Désirée Reder

Doctoral Researcher

Désirée Reder

  • Short CV

    Doctoral Researcher, Center for Conflict Studies, Philipps University Marburg and German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg
    Topic: The Legitimation of Violent Repression Against Peaceful Dissent.

    Supervisors: Prof Thorsten Bonacker, Prof Sabine Kurtenbach

    PhD Scholarships from the Foundation of German Business (sdw)
    and from the Claussen-Simon Foundation

    Current Research

    • Security Sector Reforms

    • State Repression

    • Violent Democracies

    • Social Protest

    • Discursive Politics

    • Legitimizing Repression and state-driven violence

    Countries and Regions

    • Nicaragua
    • El Salvador
    • Central America

    • Latin America

    Research Programmes


    • Women in International Security, Women In International Security (WIIS) is the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security., since 2019


    • State Violence and Contentious Politics in Democracies. Justifying Shrinking Spaces and Violent State Repression in the Name of Democracy.


    • PhD Scholarship, Claussen-Simon-Stiftung, 2019
    • PhD Scholarship, Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft gGmbH, Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann, 2019

    Désirée Reder

    Doctoral Researcher

    T. +49 40 42825-757desiree.reder@giga-hamburg.de

    PS - Political Science and Politics | 04/2023

    Introducing ScrumAdemia: An Agile Guide for Doctoral Research

    Pursuing a PhD is an exigent endeavor entailing various psychological and organizational challenges. This article proposes our adaptation of the agile method Scrum, which we call “ScrumAdemia,” as a solution.

    Dataset | 2022

    Replication data for Introducing ScrumAdemia: An Agile Guide for Doctoral Research

    Replication data for: Franco, Clara, Anna Fünfgeld, Viviana García Pinzón, Jan Klenke, Rebecca Lohmann, Désirée Reder, and Swantje Schirmer (2023), Introducing ScrumAdemia: An Agile Guide for Doctoral Research...


    Research Project | 01/05/2016 - 31/01/2020

    Security Sector Reform and the Stability of Post-War Peace

    Security Sector Reform (SSR) is commonly defined as changes in the structure and conduct of those state institutions responsible for the prosecution and punishment of non-legal manifestations of violence: the military, police, and judiciary. Scholars and practitioners alike thereby see the process of SSR as one of the most vital elements for creating a stable post-war peace. The project investigates the conditions for this process.
    DFG, 2016-2020

    Deutsche Welle | Interview | 30/08/2023

    Desapariciones forzadas: una tragedia viva en Latinoamérica

    La desaparición forzada de personas en América Latina roza cifras alarmantes. En el Día Internacional que conmemora a estas víctimas, DW analiza con expertos cómo ha evolucionado este fenómeno en la región.


    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 02/08/2023

    Juicios masivos en El Salvador y otros casos en la historia

    Los juicios masivos que anunció Nayib Bukele en El Salvador tienen antecedentes históricos, pero algunos de ellos representan claras violaciones contra los derechos humanos, según expertos.

    BBC World Service. Newshour | Interview | 05/07/2023

    Rumours about the release of a prominent political prisoner in Nicaragua

    There are strong rumors about the negotiated release of bishop Rolando Álvarez, one of Nicaraguas most prominent political prisoners. GIGA researcher Désirée Reder discusses the questions: What is known about the content of these negotiations? Why might he not accept the conditions of his release? Why would the regime release him now?

    Other | 02/10/2023 - 03/10/2023

    Neue Wege, neues Wissen: Forschung und Journalismus global und digital

    Bürgerfest zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit., Hamburg Désirée Reder (Moderator, Panelist), Nora Kürzdörfer (Panelist), Tevin Tafese (Panelist), Udo Schmidt (Moderator), Philipp Abresch (Panelist), Philipp Weber (Panelist), Düzen Tekkal (Panelist)

    Digitale Medien haben die Wissensvermittlung revolutioniert. Forscher:innen des GIGA und Journalisten des NDR werden bei der Gesprächsrunde am 2. Oktober über ihre Arbeit sowie neue Informationswege und Formen der Wissensvermittlung berichten.

    Udo Schmidt

    Philipp Abresch

    Philipp Weber


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