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
Email: sekretariat.abi [at]
Position: Assistant of the Executive Management, Public Relations
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
Email: carmen.gehri [at]
Position: Accounting
Email: stefanie.gerum [at]
Position: Librarian
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]
Position: Research Fellow
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: Scientific Coordinator and Managing Director of the to be established Africa Centre at the University of Freiburg / Merian Institute for Advanced Studies Africa (MIASA)
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
Areas of Research: Development Policy, Election Observation, Election Studies, International Political Economy, Hindu Nationalism, Ethnic Conflicts, Indian Party System, Parliamentarianism in India, Caste System, Civil Rights
Regional Focus: South Asia, India
Email: clemens.juergemeyer [at]
Position: Senior Researcher
Areas of Research: Political Economy, Geopolitics, Resource Governance
Regional Focus: Horn of Africa (especially Ethiopia)
Email: benedikt.kamski [at]
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: Development Policy, Traditional Medicine and Health Care Systems
Regional Focus: South Asia, India
Email: asianstudies [at]
Position: Editorial Manager of the International Quarterly for Asian Studies
Areas of Research: external intervention and attempts at democracy promotion, authoritarian practices, processes of democratisation, economic liberalisation, military collaboration
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: 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]
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: Peace processes, legitimacy, citizenship and forced migration
Regional Focus: Sub-Sahara Africa
Email: franzisca.zanker [at]
Position: Senior Researcher