In Brief | 24/04/2023

News of the GIGA Doctoral Programme

Learn more about the activities of our Doctoral Researchers in the past month.


  • Aline Hirseland handed in her dissertation titled “Political Integration in the Global South. What we can learn from indigenous peoples in Bolivia and Muslim minorities in Guyana and Suriname” at the University of Hamburg. Congratulations!

    DP Alumna Viviana García Pinzón has received the Christiane Rajewsky Prize in March 2023 for her dissertation titled “Order, Violence, and Trajectories of Governance in Peripheral Cities of Colombia and El Salvador”. Congratulations! Read more about this here.

    We welcome new Doctoral Researcher Laurita Hargreaves. She will be part of the Institute for Latin American Studies and RP3 (Gloablisation and Development), working on a dissertation on "Gender and social inequalities in unpaid care work: a comparative analysis between Brazil and Uruguay".

    On 28 March Alina Ripplinger presented her PhD project in the RT1 on Authoritarian Politics. Additionally, from 25 to 28 April, she will participate in the Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in Toulouse. She will present a paper on Nicaragua and civil resistance under International Human Rights Law in the scope of the Workshop “(R)evolutions in International Human Rights law and Politics: Actors, Norms, and Strategies”.

    Johanna Pieper recently returned from doing exploratory field work in La Paz, Bolivia, for her PhD to establish a network of contacts for the official interviews and to gather more information on the child labor process nation-wide, as well as in specific regions. It went very well, and she is planning to return soon.

    Eduardo Tamaki presented his dissertation’s first chapter draft at the Political Studies As- sociation conference (PSA), and presented two papers at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). Furthermore, he got an article titled “QCA for Dummies: Basics of the Qualitative Comparative Analysis” accepted for publication in the Brazilian journal “Conexao Politica”. Lastly, he was invited to be a discussant at the American Political Science Association (APSA) panel on Electoral Behavior.

    The second volume of the collection "Ciência Política: uma proposta educativa", which Visiting Doctoral Reseacher Ana Tereza Duarte Lima de Barros is editing is now out and openly accessible here (in Portuguese). The Brazilian media outlet "Estadão" also pub- lished an article about it (in Portuguese).

    Désirée Reder wrote an article for the Latin America and Caribbean Blog of the London School of Economics on the release, expulsion and denationalization of 222 Nicaraguan political prisoners. Additionally, she was interviewed by Deutsche Welle about the prohibitions against easter celebrations in Nicaragua in the context of escalating repression, which you can read here (in Spanish). She was also cited in La Prensa Nicaragua on her assessment of the Nicaraguan restriction of civil liberties in the context of the Semana Santa celebrations (article in Spanish). Furthermore, she was invited to participate in an exchange with Salvadoran University Representatives and Civil Society Solidarity organisations.

    Clara Franco, Anna Fünfgeld, Viviana García Pinzón, Jan Klenke, Rebecca Lohmann, Dé- sirée Reder and Swantje Schirmer co-authored the article “Introducing ScrumAdemia: An Agile Guide for Doctoral Research”, which was published in P.S. Political Science & Politics.

    The paper Hager Ali wrote on Tunisia’s electoral reform and democratic regression was recently published in the Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaften, and can be read here. Additionally, her Blogseries “Autocracies with Adjectives” with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) recently reached 20 contributions by 20 authors.

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    The GIGA has a long tradition of integrating young researchers into its research structure. This tradition culminated in the establishment of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. This programme seeks to provide a platform for young, international, and German academics, from which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS).

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