, From Breadcrumbs to threads of wool: Building a neoclassical realist model for the study of regional powers’ nuclear choices), Assistant Professor, Escola de Comando e Estado Maior do Exército (ECEME), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Borszik, Oliver (2014, Irans Führungsanspruch (1979-2013): Mission, Anhängerschaft und islamistische Konzepte im Diskurs der Politikelite), Advisor at the Refugee Centre Hamburg.

  • Bothmann, Astrid (2014, Drawing a Line Under the Past. Transitional Justice in Nicaragua 1990-2012)

  • Stolte, Christina (2014, Brazil in Africa – Extraregional Engagement as Stepping Stone to Great Power Status?), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität-Erlangen (FAU), Chair of International Business and Society Relations with focus on Latin America.

  • Fraundorfer, Markus (2014, Global solutions from the tropics. Brazil’s increasing influence in global sectoral governance), Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Wodrig, Stefanie (2014, Discourses of intervention: The crises in Burundi and Zimbabwe as arenas of regional politics), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Kiel.

  • Seemann, Miriam (2014, Water Security and the Politics of Water Rights Formalization in Peru and Bolivia. The Struggle for Water Justice in Andean Water User Communities), Consultant “Governance und Public Financial Management (PFM)”, GFA Consulting Group GmbH.

  • Barrera, Anna (2014, Promoting Change in Legally Plural Settings: Domestic Violence and Indigenous Women´s Quest for Justice in the Andes)

  • Korte, Nina (2014, The Political Economy of Public Administration Reforms in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis of the Tax Administration in Indonesia and the Philippines)

  • Hess, Natalie (2014, The Strategic Partnerships between the European Union and Regional Powers (Brazil, India, South Africa)

  • Prasad, Karolina (2013, Ethnicity as the dependent variable in politics: A comparative study of Malaysian Sarawak and Indonesian West Kalimantan)

  • Giesbert, Lena (2013, Microinsurance and risk management: Evidence from Ghana), Consultant, GFA Group.

  • Abb, Pascal (2013, China’s Foreign Policy Think Tanks: Explaining Institutional Developments and Shifting Roles), Senior Researcher, HSFK.

  • Scholvin, Sören (2013, The Geopolitics of Regional Powers: How Do Geographical Conditions Influence South Africa’s Regional Economic and Political Relations?).

  • Plagemann, Johannes (2013, On the Transformation of Sovereignty in Democratic Regional Powers. Normative Aspects of the Rise of the Rest), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Albrechts, Nicole (2013, Die Effektivität verschiedener Initiativen und Konzepte zur Korruptionsbekämpfung in Staaten mit Erdölvorkommen. Ein Vergleich von Nigeria, Kamerun, Kasachstan und Ecuador)

  • Heep, Sandra (2012, China in Global Finance: Domestic Financial Repression and International Financial Power)

  • Buitrago Bascopé, Miguel Angel (2012, The Effects of Decentralization on the Democratic Deepening Process: A Case Study of Bolivia), Consultant and Lecturer at University of Lüneburg and University of Hamburg.

  • Eucker, Dennis (2012, Development and Climate Change in the Mekong River Delta. A case study on poverty, vulnerability, and how adaptive capacity can be enhanced)

  • Godehardt, Nadine (2012, Regional Orders and Intertwined Actors. China’s engagement in Central Asia, 2001-2010), Deputy Head Asia Division, SWP Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik.

  • Haas, Nadine (2012, Violence in Central American literature and other media)

  • Hanif, Melanie (2012, The rise of regional powers and the changing legitimacy of regions in international relations. With a reconstruction of the Indian case)

  • Kuhn, Annegret (2012, Cursed by resource wealth? The political economy of oil in Latin America), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Meissner, Hannes (2012, The Resource Curse and the Effect of Inter- and Transnational Initiatives to Enhance Accountability and Transparency over Revenues in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan), Managing Partner, L&M Political Risk and Strategy Advisory GmbH and Senior Researcher & Competence Team Black Sea Region, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna.

