PD Dr. Andreas Ufen

Senior Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson

PD Dr. Andreas Ufen

  • Short CV

    • Since 04/2021: Spokesperson of the Research Team “Democratic Institutions”, RP1 “Accountability and Participation”

    • 10/2011 - 09/2013: Substitute professor for political science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

    • Since 09/2012: Coeditor of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs

    • 2010 - 10/2011: Coordinator of the GIGA Doctoral Programme
    • 2010: Habilitation at the University of Hamburg in Political Science with a thesis on the Malaysian party system

    • Since 2000: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies; Lecturer at University of Hamburg (Political Science and Indonesian Studies)

    • Political Science at Free University of Berlin (1988-1994); MA in Political Science, University of Berlin; Ph.D., University of Hamburg, Faculty for Political Science: April 2000 "Power Configuration and Democratization in Indonesia (1965-1999)"

    Current Research

    • Democratization in Indonesia and Malaysia

    • Anti-Fake News Laws in Indonesia and Malaysia
    • Political parties in Southeast Asia

    • Populism in Southeast Asia

    • Civil society in Indonesia and Malaysia

    • Foreign policy of Indonesia


    Countries and Regions

    • Southeast Asia

    • Indonesia

    • Malaysia



    • American Political Science Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2021
    • European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, Membership in region-specific association or network, since 2021
    • German Association for Asian Studies, Membership in region-specific association or network, since 2021

    PD Dr. Andreas Ufen

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    T. +49 40 428874-32andreas.ufen@giga-hamburg.de

    Research Project | 01/02/2023 - 31/01/2024

    Mapping and Strengthening Civil Society Response to Disinformation

    Governments in autocratic and autocratizing contexts may use anti-fake news laws to discredit critical civil society actors as agents of “disinformation” and punish them. Through comparative and cross-learning insights derived from field studies, we seek to map civil society responses against the autocratic use of disinformation laws and strengthen policies for right to information and freedom of speech and expression.
    NED, 2023-2024

    Research Project | 01/01/2023 - 31/08/2024

    Strengthening Civil Society Against the Weaponization of Anti-Fake News Laws: A Comparison of Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Thailand

    In an age of proliferating disinformation, governments in South and Southeast Asia have come out with anti-fake news laws. However, the “weaponization" of such laws can lead governments to control online platforms and censor critics. Our project examines the patterns and processes of the weaponization of such laws against civic actors and countermeasures by the latter. We aim for academic and policy outcomes to improve disinformation regulation while safeguarding digital rights.
    GIGA, 2023-2024

    Research Project | 01/03/2021 - 31/08/2023

    The Belt and Road Initiative and Southeast Asian Countries: The Debt Curse Perspective; WP “Political Implications of the BRI in Malaysia”

    This is a collaborative research project of 11 researchers led by a research team at the University of Kyoto (Japan). It analyses the political and economic consequences of Chinese investments within the framework of the BRI and focuses on countries in Southeast Asia.
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 01/11/2017 - 28/02/2021

    Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA)

    Southeast Asia is facing diverse institutional and geopolitical challenges. Of further concern are environmental and social issues as well as new economic dynamics. This interdisciplinary EU funded research project, coordinated by EFEO (France) investigates current developments in Southeast Asia, using a broad array of topics, perspectives and approaches.
    EC, Horizon 2020, 2017-2021

    Radiowelt, BR2 | Interview | 14/11/2022

    Indonesien ist erstmals Gastgeber des G20-Gipfels

    Dr. Andreas Ufen, Wissenschaftler am GIGA Institute for Asian Studies im Interview mit Gabi Kautzmann zu Gastgeberrolle Indonesiens beim G20-Gipfel.

    The Asia Dialogue | Article | 01/08/2019

    The role of money in Southeast Asian politics

    Deutsche Welle | Quote | 07/08/2017

    50 Jahre ASEAN-Weg

    Workshop | 25/09/2023 - 26/09/2023

    Brainstorming Workshop on ‘Anti-Fake News Laws in South and Southeast Asia’

    Brainstorming Workshop on ‘Anti-Fake News Laws in South and Southeast Asia’, Bali PD Dr. Andreas Ufen (Chair), Dr. Sangeeta Mahapatra (Chair), Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri (Chair)

    GIGA researchers along with local partner SAFEnet in Indonesia conducted an international knowledge-sharing and capacity-building workshop in Bali, on ‘Strengthening Civil Society Against Disinformation and the Weaponized Use of Anti-Fake News Laws’ from 25-26 September 2023.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2022

    Global Populism

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Democratization in Asia

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta | 2021

    Electoral Systems

    Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta Yogyakarta Indonesia

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