Team

Contact Competence Countries and Regions
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • East Asian international relations
  • East Asia
  • China
  • Regional dynamics of war/conflict
  • causes of war
  • Togo
  • Tanzania
  • DR Congo
  • Administration

president@giga.hamburg

  • Publications: English Copy Editor
  • 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)
  • Administration: External Funds

Research Management

  • Resources conflicts
  • Religion and violent conflict
  • Civil-military relations
  • Political institutions
  • Sub-Saharan Afrika
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Chad
  • Botswana
  • Publications: Africa Spectrum and Giga Focus
  • Head of Public Relations
  • Responsible Editor for the Website and Social Media Channels

Jan Bellgardt

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
  • Development Economics and Politics
  • New Institutional Economics/ Public Choice
  • Innovation systems in Latin America
  • Latin America
  • Coordinator GIGA Berlin Office and GIGA Talks
  • Publications: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Journal of Politics in Latin America and GIGA Focus
  • Official development aid
  • social policy, economy
  • political development
  • South Asia
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • environmental politics and environmental activism
  • Social movements and civil society,
  • Internet/social media and social activism
  • Ideological change and political legitimacy
  • China
  • Publications: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs and GIGA Focus
  • Publications: GIGA Focus and GIGA Working Papers
  • Transitional Justice
  • Democratisation
  • State-Building
  • Peace and Conflict Research
  • Peru
  • Military strategy
  • Proliferation of emerging Technologies
  • Evolution of insurgency and asymmetric warfare
  • China
  • India
  • Iran
  • Head of Communications Department
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Institutions in intra-state conflicts
  • Religion and ethnicity in intra-state conflicts
  • External state-building efforts in fragile states
  • Middle East
  • Sudan
  • State-building in everyday practice
  • borders and borderlands
  • state-society relations in (post-) conflict settings
  • South Sudan
  • Central African Republic
  • Horn
  • West Africa
  • India’s Foreign and Security Policy
  • International Relations in South Asia
  • India
  • South Asia
  • Politische Institutionen
  • Pro-poor policy
  • Lateinamerika
  • Afrika
  • Corruption and Political Authority
  • Protest Movements and Historical Action
  • Anthropology of the State
  • Politics of Care
  • Secularism and Religion
  • Jordan
  • Syria
  • Germany
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • BRICS and International Order
  • State fragility and transformation
  • Cyber foreign policy
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Afghanistan
  • Democracy and democratization
  • political parties
  • civil Society
  • co-operative societies
  • traditional rule
  • human rights
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia (foreign policy)
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • EU-China Relations
  • International Relations
  • China
  • European Union

Dr. Daniel Flemes

Senior Research Fellow
Speaker Research Team
  • International Relations
  • foreign and security policy
  • regional cooperation
  • South America, especially Brazil and Colombia
  • Human Rights, Environmental Rights
  • Rights of Indigenous People
  • Prior consultations
  • Resource conflicts
  • Latin America

