Areas of Research: Power-sharing after peacebuilding, violent conflicts, crisis prevention, German and French politics in Africa
Regional Focus: Central Africa, West Africa
Email: andreas.mehler [at]
Position: Director
Areas of Research: Regional Integration, Interregionalism, Development Policy
Regional Focus: Southern Africa, SADC
Email: martin.adelmann [at]
Position: Executive Manager
Areas of Research: Francophone African Literatures & Social and Cultural Anthropology, Literary Anthropology/Ethnocritique
Regional Focus: Senegal
Email: stephanie.boye [at]
Position: Scientific Coordinator of ACT (Africa Centre for Transregional Research)
Email: sekretariat.abi [at]
Position: Assistant of the Executive Management, Public Relations
Email: elisabeth.caruana [at]
Position: Librarian
Areas of Research: Ethnic and Religious Conflicts, Conflict Regulation, Transition and Democratization, Pentecostal Churches and Religious Movements, Political Role of Churches
Regional Focus: Subsaharan Africa, esp. Chad, South Africa, Burundi
Email: helga.dickow [at]
Position: Senior Researcher, Coordination Cluster Conflict and Fragility
Email: carmen.gehri [at]
Position: Accounting
Areas of Research: Cultural and Science Policy / Diplomacy, International Cooperation/ International Relations, Culture and Development
Regional Focus: India and Ghana
Email: annika.hampel [at]
Position: Managing Director of the Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT), on parental leave until 31 December 2020
Email: katharina.hanske [at]
Position: Executive Director of Africa Centre for Transregional Research (ACT) at the University of Freiburg (Maternity Leave Substitute)
Areas of Research: the Production of Security and Insecurity, “war on drugs”, statehood, multiscalar governance, political economy of land conflicts, spatial theory
Regional Focus: Latin America (particularly Colombia, Mexico)
Email: alke.jenss [at]
Position: Senior Researcher, Coordination Cluster Contested Governance
Areas of Research: Political Economy, Geopolitics, Industrialisation
Regional Focus: Horn of Africa, focus on Ethiopia and Djibouti
Email: benedikt.kamski [at]
Position: Senior Researcher
Areas of Research: Germany and the Middle East, Pan-Movements in the Middle East, Political Islam, Islam and Nationalism, Historical Aspects of the Cyprus Conflict
Regional Focus: Middle East, Cyprus
Email: tilman.luedke [at]
Position: Senior Researcher
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: Migration, Theory of International Relations, Regional Cooperation (ASEAN), Global Governance, Social Movements
Regional Focus: Southeast Asia
Email: stefan.rother [at]
Position: Senior Researcher
Areas of Research: Development Policy, Disability Studies, Traditional Medicine
Regional Focus: South Asia, India
Email: asianstudies [at]
Position: Editorial Manager of the International Quarterly for Asian Studies
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: external intervention and attempts at 'democracy promotion', transregional authoritarian entanglements, processes of democratisation, economic liberalisation, military collaboration, renewable energy projects
Regional Focus: Middle East (particularly Lebanon and Jordan)
Email: benjamin.schuetze [at]
Position: Senior Researcher at the University of Freiburg, Dept. Political Science, Chair Prof. Mehler
Email: melanie.spoeri [at]
Position: Assistant of Administration
Areas of Research: Democratization, Transformation, Authoritarian practices, Political Institutions, Governance, EU foreign and security policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations
Regional Focus: Middle East and North Africa
Email: jan.voelkel [at]
Position: Senior Researcher
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: Migration and Displacement Studies, Gender and Masculinities, Security Studies Research on violence
Regional Focus: North Africa, Central Mediterranean Route, Europe
Email: cita.wetterich [at]
Position: Researcher at the University of Freiburg, Dept. Political Science
Areas of Research: Migration governance, peace processes, civil society
Regional Focus: Sub-Sahara Africa
Email: franzisca.zanker [at]
Position: Senior Researcher, Head of Cluster 'Patterns of (Forced) Migration'