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 Supervisors

Contact Area of Expertise
  • Resources conflicts
  • Religion and violent conflict
  • Civil-military relations
  • Political institutions

Prof. Dr. Henner Fürtig

Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies
Editor GIGA Focus Middle East
  • Domestic and foreign policy
  • social and political Transformation
  • democratisation
  • programs and structures of political Islam
  • International productivity differences
  • global transitions
  • Agriculture and development
  • technology and industrial Promotion
  • development theories
  • environmental problems, health

Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

Head GIGA Berlin Office
Senior 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
Editor GIGA Focus Asia
  • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China
  • Comparative research into authoritarianism
  • Asia-related area studies
  • International Relations
  • Comparative Regionalism
  • Transitional Justice

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Vice President
Director of the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
  • Formal and informal institutions
  • Political parties and organizations

Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
Head of RP 3
  • Economy
  • development

Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz

Senior Research Fellow
Speaker Research Team
  • International and regional governmental organizations in comparative perspective
  • EU in global regionalism
  • Diffusion theories
  • Power-sharing after peace agreements
  • Violent conflicts and conflict prevention
  • State and statehood
  • democratization processes
  • German and French Africa policy
  • Rising Powers
  • BRICS, especially India
  • International Trade
  • International Negotiation
  • World Trade Organization

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

Current External Supervisors

Name and Contact Area of Expertise

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

Arms control, arms trade, internal conflicts, security sector reforms

Globalization, environment and society

International relations, regional powers

Public Economics, Environmental Economics, Experimental and Behavioral Economics

Peace and conflict studies

Culture and Demography, Gender, Kinship, Transnationalism

Quantitative Analysis, economics and politics of institutions

Global Governance, Global Constitutionalism