Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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


  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2018: Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

    • 10/2016 - 12/2016: Visiting Fellow at Oxford Changing Character of War Programme

    • Since 05/2014: External Associate at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

    • 03/2014 - 05/2014: Visiting Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

    • Since 12/2013: Professor at the University of Hamburg (§ 17 Professur)

    • 6/2005 - 04/2015: Head of GIGA Research Programme 2 "Violence and Security"

    • Since 2002: Research fellow with GIGA Institute of African Affairs; areas of expertise: Southern Africa, West and Central Africa; elections, political parties, democracy, civil-military relations, violent conflict, resource wars

    • Education: Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology at Heidelberg University; PhD 2001

    Current Research

    • Resources conflicts

    • Religion and violent conflict

    • Civil–military relations

    • Political institutions

    Countries and Regions

    • Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Mali

    • Niger

    • Chad

    • Botswana

    Research Programmes


    Memberships

    • International Studies Association
    • Bertelsmann Transformation Index, Bertelsmann Stiftung
    • Association for African Studies in Germany
    • American Political Science Association

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-517matthias.basedau@giga-hamburg.de

    GIGA Working Papers | 09/2021

    One Year After: Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    In the spring of 2020, observers and practitioners warned that COVID-19 would increase violence in sub-Saharan Africa through an economic shock that would lead to distributional conflict and state repression – and violence did indeed increase in 2020. An analysis by Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau and Mora Deitch.

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Mora Deitch

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Focus Afrika | 1/2021

    Ten Things to Watch in Africa in 2021

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Prof. Dr. Jann Lay

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 3

    GIGA Focus Afrika | 5/2020

    A Force (Still) to Be Reckoned With: The Military in African Politics

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 30/09/2022

    Corona Conflicts? Analysing Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Violent Conflict in Africa

    At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, decision-makers warned that the pandemic might lead to more violent conflict in fragile states, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This project engages in a mixed-methods approach to study related relationships.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/11/2020 - 31/10/2023

    Religion for Peace: Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace

    In recent years, religion has become an increasingly contentious phenomenon, with religious violence and discrimination on the rise worldwide. However, religion is also connected to peace: interfaith peace is, in fact, the norm rather than the exception. We contribute to the rigorous empirical study of the link between religion and peace, especially regarding positive peace. Using several cutting-edge methodologies, we expect substantial results that are also very useful for policy.
    DFG, 2020-2023

    Research Project | 01/10/2020 - 30/09/2023

    Freedom and Development? Religious Actors, Freedom of Belief and Religion, and Sustainable Development

    About 80% of the world's population professes a religion. In many countries, religious actors play a major role in development, e.g. education and the satisfaction of basic needs. At the same time, freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) seems to be increasingly restricted and "religious" conflicts seem to be on the rise. We contribute to the international discussion how religion, and in particular FoRB, affects the Sustainable Development Goals. The project will provide policy recommendations with regard to potential religious partners in development cooperation.
    BMZ, 2020-2023

    Frankfurter Rundschau (auch: Rheinpfalz und Stuttgarter Nachrichten) | Interview | 09/01/2022

    „Völliger Rückzug wäre jetzt falsch“

    Deutsche Welle TV | Interview | 30/09/2020

    Conflicts slow world pandemic response

    Panelist | 01/10/2021

    APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2021: Promoting Pluralism

    Conference 01/10/2021

    Panel: The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Empirical Studies on Religion, Conflict and Peace

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Speaker | 01/10/2021

    Please, Make Peace! The Religious Determinants of Positive and Negative Peace

    Conference 01/10/2021

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Speaker | 12/07/2021

    What do we know about religion and peace? A review of the empirical literature

    Conference 12/07/2021

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2020

    Ressourcenkonflikte

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    Frieden durch Institutionen?

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2018

    Causes of armed conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

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