Alumni

Our graduates continue their careers in various working fields. We stay in contact with our alumni and keep track of their career paths. Many of them continue to work as researchers in academia or in administrative or managerial positions in the academic sphere. Others have positions in ministries, international organisations, political foundations, NGOs or in the consulting sector. You can find a list of all our alumni below.


  • Spotlight on... | 11/07/2022

    "Spotlight on..." Simone Schotte

    Simone Schotte works as a Research Consultant at United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER). Learn more about her current job and her time at the GIGA in this interview.

    Spotlight on... | 23/06/2021

    "Spotlight on..." Julia Strasheim

    Julia Strasheim is working as Deputy Managing Director and Program Director for European and International Affairs at the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung. Learn more about her current job and her time at the GIGA in this interview.

    Spotlight on... | 23/06/2021

    "Spotlight on..." David Shim

    David Shim is working as Senior Lecturer at University of Groningen. In this interview, he gives insights into his current job and time as a doctoral researcher at the GIGA.


    Alumni 2022

    • Clara Franco Yáñez: Pathways to Dialogue: Mapping Norm Contestation in the Debate about Legal Abortion in Mexico from 2007 to 2021

    • Hannes Greve: Climate Change Mitigation and Economic Development

    • Nils Lukacs: The Search for a New Beginning: Obama and the United States’ Legacy in the Middle East

    • Gomes, Jessica: The Formation of National Role Conceptions in Regional Institutions: The Case of Brazil in MERCOSUR and Germany in the EU

    • Costa, Pedro: The Overlooked Role of the Brazilian Congress in Shaping the Bolsa Família Program: A New Approach to the Policy-making of Conditional Cash Transfers

    • García Pinzón, Viviana: Local order, violence, and trajectories of governance in peripheral cities in Colombia and El Salvador

    • Huber, Christopher: Imposing sanctions on violent non-state actors to restore international peace and security. A systematic analysis of the conditions under which UN targeted sanctions work


    Alumni 2021

    • Rosales, Isabel: States Beyond Borders: A Comparative Study of Central American Sending States and their Emigrant Policy

    • Leone, Tharcisio: Striving for Educational Improvement: Essays on Intergenerational Mobility and Teacher Bonus Programs in Contemporary Brazil

    • Bandarra, Leonardo: Nuclear Latency and the Participation Puzzle: Constructing the International Non-Proliferation Regime

    • Hoffmann, Lisa: Social Cohesion under Threat? Evidence from Behavioral Experiments in sub-Saharan Africa


    Alumni 2020

    • Ostermeier, Martin: Key labour market issues and decent work in developing and emerging countries

    • Strautmann, Michael: Harmonization is Dead, Long Live Complementarity: An Explorative Study of Interorganizational Coordination for Aid Effectiveness in Development Cooperation in Indonesia and Madagascar

    • Bellgardt, Jan: Institutions, Development and Living the Good Life in Ecuador. A PoliticalE-conomy Analysis of Policy Making Under the Buen Vivir Development Paradigm

    • Schöneich, Svenja: Living on a Time Bomb - Local perspectives and responses on fracking, oil and gas projects in a rural community in Veracruz, Mexico

    • Velosa, Eduardo: Formalizing Roles to Assess Extra Regional Powers' Influence on Foreign Policy. South America, China, and the United States, 1990-2015

    • Guerrero Valencia, Carolina: First Ladies in Politics: Lessons from Latin America, 1990-2016


    Alumni 2019

    • Tibi Weber, Cordula: The Contested Role of Courts in New Democracies: Political Interferences in Comparative Perspective

    • Wiegel, Sarah: Employment and Microand Small Enterprises

    • Ewert, Insa: The China Watchers: EU Trade Policy in the Making

    • García, Pau Palop: Institutional Representation of Emigrants in their States of Origin: How much Presence from Abroad?

