3 sentences on the institute

The ABI is one of Germany’s major research centers in the domain of both comparative area studies and transregional studies. As an independent, non-profit research institution, the institute cooperates with the University of Freiburg. The Institute was founded in 1960 and goes back to Arnold Bergstraesser, at that time Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Freiburg.


17. March 2020

How do destination countries try to get transit countries in line with their migration policies? Antje Missbach and Melissa Phillips wrote @the interpreter.

16. March 2020

In order to keep the risk of infection with the coronavirus Covid-19 low, the ABI and the library will be closed to the public until April 19th, 2020.

20. February 2020

For an exchange and a visit of the ABI library, young researchers from l'Université Internationale de Rabat visited the ABI.

18. February 2020

The Chair for Development Theory and Policy is looking for a research assistant in support of the EUCOR funded project ‘Making Infrastructure Global?´


"Urban Poetics and Politics in Asia" is the title of the recently published issue of the International Quarterly for Asian Studies, edited by Claudia Derichs, Jörn Dosch, Conrad Schetter, Uwe Skoda.


Erik Plänitz recently published an article on reasons why some cities in Sub-Saharan Africa experience post-flood disorder while others do not.


Stefan Rother recently published a chapter on "Global civil society, migration and development" in Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development, eds. Tanja Bastia and Ronald Skeldon.


Projects and cooperations

The project Global Asylum Governance and European Union´s Role (ASILE) studies the interactions between emerging international protection systems and the United Nations Global Compact for Refugees.


This conference aims at a deeper understanding of the relationship between democracy and authoritarianism beyond the borders of the nation state. It examines both the authoritarian turn in the democratic environment and the "prevention of democracy" in states such as China. The conference design is guided by two principles: (1) dialogue between young scholars and senior researchers and (2) multidisciplinary dialogue. It is organised by scientists from the ABI and the University of Freiburg and will take place at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies from 30th September to 2nd October 2020.


Authoritarian Urbanism combines several activities ranging from research, a FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference on the Convergence of Authoritarianism & Democracy to an invitation for post-doc fellows from the Global South for two six months fellowships, in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.


The project “Making Infrastructures Global” addresses the issue of contemporary infrastructure projects that often look alike, produced as they are by planning agencies that operate across the world in public-private partnerships. Based on three cases of energy infrastructure projects in East Africa, North Africa and Latin America, this project analyses the contested power dynamics triggered by attempts at making infrastructure global.