• The group of doctoral researchers at the GIGA is composed of talented junior researchers from all over the world and from different disciplinary backgrounds. Our doctoral researchers are either self-funded (e.g. scholarship) or work in third party-funded projects at the GIGA while simultaneously pursuing their doctoral degrees.

    Exchange and cooperation with scholars from around the world is a decades-long tradition at the GIGA. To promote cooperation and exchange amongst doctoral researchers, we offer stays for visiting doctoral researchers at the GIGA.

    The professors and senior researchers at the GIGA and its partner universities and institutes have extensive experience supervising and mentoring doctoral researchers. Their participation in the selection process, the research colloquium, and on the doctoral board ensures the high quality of the GIGA Doctoral Programme.


    Current Research

    Countries and Regions

    Houssein Al Malla

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    • International Sanctions
    • Foreign Policy Analysis
    • Political Psychology
    • Leadership Trait Analysis
    • International Security

    • Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Middle East and North Africa (MENA) 
    • Lebanon
    • Iran

    • Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East and North Africa

    • Military Coups and Civilian Control of Armies

    • Authoritarian Regimes, Authoritarian Institutions

    • Regime Stability and Destabilization

    • Party Systems and Cleavages in the Middle East and North Africa

    • German Military Deployments in the MENA-Region and Sahel

    • Middle East

    • North Africa

    • Sudan

    • Afghanistan

    • International sanctions

    • International organisations (U.N Studies)

    • Authoritarian regimes

    • Quantitative methods

    • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

    • Regionalism in Latin America and Southeast Asia

    • Discourse Analysis and International Relations

    • Foreign Policy of Colombia

    • Latin America

    • Colombia

    • Sino-Russian relations

    • International human rights

    • United Nations

    • Foreign policy of authoritarian states

    • China

    • Russia

    • East Asia

    • Central Asia

    • Social Protection Systems and Labour Markets

    • Latin America

    • Mexico

    • Brazil

    • 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

    Ardahan Özkan Gedikli

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    T. +49 (40)

    • 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

    • Africa

    • Asia

    • Fiscal Federalism

    • Asia

    • Conflict transformation
    • Intrastate conflict
    • Social cohesion and trust
    • Local understandings of peace and conflict transformation

    • Political integration of social groups

    • Electoral behavior

    • Democratic values

    • Social conflicts

    • Latin America

    • Caribbean

    • Bolivia

    • Guyana

    • Suriname

    • Kurdish Studies

    • Democratization & Decentralization

    • Political Sociology
    • Security policy in & around Kurdistan

    • Survey data harmonization

    • Kurdistan

    • Iraq
    • Iran
    • Syria
    • Turkey

    • 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

    • Terrorism as tactical consideration of social movement organisations and collective actors in contentious politics

    • Religious Minorities: Discrimination, Grievances and Conflict

    • African Union (AU)

    • AU Peace and Security Council (PSC)

    • Multilateral Diplomacy

    • Regional Security in Africa

    • Legitimation of Regional Organisations

    • Africa

    Indi-Carolina Kryg

    Doctoral Researcher / Representative of Doctoral Researchers

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428

    • Migration and Refugee Studies

    • Critical Citizenship Studies

    • Border Regimes

    • Political Agency

    • Civil Society Organisations

    • Latin America

    • Central America

    • Mexico

    Tabea Lakemann

    Doctoral Researcher / Research Team Spokesperson

    • Gender and Entrepreneurship

    • Innovation, Technology Use and Adaptation in Micro and Small Enterprises

    • Africa

    • Uganda

    • Political parties and party systems

    • Elections

    • Local politics

    • Voting behaviour

    • Electoral geography

    • Political trust and democracy

    • Latin America, particularly Brazil and Argentina


    Doctoral Researcher

    • Indian foreign policy

    • Role of identities in international relations

    • Media and politics

    • India

    • South Asia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Policy efforts to eliminate child labor in Latin America

    • Latin America

    • Security Sector Reforms

    • State Repression

    • Violent Democracies

    • Social Protest

    • Discursive Politics

    • Legitimizing Repression and state-driven violence

    • Nicaragua
    • El Salvador
    • Central America

    • Latin America

    • Large-scale land acquisitions

    • Rural Development

    • Land conflicts

    • Land policy in Colombia

    • Colombia

    • Civil Society, Autocratization, International & Human Rights Law

    • Nicaragua
    • Central America

    • Regional Organisations

    • League of Arab States & African Union

    • Legitimacy and Legitimation Strategies

    • Critical Security Studies

    • WMD Disarmament and non-proliferation.

    • Middle East

    • North Africa

    • Foreign direct investments

    • Training and job creation

    • Africa

    • International Security

    • Securitization Theory

    • Discourse Analysis and Speech Act Theory

    • Collective action and Contentious Politics

    • Political Psychology and Identity

    • Structural Change

    • Globalisation and Development

    • Africa

    • Uganda

    • Iran's foreign policy towards Africa 
    • Transnational Shia politics and networks

    • Iran
    • West Africa

    • Political and Electoral 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)

    Siri Völker

    Doctoral Researcher / Research Data Management

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428

    • Political Institutions in Latin America

    • Social Movements

    • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • The politics of the People‘s Republic of China

    • E-government & e-participation

    • Ideology and political legitimation

    • Central-local relations

    • PR China

    • Ecuadorian Foreign Policy

    • Emerging Powers: China and Brazil

    • International Cooperation

    • South-South Cooperation, Integration and Regionalism in Latin America

    • Ecuador

    Visiting Doctoral Researchers

    Stiven Tremaria, November 2022 – January 2023, Universität Osnabrück

    Ana Tereza Duarte Lima De Barros, 16 January - 30 June 2023, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco


    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies / Vice President

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Latin America Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Globalisation and Development"

    Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz

    Associate / Head of Leibniz Junior Research Group

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East


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