The GIGA combines its expertise on regional developments with comparative research approaches and also develops topics with global relevance. In their respective research programmes (RP), our scholars gain new insights into the structure of political systems, violence and security, development and globalisation, and global power shifts.

The GIGA is globally connected. It collaborates with renowned research institutions and is a member of the most important associations – for example, the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI). GIGA scholars are also engaged in the major research networks, such as the International Studies Association (ISA), the Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW; German Political Science Association) and the Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association).


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Research Programme 1:

Accountability and Participation


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Research Programme 2:

Peace and Security


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Research Programme 3:

Growth and Development


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Research Programme 4:

Power and Ideas