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Dr. Thomas Richter

Senior Research Fellow

Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

Short CV

  • Since 10/2018: Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

  • 04/2018 - 05/2018: IDCAR Visiting Fellow at WZB Berlin in the Research Unit “Democracy and Democratization”

  • 09/2017: Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award, GSRE - Global State Revenues and Expenditures Data Set

  • 2016 - 2018: Coordinator GIGA Forum

  • 2011 - 2015: Speaker of the GIGA Research Team "Persistence and Change in Non-Democratic Regimes" in the Research Programme 1

  • Since 2013: Senior Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

  • 2008 - 2013: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

  • 2007 - 2008: PhD-Fellow at BIGSSS Bremer International Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen (Scholarship of Hans-Böckler Foundation)

  • 2003 - 2007: PhD-Fellow at the GSSS Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen (Scholarship of Hans-Böckler Foundation)

  • Education: Studies in Political Science, Economics and Islamic Studies at the Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Dissertation „Authoritarian Rule, Material Resources and Foreign Trade Reforms: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan between 1970 and 2003”; 2008: PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Bremen (summa cum laude)


Current Research

  • Foreign Trade Reforms in Developing Countries

  • Institutionel and Material Determinants of Authoritarian Rule

  • Structural Adjustment, Sectoral Transformations and Tourism Development


Countries and Regions

  • Small Gulf states


Research Programme

  • Accountability and Participation

  • Power and Ideas


Projects