    • Flemmer, Riccarda: The Contested Meaning of Prior Consultation and FPIC. Indigenous Grassroots and the Politics of Translating Rights in Struggles over Resources in the Peruvian Amazon


    Alumni 2018

    • Soliz Landivar de Stange, Anna: Triangular Relations: China, Latin America, and the United States

    • Schotte, Simone: Poverty, Social Mobility, and the Middle Class: The Case of South Africa

    • Mijares, Víctor M.: Explaining Flaws of Security Regionalism in the Global South: Lessons from South America

    • Heuser, Christoph: Contested State Formation? The Effect of Illicit Economies in the Margins of the State

    • Giolbas, Anna: Four Essays on the Political Economy of Social Transfers

    • Glawion, Tim: Security Arena – Local Order Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland and South Sudan

    • Bunselmeyer, Elisabeth: Trust Repaired? The Impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Reparation Program on Social Cohesion in Post-Conflict Communities of Peru


    Alumni 2017

    • Heyl, Charlotte: The Contribution of Constitutional Courts to the Democratic Quality of Elections in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Case Study of Madagascar and Senegal

    • Haaß, Felix: Buying Democracy? The Political Economy of Foreign Aid, Power-Sharing Governments, and Post-Conflict Political Development

    • Bondes, Maria: A Burning Issue: Waste Incineration and the Diffusion of Environmental Contention in China

    • van Treeck, Katharina: The Role of Labor in Sustainable Development

    • Sunik, Anna: Monarchic Peace? Foreign Policy and Ingroup Identity of Middle East Monarchies

    • Wilczak, Jessica: Reconstructing Rural Chengdu: Urbanization as Development in the Post-Quake Context

    • Strüver, Georg: Explaining Alignment in International Politics: The Case of Foreign Policy Convergence and Partnerships with China

    • Negrete García, Ana Karen: Microenterprise Performance and Economic Development: Evidence from Mexico

    • Hettig, Elisabeth: Agricultural Transformation and Land-Use Change: Evidence on Causes and Impacts from Indonesia

    • Grauvogel, Julia: The 'Internal Opposition Effect' of International Sanctions: Insights from Burundi, Zimbabwe and a Qualitative-Comparative Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa


    Alumni 2016

    • Renner, Sebastian: Poverty, inequality and the decarbonization of economic development

    • Strasheim, Julia: Interim Governments and the Stability of Peace

    • Pawelz, Janina: The Transformation of Violence-Prone Groups. The Cases of Trinidad and Tobago and Timor-Leste

    • Hoffmann, Anne: Regional Public Policy-Making. The Case of UNASUR

    • Ebert, Hannes: Change and Contestation in South Asia

    • Wojczewski, Thorsten: India and the Quest for World Order: Hegemony and Identity in India's post-Cold War Foreign Policy Discourse

    • Roy, Vita: Managing Lootable Natural Resources: What Makes Successful Strategies of Reconstruction?

    • Garzón, Jorge: The Problem of Regions and Regionalism in a Multipolar World

    • Burilkov, Alex: The Maritime Strategy of Regional Powers: China, India, Iran, and Brazil from 2001 to 2015

    • Peters, Ina: Cohesion and Fragmentation in the Social Movement against Belo Monte: How Frames and Identities promote Movement Dynamics


    Alumni 2015

    • García, Daniela: Solar Energy and the Problem of Path Dependency in Costa Rica's Energy System

    • Koß, Maren: Islamist Resistance Organizations and Conceptions of Political Order: Comparing Hezbollah and Hamas from 2005 to 2013

    • Gephart, Malte: Local embedding of the international and transnational anti-corruption discourse from a post-development perspective: Anti-corruption narratives in Paraguay and Chile

    • Lucas, Viola: The Effects of Autocracies on Governance

    • Mau, Karsten: Essays in International Economics: China’s Exports, Economic Growth, and Comparative Advantage

    • Darwich, May: The Interplay of Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: Saudi and Syrian Choices in Middle East Wars

    • Zanker, Franzisca: The Legitimisation of Peace Negotiations: A Role for Civil Society

    • Nymalm, Nicola: Debates on Economic Policies towards Japan (1985-1995) and China (1995-2008) in the United States

    • Koos, Carlo: Ethnic Mobilization in Resource-Abundant African States. Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses of the Role of Ethnic Identity and Natural Resources in Armed Intrastate Conflicts

    • Wagner, Maren: Emergence, Complexity, Discourse: A critical realist approach to institutional dynamics in East Asia

    • Nolte, Kerstin: Large-scale land acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa. Determinants, processes and actors

    • Carpes, Mariana: From Breadcrumbs to threads of wool: Building a neoclassical realist model for the study of regional powers’ nuclear choices


    Alumni 2014

    • Borszik, Oliver: Irans Führungsanspruch (1979-2013): Mission, Anhängerschaft und islamistische Konzepte im Diskurs der Politikelite

    • Bothmann, Astrid: Drawing a Line Under the Past. Transitional Justice in Nicaragua 1990-2012

    • Stolte, Christina: Brazil in Africa – Extraregional Engagement as Stepping Stone to Great Power Status?

