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 for African Affairs
Editor GIGA Focus Africa
  • Resources conflicts
  • Religion and violent conflict
  • Civil-military relations
  • Political institutions

Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies
  • 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

Head GIGA Berlin Office
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
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 for Asian Studies
  • Political parties and think tanks
  • Foreign policy

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz

Head of 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

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

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

Globalization, environment and society