Areas of Research: Transnational Migration, Return migration, policy analysis, identity and belonging politics, migration governance, migration economics
Regional Focus: Sub-Sahara Africa, Europe
Email: kwaku.arhin-sam [at]
Areas of Research: Authoritarianism and political transformation; violent conflict and its local, cross-border, regional dynamics; disciplinarity of social sciences and area studies
Regional Focus: Middle East, especially Jordan and Syria
Email: [at]
Areas of Research: Human rights, democracy and development; democracy promotion; participatory democracy; structural inequalities and the role of social movements; natural resource governance
Regional Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa (especially Ghana); South Asia (especially Nepal)
Email: gordon.crawford [at]
Areas of Research: Human rights, access to justice, macho violence, violence against women, feminists theories and ethics theories, criminal justice and decolonial criminology
Regional Focus: South America (especially Chile and Wallmapu, territory of the mapuche people’s) and Australia
Email: sheila.fernandez [at]
Areas of Research: Religion and international development; religion and society in East Africa; self-accomplishment in East Africa; theorizing religious mobility; the 'afterlives' of development projects in Sub-Saharan Africa; the internationalization of private education
Regional Focus: East Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
Email: yonatan.gez [at]
Areas of Research: Local security and civil war in fragile states
Regional Focus: Central African Republic, Haiti, South Sudan, Somaliland
Email: tim.glawion [at]
Areas of Research: Post-conflict political development; power-sharing; political economy of foreign aid; multilateral peace operations; civil wars; quantitative methods
Regional Focus: Sub-Sahara Africa
Email: felix.haass [at]
Areas of Research: Education and Development, Ethnic Conflict and Conflict Regulation, Religion and Democracy
Regional Focus: Subsaharian Africa, South-East Asia, Middle East
Email: theodor.hanf [at]
Areas of Research: Political anthropology (state and statehood, violent conflicts, social trust/distrust, borderlands) ; anthropology of development (NGOs and village associations, vocational training, higher education, research careers); medical anthropology
Regional Focus: West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon)
Email: katharina.heitz.tokpa [at]
Areas of Research: Project conceptualisation (programme theory), indicator development, quality assurance and standard-setting for M&E systems, (conflict-sensitive) results-based monitoring, project evaluations (focus: contribution analysis)
Regional Focus: Southern and Eastern Africa, Central Asia, Middle East
Email: m.und.e [at]
Areas of Research: Political, social and economic development of modern South Asia, mainly since 1947; Development policy and theory; Postcolonialism; Election observation / election studies; International political economy
Regional Focus: South Asia, India
Email: clemens.juergemeyer [at]
Areas of Research: Sociology of Development, Theory of Development, Political Sociology, Sociology & Politics of Work, Ethnicity, Public Memory, Theory of Society
Regional Focus: Southern Africa
Email: reinhart.koessler [at]
Areas of Research: Bioeconomy, development and sustainability discourses, renewable energies, political ecology, social movements, socio-ecological inequalities
Regional Focus: Mexico, Latin America; Germany
Email: rosa.lehmann [at]
Areas of Research: Governance, Democracy, Political Economy of Corruption, Socio-Economic Development, Inequality, Civil Society, IT/New Media, Research Methods
Regional Focus: Asia / Southeast Asia - particular focus on Indonesia
Email: christian.von.luebke [at]
Areas of Research: Global migration & refugee studies; Socio-legal dimensions of irregular & forced migration in Southeast Asia; Diaspora politics & long-distance nationalism; Trafficking in persons, human smuggling & related transnational crimes in Asia-Pacific region
Regional Focus: Southeast Asia, mainly Indonesia
Email: antje.missbach [at]
Position: Senior Researcher
Areas of Research: Tradition, Education and Democracy. Philosophical foundations of development aid.
Regional Focus: Francophone Africa
Email: pascal.mupepele [at]
Areas of Research: Inequality, corruption, and the informal economy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Regional Focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
Email: philip.nel [at]
Areas of Research: International Criminal Law, International Human Rights, Legal Pluralism, Customary Law, Gender Equality and Access to Justice
Regional Focus: Burundi, Africa
Email: niyoparfait2004 [at]
Areas of Research: Political Sociology; International Labour Migration & Skills Mobility; Political Mobilization & Social Movements; Transnational Advocacy Networks; Multi-level & networked Governance; Migrant Rights; Gender and Migration; Social and Political Development
Regional Focus: Primarily Asia, also Latin America and Africa
Email: n.piper [at]
Areas of Research: Peace processes (Peacebuilding, Mediation and Local Level Dialogue); climate change and its effects on the global South (Migration, impacts on livelihoods in the urban context, resource conflicts)
Regional Focus: Western Africa (especially Ghana), Eastern Africa (especially Ethiopia and Rwanda)
Email: erik.plaenitz [at]
Areas of Research: Structural Shifts in South-South Relations, Development and Sustainability Discourses, Political Economy of Resources (fossil and biogenic), Bioeconomy and Energy Politics
Regional Focus: Latin America, China-Latin America, China-Latin America-EU
Email: fabricio.rodriguez [at]
Areas of Research: The impact of authoritarian rule, conflict and flight on the memory of the body and the political and social behavior of refugees; political trauma, violence and conflict, process of coming to terms with own’s past, authoritarian states
Regional Focus: Subsaharan Africa (Zimbabwe), Southern Europe (Spain)
Email: beatrice.schlee [at]
Areas of Research: Syrian refugees in the Middle East; humanitarianism; gender, particularly masculinities; labour market access and integration, encampment policies
Regional Focus: Middle East, particularly Jordan
Email: lewis.turner [at]
Areas of Research: Main areas of research: Welfare Regimes and Social Policy in Latin America, Democracy, the "New" Left and Inequality in Latin America, Comparative Analysis of Transitional Justice, Development Policy (especially recent work) and Development Theory Region
Regional Focus: Latin America, especially Cono Sur
Email: ingrid.wehr [at]
Position: Senior Researcher
Areas of Research: Democratic Transition, Good Governance, Conflict Resolution, Decentralisation, Education, Development Policy
Regional Focus: Africa, Asia, EU
Email: heribert.weiland [at]