Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

Lead Research Fellow | General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global


  • Short CV

    • Since 06/2018: Honorary professorship at the Philipps-University Marburg

    • 06/2018 - 01/2019: Acting Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies

    • 09/2006 - 10/2008: Senior Researcher DSF-Project "Societal and political Fractures after War: Youth Violence in Cambodia and Guatemala", INEF, University Duisburg-Essen.

    • Since 1993: Senior Researcher of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, research interests: peace and conflict, security policies, youth Regional focus Central America, Andean Region.

    • Since 1992: Independent Consultant (among others for the Foreign Ministry, Minis-try of Development Cooperation, GTZ, Bertelsmann Transformation Index).

    • 1991: PhD in Political Science, University of Hamburg.

    • 1990 - 1992: Researcher at the Research Center on Wars, Armament and Development, University of Hamburg.

    • 1987 - 1990: Researcher at the Institute of Political Science University of Hamburg (Prof. Dr. K.J. Gantzel), Coordination of the Research Group on Cau-ses of War.

    • 1987: Researcher at the Institute for Iberoamerican Studies, Hamburg (July - September)

    • Education: Studies in Political Science, Spanish, Contemporary History in Madrid, Erlangen, Sevilla and Hamburg

    Current Research

    • Postwar Societies

    • Violence and Social change

    • Youth

    Countries and Regions

    • Central America

    • Colombia

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-570sabine.kurtenbach@giga-hamburg.de

    Edited volume | 08/2021

    The Entanglements of Peace: Reflections on the long road of transforming the armed conflict in Colombia

    The publication of this study, which seeks to analyse and understand the variety of conceptions of peace in Colombia, comes at a key but complex moment. The context of the pandemic has not only had an impact on the health of the Colombian population, but also on the quality of life of households.

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Kristina Birke Daniels

    Chapter in edited Volume | 05/2021

    El Salvador: Old Habits Die Hard

    Désirée Reder

    Doctoral Researcher

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    GIGA Focus Global | 1/2021

    Neighbourhood Matters for Peacebuilding

    Die Bedeutung der regionalen Nachbarschaft wird in wissenschaftlichen und politischen Debatten um Konflikte und Frieden vielfach vernachlässigt. In diesem GIGA Focus Global wird das Konzept regionaler Friedensformationen thematisiert, ein wichtiges Instrument der Analyse regionaler Variation von Akteuren und Konfliktdynamiken.

    Chapter in edited Volume | 12/2020

    Envisioning PeaceǀTransforming Conflict: A Global Approach to Peace

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 31/08/2022

    COVID-19 and the Dynamics of (Post-)War Violence: Lessons from Colombia and Syria

    What are the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the dynamics of violence during and after civil wars? The project analyses the pandemic-related reconfiguration of social and political orders in a comparative study of Syria and Colombia at subnational levels. In this way, it will provide new knowledge on violence dynamics in two of the most complex conflicts today and be able to suggest crucial lessons for similar (post-)war contexts in other parts of the world.
    Volkswagen Foundation, 2021-2022

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    Democratizing Security in Turbulent Times

    How is security provided in turbulent times and how does this affect the relationship between democracy and security? The proposed research training group examines fundamental reconfigurations of the relationship between security and democracy against the backdrop of growing political and societal polarisation, the advent of new digital technologies and the rescaling of security to arenas below and beyond the state.
    Landesforschungsförderung Hamburg, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    PEACEptions

    Providing a conceptual framework in which different ideas of peace can be highlighted and their differences analysed in order to be able to formulate concrete proposals for peacebuilding is at the heart of this project. The concept is based on three elements whose meaning crosses historical and cultural boundaries: physical integrity, individual and collective human rights, and constructive conflict transformation.
    FES, 2021-2023

    Schweizer Rundfunk und Fernsehen | Interview | 01/12/2021

    Kolumbien fünf Jahre nach dem Friedensvertrag

    Moderator | 31/05/2021 - 03/06/2021

    Security and Peace in Times of Major Transformations. Digitalization and Climate Crisis

    Conference 31/05/2021 - 03/06/2021

    Third conference of the Network on Inclusive and sustainable Security in Latin America

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Panelist | 28/05/2021

    LASA Conference 2021

    Conference 28/05/2021

    paper presentation: Colombian migration abroad in the midst of several crises: from the 2008 economic downturn, to the peace process and now COVID

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Consultant | 27/05/2021

    Al Grano

    German Embassy Colombia Bogota: 27/05/2021

    Video tweet by the german ambassador on different topics

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Teaching | Philipps-Universität Marburg | 2020

    Lateinamerika brennt

    Philipps-Universität Marburg Marburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2015

    Violence and Inequality in Latin America

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2011

    Youth and Violence

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

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