Within Germany, the GIGA maintains close cooperative relationships with the following universities:
University of Hamburg
University of Lüneburg
University of Goettingen
Helmut Schmidt University
In June 2013, the GIGA and Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (HSU/UniBwH) signed a cooperation agreement. Since then, both institutions work together closely in the field of social science research and teaching. In late 2014 GIGA and HSU/UniBwH established a joint professorship.
The GIGA is also connected to organisations and independent research institutes in Germany. For instance, it maintains a joint project entitled Contested World Orders with the Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Studies (HFSK and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). Within the Leibniz Association, GIGA scholars are engaged in the following research networks: Infections'21, Crises in a Globalised World and Science 2.0.
On the topic “Regional Powers and Emerging Economies”, the GIGA agreed to stronger collaboration with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in June 2013. Both institutions have for some time been jointly investigating the challenges of “global governance” in a period when emerging economies are gaining importance in international relations.