Julia Köbrich

Doctoral Researcher

Julia Köbrich

  • Short CV

    • Since 11/2020: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of African Affairs

    • 06/2020 - 09/2020: Research Assistant at the Department for Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR) at Uppsala University

    • Education: M.SSc. in Peace and Conflict Studies at Uppsala University; B.A. in State Sciences (Social Sciences and Economics) at Erfurt University

    Current Research

    • Religion

    • Social Identities and Social Psychology

    • Moral Foundations Theory

    • Reconciliation

    • Post-Conflict Societies

    Countries and Regions

    • Africa

    Research Programmes


    • How to Foster Interreligious Peace? Determinants and Societal Consequences of Positive and Negative Interreligious Contact in Africa

    Julia Köbrich

    Doctoral Researcher

    T. +49 40 42825-620julia.koebrich@giga-hamburg.de

    GIGA Focus Africa | 2/2024

    Peaceful or Contentious? How to Promote Interreligious Peace in Africa

    In African societies, celebrations of religious diversity exist alongside (violent) religious extremism. What determines whether interreligious relations are peaceful or contentious? What can we learn from positive examples, and what role does religious extremism play in interreligious peace?

    Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology | 11/2023

    Interreligious Contact and Attitudes in Togo and Sierra Leone: The Role of Ingroup Norms and Individual Preferences

    Rising religious violence makes it imperative to develop strategies to foster and preserve interreligious peace. We examine the role of descriptive and injunctive pro-mixing ingroup norms in explaining interreligious contact and, indirectly, more favorable interreligious attitudes.

    Politics and Religion | 09/2023

    What Do We Know about Religion and Interreligious Peace?: A Review of the Quantitative Literature

    Interreligious relations remain an important dimension of human coexistence and we currently observe an increase in religiously motivated violence and discrimination. Hence, we need to better understand determinants of interreligious peace.

    Dataset | 2023

    Interreligious contact and attitudes in Togo and Sierra Leone: The role of ingroup norms and individual preferences (CATSL)

    Replication data for: "Interreligious contact and attitudes in Togo and Sierra Leone: The role of ingroup norms and individual preferences" by Julia Köbrich, Borja Martinović and Tobias Stark that will be published in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.


    GIGA Focus Africa | 5/2022

    Queen Mothers: Women in Leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Six of the 25 countries with the highest proportion of women in parliament are in sub-Saharan Africa. Some African countries also sit atop lists of numbers of women on corporate boards. How did women attain such leadership positions in these countries, and what can Germany and the EU learn from them?

    Research Project | 01/08/2024 - 31/07/2026

    Religion for Peace: Investigating Messengers and Messages for Interreligious Peace

    Religious leaders are active for (interreligious) peace in many contexts and, for example, use their rhetoric to advocate for peace. The effectiveness of religious leaders’ rhetoric depends on the interplay of religious leaders being the messengers and the contents of their words—the message itself. This project (re)tests the (comparative) effectiveness of religious leaders as peace messengers and effective content of peace messages. The project also examines effects of an intervention.
    DFG, 2024-2025

    Research Project | 01/11/2020 - 31/07/2024

    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, 2020-2024

    Victoire FM | Lomé Bouge Info | Radio Pyramide FM | Actu-Togo | Mention | 27/09/2023

    Reporting on Workshop Lomé: Religion for Peace? Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace

    Local radio and webnews reported on our activities as part of the workshop in Lomé on conditions and mechanisms of interreligious peace.

    Conference | 25/09/2023 - 26/09/2023

    Workshop Lomé: Religion for Peace? Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace

    Workshop Lomé: Religion for Peace? Identifying Conditions and Mechanisms of Interfaith Peace, Hotel Onomo, Lomé Dr. Lisa Hoffmann (Panelist, Organiser), Julia Köbrich (Panelist, Organiser)

    This workshop discussed facets of interreligious relations, focusing on the role religion can play for peace. It aimed to identify the conditions and mechanisms that facilitate interfaith peace and looked at the actors and approaches involved in strengthening peaceful relationships across religious communities.


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