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.


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    Countries and Regions


    • Democracy and Democratisation in Africa

    • (In-)Formal Political Institutions in Emerging Democracies

    • Political Representation

    • Parliaments in Africa

    • Personalization of Executive Power in Africa

    • Intra/inter-party competition

    • Sub-Sahara Africa

    • Ghana

    • South Africa

    • Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East and North Africa

    • Military Coups and Civilian Control of Armies

    • Authoritarian Regimes, Authoritarian Institutions

    • Regime Stability and Destabilization

    • Party Systems and Cleavages in the Middle East and North Africa

    • German Military Deployments in the MENA-Region and Sahel

    • Middle East

    • North Africa

    • Sudan

    • Afghanistan

    • Armed forces' reform in post-conflict societies

    • Iraq

    • Lebanon

    • International sanctions

    • International organisations (U.N Studies)

    • Authoritarian regimes

    • Quantitative methods

    • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

    • Regional Explanations for Authoritarianism

    • Statethood and Political Domination in the Middle East (with a focus on Jordan and Syria)

    • The War in Syria

    • Regional Politics and the Relationship between Arabism and Islamism

    • Jordan

    • Syria

    • Palestine/Israel

    • Turkey (Near East Politics)

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-517matthias.basedau@giga-hamburg.de

    • Resources conflicts

    • Religion and violent conflict

    • Civil–military relations

    • Political institutions

    • Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Mali

    • Niger

    • Chad

    • Botswana

    • International Political Economy

    • Energy Economics

    • Iran

    • GCC

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-560merike.blofield@giga-hamburg.de

    • Gender and Policy

    • Latin American Politics

    • Comparative Politics

    • Families and socio-economic inequalities

    • Politics and policy

    • Latin America

    • Regionalism in Latin America and Southeast Asia

    • Discourse Analysis and International Relations

    • Foreign Policy of Colombia

    • Latin America

    • Colombia

    • Citizenship policy

    • Migration and development

    • Gender and labour migration

    • Asia

    • Legitimacy in global governance

    • Science, experts, and politics

    • Nationalism and ethnicity in China

    • Global IR

    • China

    • East Asia

    • Fintech and mobile money

    • Microfinance

    • Crowdfunding

    • Blockchain

    • Finance and moral philosophy

    • Cambodia

    • Kenya

    • World Order Narratives of the Maghreb’s Leftist Movements

    • States and Authoritarianism

    • North African Politics

    • Sino-Russian relations

    • International human rights

    • United Nations

    • Foreign policy of authoritarian states

    • China

    • Russia

    • East Asia

    • Central Asia

    • Civil War Research

    • Repression

    • Quantitative Methods

    • Latin America

    • Religion and The Cyberspace (Religion Online)

    • Religious Authority and Knowledge Production

    • Moroccan Diaspora in Europe

    • Middle East and North Africa

    • MOTRA-Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization: Investigating international sources of domestic radicalization of right-, left-, and Islamist extremist groups

    • Radicalization and Terrorism

    • Quantitative Methods

    • Social Protection Systems and Labour Markets

    • Latin America

    • Mexico

    • Brazil

    • Geoeconomics (infrastructure-security nexus)

    • Middle East-China Relations

    • China’s Belt and Road Initiative (aka “The New Silk Road”)

    • Cybersecurity (“Digital Silk Road”, China 2025, etc.)

    • The Middle East (Iran and GCC)

    • East Asia (China)

    • human mobility within and from the Global South
    • forced migration governance
    • climate-related mobility
    • resource conflicts
    • Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine)

    • Energy Policy

    • Climate Policy

    • Infrastructure Studies

    • Natural Resources & Resource Conflicts

    • (Neo)Gramscian Approaches and Hegemony Analysis

    • Critical Political Economy

    • Indonesia / Southeast Asia

    • Brazil / South America

    • The Political Economy of AKP's Foreign Aid: A Regional Assessment of Middle East and North Africa

    • Middle East

    • North Africa

    • Large-scale land investments

    • Rural development

    • Socioeconomic inequalities and institutions

    • Crime and Education

    • Africa

    • Asia

    • The Security Paradox

    • The Security Arena

    • Local Security Studies

    • Restoration of State Authority

    • Central African Republic

    • Lebanon

    • Somalia/Somaliland

    • Conflict actors and dynamics

    • Social and political mobilization

    • Post-conflict societies

    • State repression

    • Latin America

    Dr. Julia Grauvogel

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-566julia.grauvogel@giga-hamburg.de

    • International sanctions

    • Persistence and change of authoritarian regimes

    • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes

    • Simbabwe

    • Burundi

    • Energy, environmental and development economics

    • Climate change mitigation and economic development in low- and middle-income countries

    Sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico

    • International productivity differences

    • Socio-economic transitions

    • Asia

    • Fiscal Federalism

    • Asia

    • Family economics, social norms and marriage

    • Fertility and religion

    • Health and religion
    • Political representation, public policies and gender

    • Saudi Foreign Policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Political Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes

    • Political Islam

    • International Relations of the Persian Gulf

    • Yemen

    • Saudi Arabia

    • Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Political integration of social groups

    • Electoral behavior

    • Democratic values

    • Social conflicts

    • Latin America

    • Caribbean

    • Bolivia

    • Guyana

    • Suriname

    • Social cohesion
    • Conflict
    • Religion
    • Experimental economics

    • Ghana
    • Liberia
    • Sierra Leone
    • Togo

    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office Editor GIGA Focus Latin America

    bert.hoffmann@giga-hamburg.de

    • Transnational Migration Politics and Diaspora Policies

    • Executive Board member of the research network desiguALdades.net

    • Cuba's Transformation: Crisis, Continuity and Change in Socialist Cuba

    • Latin America

    • Cuba

    • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China

    • Ideology and political legitimation

    • State-society relations in the Chinese reform period

    • Protection of weak groups and interests in China and Japan

    • Comparative research into authoritarianism

    • Asia-related area studies

    • VR China

    • SVR Hongkong

    • Kurdish Studies

    • Democratization & Decentralization

    • Political Sociology
    • Security policy in & around Kurdistan

    • Survey data harmonization

    • Middle East

    • Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East and North Africa

    • Authoritarian learning

    • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes

    • Repression of protest movements

    • Algeria

    • Jordan

    Asma Khalifa

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-523asma.khalifa@giga-hamburg.de

    • Impacts on inter-gender relations in Libya

    • Libya

    • MENA regions

    • Cyber-Mediation / Digital Mediation / E-Mediation in international conflicts

    • International conflict resolution

    • Mediation in inter-state and intra-state conflicts

    • Regional patterns and variations of mediation

    • Regional security architecture of the Middle East

    • Peace and conflict research

    • Middle East

    • Emerging Powers

    • International Climate Policy

    • Brazil

    • India

    • China

    • Religion

    • Social Identities and Social Psychology

    • Moral Foundations Theory

    • Reconciliation

    • Post-Conflict Societies

    • Africa

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-17patrick.koellner@giga-hamburg.de

    • The Indo-Pacific as a New Strategic Space

    • Comparative Area Studies: Analytical and Organisational Issues

    • Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island Countries

    • Japan

    • Korean peninsula

    • Indo-Pacific

    • Terrorism as tactical consideration of social movement organisations and collective actors in contentious politics

    • Religious Minorities: Discrimination, Grievances and Conflict

    • African Union (AU)

    • AU Peace and Security Council (PSC)

    • Multilateral Diplomacy

    • Regional Security in Africa

    • Legitimation of Regional Organisations

    • Africa

    • Migration and Refugee Studies

    • Critical Citizenship Studies

    • Border Regimes

    • Political Agency

    • Civil Society Organisations

    • Latin America

    • Central America

    • Mexico

    • Economic and social impacts of land-use change and global land acquisitions

    • Smallholder farming systems in developing countries

    • Development and Agricultural Economics

    • Indonesia

    Dr. David Kuehn

    Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum

    david.kuehn@giga-hamburg.de

    • Civil-military relations

    • Democratization

    • Authoritarianism

    • Research methods

    • Taiwan

    • South Korea

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-570sabine.kurtenbach@giga-hamburg.de

    • Postwar Societies

    • Violence and Social change

    • Youth

    • Central America

    • Colombia

    • Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative

    • Digital networks

    • Weaponized interdependence

    • EU trade policy

    Tabea Lakemann

    Doctoral Researcher / Research Team Spokesperson

    tabea.lakemann@giga-hamburg.de

    • Gender and Entrepreneurship

    • Innovation, Technology Use and Adaptation in Micro and Small Enterprises

    • Africa

    • Uganda

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-763jann.lay@giga-hamburg.de

    • Informal entrepreneurship in developing countries

    • Structural change and its poverty and distributional implications

    • Natural resources, economic development and conflict

    • Africa

    • Experimental political economics: social preferences, norm-oriented behaviour, and social incentives of political decision makers

    • Political accountability

    • Corruption and abuse of power

    • Civic engagement and voter behaviour

    • Policy innovation and experimentation

    • Africa

    • Political institutions in Latin America

    • Presidentialism

    • Latin American congresses

    • Latin American courts

    • President-Congress relations; president-court relations

    • Latin America

    • Argentina

    • Brazil

    • Political parties and party systems

    • Elections

    • Local politics

    • Voting behaviour

    • Electoral geography

    • Political trust and democracy

    • Latin America, particularly Brazil and Argentina

    • Justice, security and community-building

    Medha

    Doctoral Researcher

    medha@giga-hamburg.de

    • Indian foreign policy

    • Role of identities in international relations

    • Media and politics

    • India

    • South Asia

    • Health and health systems

    • Antimicrobial resistance

    • Religion and National Identity

    • Marginalization and Social Inequality

    • Borderlands

    • Transitional Justice

    • Kinship and Ambiguous Loss

    • Middle East

    • Tunisia

    • Persian Gulf politics

    • Geopolitics

    • Security in the Persian Gulf

    • Foreign policy strategies

    • Persian Gulf

    • Iran and Saudi Arabia

    • The Politics of COVID-19 Vaccination in Central America

    • Latin America

    • International Trade

    • International Negotiation

    • Multilateralism

    • World Trade Organisation

    • Geoeconomics

    • Economic Statecraft

    • International Negotiation

    • Indian Foreign Policy

    • Rising Powers

    • BRICS, especially India

    • India

    • Brazil

    • China

    • Social protection mechanisms in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East during the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Policies on violence against women in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Policy efforts to eliminate child labor in Latin America

    • Latin America

    • Multipolarity, rising powers, and International Politics

    • Legitimacy and International Institutions

    • Populism and Foreign Policy

    • India

    • South Asia

    • Mozambique

    Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Global Orders and Foreign Policies"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-30miriam.prys@giga-hamburg.de

    • Regional and emerging powers

    • Global and regional environmental politics

    • Global climate regime

    • India

    • BRICS

    • Security Sector Reforms

    • State Repression

    • Violent Democracies

    • Social Protest

    • Discursive Politics

    • Central America

    • Latin America

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Accountability and Participation" Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-528thomas.richter@giga-hamburg.de

    • Global Political Economy
    • Structural Adjustment and Sectoral Transformation

    • Institutional and Material Determinants of Authoritarian Rule

    • Executive Personalization

    • Shrinking Civic Spaces

    • Small Gulf states

    • Middle East and North Africa

    Jorge A. Rincón Barajas

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42825-736jorge.rincon@giga-hamburg.de

    • Large-scale land acquisitions

    • Rural Development

    • Land conflicts

    • Land policy in Colombia

    • Colombia

    • Democratisation Studies

    • Comparative Politics

    • Political Party Development

    • State Transformation

    • Religious Conflict

    • Myanmar

    • Southeast Asia

    • South Africa

    • Inclusion of smallholder farmers in more modern and high-value markets, and the resulting effects on e.g. household welfare and productivity

    • Socioeconomic- and ecological trade-offs of small- and large-scale producers in Indonesia

    • Regional Organisations

    • League of Arab States & African Union

    • Legitimacy and Legitimation Strategies

    • Critical Security Studies

    • WMD Disarmament and non-proliferation.

    • Middle East

    • North Africa

    • Regional Organisation

    • Legitimacy and Legitimation Strategies

    • Human Rights

    • Tunisia

    • Lebanon

    • League of Arab States

    • Legitimacy and legitimation of international organizations

    • Politicization of international institutions

    • Change and Empowerment of International Organiztions

    • Foreign direct investments

    • Training and job creation

    • Africa

    • Comparing innovation systems and policies in China, India and Southeast Asia

    • Research Cooperation between Europe and Southeast Asia

    • Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investments

    • High-Skilled Labour Migration: Brain Ciruculation between Asia and Europe

    • China’s Economic Transition

    • PR China

    • SAR Hong Kong

    • International Security

    • Securitization Theory

    • Discourse Analysis and Speech Act Theory

    • Collective action and Contentious Politics

    • Political Psychology and Identity

    • Anti-Chinese sentiment in South Korea

    • Authoritarianism

    • China

    • East Asia

    • War-to-peace transitions

    • Ceasefires

    • Political order

    • Local rebel governance

    • Legal systems

    • Syria

    • Legitimation and stability of authoritarian regimes

    • Foreign policy of authoritarian states

    • Chinese foreign and security policy

    • Natural resources and religion in intra-state conflicts

    • China

    • Latin America

    • Structural Change

    • Globalisation and Development

    • Africa

    • Uganda

    • Political and Electoral Behaviour
    • Populism (attitudes and discourse)
    • Far-right politics

    • Political psychology in peace processes

    • Political leadership and decision-making

    • Emotions in Peace and Conflict Studies

    • Africa (mainly South Africa)

    • Latin America (mainly Colombia)

    • Democratization

    • Civil-Military Relations

    • Political Islam

    • Identity Politics in the Middle East

    • Power and Resistance

    • Turkey

    • Egypt

    • religious actors
    • sustainable development
    • Islam and politics
    • Islamic education
    • Islamic intellectuals
    • science diplomacy
    • transregionalism

    • Islamic world, transregional
    • Indonesia
    • Maghreb

    • The role of courts in the political system

    • Judicial legitimacy

    • Courts and the public

    • Judicial independence in new democracies, especially Latin America

    • Development of democracy in Paraguay

    • Latin America

    • Paraguay

    Dr. Andreas Ufen

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-32andreas.ufen@giga-hamburg.de

    • Democratization

    • Islamization

    • Political parties

    • Weak states and political violence

    • Regional integration

    • Indonesia

    • East Timor

    • Malaysia

    • Philippines

    • ASEAN

    Siri Völker

    Doctoral Researcher / Research Data Management

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-526siri.voelker@giga-hamburg.de

    • Political Institutions in Latin America

    • Social Movements

    • Latin America

    • Brazil

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Peace and Security"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-590christian.vonsoest@giga-hamburg.de

    • International sanctions and interventions

    • Authoritarian regimes

    • Foreign policy and development policy

    • Informal institutions / corruption and their effects on political regimes

    • Statehood

    • Southern Africa and East Africa

    • South Africa

    • Botswana

    • Zambia

    • Zimbabwe

    • Kenya

    • Narratives and local order in counterinsurgency/ceasefires

    • Armed Order-Making in Northeast India

    • Comparing Order and Knowledge across Counterinsurgencies

    • Rebel Ordering and Governance

    • India

    • Northeast India

    • South Asia

    Askan Weidemann

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    T. +49 (40) 42825-796askan.weidemann@giga-hamburg.de

    • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China

    • E-government & e-participation

    • Ideology and political legitimation

    • Central-local relations

    • PR China

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Representative in Japan

    T. +81 (0)3 - 3470-7257 (Tokyo)iris.wieczorek@giga-hamburg.de

    • Innovation processes and networks in Japanese economy, science and society in international comparison

    • Japan

    • 'Indo-Pacific' maritime politics
    • Socio-economic transformation and political change in Northeast Asia
    • Politcal geography and sociology of international relations

    • China

    • Japan

    • Korea

    • East Asia

    • Australia

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-504eckart.woertz@giga-hamburg.de

    • Contemporary history of Iraq (1979-2003)

    • Political Economy of the Middle East

    • Energy and food security

    • Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation

    • Gulf region

    • Iraq

    • Egypt

    • Syria

    • Ecuadorian Foreign Policy

    • Emerging Powers: China and Brazil

    • International Cooperation

    • South-South Cooperation, Integration and Regionalism in Latin America

    • Ecuador


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    Current Research

    Countries and Regions


    • Security

    • Development

    • Ecological change

    • Middle East

    • Post-conflict transformation and institutional reform

    • Security sector reform

    • Peacekeeping

    • Peacebuilding

    • Regional dynamics of conflict and violence

    • Conflict analysis

    • Sub-Saharan Africa

    • DR Congo

    • Togo

    • Burkina Faso

    • International and regional Oil Politics

    • Arab Spring

    • Regional Politics and Regional Powers in the Middle East

    • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    • Middle East (esp. Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria)

    • Political parties in India

    • Regional Powers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

    • Social policies of Indian states

    • South Asia

    • India

    • Sri Lanka

    • Triangular relations between Germany/Europe, the United States and China
    • Hydro-politics and contending infrastructures in the Mekong River Basin

    • China
    • Mekong River Basin
    • East Asia

    • Comparative Regional Democratization

    • Institutional Design in Divided Societies

    • South Africa

    • Comparative research on democracy and political regimes

    • Authoritarianism and civil society development in Mozambique

    • Governance, decentralisation, civil society participation, participatory budgeting

    • Local government development and local economic development in South Africa and Mozambique

    • Main regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa

    • Mozambique

    • South Africa

    • Politics in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar

    • Violence

    • Decentralization

    • Thailand

    • Indonesia

    • Myanmar

    • Military strategy of revisionist powers (Russia, China)

    • Insurgency and asymmetric warfare

    • Diffusion of international organizations

    • Russia and the post-Soviet space

    • Central and Eastern Europe

    • Asia-Pacific

    • Comparative social policy

    • Democratic representation

    • Latin American politics

    • Latin America

    • National, regional, and sectoral systems of innovation

    • Large scientific infrastructures and innovation platforms

    • Technology transfer

    • China

    • Foreign Policy Analysis of Middle Eastern States

    • The Interplay Identity and Power in Middle East International Relations

    • Identity politics

    • Alliances and Threat Perception

    • Regime-society relations

    • Authoritarianism in the Middle East

    • Saudi Arabia

    • Egypt

    • Syria and the Middle East

    • State-building in everyday practice

    • Borders and borderlands

    • state-society relations in (post-) conflict settings

    • South Sudan

    • Central African Republic

    • Horn of Africa

    • West Africa

    • Corruption and Political Authority

    • Protest Movements and Historical Action

    • Anthropology of the State

    • Politics of Care

    • Secularism and Religion

    • Jordan

    • Syria

    • Germany

    • Conflict analyses

    • Civilian crisis prevention

    • Development theory / progress research

    • Comprehensive measures of societal development levels

    • The “good live” in the “good Society”

