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Hager Ali

Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-526
hager.ali@giga-hamburg.de
  • Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Regime Change, Regime Stability, Democratization

  • Authoritarian Regimes, Authoritarian Institutions

  • Research Methodology

  • Military Professionalism

  • Party systems and cleavages

  • Middle East

  • North Africa


  • 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)


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Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-517
matthias.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


  • India’s nuclear negotiations and Mahabharata

  • Indian foreign policy in neighbourhood

  • India


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Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-560
merike.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


  • Social and public policies

  • Poverty and welfare

  • Political institutions in federal and presidential systems

  • Legislative powers in Latin America

  • Brazil

  • Mexico

  • Latin America


  • World Order Narratives of the Maghreb’s Leftist Movements

  • States and Authoritarianism

  • North African Politics

  • Middle East and North Africa

  • Morocco

  • Tunisia


  • 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


  • Armed conflicts

  • Religious discrimination

  • Africa


  • 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)


  • Advocacy on health-related issues

  • Gender issues

  • Human Rights and advocacy

  • Mexico


  • Human Mobility in the context of political and/or environmental crises

  • North-South divide and its role for human mobility

  • Resource scarcity and its role in violent conflict, esp. water conflicts

  • Post/decolonial and poststructuralist approaches in peace and conflict studies

  • Syria

  • Israel/Palestine

  • Jordan

  • Turkey


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • West African Traders as Translators Between Chinese and African Urban Modernities

  • Chinese Entrepreneurial Migrants in Urban West Africa – Sociocultural Impacts of Intercultural Interaction

  • Ethnic Migrant Workers in China – Perspectives of Poverty Reduction, Socioeconomic Development, Sociocultural Change and Individual Exploitation (planning stage)

  • China

  • Taiwan


  • The Security Paradox

  • The Security Arena

  • Local Security Studies

  • Restoration of State Authority

  • Central African Republic

  • Lebanon

  • Somalia/Somaliland


  • Institutional influence and leadership

  • Ideas and values

  • Foreign policy and regionalism

  • Brazil

  • Germany

  • Mercosur


  • Conflict actors and dynamics

  • Social and political mobilization

  • Post-conflict societies

  • State repression

  • Latin America


  • International sanctions

  • Persistence and change of authoritarian regimes

  • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes

  • Simbabwe

  • Burundi


  • Energy, environmental and development economics

  • Effects of energy price increases on welfare and the performance of micro- and small enterprises in Mexico

  • Ghana


  • International productivity differences

  • Socio-economic transitions

  • Asia


  • Fiscal Federalism

  • Asia


  • Health and gender

  • Political representation, public policies and gender

  • Family economics and intra-family solidarity

  • Insurance


  • 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


  • Migration Policy of EU

  • Persistence of Authoritarian Regimes

  • Militarisation

  • Diasporas and sanctions

  • Peace and conflict studies

  • Eritrea

  • Ethiopia

  • Djibouti


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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


  • Experimental Economics

  • Behavioral Economics

  • Corruption

  • Social Norms

  • Religion

  • Ghana

  • Tanzania

  • Vietnam


  • 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


  • International sanctions

  • Religion and conflict

  • Africa


  • International and Regional Organisations

  • African Union in Global Politics

  • Sociological Institutionalism

  • Postcolonial Theory

  • Africa


  • Kurdish Studies

  • Democratization and Decentralization

  • Post-conflict reconstruction

  • 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


  • Impacts on inter-gender relations in Libya

  • Libya

  • MENA regions


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Jan Klenke

Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-768
jan.klenke@giga-hamburg.de
  • Emerging Powers

  • International Climate Policy

  • Brazil

  • India

  • China


  • Religion

  • Social Identities and Social Psychology

  • Moral Foundations Theory

  • Reconciliation

  • Post-Conflict Societies

  • Africa


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Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President
T. +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-17
patrick.koellner@giga-hamburg.de
  • Changing China Policies of Liberal Democracies

  • Comparative Area Studies: Methodology and Empirical Applications

  • Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific

  • 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

  • Africa

  • Middle East


  • 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


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Dr. David Kuehn

Senior Research Fellow / Coordinator GIGA Forum
david.kuehn@giga-hamburg.de
  • Civil-military relations

  • Democratization

  • Authoritarianism

  • Research methods

  • Taiwan

  • South Korea


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Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-570
sabine.kurtenbach@giga-hamburg.de
  • Postwar Societies

  • Violence and Social change

  • Youth

  • Central America

  • Colombia


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Tabea Lakemann

Doctoral Researcher / Speaker Research Team
tabea.lakemann@giga-hamburg.de
  • Gender and Entrepreneurship

