Team GIGA

The institute’s organisational structure is shown in the organogram. There are currently over 90 highly qualified scholars conducting research at the GIGA. This includes several dozen young academics (Junior Research Fellows) that are beginning their research careers at the GIGA in either the GIGA Doctoral Programme or research projects. The research carried out at the GIGA is supported by three main departments: the GIGA Information Centre, the Publications and Communications Department, and the Administration Department. The employees are organised via the works council, whose chairperson is Nina Waßmann.


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    Current Research

    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

    • 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)

    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

    • Social and public policies

    • Poverty and welfare

    • Political institutions in federal and presidential systems

    • Legislative powers in Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Latin America

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 and Decentralization

    • Post-conflict reconstruction

    • Survey data harmonization

    • Kurdistan

    • Iraq

    • Turkey

    • Syria

    • Iran

    • 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
    • Foreign-policy Signalling in the Indo-Pacific

    • 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

    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

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Accountability and Participation"

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-766mariana.llanos@giga-hamburg.de
    • Political institutions in Latin America

    • Presidentialism

    • Latin American congresses

    • Latin American courts

    • President-Congress relations; president-court relations

    • Latin America

    • Argentina

    • Brazil

    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

    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

    • 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

    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

    Senior Research Fellow / 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

    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

    • 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

    • 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

    • China’s foreign policy

    • Authoritarianism

    • China

    • East Asia

    • 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

    • Electoral and Voting 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

    • 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

    • 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

    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

    • Foreign Policy Analysis

    • BRICS and International Order

    • State fragility and transformation

    • Cyber foreign policy

    • Pakistan

    • India

    • Afghanistan

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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    • Africa

    • Populism

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    • Turkey

    • Middle East

    • International Migration

    • Migration Policies

    • Gender

    • Andean Countries

    • Ecuador

    • 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

    • Occupational Health

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    • Japan

    • China’s foreign policy

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    • Methods for text analysis

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    • Electoral behavior

    • Public Opinion

    • Brazil

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