Academic Staff | Accountability and Participation

Contact Competence Länder und Regionen
  • Regional Explanations for Authoritarianism
  • Statethood and Political Domination in the Middle East (with a focus on Jordan and Syria)
  • The War in Syria
  • Regional Politics and the Relationship between Arabism and Islamism
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Palestine/Israel
  • Turkey (Near East Politics)
  • environmental politics and environmental activism
  • Social movements and civil society,
  • Internet/social media and social activism
  • Ideological change and political legitimacy
  • China

So Young Chang

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
  • Citizenship policy
  • Migration and development
  • Gender and labour migration
  • Asia
  • Human Rights, Environmental Rights
  • Rights of Indigenous People
  • Prior consultations
  • Resource conflicts
  • Latin America
  • First Lady
  • Women in politics
  • Latin America
  • The Rise of Race-based Inequalities in Contemporary Cuba: Analyzing the Impact of Past Migration and Current Reforms
  • Cuba
  • Democratization
  • Political Institutions
  • Constitutional Courts
  • Elections
  • Madagaskar
  • Mali
  • Senegal
  • Political integration of social groups
  • Electoral behavior
  • Indigenous rights
  • Social conflicts
  • Latin America, especially Bolivia
  • 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
  • Latin America
  • Cuba

Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

Senior Research Fellow
Editor GIGA Focus Asia
  • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China
  • Comparative research into authoritarianism
  • Asia-related area studies
  • VR China
  • SVR Hongkong
  • Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Authoritarian learning
  • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes
  • Repression of protest movements
  • Algeria
  • Jordan

Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

Senior Research Fellow
General Editor GIGA Focus
Editor GIGA Focus Global
  • Postwar Societies
  • Violence and Social change
  • Youth
  • Central America
  • Colombia
  • Political institutions in Latin America
  • Presidentialism
  • Latin American congresses
  • Latin American courts
  • President-Congress relations; president-court relations
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • Rising Powers
  • BRICS, especially India
  • International Trade
  • International Negotiation
  • World Trade Organization
  • India
  • Brazil

Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte

Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies
Editor GIGA Focus Latin America
  • Forms of government
  • developmental cooperation
  • EU-USA-LA relations
  • Latin America, especially Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay
  • Political Sytems
  • Latin America
  • Immigration policy and integration of migrants into the polity across Latin America
  • Latin America

Dr. Thomas Richter

Coordinator GIGA Forum
Senior Research Fellow
  • Rentier state theory
  • stability and change in authoritarian regimes
  • foreign trade reforms in developing countries
  • Small Gulf states
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Democratisation Studies
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Party Development
  • State Transformation
  • Religious Conflict
  • Myanmar
  • Southeast Asia
  • South Africa
  • International migration
  • Migration policies
  • Development and remittances
  • Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)
  • Deportation and securitization of borders
  • Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)
  • Party Politics in Northeast Asia with Multiple Cleavages
  • Gender and Politics in Northeast Asia
  • Presidentialism and Welfare Politics
  • Party-Voter Linkage of Unorthodox Social Policy in Korea and Japan
  • World Politics of Social Investment
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Comparative research on international sanctions
  • Authoritarian regimes
  • Democratization
  • Foreign policy and development policy
  • Neopatrimonialism / corruption and their effects on political regimes
  • State and public administration
  • Southern Africa and East Africa
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Kenya

Dr. Jason Sumich

Senior Research Fellow
Speaker Research Team
  • Legitimacy
  • Political Transformations
  • Elite Formation
  • Democratisation
  • Citizenship and Inequality in Mozambique
  • Middle Class Formation, new Forms of Urbanism and the Politics of Infrastructure in Africa
  • Africa
  • Political attitudes and behaviour in autocracies
  • Contentious politics in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Authoritarian regimes and international cooperation
  • Empirical research methods
  • Maghreb
  • Morocco
  • Egypt
  • Judicial independence in Latin America with a special focus on Chile and Paraguay
  • The role of courts in the political system
  • Development of democracy in Paraguay
  • Chile
  • Paraguay
  • Democratization
  • Islamization
  • political parties
  • weak states and political violence
  • regional integration
  • Indonesia
  • East Timor
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • ASEAN
  • Political Institutions in Latin America
  • Social Movements
  • Afro-Descendant and Indigenous Politics in Latin America
  • Latin America, especially Brazil and Costa Rica
  • Political economy of mass protests in the Arab Spring
  • Relationship between EU assistance and governance in Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia