The GIGA is a non-university research institute. It cannot award the doctoral degree but cooperates closely with different universities. Our doctoral students enrol at the university that their first supervisor is affiliated with. Each university has its own doctoral degree regulations, which determine the admission requirements, course of study, and graduation procedure.

GIGA core staff

Kontakt Area of Expertise

Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

Direktor des GIGA Instituts für Afrika-Studien
Redaktion GIGA Focus Afrika
  • Resources conflicts
  • Religion and violent conflict
  • Civil-military relations
  • Political institutions

Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

Direktorin des GIGA Instituts für Lateinamerika-Studien
  • Comparative politics
  • Latin American politics
  • Gender and politics
  • Social and labor policies
  • Global Governance and the Global South
  • Populism and foreign policy
  • Emerging powers in world politics
  • International productivity differences
  • global transitions

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

Leitung GIGA Berlin Büro
Lead Research Fellow
  • Head of the GIGA Berlin Office
  • Transnational migration and diaspora policies
  • EU-Latin America Relations
  • Cuba's Transformation: Crisis, Continuity and Change in Socialist Cuba

Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

Senior Research Fellow
Redaktion GIGA Focus Asien
  • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China
  • Comparative research into authoritarianism
  • Asia-related area studies

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Direktor des GIGA Instituts für Asien-Studien
  • Political parties and think tanks
  • Foreign policy

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

Lead Research Fellow
Gesamtredaktion GIGA Focus
Redaktion GIGA Focus Global
  • Postwar Societies
  • Violence and Social change
  • Youth
  • Economy
  • development

Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz

Leiter der Leibniz Junior Research Group
  • International and regional governmental organizations in comparative perspective
  • EU in global regionalism
  • International institutional complexity
  • Institutional design and evolution
  • Legitimacy and legitimation
  • Diffusion theories
  • International Trade
  • International Negotiation
  • World Trade Organization
  • Geoeconomics
  • Rising Powers
  • BRICS, especially India

Other supervisors

Name and Contact Area of Expertise

Theories and Methods of Peace and Conflict Studies, Sociology of International Relations

Globalization, environment and society

Comparative Regionalism, Transitional Justice

International relations, regional powers

Public Economics, Environmental Economics, Experimental and Behavioral Economics

Power-sharing after peace agreements, Violent conflicts and conflict prevention, State and statehood, democratization processes, German and French Africa policy

Peace and conflict studies

Culture and Demography, Gender, Kinship, Transnationalism

Quantitative Analysis, economics and politics of institutions

Global Governance, Global Constitutionalism