    • Strategies for fostering sustainable and egalitarian societies

    • Power-sharing, democratic transitions and post-conflict political designs

    • Migration and refugee governance

    • The European Union’s external refugee and migration policy

    • Arab immigrant communities in the West

    • Migrants and protest movements

    • Middle East

    • North Africa

    • The European Union’s regional engagement

    • The Euro-Mediterranean Zone

    • Arab diasporas in the West

    • Effects of global land acquisitions on economic development and the environment

    • Globalising agricultural markets and private governance structures

    • Globalisation and natural resources

    • Africa

    • Identity and foreign policy

    • Role theory

    • International politics of the environment Polar politics

    • South Korea

    • New Zealand

    • Antarctica

    • Regional Powers in the Middle East

    • Political Islam

    • Egypt

    • Iraq

    • Iran

    Arabian Peninsula

    • Urban Violence and Non State Armed Actors in Latin America

    • Security and Defence in South America

    • Armed Conflict and Peace Process in Colombia

    • Illegal Markets and Violence in Latin America

    • Latin America

    • Comparative politics

    • Latin American politics

    • Gender and politics

    • First Lady

    • Presidencialism

    • Latin America

    • Chile

    • Global Health Governance; Schwerpunkt: WTO/TRIPS und der Zugang zu Medikamenten

    • Akteure, Koordination und Contestation in Global Governance

    • Global Environmental/ Climate Governance

    • Globale Normbildungsnetzwerke

    • Latin America

    • Democratization

    • Political Institutions

    • Constitutional Courts

    • Elections

    • Madagaskar

    • Senegal

    • Migration Policy of EU

    • Persistence of Authoritarian Regimes

    • Militarisation

    • Diasporas and sanctions

    • Peace and conflict studies

    • Eritrea

    • Ethiopia

    • Djibouti

    • East Africa

    • Tanzania

    • Conflict and Security

    • South Asian Politics

    • Rohingya Crisis

    • Ethnic Violence

    • International Relations Theory

    • Researching Violence

    • South & Southeast Asia

    • International sanctions

    • Religion and conflict

    • Africa

    • International and Regional Organisations

    • African Union in Global Politics

    • Sociological Institutionalism

    • Postcolonial Theory

    • Africa

    • Energy choices for transport and cooking

    • Entrepreneurship, formalization and enterprise development

    • Financial linkages, MFIs sustainability and poverty reduction

    • Gender and agribusiness

    • Africa

    • Transnational student mobility

    • Migration infrastructures

    • Social media

    • Indian middle classes

    • Social mobility

    • South Asia

    • Europe

    • Shrinking civic spaces and covid-19

    • Authoritarianism and democratic backsliding

    • Civil and political rights

    • Business and human rights

    • Accountability and transparency

    • International focus

    • Latin America

    • Ecuador

    • Political Anthropology

    • Civil Society

    • Transnationalism

    • Audiovisual Anthropology

    • West Africa

    • Security

    • Intervention norms

    • Responsibility to protect

    • Brazil

    • Political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa

    • Power and Norms in Islamist Organizations

    • Muslim Brotherhood in the MENA-Region and the Gulf

    • Hezbollah, Hamas

    • Lebanon

    • Palestinian Territories

    Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz

    Associate / Head of Leibniz Junior Research Group

    tobias.lenz@giga-hamburg.de
    • International and regional governmental organizations in comparative perspective

    • EU in global regionalism

    • International institutional complexity

    • Institutional design and evolution

    • Legitimacy and legitimation

    • Diffusion theories

    • Latin America

    • Salafism in the Maghreb (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco)

    • Civil Society in Autocracies

    • Authoritarianism and Civil Society Development in Algeria

    • State Failure and Ethnic Conflicts in Southeast Asia (esp. Burma/Myanmar and the Philippines)

    • Political Change in Burma/Myanmar

    • Islam und Islamism in Bangladesh und Southeast Asia (esp. Philippines)