    • Fraundorfer, Markus: Global solutions from the tropics. Brazil’s increasing influence in global sectoral governance

    • Wodrig, Stefanie: Discourses of intervention: The crises in Burundi and Zimbabwe as arenas of regional politics

    • Seemann, Miriam: Water Security and the Politics of Water Rights Formalization in Peru and Bolivia. The Struggle for Water Justice in Andean Water User Communities

    • Barrera, Anna: Promoting Change in Legally Plural Settings: Domestic Violence and Indigenous Women´s Quest for Justice in the Andes

    • Korte, Nina: The Political Economy of Public Administration Reforms in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis of the Tax Administration in Indonesia and the Philippines

    • Hess, Natalie: The Strategic Partnerships between the European Union and Regional Powers (Brazil, India, South Africa)


    Alumni 2013

    • Prasad, Karolina: Ethnicity as the dependent variable in politics: A comparative study of Malaysian Sarawak and Indonesian West Kalimantan

    • Giesbert, Lena: Microinsurance and risk management: Evidence from Ghana

    • Abb, Pascal: China’s Foreign Policy Think Tanks: Explaining Institutional Developments and Shifting Roles

    • Scholvin, Sören: The Geopolitics of Regional Powers: How Do Geographical Conditions Influence South Africa’s Regional Economic and Political Relations?

    • Plagemann, Johannes: On the Transformation of Sovereignty in Democratic Regional Powers. Normative Aspects of the Rise of the Rest

    • Never, Babette: Knowledge Systems and Change in Climate Governance: Comparing India and South Africa 2007-2010

    • Albrechts, Nicole: Die Effektivität verschiedener Initiativen und Konzepte zur Korruptionsbekämpfung in Staaten mit Erdölvorkommen. Ein Vergleich von Nigeria, Kamerun, Kasachstan und Ecuador


    Alumni 2012

    • Heep, Sandra: China in Global Finance: Domestic Financial Repression and International Financial Power

    • Buitrago Bascopé, Miguel Angel: The Effects of Decentralization on the Democratic Deepening Process: A Case Study of Bolivia

    • Eucker, Dennis: Development and Climate Change in the Mekong River Delta. A case study on poverty, vulnerability, and how adaptive capacity can be enhanced

    • Godehardt, Nadine: Regional Orders and Intertwined Actors. China’s engagement in Central Asia, 2001-2010

    • Haas, Nadine: Violence in Central American literature and other media

    • Hanif, Melanie: The rise of regional powers and the changing legitimacy of regions in international relations. With a reconstruction of the Indian case

    • Kuhn, Annegret: Cursed by resource wealth? The political economy of oil in Latin America

    • Meissner, Hannes: The Resource Curse and the Effect of Inter- and Transnational Initiatives to Enhance Accountability and Transparency over Revenues in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan

    • Ranko, Annette: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood under Mubarak – Transformation in the Process of Ideational Interaction with the state

    • Shim, David: Seeing is Believing: Imaging North Korean in International Politics

    • Stroh, Alexander: Erfolgsbedingungen politischer Parteien in Afrika. Benin und Burkina Faso seit der Rückkehr zum Mehrparteiensystem

    • Vüllers, Johannes: Es sind noch keine Friedensengel vom Himmel gefallen... Friedensengagement von Religionsgemeinschaften in innerstaatlichen Gewaltkonflikten, 1990 bis 2009

    • Zeino-Mahmalat, Ellinor: Saudi Arabia’s and Iran’s Iraq Policies in the Post-Gulf War Era – Rethinking Foreign Policy Analysis in the Gulf at the Intersection of Power, Interests, and Ideas