  • Ranko, Annette (2012, The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood under Mubarak – Transformation in the Process of Ideational Interaction with the state), Resident Representative at the Jordan Office of the the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

  • Shim, David (2012, Seeing is Believing: Imaging North Korean in International Politics), Assistant Professor, International Relations, University of Groningen.

  • Stroh, Alexander (2012, Erfolgsbedingungen politischer Parteien in Afrika. Benin und Burkina Faso seit der Rückkehr zum Mehrparteiensystem), Junior Professor of Political Science: African Politics and Development Policy, University of Bayreuth.

  • Vüllers, Johannes (2012, Es sind noch keine Friedensengel vom Himmel gefallen… Friedensengagement von Religionsgemeinschaften in innerstaatlichen Gewaltkonflikten, 1990 bis 2009), Senior Research Fellow and member of the "Communication, Networks and Contention" Research Group at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz.

  • Zeino-Mahmalat, Ellinor (2012, Saudi Arabia’s and Iran’s Iraq Policies in the Post-Gulf War Era – Rethinking Foreign Policy Analysis in the Gulf at the Intersection of Power, Interests, and Ideas)

  • Argueta, Otto (2011, Private Security in Guatemala: explanatory factors and effects on Democracy)

  • Huhn, Sebastian (2011, Crime in Costa Rica. The Discursive Construction of a Social and Political Problem), Researcher, University of Osnabrück.

  • Peetz, Peter (2011, Maras, Medien, Militär: Gesellschaftlicher Diskurs und staatliche Politik gegenüber Jugendbanden in Honduras), Heads of Finance and Administration, GIGA.

  • Destradi, Sandra (2010, Regional Powers and their Strategies – Empire, Hegemony, and Leadership: India’s Relations with Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh), Research Fellow, GIGA.

  • Capdepón, Ulrike (2010, Vom Fall Pinochet zu den Verschwundenen des Spanischen Bürgerkrieges. Die Auseinandersetzung mit DIktatur und Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Spanien und Chile), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Project “Reconstructing Memory in the City - Transnational and Local (European) Sites of Memory”, Insitute for Advanced Study, University of Konstanz & lecturer at the Program in Latin American Studies, University of Princeton.

  • Fromm, Ingrid, Research Associate International Agriculture, Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences.

  • Wehner, Leslie (2010, Stalled Free Trade Agreement Negotiations in the Global Economy), (2010, Stalled Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Cases from Latin America), Senior Lecturer in Foreign Policy Analysis, University of Bath, UK.

  • Fuchs, Ruth (2009, Vergangenheitspolitik und Demokratisierung in Argentinien und Uruguay)

  • Bornschein, Dirk (2009, Vergangenheitspolitik im Prozess der Demokratisierung: Das Beispiel Guatemala), Coordinator, Migration and Development, FLACSO Guatemala.

  • Hillger, Doris (2009, Bildungspolitik in Indien), The India Desk of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

  • Hille, Kristina (2009, Die empresas recuperadas in Argentinien)

  • Kursawe, Janet (2009, Drug Policy in the Golden Crescent: Perceptual Pattern and Strategies in the Fight against Drugs as Responses to the Rise of Trafficking in Narcotics in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran), Professor for political sociology, Evangelischen Hochschule Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe, Bochum

  • Richter, Thomas (2009, Autoritäre Herrschaft, materielle Ressourcen und Außenhandelsreformen: Ein Vergleich von Marokko, Tunesien, Ägypten und Jordanien), Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator GIGA Forum, GIGA.

  • Smith-Höhn, Judith (2009, Challenges to Rebuilding the Security Sector in Post-Conflict Societies: Perceptions and Potentials in Liberia and Sierra Leone)

  • Ungerer, Michaela (2009, Vietnamesische Textilindustrie), Senior Technical Advisor Good Financial Governance in Africa Programme, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH.

  • Brach, Juliane (2008, Economic Development in the Arab Countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Determinants, Constraints and Implications for EU-Arab Relations), Professor, Bremen University for Applied Sciences.

  • Desta, Isaac Hailemariam (2008, Democratisation, Improved Governance and the Creation of Conducive Environment for Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development in sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Eritrea), Associate Professor & Business Division Chair, Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, Indiana.

