Dr. Nicole Hirt


  • Short CV

    • Since 02/2018: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

    • 1999 - 2017: Associate Fellow and Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of African Affairs, include the project: "The impact of structural militarisation on Eritrean society" (2008-2010)

    • Since 08/2010: Freelance Consultant (Horn of Africa, peace and conflict studies)

    • 2007 - 2008: Freelance Consultant (Horn of Africa, peace and conflict studies)

    • 2003 - 2006: Senior Research Fellow at Hamburg University, Department of Political Science

    • 2001 - 2003: Assistant Professor at University of Asmara, Eritrea, Department of Political Science

    • 1994 - 1996: Public Relations Officer, Sozialforum Tübingen e.V.

    • Studied Social Work at Berufsakademie Heidenheim; Political Science and Sociology at Tübingen University; PhD at the University of Hamburg, 2000 Promotion

    Current Research

    • Migration Policy of EU

    • Persistence of Authoritarian Regimes

    • Militarisation

    • Diasporas and sanctions

    • Peace and conflict studies

    Countries and Regions

    • Eritrea

    • Ethiopia

    • Djibouti

    Dr. Nicole Hirt



    Chapter in Edited Volume | 09/2022

    Eritreer*innen in der Diaspora: der Einfluss des eritreischen Regimes und regimetreue Strukturen in Deutschland

    Eden Mengis

    Büro für diskriminierungskritische Arbeit Stuttgart

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 08/2022

    The Limits of Diaspora: Double Vulnerabilities among Eritreans in Saudi Arabia

    Prof. Abdulkader Saleh Mohammad

    Chapter in Edited Volume | 11/2021


    Chapter in Edited Volume | 11/2021


    Research Project | 01/11/2018 - 30/04/2023

    Migration Governance and Asylum Crises, Work Package "Comparing Crises"

    This project explores how European migration policies are influenced by political crises triggered by (forced) migration. At a time when such policies are heavily contested across European member-states, and when asylum seems more threatened than ever, this project is critically important to improve our understanding of how migration policies are formulated and shaped by a context of crisis. The project gathers 13 partners from diverse European countries, as well as from Lebanon and Turkey, and GIGA leads the Work Package “Comparing Crises”.
    EC, Horizon 2020, 2018-2023

    Research Project | 01/02/2018 - 31/01/2021

    Do Diasporas Contribute to the Persistence of Authoritarian Rule? Responses of Eritrean Citizens Abroad to Transnational Governance

    Globalization has witnessed an increase in the transnationalization of politics - a severely understudied subject in political science. The project’s main research question is if diasporas can stabilize authoritarian regimes. It explores diaspora responses to efforts of home regimes to exploit and control its citizens abroad. It examines how the political systems of host states influence political affiliations regarding homeland politics by comparing the transnational relations of Eritrean diaspora communities residing in five different countries.
    DFG, 2018-2021

    ARD Alpha | Interview | 21/04/2022

    Bürgerkrieg in Äthiopien

    Interview zum gegenwärtigen Stand des Bürgerkrieges in Äthiopien.

    Profil | Article | 24/10/2021

    Äthiopische Diaspora: Daheim ist Krieg

    Deutschlandfunk | Interview | 04/09/2021

    Äthiopien: Keine Lösung im Tigray-Konflikt in Sicht

    Speaker | 24/08/2020

    Eritrea’s Chosen Trauma and the Legacy of the Martyrs: The Impact of Postmemory on Political Identity Formation of Second-Generation Diaspora Eritreans

    Conference 24/08/2020

    Panelist, Panelist, Panelist, Panelist, Panelist, Panelist | 07/11/2019 - 08/11/2019

    CrossArea Jahrestagung

    Cooperation Event GIGA Hamburg, Hamburg: 07/11/2019 - 08/11/2019 Organisers: CrossArea - Verband für Transregionale Studien, Vergleichende Area Studies und Global Studies e.V.

    Prof. Abdulkader Saleh Mohammad

    Dr. Nikolai Huke

    Dr. Janina Pawelz

    Speaker | 31/10/2019

    Stabilizing Autocracy through Migration: the Eritrean Remittance Paradox

    Conference 31/10/2019


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