Dr. Thomas Richter

Senior Research Fellow | Editor GIGA Focus Middle East


  • Short CV

    • Since 10/2018: Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    • 04/2018 - 05/2018: IDCAR Visiting Fellow at WZB Berlin in the Research Unit “Democracy and Democratization”

    • 09/2017: Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award, GSRE - Global State Revenues and Expenditures Data Set

    • 2016 - 2018: Coordinator GIGA Forum

    • 2011 - 2015: Speaker of the GIGA Research Team "Persistence and Change in Non-Democratic Regimes" in the Research Programme 1

    • Since 2013: Senior Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 2008 - 2013: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 2007 - 2008: PhD-Fellow at BIGSSS Bremer International Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen (Scholarship of Hans-Böckler Foundation)

    • 2003 - 2007: PhD-Fellow at the GSSS Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen (Scholarship of Hans-Böckler Foundation)

    • Education: Studies in Political Science, Economics and Islamic Studies at the Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor); Dissertation „Authoritarian Rule, Material Resources and Foreign Trade Reforms: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan between 1970 and 2003”; 2008: PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) at the University of Bremen (summa cum laude)

    Current Research

    • Structural Adjustment and Sectoral Transformation

    • Institutional and Material Determinants of Authoritarian Rule

    • Executive Personalization

    • Shrinking Civic Spaces

    Countries and Regions

    • Small Gulf states


    Awards

    • Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award 2017

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-528thomas.richter@giga-hamburg.de

    Research Project | 15/01/2022 - 14/12/2024

    COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, political leaders reacted by containment measures that, next to combating the spread of the pandemic, also presented a window of opportunity to bolster executives’ personal grasp on power. Personalization of power has been particularly worrying in the Global South where constraints on the chief executives were often already weak prior to the pandemic. This project assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the personalization of executive power in 36 countries of the Global South.
    DFG, 2021-2024

    Research Project | 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2023

    Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures Dealing with Disparity

    The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023

    Research Project | 01/12/2019 - 30/11/2024

    Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalisation

    "Monitoring System and Transfer Platform Radicalization" (MOTRA) is a research association in the context of civil security research (zivile Sicherheitsforschung) funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project was created as part of the establishment of a top-level research cluster for the early detection, prevention and combating of Islamic extremism and terrorism and will be a central point of contact over a period of five years.
    BMBF, 2019-2024

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 09/01/2021

    Iran und das Ende des Boykotts gegen Katar

    Schwäbische Zeitung | Quote | 21/09/2019

    Warum der Khashoggi-Mord kein Thema mehr ist

    Magazin Zenith | Quote | 19/06/2019

    Hafen Duqm im Oman. Hier baut Oman an seiner Zukunft

    Panelist | 11/01/2022

    Labour Migration in the Gulf – Building Wealth on Precarity

    11/01/2022

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Speaker | 15/11/2021

    COVID-19 and Executive Personalization in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA Region

    Conference 15/11/2021

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Speaker | 09/11/2021

    Whither Rentierism: Trajectories of Adjustment in the Arab Gulf after the Era of Oil Income Abundance

    Workshop 09/11/2021

    This paper looks at key trajectories of adjustment in the Arab Gulf since 2014. We argue that despite a wide range of adjustment measures no deep, structural reform has been initiated in any of the GCC countries. We highlight, however, the importance of several crucial trends which shed light upon the future of reforms in the region. First, while coordination between oil produces was successful at the global level in the context of OPEC+, similarly gainful policy coordination was largely absent within the GCC. Second, migrant workers from the Global South have been the biggest losers from post-2014 adjustment policies, while citizens of the Gulf states – most of whom are employed in the well-paid public sector – were able to maintain their privileges. Third, as typical for rentier states, adjustment policies were characterized by institutional weaknesses. Differences between GCC countries can be explained by looking at distinctive institutional configurations relevant for policy formulation and decision making. In our concluding section we discuss what this means for the advancement of rentierism as key concept to better understand the political economy in the Middle East.

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Middle East

    Teaching | Leuphana University of Lüneburg | 2018

    Democratization and Authoritarian Resistance

    Leuphana University of Lüneburg Lüneburg

    In this seminar an extensive overview about research and debates on democratization and authoritarianism looking at all World regions will be given. How are democratic and authoritarian political regimes defined and measured? What have been drivers of democratization since World War II and what regional similarities and differences exist? Which political systems around the globe persisted to the rise of democracy? And what are the tools of authoritarian leaders to stay in power? How do we understand and explain the recent resurgence of authoritarian politics? And what does this mean for the future of democracy? The seminar puts special emphasis on regional and international sources of democratization and authoritarian resistance.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2018

    The Comparative Study of Authoritarian Regimes

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    In this seminar an extensive overview about research and debates on authoritarianism and authoritarian regimes looking at all World regions will be given. How is authoritarianism and how are authoritarian political regimes defined and measured? What have been the factors (de)stabilizing authoritarian regimes since World War II and what regional similarities and differences exist? In which political systems around the globe non-democratic rule has been maintained until today? And what are the tools of authoritarian leaders to stay in power? How do we understand and explain the recent resurgence of authoritarian politics? And what does this mean for the future of liberal democracy? The seminar puts emphasis on domestic, regional and international elements studying authoritarian regimes across all World regions.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2017

    Demokratisierung: Theorie, Empirie und Praxis

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Notification

    Sign up to receive email notifications about GIGA activities

    Social Media

    Follow us