    • Burma/Myanmar

    • Bangladesch

    • Philippinen

    • Maghreb

    • Fiscal/public policy and state budgets

    • Resilience of authoritarian rule

    • Political and non-political violence

    • Economic development , modernization and transformation theory

    • Middle East

    • Nepal

    • Online Surveillance of Marginalized Communities in Digitalizing Democracies

    • Information Disorder (Disinformation, Misinformation, and Mal-information) and Online Radicalization in Digitalizing Democracies

    • Use of Digital Platforms for Political Communications and Participation in Digitalizing Democracies

    • India

    • United States of America

    • Israel

    • Transnational Diffusion of Policing Doctrines (Europe – Maghreb Region)

    • New Forms of Authoritarian Practices in the MENA region

    • Morocco

    • Algeria

    • Tunisia

    • Brazilian foreign policy
    • International organisations and multilateralism
    • Quantitative methods

    • Security Studies

    • Foreign Policy Analysis

    • Regionalism

    • South America, especially Venezuela and Colombia

    • Petrostates

    • (Im)mobility in the context of conflict and war

    • Drivers of (forced) migration

    • Migration governance

    • Diaspora politics and transnational political participation

    • North Africa

    • Middle East

    • Europe

    • Extent, processes and effects of large-scale land acquisitions

    • Rural development

    • Agricultural transformations

    • Zambia

    • Kenya

    • Mali

    • Regional Powers

    • Political Institutions in Latin America

    • "Failed presidencies"

    • Transitional Justice

    • Argentina

    • Chile

    • Mexico

    • Paraguay

    • Critical development studies

    • Comparative area studies

    • Gender and queer theory

    • Qualitative methodologies

    • Central America

    • Peru

    • A Cross National Survey of the Reports of International Election Observation Missions in Africa

    • Policies Tackling Electoral Violence in Africa

    • Evolution of Political Institutions in Africa

    • Africa

    • Nigeria

    • The Politics of Middle East

    • Religion and International Relations

    • Government and Politics

    • Introduction to International Relations

    • Middle East

    • Global Value Chains and Sustainability

    • Africa

    • Migration policies

    • Diaspora engagement

    • Political representation

    • Migration data

    • Latin America

    • Violence-prone groups, gangs

    • Violence and security

    • Youth

    • Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste

    • Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago

    • Comparative migration and citizenship policies in Latin America, Asia and Europe

    • Representation and participation of migrants across democracies in the world

    • Diaspora politics and policies

    • Political transnationalism

    • North-South relations with regard to migration policies

    • Mexican politics

    • Latin America

    • Mexico

    • Behavioral development economics

    • Employment and entrepreneurship

    • Informal sector

    • Common-pool resource management

    • Microfinance

    • Nepotism and leadership

    • Religion and development

    • Southern Africa

    • Uganda

    • Poverty and Inequality

    • Education and teacher performance pay

    • Social consequences of disabilities

    • Discrimination in labor markets

    • Discrimination in access to schooling

    • Indonesia

    • India

    • Military, arms, security and defence policy in Latin America

    • Latin America

    • Political Islam (in particular Salafism)

    • Social movements

    • Gramscian theory

    • Arab Middle East, in particular the Levant

    • Environmental and development economics

    • Poverty reduction and low carbon economic development

    • Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Business behavior in contexts of armed conflict and peacebuilding

    • Relationship between legal resources

    • Armed conflict and crime

    • Dynamics of transitional justice and reconciliation

    • State-Building and State Transformation in the Middle East

    • International Organizations and Public Administration in the Middle East

    • Economic Development and Political Mobilization in Arab States

    • Geopolitics, Militarization, and Violent Extremism in the Middle East

    • Syria and Lebanon

    • Comparative politics

    • Migration policies

    • State-led transnationalism

    • Human rights and civic space

    • Central America

    • Clientelism and Social Policy in Mexico

    • Causes and Consequences of Populism in Comparative Perspective

    • Quality of Representative Democracy and the Measurement of Democracy

    • Latin America

    • Environmental politics

    • Business and human rights

    • Regulation and governance of global supply chains

    • Indigenous peoples

    • Brazil

    • Andean countries, especially Bolivia

    • Latin America

    • The link between class and political attitudes

    • Different approaches to defining the middle class

    • The labour market as a transmission channel from growth to household welfare outcomes