    Alumni 2011

    • Argueta, Otto: Private Security in Guatemala: explanatory factors and effects on Democracy

    • Huhn, Sebastian: Crime in Costa Rica. The Discursive Construction of a Social and Political Problem

    • Peetz, Peter: Maras, Medien, Militär: Gesellschaftlicher Diskurs und staatliche Politik gegenüber Jugendbanden in Honduras


    Alumni 2010

    • Destradi, Sandra: Regional Powers and their Strategies – Empire, Hegemony, and Leadership: India’s Relations with Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh

    • Capdepón, Ulrike: Vom Fall Pinochet zu den Verschwundenen des Spanischen Bürgerkrieges. Die Auseinandersetzung mit Diktatur und Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Spanien und Chile

    • Fromm, Ingrid

    • Wehner, Leslie: Stalled Free Trade Agreement Negotiations in the Global Economy


    Alumni 2009

    • Fuchs, Ruth: Vergangenheitspolitik und Demokratisierung in Argentinien und Uruguay

    • Bornschein, Dirk: Vergangenheitspolitik im Prozess der Demokratisierung: Das Beispiel Guatemala

    • Hillger, Doris: Bildungspolitik in Indien

    • Hille, Kristina: Die empresas recuperadas in Argentinien

    • Kursawe, Janet: Drug Policy in the Golden Crescent: Perceptual Pattern and Strategies in the Fight against Drugs as Responses to the Rise of Trafficking in Narcotics in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran

    • Richter, Thomas: Autoritäre Herrschaft, materielle Ressourcen und Außenhandelsreformen: Ein Vergleich von Marokko, Tunesien, Ägypten und Jordanien

    • Smith-Höhn, Judith: Challenges to Rebuilding the Security Sector in Post-Conflict Societies: Perceptions and Potentials in Liberia and Sierra Leone

    • Ungerer, Michaela: Vietnamesische Textilindustrie


    Alumni 2008

    • Brach, Juliane: Economic Development in the Arab Countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Determinants, Constraints and Implications for EU-Arab Relations

    • Desta, Isaac Hailemariam: Democratisation, Improved Governance and the Creation of Conducive Environment for Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development in sub Saharan Africa: The Case of Eritrea

    • Kisekka-Ntale, Fredrick: Institutional Dilemmas in Tropical Resource Management. A Case Study of Kakamega Forst, Kenya

    • Michuki M’Mukaria, George: Trapped in Subsistence? A Study of Poor Rural Livelihoods in Rural Kenya with a Focus on Non-Agricultural Activities

    • Muteanu, Olga: Globale Wertschöpfungsketten im Wandel. Die Herausforderungen für lokale Automobilzulieferer in Ungarn

    • Zeng, Xiuhua: Locational Factors and the Development of High-tech Enterprises in China


    Alumni 2007

    • Soest, Christian: Leistungsfähigkeit afrikanischer Bürokratien – Botswana und Zambia

    • Steiner, Susan: An Evaluation of the Impact of Decentralisation on Poverty – The Case of Uganda

    • Shohat, Michael: Voraussetzungen für die Entwicklung des E-Commerce in Südamerika am Beispiel Chile


    Alumni 2006

    • Eberhardt, David: Die Auswirkungen von “bad” governance am Beispiel der argentinischen Wirtschaftsentwicklung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Systemvertrauens

    • Jansen, Karin: Auswirkungen der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Eine kritische Betrachtung der dualen Berufsausbildung in Togo

    • Schmieg, Evita: Regionale Integration. Die Europäische Union und die Karibik

    • Torres Fuchslocher, Carlos: Development of Technology-Intensive Suppliers in Natural Resource Based Economies: The Case of Aquaculture in Chile


    Alumni 2005

    • Flemes, Daniel: Brazil’s Cooperative Leadership in Southern Latin America’s Security Politics. A Regional Power Striving for a Pluralistic Security Community in View of Domestic Tensions and Transnational Security Threats

    • Plessis, Sophia du: Institutions and Institutional Change as Explanation for Differences in Economic Development – A Study of Experience of Zambia and Botswana

    • Woeller, Axel: Die Landfrage und Landreform in Namibia

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