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

Contact Area of Expertise

Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
Editor GIGA Focus Africa
  • Resources conflicts
  • Religion and violent conflict
  • Civil-military relations
  • Political institutions
  • India’s foreign and security policy
  • International Relations in South Asia
  • International productivity differences
  • global transitions

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

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

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

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

Senior Research Fellow
General Editor GIGA Focus
Editor GIGA Focus Global
  • Postwar Societies
  • Violence and Social change
  • Youth
  • Economy
  • development

Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz

Senior Research Fellow
Head of Leibniz Junior Research Group
  • International and regional governmental organizations in comparative perspective
  • EU in global regionalism
  • 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