Regional Institutes

The GIGA combines in-depth area expertise and cutting-edge comparative methods from the social sciences. The complementary interaction of regional institutes and cross-cutting thematic research programmes enables the GIGA to pursue its unique approach.

  • GIGA Institute for African Affairs

    The GIGA Institute for African Affairs analyses political and socio-economic developments in sub-Saharan Africa. Political institutions, violent conflicts, as well as a variety of socio-economic challenges form the thematic core. The aim of the research is to paint a nuanced picture of sub-Saharan Africa.

    GIGA Institute for Asian Studies

    The GIGA Institute for Asian Studies analyses current developments in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australasia. Research topics include civil society-state relations, party politics, economic development, China and India in regional and global affairs, and the Indo-Pacific as a strategic space.

    GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

    The GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies conducts research on political and economic developments in the countries of South and Central America and the Caribbean. Core topics include the quality of political institutions and participation, challenges posed by conflicts and crime, and regional integration.

    GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    The GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies is one of the leading institutes for Middle East research in Germany and Europe. Scholars examine topics such as state and regime structures, energy security, violent conflicts, forced migration, Islamist movements, and the reshaping of the regional order.

    Area Studies

    All GIGA scholars belong to one Regional Institute and are members of one or more Research Programmes. The area expertise fostered through the Regional Institutes is key for the creation of the GIGA’s context-sensitive, empirically-grounded knowledge. It builds on close collaboration with partners in the region at the GIGA’s research platforms and beyond, intensive field research, engagement within area-specific professional networks and associations, and an internal culture, which promotes innovation and exchange. It is this knowledge that puts the GIGA in front when it comes to discovering new developments and future research topics early, integrating perspectives from the regions systematically, and applying state-of-the-art comparative research.

    All four Regional Institutes play important roles in their respective area studies communities. The GIGA is proud to host the secretariats of the Association for African Studies in Germany (VAD) and of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA), and, since 2018, also of the Processes of International Negotiation (PIN) network. Senior staff of the institute holds key functions as Board Members in German, European, and international associations. The GIGA, either as an institution or through its employees, is involved in the following area-specific networks and associations:


    African Studies Association in Germany (VAD), Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies (AEGIS)


    German Association for Asian Studies (DGA), European Alliance for Asian Studies (Asia-Alliance)

    Latin America:

    German Association for Latin American Studies (ADLAF), Asociación Latinoamericana den Ciencia Política (ALACIP), European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR Standing Group Latin American Politics), Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales de América Latina (CEISAL), Red Euro-Latinoamericana de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo (RedGob)

    Middle East:

    German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO), Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo)


    European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI)

    The role of the Regional Institutes in the area studies communities is further emphasised by the international reputation of the journals of the GIGA Journal Family, which are published in cooperation with SAGE under the auspices and ownership of the respective Regional Institutes. All four journals are fully open access, as the GIGA with its Global Approach is committed to contribute to the scholarly exchange between the continents and to the reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and access.


    Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is President of the GIGA. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

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