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

  • Africa

  • Uganda


  • 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


  • Land investments

  • Rural development

  • Elite Capture

  • Social Security

  • Africa


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Nils Lukacs

Doctoral Researcher

  • 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

  • Brazil

  • South America


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Medha

Doctoral Researcher
medha@giga-hamburg.de
  • Indian foreign policy

  • Role of identities in international relations

  • Media and politics

  • India

  • South Asia


  • Persian Gulf politics

  • Geopolitics

  • Security in the Persian Gulf

  • Foreign policy strategies

  • Persian Gulf

  • Iran and Saudi Arabia


  • (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


  • International Trade

  • International Negotiation

  • Multilateralism

  • World Trade Organisation

  • Geoeconomics

  • Economic Statecraft

  • International Negotiation

  • Indian Foreign Policy

  • Rising Powers

  • BRICS, especially India

  • India

  • Brazil

  • China


  • Global Value Chains and Sustainability

  • Africa


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Anne Paschke

Research Fellow

  • Authoritarian regimes

  • Conceptualization and measurement of regime transformation episodes (autocratization)

  • Political economy of inequalities

  • Citizens behaviour and preferences in non-democratic regimes

  • Civil-military relations

  • South-eastern Asia

  • Mostly global analysis of time-series cross-sectional data


  • 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

  • Comparative regionalism (EU, Mercosur, Andean Community)

  • Norm diffusion

  • Latin America


  • Multipolarity, rising powers, and International Politics

  • Legitimacy and International Institutions

  • Populism and Foreign Policy

  • India

  • South Asia

  • Mozambique


  • Poverty and Inequality

  • Education and teacher performance pay

  • Social consequences of disabilities

  • Discrimination in labor markets

  • Discrimination in access to schooling

  • Indonesia

  • India


  • 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


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Dr. Thomas Richter

Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-528
thomas.richter@giga-hamburg.de
  • Structural Adjustment and Sectoral Transformation

  • Institutional and Material Determinants of Authoritarian Rule

  • Executive Personalization

  • Shrinking Civic Spaces

  • Small Gulf states


  • Large-scale land acquisitions

  • Rural Development

  • Land conflicts

  • Land policy in Colombia

  • Colombia


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


  • Democratisation Studies

  • Comparative Politics

  • Political Party Development

  • State Transformation

  • Religious Conflict

  • Myanmar

  • Southeast Asia

  • South Africa


  • Internationale Migration

  • Migrationspolitik

  • Entwicklung und Rücküberweisungen

  • Deportation und Securitisation von Grenzen

  • Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)


  • 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


  • Anatomy of autocratic regimes

  • Dynamics of state repression

  • Inner workings of coercive organizations

  • Civil war actors and dynamics

  • Latin America

  • Argentina


  • 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


  • War-to-peace transitions

  • Ceasefires

  • Political order

  • Local rebel governance

  • Legal systems

  • Syria


  • Legitimacy of state and non-state actors

  • Politics and religion

  • (Limited) statehood

  • Local security perceptions

  • Terrorism

  • Sahel region

  • Nigeria

  • Liberia

  • Libya


  • 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 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


  • 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


  • Democratization

  • Islamization

  • Political parties

  • Weak states and political violence

  • Regional integration

  • Indonesia

  • East Timor

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • ASEAN


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Siri Völker

Doctoral Researcher / Research Data Management
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-526
siri.voelker@giga-hamburg.de
  • Political Institutions in Latin America

  • Social Movements

  • Afro-Descendant Politics in Latin America

  • Latin America

  • Brazil


  • 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


  • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China

  • E-government & e-participation

  • Ideology and political legitimation

  • Central-local relations

  • PR China


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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


  • Traditional and Non-traditional (Critical) Security in East Asia and the Pacific

  • Maritime Security Politics and Ocean Governance in East Asia

  • Social and Political Change / Politics of Identity and Legitimacy in Northeast Asia

  • Political Geography, Historical Sociology

  • China

  • Japan

  • Korea

  • East Asia

  • Australia


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Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies
T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-504
eckart.woertz@giga-hamburg.de
  • Contemporary history of Iraq (1979-2003)

  • Geo-economics 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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  • 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


  • Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (particularly Nuclear Weapons)

  • International Institutions

  • International Regimes and Treaties

  • International Security and Peace Studies

  • Brazil

  • Argentina

  • Germany


  • 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


  • Comparative Regional Democratization

  • Institutional Design in Divided Societies

  • South Africa


  • Peacekeeping in Africa

  • International organizations and regime complexity

  • Africa


Bettina Bunk

Dr. Bettina Bunk

Associate
  • 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 and modernization

