Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

  • Short CV

    • Since 06/2018: Honorary professorship at the Philipps-University Marburg

    • 06/2018 - 01/2019: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies

    • 09/2006 - 10/2008: Senior Researcher DSF-Project "Societal and political Fractures after War: Youth Violence in Cambodia and Guatemala", INEF, University Duisburg-Essen.

    • Since 1993: Senior Researcher of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, research interests: peace and conflict, security policies, youth Regional focus Central America, Andean Region.

    • Since 1992: Independent Consultant (among others for the Foreign Ministry, Minis-try of Development Cooperation, GTZ, Bertelsmann Transformation Index).

    • 1991: PhD in Political Science, University of Hamburg.

    • 1990 - 1992: Researcher at the Research Center on Wars, Armament and Development, University of Hamburg.

    • 1987 - 1990: Researcher at the Institute of Political Science University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. K.J. Gantzel), Coordination of the Research Group on Cau-ses of War.

    • 1987: Researcher at the Institute for Iberoamerican Studies, Hamburg (July - September)

    • Education: Studies in Political Science, Spanish, Contemporary History in Madrid, Erlangen, Sevilla and Hamburg

    Current Research

    • Postwar Societies

    • Violence and Social change

    • Youth

    Countries and Regions

    • Central America

    • Colombia

    Research Programmes

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

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    Infographic | 08/2022

    Regional Neighbourhoods Matter for Peacebuilding

    Neighbours, regional organisations and networks of different actors play an important role for conflict dynamics. They can either promote peacebuilding or the prolongation and escalation of violent conflicts. The infographic illustrates this.

    GIGA Focus Global | 3/2022

    COVID-19 and Violent Actors in the Global South: A Complex Relationship

    A cross-regional comparative analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on violence shows high levels of variation between contexts and in terms of specific armed actors. While Latin America along with the Middle East and North Africa have experienced an overall reduction, violence in sub-Saharan Africa has increased.

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 3/2022

    Pandemic, Protest, and Petro Presidente: Rescuing Colombia’s Peace

    COVID-19 paved the way for a left-wing government winning in Colombia’s recent elections. The pandemic has deepened structural inequalities, promoting an unprecedented wave of protest against the right-wing incumbent. Answering with high levels of violence only further increased the call for change.

    GIGA Working Papers | 05/2022

    COVID-19 and Violent Actors in the Global South: An Inter- and Cross-Regional Comparison

    What effect has the COVID-19 pandemic had on different armed actors across the Global South? This comparative analysis of regional trends and different armed actors provides evidence for regional specificities and an overall brief decline in violence before a return to pre-pandemic levels.

    Documentos de Trabajo | 04/2022

    Reforma al Sector Seguridad Después de la Guerra: lo que se Sabe y lo que se Desconoce de los Casos Alrededor del Mundo

    Reforms of security sector institutions (SSR) are often crucial elements of international support for peacebuilding and democratisation. Although there is no general definition of SSR, it includes demobilisation processes of ex-combatants, mandate and personnel reforms in the police, armed forces and judicial sector. A comprehensive vision of security governance reforms is important as long as these reforms go beyond ending a civil war and are directed towards reducing various manifestations of violence and towards citizen security.

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 31/08/2022

    COVID-19 and the Dynamics of (Post-)War Violence: Lessons from Colombia and Syria

    What are the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dynamics of violence during and after civil wars? The project analyses the pandemic-related reconfiguration of social and political orders in a comparative study of Syria and Colombia at subnational levels. In this way, it will provide new knowledge on violence dynamics in two of the most complex conflicts today and be able to suggest crucial lessons for similar (post-)war contexts in other parts of the world.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    Democratizing Security in Turbulent Times

    How is security provided in turbulent times and how does this affect the relationship between democracy and security? The proposed research training group examines fundamental reconfigurations of the relationship between security and democracy against the backdrop of growing political and societal polarisation, the advent of new digital technologies and the rescaling of security to arenas below and beyond the state.
    Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023


    Providing a conceptual framework in which different ideas of peace can be highlighted and their differences analysed in order to be able to formulate concrete proposals for peacebuilding is at the heart of this project. The concept is based on three elements whose meaning crosses historical and cultural boundaries: physical integrity, individual and collective human rights, and constructive conflict transformation.
    FES, 2021-2023

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 13/09/2022

    The alleged successes of Nayib Bukele in the fight against violence

    Violence in El Salvador is a persistent problem as are repressive approaches by the governments.

    SWR 2 | Interview | 06/08/2022

    Colombia elects its first leftist president

    Colombia elected its first leftist president on July 19th. Gustavo Petro and his vicepresident were inaugurated on Sunday 7th.

    Radioeins RBB | Interview | 20/06/2022

    Colombia elects its first leftist president

    Consultant | 25/04/2022

    For a New Social Contract. Renewing Democracy to Leave No One Behind.

    Kick-off of a Spanish initiative within the overall development framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, tprimarily under Goal 16: peace, justice and strong institutions.

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Speaker | 19/04/2022 - 20/04/2022

    Security Sector Reform - International Experiences and Lessons for Colombia

    Workshop on SSR organized by CAPAZ and the University of Antioquia in Medellin

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Speaker | 07/03/2022

    Global Studies. The Development of the Social Sciences

    Conference 07/03/2022

    Panel discussion at the opening of the pregrade study course "Global Studies"

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

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

    Teaching | Philipps-Universität Marburg | 2020

    Lateinamerika brennt

    Philipps-Universität Marburg Marburg Germany

    Mittelseminar Friedens- und Konfliktforschung FB 03

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2015

    Violence and Inequality in Latin America

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2011

    Youth and Violence

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany


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