Research & Transfer

The GIGA conducts social-science research with real-world relevance on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and on global developments. It is dedicated to research-based knowledge transfer and policy exchange.

  • Migration

    Around 80 million people have been forcibly displaced by war or political violence worldwide. Several millions more have fled because of environmental disasters and socio-economic marginalisation. We focus on the background of this phenomenon in the regions of origin.


    Russia's attack on Ukraine once again raises the question of the effectiveness of sanctions. Economic sanctions are a popular foreign policy tool for addressing a wide range of international challenges including conflicts, human rights violations, or terrorism. Learn more about GIGA's research on this topic.


    The Indo-Pacific has emerged as the world’s economic and strategic centre of gravity, in which established and rising powers compete with each other. Learn more about the GIGA’s research, policy exchange and knowledge transfer activities on this mega region, focusing on the perspectives of governmental and non-governmental actors.


    With its global approach to scholarship, the GIGA analyses how political, social, and economic transitions originate, and how they unfold across the world and within the regions of the Global South. Research is guided by a set of overarching questions: How can participation and accountability in different political regimes be created and maintained? How can peace and security be achieved and conflict be overcome? How can inclusive and sustainable development be fostered? How do changing regional and global orders influence policy-making and impact on problem-solving capacities?

    The institute’s research (1) combines in-depth area expertise and cutting-edge comparative methods (“Comparative Area Studies”), (2) covers different levels of analysis – global, regional, national, local – and (3) applies and develops innovative theoretical and empirical approaches, engaging with ideas and practices from different parts of the world. We balance our commitment to rich empirical detail with keeping a close eye on how these details add up to the bigger picture.

    GIGA Experts

    Our scholars have different social science backgrounds – political science, economics and related disciplines – and are experts on the regions of the Global South. Get to know our experts.


    The GIGA releases its research results primarily as articles in prestigious journals and as books with international University Presses. Get an overview on our publications.

    Research Projects

    Most of our research is backed by the successful acquisition of competitive third-party funding from national, European, and international sources. Explore our research projects.

    Conferences and Workshops

    With its events, the GIGA presents research results and discusses both global trends and developments in the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Browse through our conferences and workshops.


    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

    Office of the President


    The GIGA addresses issues with high societal and political relevance. Through their research, our scholars identify trends early and provide strategic analyses, giving political and social debates important impetus.

    On the basis of our research, we actively engage with academic, political, and societal stakeholders in Germany, at the European and international levels, and in the regions of the Global South. Research-based policy exchange and knowledge transfer are essential elements of our mandate.

    We collaborate with leading institutions and researchers worldwide and we are active in the regions we study via Research Platforms, established and new networks, and research stays. Our Information Centre fosters a unique and rich library collection on Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and global issues. We make the results of our research readily available to a global audience (Open Access).

    The GIGA disseminates its research via high-impact journals and publishing houses. Our various events and open-access publications bring together leading academics and practitioners for dialogue and exchange. We address the media (Press Centre) and the general public, also via our Social Media channels.

    Dr. Thomas Bagger, Director-General for Foreign Affairs at the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin

    "Beyond its renowned academic research, GIGA has successfully expanded its role of providing advice to policymakers. At the Bundespräsidialamt we have profited greatly from the knowledge and expertise of GIGA's President and its researchers in the preparation of Presidential foreign visits."

    Policy Exchange

    GIGA researchers are sought-after experts among decision-makers in the German executive branch – especially the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Office of the Federal President.

    GIGA Focus

    The GIGA Focus series offer concise analysis of current political, economic, and social developments in our research regions, as well as global trends. With its concrete policy recommendations, the GIGA’s flagship policy paper is aimed in particular at political decision-makers.

    GIGA Talk

    The GIGA Talk is our platform to give policymakers and economic actors insight into current research findings and recommendations for further action. Herein, we exchange views on global trends and current developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The event series is hosted by our Berlin Office.

    GIGA Berlin Office

    Our location in the heart of the capital, the GIGA Berlin Office, is dedicated to knowledge transfer with Berlin-based political, civil society, academic, and media institutions.

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series

    The "GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series" brings leading minds in academia and policy from all over the world to Hamburg to stimulate public exchange on global developments. Our online format reaches a global audience.

    GIGA NDR Series

    Through this event series, researchers and journalists come together to discuss current developments around the world that also impact Germany and Hamburg. The event series was created by the GIGA and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk to provide the public with background information about current events.

    GIGA Forum

    A GIGA Forum is an opportunity for experts to discuss current political, social, and economic matters. They present their research findings on developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, highlighting key details – often from a global perspective. The general public is invited to engage in the discourse. 

    Press Review

    GIGA scholars comment on relevant developments around the globe on a daily basis, and are sought-after talking partners among print, online, radio, and TV journalists.

    Research Infrastructure

    The GIGA is home to the largest non-university information centre for area studies and comparative area studies in Germany. With its library collections, its open access activities, its provision of research data, and its various services to the academic community and other audiences it fulfils important research infrastructure tasks.


    The GIGA Information Centre comprises four regional libraries (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East) and a trans-regional collection (global) on comparative area studies, theory, and methods.

    Open Access at the GIGA

    The GIGA strives to publish research results as promptly as possible according to the Open Access principle. Open Access represents free online access to research results - without financial, technical or legal barriers.

    GIGA Research Data

    The Database of GIGA Research Datasets provides an overview of the large amount of research data generated at the GIGA. In the spirit of transparent and open scholarship and good academic practice, extensive research data is made available.

    GIGA Information Centre

    The GIGA Information Centre is open to all interested parties, and usage is generally free of charge. It offers borrowing, inter-library loaning and various services at the facilities, such as designated user workspaces and free WIFI.


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