  • Kisekka-Ntale, Fredrick (2008, Institutional Dilemmas in Tropical Resource Management. A Case Study of Kakamega Forst, Kenya), Development Research and Social Policy Analysis Center (DRASPAC), Kampala, Uganda.

  • Michuki M’Mukaria, George (2008, Trapped in Subsistence? A Study of Poor Rural Livelihoods in Rural Kenya with a Focus on Non-Agricultural Activities).

  • Muteanu, Olga (2008, Globale Wertschöpfungsketten im Wandel. Die Herausforderungen für lokale Automobilzulieferer in Ungarn)

  • Zeng, Xiuhua (2008, Locational Factors and the Development of High-tech Enterprises in China).

  • Soest, Christian von (2007, Leistungsfähigkeit afrikanischer Bürokratien – Botswana und Zambia), Lead Research Fellow RP 2, GIGA.

  • Steiner, Susan (2007, An Evaluation of the Impact of Decentralisation on Poverty – The Case of Uganda), Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED), Mannheim.

  • Shohat, Michael (2007, Voraussetzungen für die Entwicklung des E-Commerce in Südamerika am Beispiel Chile), Head of Registrar Services, Cronon AG and Chairman of the Esel-Initiative e.V. Supporting Single Mothers Worldwide.

  • Eberhardt, David (2006, Die Auswirkungen von “bad” governance am Beispiel der argentinischen Wirtschaftsentwicklung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Systemvertrauens).

  • Jansen, Karin (2006, Auswirkungen der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Eine kritische Betrachtung der dualen Berufsausbildung in Togo).

  • Schmieg, Evita (2006, Regionale Integration. Die Europäische Union und die Karibik), Associate, Research Division: EU/Europe, German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

  • Torres Fuchslocher, Carlos (2006, Development of Technology-Intensive Suppliers in Natural Resource-Based Economies: The Case of Aquaculture in Chile), Member of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Talca.

  • Flemes, Daniel (2005, Brazil’s Cooperative Leadership in Southern Latin America’s Security Politics. A Regional Power Striving for a Pluralistic Security Community in View of Domestic Tensions and Transnational Security Threats), Schumpeter Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, GIGA.

  • Plessis, Sophia du (2005, Institutions and Institutional Change as Explanation for Differences in Economic Development – A Study of Experience of Zambia and Botswana), Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Stellenbosch University.

  • Woeller, Axel (2005, Die Landfrage und Landreform in Namibia), Consultant, German Bundestag, Berlin.

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Awards and Prizes

Felix Haaß has won the Leibniz dissertation award for his dissertation.

Elisabeth Bunselmeyer has won the Christiane Rajewsky Prize of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies for her dissertation.

Tim Glawion has been awarded the Arnold‐Bergstraesser-Prize for his dissertation.

Felix Haaß has been awarded two junior-researcher prizes for his dissertation.

Julia Strasheim has been awarded the Leibniz Dissertation Award in the category Humanities and Social Sciences for her thesis.

Julia Strasheim has won the Körber Foundation's Deutscher Studienpreis, social sciences section, for her PhD thesis.

Recent Publications

Nicola Nymalm From 'Japan Problem' to 'China Threat'? Rising Powers in US Economic Discourse (Palgrave Macmillan)

Elisabeth Bunselmeyer Truth, Reparations and Social Cohesion: Transitional Justice Lessons from Peru (Routledge)

Tim Glawion The Security Arena in Africa: Local Order-Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland, and South Sudan (Cambridge University Press)

Thorsten Wojczewski
India’s Foreign Policy Discourse and its Conceptions of World Order: The Quest for Power and Identity (Routledge)

Maren Koss
Resistance, Power and Conceptions of Political Order in Islamist Organizations (Routledge)

Ina Peters
Cohesion and Fragmentation in Social Movements. How Frames and Identities Shape the Belo Monte Conflict (Springer)

Maren Wagner
Social Emergence in International Relations. Institutional Dynamics in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan)

Miriam Seemann
Water Security, Justice and the Politics of Water Rights in Peru and Bolivia (Palgrave Macmillan)

Karolina Prasad
Identity Politics and Elections in Malaysia and Indonesia: Ethnic Engineering in Borneo (Routledge)