Prof. Dr. Henner Fürtig

Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies
  • Domestic and foreign policy
  • social and political Transformation
  • democratisation
  • programs and structures of political Islam
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Regionalism
  • regional planning
  • regional powers
  • multipolarity
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Developing regions, especially in Latin America
  • Poverty and economic development
  • micro-level poverty traps, social protection
  • microfinance, microinsurance
  • employment and well-being
  • informal sector
  • East Africa
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Uganda
  • Migration
  • socio-cultural Change
  • Internet
  • PR China
  • Taiwan
  • Political economy of social security systems
  • The relationship between social security and investment
  • Africa
  • Limited Statehood
  • Security Governance
  • Statebuilding
  • Alternative Forms of Political Order
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Central African Republic
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Experimental Economics
  • Economics of Well-being
  • Land allocation and resettlement
  • South-East-Asia
  • South-East-Asia
  • Administration: VAD (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland)
  • Public Relations
  • International sanctions
  • Persistence and change of autocratic regimes
  • Qualitative methods, in particular QCA and discourse analysis
  • Framing
  • Ghana
  • Simbabwe
  • Burundi
  • First Lady
  • Women in politics
  • Latin America
  • International productivity differences
  • global transitions
  • Asia
  • Institution-building in post-war societies
  • Post-conflict peace operations
  • Foreign aid and post-war democratization
  • Africa
  • Fiscal Federalism
  • Asia
  • Agriculture and development
  • technology and industrial Promotion
  • development theories
  • environmental problems, health
  • Latin America
  • Modelling the smallholders’ land-use decisions for palm oil and cocoa production in Indonesia
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Models
  • Indonesia
  • Sumatra
  • Peru, drug policy
  • Statebuilding
  • Organized Crime
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Judicial independence in West Africa
  • Accountability institutions in processes of democratization
  • West Africa
  • Competence: GIGA Budget , EU-Projects
  • ethnicization of politics in Latin America
  • ethnic mobilization of social movements
  • indigenous rights
  • social conflicts
  • Bolivian constitution making process
  • Latin America, especially Bolivia
  • Project "Prior Consultation and Conflict Transformation in Resource Governance: Bolivia and Peru".
  • Latin America
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Head of the GIGA Berlin Office
  • Transnational migration and diaspora policies
  • EU-Latin America Relations
  • Cuba's Transformation: Crisis, Continuity and Change in Socialist Cuba
  • Latin America
  • Cuba
  • Institutionalization and presidentialism
  • Political management, analysis of political strategy
  • South-American integration, UNASUR
  • Latin America

Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

Senior Research Fellow
Editor GIGA Focus Asia
  • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China
  • Comparative research into authoritarianism
  • Asia-related area studies
  • VR China
  • SVR Hongkong
  • GIGA Information Centre: Periodicals (Africa, Latin America, Middle East)

Maria Josua

Research Fellow
Speaker Research Team
  • Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Authoritarian learning
  • Legitimation of authoritarian regimes
  • Repression of protest movements
  • Algeria
  • Jordan

Prof. Dr. Robert Kappel

Senior Research Fellow
Editor GIGA Focus Africa
  • African economic development
  • enterprise development
  • value chains
  • industry
  • BRICS
  • global power shifts
  • Africa
  • South Africa
  • Nigeria
  • GIGA Information Centre, Archive Asia
  • Public Relations
  • International conflict resolution
  • Mediation in inter-state and intra-state conflicts
  • Regional patterns and variations of mediation
  • Regional organizations and mediation
  • Regional security architecture of the Middle East
  • Peace and conflict research
  • Middle East
  • IT
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Chairperson Works Council

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Director of the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
Acting Lead Research Fellow RP 4
  • Formal and informal institutions
  • Political parties and organizations
  • Japan
  • North and South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Organisational characteristics of Salafi jihadist groups
  • Religious Minorities: Discrimination, Grievances and Conflict
  • Africa
  • Middle East
  • Islamist Organizations
  • Hamas
  • Hizbullah
  • Palestinian territories
  • Lebanon
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Assistent of the President
  • Equal opportunities commissioner
  • IT

Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

Senior Research Fellow
General Editor GIGA Focus
Editor GIGA Focus Global
  • Postwar Societies
  • Violence and Social change
  • Youth
  • Central America
  • Colombia
  • Administration
  • Dynamics of Micro and Small Enterprises in Developing Countries
  • Africa

Apl. Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
Lead Research Fellow RP 3
  • Economy
  • development
  • Africa
  • International and regional governmental organizations in comparative perspective
  • EU in global regionalism
  • Diffusion theories
  • Latin America
  • Relationship between employment and well-being
  • Empowerment and Sen's capability approach
  • Informal employment
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uganda

Dr. Mariana Llanos

Lead Research Fellow
Lead Research Fellow RP 1
  • Political institutions in Latin America
  • Presidentialism
  • Latin American congresses
  • Latin American courts
  • President-Congress relations; president-court relations
  • Latin America
  • Argentina
  • 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
  • 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
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Migration
  • China-African Relations
  • small business owner
  • informal practices and norms
  • West Africa
  • Political systems and their transformation
  • aspects of stability
  • foreign policy
  • soft security problems
  • Libya
  • Algeria
  • Tunisia
  • Morocco
  • the Maghreb
  • the Sahel

