ALMA Fellows

ALMA ( Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa) fellows are doctoral candidates or postdocs conducting interdisciplinary research. They empirically examine phenomena relevant to the social sciences which focus on non-European contexts and societies.

ALMA fellows have the opportunity to work at the ABI in an ALMA Studies Room. More information on how to become an ALMA fellow can be found here.


Areas of Research: migration, return migration, migration policy, migration development nexus
Regional Focus: West Africa, esp. The Gambia
Email: judith.altrogge [at]
Phone: +49 (0)170 – 9035908
Portrait Eric Elikem Ashiabi
Areas of Research: Opposition political parties and electoral reforms; Cross-border ethnic groups, contested citizenship and national identity; Social Cohesion
Regional Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
Email: ashiabielikem77 [at]
Areas of Research: Political ethnology, urban ethnology, land tenure, corruption and anti-corruption
Regional Focus: East Africa (esp. Kenya) and Central Africa (esp. Cameroon)
Email: Miriam.Badoux [at]
Areas of Research: Youth, life planning, (higher) education, future
Regional Focus: West Africa (esp. Gambia and Burkina Faso)
Email: maike.birzle [at]
Areas of Research: Conflicts on resources, indigenious movements, Neoextractivism
Regional Focus: Latinamerica (especially Peru)
Email: j.luis.camacho.cueva [at]
Position: Research Fellow
Areas of Research: Peace building, conflict management, traditional institutions, local governance, Good Governance
Regional Focus: West Africa (esp. Ghana)
Email: michael.cobb [at]
Areas of Research: Environmental Governance, Resources and Climate Policy, Political Ecology, Socio-Ecological Conflicts, State Theories, (Neo-)Gramscianism Approaches
Regional Focus: Indonesia, Brazil
Email: anna.fuenfgeld [at]
Areas of Research: Migration, Externalisierung, borders
Regional Focus: EU, Westafrica, esp. Ghana, Niger, Senegal
Email: Leonie.jegen [at]
Areas of Research: Local governments and devolved governance, public participation, public administration (esp. public policy development), community development and volunteerism
Regional Focus: East Africa (esp. Kenya)
Email: kenyattagloria [at]
Areas of Research: South-north forced migration relations, local migration governance
Regional Focus: Turkey, Syria
Email: dilshad.muhammad [at]
Areas of Research: Global environmental and climate change (incl. adaptation), Resettlement, Political Ecology
Regional Focus: Sub-Sahara Africa (esp. Ghana and Rwanda), Delta region
Email: friedrich.neu [at]
Phone: +49 (0)761 – 20354233
Areas of Research: International relations, politics, culture, conflict, poverty, violence against women, gender equality, gender in peacebuilding and Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030
Regional Focus: West Africa (esp. Nigeria)
Email: Chinwe.ogbonna [at]
Email: ingrid.pavezi [at]
Phone: +49 (0)1769020646
Areas of Research: Critical and postcolonial theories of international relations, Africana Studies, Cultural Studies, German Foreign Policy and Development in Africa
Regional Focus: West Africa (esp. Mali); Europe (esp. Germany)
Email: st874 [at]
Areas of Research: Natural resource governance shifts, resource control, power struggles, post-conflict societies, environmental peacebuilding
Regional Focus: Latin America (esp. Columbia)
Email: zabrina.welter [at]
Phone: +49 (0)173 – 3531075
Areas of Research: Migration and Displacement Studies, Gender and Masculinities, Security Studies Research on violence
Regional Focus: North Africa, Central Mediterranean Route, Europe
Email: cita.wetterich [at]
Phone: +49 (0)761 888 78 24
Position: Researcher at the University of Freiburg, Dept. Higher Education Didactics