  • Insurgency and asymmetric warfare

  • Diffusion of regional organizations

  • Asia

  • China

  • Russia


  • 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


  • Foreign Policy Analysis

  • BRICS and International Order

  • State fragility and transformation

  • Cyber foreign policy

  • Pakistan

  • India

  • Afghanistan


  • Political Parties and Party Systems

  • Democratisation

  • Hybrid Regimes

  • Ghana

  • Kenia

  • Kamerun

  • Niger

  • Namibia


  • 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


  • Financial and insurance markets (microfinance, microinsurance)

  • Informal employment and entrepreneurship

  • Empowerment and Sen's capability approach

  • Micro-level poverty traps

  • Economic development

  • East Africa

  • Ghana

  • Kenya

  • Uganda


  • Impact Evaluation

  • Experimental Economics

  • Economics of Well-being

  • Land allocation and resettlement

  • Economics of Religion

  • Ghana

  • Tanzania


  • 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


  • Conflict and Security

  • South Asian Politics

  • Rohingya Crisis

  • Ethnic Violence

  • International Relations Theory

  • Researching Violence

  • South & Southeast Asia


  • Energy choices for transport and cooking

  • Entrepreneurship, formalization and enterprise development

  • Financial linkages, MFIs sustainability and poverty reduction

  • Gender and agribusiness

  • Africa


  • 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


  • 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


  • Regionalism and its role in security management in Latin America

  • European Union politics and its current crisis

  • Latin America, especially Honduras


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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


  • Intergeneration Social Mobility

  • Equality of Opportunity

  • Education economics

  • Inequality

  • Public Economics

  • 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


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Dr. Viola Lucas

Associate
  • Fiscal/public policy and state budgets

  • Resilience of authoritarian rule

  • Political and non-political violence

  • Economic development , modernization and transformation theory

  • Middle East

  • Nepal


  • Power-sharing after peace agreements

  • Violent conflicts and conflict prevention

  • State and statehood

  • democratization processes

  • German and French Africa policy

  • Frankophone Central and West Africa


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

  • New Forms of Authoritarian Practices in the MENA region

  • Morocco

  • Algeria

  • Tunisia


  • Security Studies

  • Foreign Policy Analysis

  • Regionalism

  • South America, especially Venezuela and Colombia

  • Petrostates


  • Micro and Small Enterprises in Developing Countries

  • Innovation and Capital Accumulation

  • Exposure to International Trade

  • Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction

  • Latin America


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

  • Rural development

  • Agricultural transformations

  • Zambia

  • Kenya

  • Mali


  • Critical development studies

  • Comparative area studies

  • Gender and queer theory

  • Qualitative methodologies

  • Central America

  • Peru


  • The Politics of Middle East

  • Religion and International Relations

  • Government and Politics

  • Introduction to International Relations

  • Middle East


  • 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


  • The ‘victor’s peace’ and post-conflict reconstruction in comparative perspective

  • Regionalism and conflict transformation in West Africa

  • Voter registration, democracy and statebuilding in West Africa

  • West Africa


  • 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


  • 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


  • Internationalization Strategies of Chinese Enterprises

  • Chinese Outward Direct Investment in Europe

  • EU-China Investment Agreement

  • Sino-German Economic Relations

  • 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


  • Post-conflict transitional governments

  • Institutional reform in post-conflict societies

  • Security Sector Reform (SSR)

  • Quantitative and qualitative methods

  • Nepal


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Dr. Jason Sumich

Associate

  • 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


  • Democracy in Latin America

  • Digital activism

  • Protest

  • Social movement organizations

  • Elections and digital strategies

  • Populism

  • Latin America


  • 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


  • Environmental Politics

  • Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief in Asia

  • Southeast Asian Regionalism

  • Non-State Actors and Governance

  • Asian Think Tanks

  • Asia


Visiting Fellows

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Regions

  • Citizenship studies

  • Migration studies

  • Nation-building

  • Arab Gulf States

  • United Arab Emirates

  • Dubai


  • International Migration

  • Migration Policies

  • Gender

  • Andean Countries

  • Ecuador


  • 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


  • Occupational Health

  • Health Statistics

  • Japan


  • China’s foreign policy

  • Authoritarian regimes

  • Methods for text analysis

China


  • Social movements and protest

  • Legislative studies

  • Political economy

  • Relational analysis

  • Argentina

  • Brazil

  • Chile

  • Italy

  • South Africa


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Gustavo Sabbag

Visiting Fellow
  • Elections

  • Political Campaigns

  • Electoral behavior

  • Public Opinion

  • Brazil

  • Latin America