Medha

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
  • Indian foreign policy
  • Role of identities in international relations
  • Media and politics
  • India
  • South Asia
  • Admanistration
  • Public Relations

Víctor M. Mijares

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
  • Multipolarity and its effects over regional security
  • Venezuela foreign policy
  • Petrostates foreign policy
  • Venezuela
  • South America
  • Petrostates
  • State-building and Statehood
  • Long-term Consequences of Colonialism
  • Development Policy
  • Rising Powers
  • BRICS, especially India
  • International Trade
  • International Negotiation
  • World Trade Organization
  • India
  • Brazil

Justyna Nedza

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
  • Takfīr (accusation of apostasy) in Militant Salafism
  • Transnational Salafism
  • History of ideas
  • Islamic law and theology
  • Middle East
  • Female labour force participation in rural India
  • Subjective well-being
  • Social policies in South Asia
  • South Asia
  • India
  • Micro and Small Enterprises in Developing Countries
  • Innovation and Capital Accumulation
  • Exposure to International Trade
  • Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
  • Lateinamerika
  • Publications: GIGA Working Papers Coordinator
  • Staff management

Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte

Vice President
Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies
Editor GIGA Focus Latin America
  • Forms of government
  • developmental cooperation
  • EU-USA-LA relations
  • Latin America, especially Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay
  • Extent, processes and effects of large-scale agricultural investments
  • Land Governance
  • Institutional Change
  • Africa
  • IT: Technical Head of IT
  • Employment-related Millennium Development Goals and the potential post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Large-scale agricultural investments and Sustainable Development
  • Latin America
  • Political Sytems
  • Latin America
  • Violence-prone groups, gangs
  • Violence and security
  • Youth
  • Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste
  • Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Immigration policy and integration of migrants into the polity across Latin America
  • Latin America
  • Head of Finances and Administration
  • Acting Head Publications
  • Causes of poverty and inequality in developing countries
  • Economics of education
  • Political economy
  • Political clientelism
  • Islamist parties
  • Middle East
  • Research Data Management
  • 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
  • Emerging Democracies
  • Sovereignty
  • India‘s Foreign Policy
  • India
  • Mozambique
  • Regional Powers
  • Behavioral developmemt economics
  • employment and entrepreneurship
  • informal sector
  • microfinance
  • common-pool resource management
  • Southern Africa
  • Uganda
  • Copyeditor and Proofreader for the GIGA Journal Family
  • Translator for German-to-English texts

Dr. Miriam Prys-Hansen

Acad. Director Doctoral Programme
Speaker Research Team
  • GIGA Doctoral Programme
  • Regional and emerging powers
  • Global and regional environmental politics
  • Global climate regime
  • India
  • BRICS
  • political Islam
  • transnational Salafism
  • Muslim Brotherhood
  • history of ideas
  • regional politics
  • political systems and transformation processes
  • Egypt
  • Yemen
  • MENA
  • Environmental and development economics
  • Poverty reduction and low carbon economic development
  • Brazil
  • China
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding
  • Transitional Justice and Victims' Reparations
  • Natural Resources
  • Criminality
  • Colombia
  • GIGA Information Centre

Dr. Thomas Richter

Senior Research Fellow
Speaker Research Team
  • Rentier state theory
  • stability and change in authoritarian regimes
  • foreign trade reforms in developing countries
  • Small Gulf states
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Virtuel Library - ilissAfrica

Nikolai Röhl

Research Fellow / Doctoral Student
Website and IT Management
  • transnational Salafism
  • Islamism in Kuwait
  • Kuwait and Gulf Region
  • Middle East
  • International migration
  • Migration policies
  • Development and remittances
  • Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)
  • Deportation and securitization of borders
  • Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)