    • Ex-ante evaluation of alternative policy and growth scenarios to access their potential for poverty and inequality reduction

    • Brazil

    • South Africa

    • Development of Chinese markets for natural resources, esp. mineral resources

    • Natural resources production and trade flows in Northeast and Southeast Asia

    • Electric batteries supply chains in China

    • China

    • Fiscal Federalism: Theory and Practice

    • Distributive Fiscal Politics

    • Multi-level Politics and Party System Change

    • Foreign Relations of Subnational Units

    • Federalism and Disaster Management

    • India

    • South Asia

    • Mass-elite representation gap in old and new democracies, with specific focus on causes, measurement strategies, and normative implications

    • Comparative welfare states of OECD countries, with special focus on East Asian countries

    • Gender Politics of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, with special focus on legislative politics

    • Multi-methods, with special focus on social network analysis and media content analysis

    • Japan

    • South Korea

    • Taiwan

    • Activities of UN peace operations

    • UN peacebuilding at the local level

    • Restrictions against civil society organizations, shrinking civic space

    • Quantitative methods and quantitative text analysis

    • Cote d'Ivoire

    • Civic activism, social movements, digital activism

    • Authoritarian civil society and rightwing mobilisation

    • Civil society space

    • Digital repression in autocracies

    • Asia

    • Legitimacy of state and non-state actors

    • Politics and religion

    • (Limited) statehood

    • Local security perceptions

    • Terrorism

    • Sahel region

    • Nigeria

    • Liberia

    • Libya

    • Post-conflict transitional governments

    • Institutional reform in post-conflict societies

    • Security Sector Reform (SSR)

    • Quantitative and qualitative methods

    • Nepal

    • Comparative Study of Democracy / Regime Research

    • Political role of constitutional courts

    • Institutions in processes of democratization

    • Parties, party systems and elections in Africa

    • Francophone West Africa, particularly Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo and Rwanda

    • Political attitudes and behaviour in autocracies

    • Contentious politics in the Middle East and North Africa

    • Authoritarian regimes and international cooperation

    • Empirical research methods

    • Maghreb

    • Morocco

    • Egypt

    • Indonesia

    • GCC Narratives of World Order

    • The GCC (Saudi, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates)

    • Iraq

    • Jordan

    • Comparative Democratization: Latin American Politics and Mexican Politics

    • Researcher in the Europe-Cuba Forum Network

    • Latin America

    • Mexico

    • Civil society action in Southeast Asia

    • Comparison of authoritarian regimes

    • Vietnam

    • Postcolonialism

    • Peace and Conflict Resolution

    • Traditional Peacebuilding

    • Gender-just peacebuilding

    • Counter-terrorism

    • South Asia

    • Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • Power-sharing

    • Post-conflict reforms

    • Civil society

    • Legitimacy and representation in peace negotiations

    • Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Environmental Politics

    • Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief in Asia

    • Southeast Asian Regionalism

    • Non-State Actors and Governance

    • Asian Think Tanks

    • Asia


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    • Peacekeeping in Africa

    • International organizations and regime complexity

    • Africa

    • Revisiting ‘Regions’ in a Changing World Order: The Case of India and the Indo-Pacific

    • The future of alliances in a changing world order

    • The rise and resurgence of regional powers in international relations

    • Status-seeking in world politics

    • Indo-Pacific

    • Global South

    • India

    • The Green Climate Fund and Climate Aid in the Global South

    • Private Sector Involvement in Climate Finance in the Global South

    • East Asian Capitalism and Global Political Economy

    • Global South

    • East Asia

    • South Korea

    • Occupational Health

    • Health Statistics

    • Japan

    • China’s foreign policy

    • Authoritarian regimes

    • Methods for text analysis

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    • Turkey

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    • Electoral behavior

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