Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

Research Fellow

Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

  • Short CV

    • Since 04/2021: Deputy equal opportunity commissioner at the GIGA
    • Since 11/2020: Research Fellow in the Project “Religion for peace: identifying conditions and mechanisms of interfaith peace” funded by DFG
    • Since 2018: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs
    • 2016 - 2021: Doctoral Researcher in the GIGA Doctoral Programme
    • 2017 - 2020: Research Associate at the Department of Economics at Universität Hamburg
    • 02/2020 - 06/2020: Co-convenor of the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group “Sustainable rural transformation” at Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) in Accra, Ghana funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    • 10/2019 - 12/2019: Field research coordinator in Liberia in the project “Large-scale land acquisitions, rural change and social conflict” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
    • 10/2019 - 12/2019: Research Fellow in the project “Religion, conflict, and sustainable peace: identifying causal conditions and conclusions for development cooperation” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
    • 10/2016 - 12/2017: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies
    • 2017: Field research in the scope of the project „Engine or Brake? The impact of religion on sustainable development” in Ghana and Tanzania
    • 2015: Heinz Nixdorf Scholarship Programme for young professionals for a seven-months stay in Vietnam
    • Education: PhD in Economics at the University of Hamburg; M.Sc. in Politics, Economics & Philosophy at the University of Hamburg; B.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics at Goethe-University Frankfurt

    Current Research

    • Social cohesion
    • Conflict
    • Religion
    • Experimental economics

    Countries and Regions

    • Ghana
    • Liberia
    • Sierra Leone
    • Togo


    • Social Cohesion under Threat? Evidence from Behavioral Experiments in Sub-Saharan Africa

    GIGA Focus Africa | 3/2021

    Challenging Trust in Government: COVID in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Even though many sub-Saharan African countries seem to have gotten through the corona-virus crisis relatively well until now, vaccine hesitancy and looming recessions pose ongoing challenges. The authors analyse how the pandemic affects trust in government's abilities to manage crises.

    American Journal of Political Science | 2020

    Universal Love or One True Religion? Experimental Evidence of the Ambivalent Effect of Religious Ideas on Altruism and Discrimination

    In this article, we argue that the content of religious ideas has causal effects on intergroup discrimination. We hence test the impact of two opposing, prominent religious ideas on altruism and discrimination: universal love and the notion of one true religion.

    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 | 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2026

    Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

    MIASA, based at the University of Legon, Ghana, is one of five Maria Sibylla Merian Centres for Advanced Studies, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research. Its overall aim is to work towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production and bridging the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA's thematical focus is on sustainable governance. The GIGA contributes to the Interdisciplinary Fellow Group on ‘Sustainable Rural Transformation’ and its outreach activities.
    BMBF, 2020-2026

    Research Project | 01/03/2019 - 31/12/2021

    Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Rural Change, and Social Conflict

    By combining theoretical and methodological approaches in political science, economics, and environmental sciences, this project analyzes the effects of large-scale land acquisitions on rural structural change and social conflicts in order to advance academic research, provide international policy advice, and inform the work of local advocacy and development organizations.
    BMZ, 2019-2022

    Research Project | 01/02/2019 - 31/12/2019

    Religion, Conflict, and Sustainable Peace: Causal Relationships and Recommendations for Development Cooperation

    Religion generally plays a major role in the partner countries of German development cooperation. However, religion does not always seem to be favorable for development and peace. Conflicts in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria and Syria are often fought out between religious groups. Terrorist attacks by religious extremists are shaking Western countries and claiming even more victims in the Global South. This project investigates the causal relationships between religion, conflict, and peace and formulates recommendations for German development cooperation.
    BMZ, 2019

    Speaker | 07/10/2021

    Large-scale agricultural investments and social conflict - Experimental evidence from rural Liberia

    Conference 07/10/2021

    The 2021 Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC) is organized virtually by FAIR at the Norwegian School of Economics and the Department of Economics at the Monash Business School. This annual symposium brings together a community of scholars who employ laboratory experimental methods for research in low and middle-income countries.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    Public Finance

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2019

    Übung: Mikroökonomie für BWL

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2018

    Übung: Finanzwissenschaft

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany


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