Dr. Stephan Rosiny

Research Fellow
Editor GIGA Focus Middle East
  • Power sharing in multi-ethnic societies
  • Political Islam / Islamism
  • Sunna-Shia relations
  • Religion and violence
  • Bahrain
  • Iraq
  • Libanon
  • Syria
  • Secretariat
  • Constitutional Changes in Latin America
  • Human Rights
  • Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Social Inequality
  • Research on Conflict and Peace
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Rights of Indigenous People
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Resource Conflicts
  • Development Discourse
  • Latin America
  • Development Economics
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Social Mobility
  • Political Attitudes
  • Household Survey Analysis
  • Microsimulation Models
  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Labor Market and Social Development in the PR China
  • Education and Science in the PR China
  • PR China
  • Internationalization Strategies of Chinese Enterprises
  • Chinese Outward Direct Investment in Europe
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • China
  • Economical development
  • financial sector
  • industrial policy
  • EU and Asia
  • PR China
  • SAR Hong Kong
  • Events and Marketing
  • Publications
  • GIGA Information Center
  • Comparative research on international sanctions
  • Authoritarian regimes
  • Democratization
  • Foreign policy and development policy
  • Neopatrimonialism / corruption and their effects on political regimes
  • State and public administration
  • Southern Africa and East Africa
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Kenya
  • Strategic relationships of South American countries with China
  • Regional powers and secondary regional powers
  • Regional integration in South America
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Venezuela
  • Administration
  • Post-conflict transitional governments
  • Institutional reform in post-conflict societies
  • Security Sector Reform (SSR)
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Nepal
  • Interorganizational cooperation
  • (In)formal network structures
  • Harmonization/complementarity in development cooperation
  • Madagascar
  • Indonesia
  • Least Developed Countries
  • 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
  • legitimacy
  • political transformations
  • elite formation
  • democratisation
  • citizenship and inequality in Mozambique
  • the new middle class and new forms of urbanism and the politics of road-building in Africa
  • Africa
  • Administration
  • China-Africa relations
  • Socio-economic practices and change
  • Market trader activism
  • Citizenship
  • Ghana
  • Resource management strategies and their impact on collective violence
  • Politics of lootable resource extraction
  • Peacebuilding and Democratization in Resource-Abundant Contexts
  • Africa
  • Judicial independence in Latin America with a special focus on Chile and Paraguay
  • The role of courts in the political system
  • Development of democracy in Paraguay
  • Chile
  • Paraguay
  • Democratization
  • Islamization
  • political parties
  • weak states and political violence
  • regional integration
  • Indonesia
  • East Timor
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • ASEAN
  • Research project "Collaborative Research Centre 990: Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)"
  • Indonesia
  • Social Construction of Regional Orders
  • Foreign Policy
  • Colombia
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Periodicals
  • Political Institutions in Latin America
  • Social Movements
  • Afro-Descendant and Indigenous Politics in Latin America
  • Latin America, especially Brazil and Costa Rica
  • Regional institutions and integration
  • The concept of emergence in IR theory
  • Critical realism
  • Philosophy of Science
  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • GIGA Information Centre
  • Political economy of mass protests in the Arab Spring
  • Relationship between EU assistance and governance in Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Administration
  • GIGA Information Centre – Area: Global/Theory and Methodology
  • Demand for Redistribution
  • Political Parties in Developing Countries
  • Islamist Parties
  • Accountability in Dominant Party Systems
  • Middle East
  • GIGA Information Centre

Dr. Iris Wieczorek

Senior Research Fellow
GIGA Representative in Japan
  • Innovation processes and networks in Japanese economy, science and society in international comparison
  • Japan
  • Administration: Government grants

Projekt: West African Traders as Translators Between Chinese and African Urban Modernities

China

  • Personal Assistant to the President
  • Head of Conference Management
  • Indian foreign and security policies
  • World order and global power shifts
  • Non-Western IR theory
  • Peace and conflict studies
  • Discourse theory
  • India
  • Research project "Local Arenas of Power-Sharing"
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ecuadorian Foreign Policy
  • Emerging Powers: China and Brazil
  • International Cooperation
  • South-South Cooperation, Integration and Regionalism in Latin America
  • Ecuador