German Institute for Global and Area Studies

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German Institute for
Global and Area Studies
legal form Foundation under civil law
founding 1964 (as the German Overseas Institute)
Seat Hamburg , Germany
precursor German Overseas Institute
purpose Science and Research
main emphasis Politics, economics and society in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East; global relationships
method Regional studies and comparative regional studies (Area and Comparative Area Studies)
Action space International
Chair Amrita Narlikar (President since 2014)
Patrick Köllner (Vice President since 2017)
Managing directors Peter Peetz

The German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) is a social science research institute based in Hamburg . It analyzes political, economic and social developments in Africa , Asia , Latin America and the Middle East . It conducts research from a comparative perspective on international relations, development and globalization, violence and security and political systems. The GIGA advises the Federal Foreign Office and other parts of the federal government . It has had an office in Berlin since 2009 .

The GIGA is a member of the Leibniz Association .

GIGA headquarters in Hamburg, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21.


The GIGA is one of the leading international research institutions in the field of regional studies (area studies) and comparative regional studies (comparative area studies). Around 160 employees work at the institute, 90 of them political scientists, economists, social scientists, peace and conflict researchers and historians. The GIGA structured its research as a matrix. The scientists are researching the four world regions

  1. Africa
  2. Asia
  3. Latin America
  4. Middle east

and work simultaneously in four main research areas on the topics

  1. Political accountability and participation
  2. peace and security
  3. Growth and development
  4. Power and ideas.


The GIGA was founded in 1964 under the name “Deutsches Übersee-Institut” (DÜI) by the city of Hamburg and the Hamburg merchants. It was initially the umbrella organization for the Institute for Asian Studies, the German Orient Institute, the Institute for Ibero-American Customers and the Institute for Africa Customers. In 1965 Andreas Predöhl became director of the institute. From 2006 to April 30, 2020 the institute operated under the name "GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies"; the preposition "of" was changed to "for" by an amendment to the Articles of Association effective May 1, 2020 and the previously prefixed acronym "GIGA" is no longer used as part of the name, but is still used as a short form.


Entrance board of the GIGA on Neuer Jungfernstieg

In the mid-2000s, the DÜI underwent a change with the result that in 2007 the previously relatively autonomous regional institutes merged as the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz Institute for Global and Regional Studies. Only the German Orient Institute did not take part in the merger. However, the GIGA has taken over all of its employees.

The GIGA cooperates worldwide with numerous renowned universities, research institutions and professional associations and is represented on the board of various scientific networks, particularly on Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The GIGA is a foundation under civil law based in Hamburg. It is jointly financed by the Federal Foreign Office , the Hamburg Authority for Science, Research and Equality and the other federal states. In addition, there are third-party funds, which make up around 20-30 percent of the total budget.

Amrita Narlikar has been President of the GIGA since October 1, 2014. Together with her, the GIGA board consists of Asia researcher Patrick Köllner (Vice President of the GIGA), Latin America expert Merike Blofield, Middle East researcher Eckart Woertz, Africa researcher Matthias Basedau and the commercial director Peter Peetz. The GIGA has an annual budget of around 11 million euros.

International networks

The GIGA is in charge of coordinating various scientific networks.

The Institutions for Sustainable Peace (ISP) network, together with partners from Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, England and Germany, is researching measures to promote peace in post-war societies.

The Land Matrix project is an online platform that collects data on large-scale land investments around the world. The GIGA looks after the platform and evaluates the data.

The scientists of the Regional Powers Network (RPN) research the worldwide rise of new regional powers. It is a collaborative project between the GIGA, the University of Oxford and Sciences Po Paris.

As of July 2014, the GIGA has been coordinating the International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes (IDCAR) network, in which it investigates the influence and cooperation of authoritarian regimes on the international stage together with twelve international research institutions.


The GIGA publishes three open access publication series: GIGA Focus, GIGA Working Papers and GIGA Journal Family.

  • In the GIGA Focus series , the scientists publish short analyzes of current global political events. The German and English-language editions include four regional series (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East) and the GIGA Focus Global on comparative and global topics. They appear six times a year.
  • Results from ongoing research are pre-published in the GIGA Working Papers .

In addition, the GIGA is involved in the publication of the Iberoamericana magazine and the Africa Yearbook series in cooperation with other institutions .


The GIGA operates the largest non-university information center for area studies and comparative area studies in Germany.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner: About the person. GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies , accessed on January 10, 2018 .
  2. GIGA Berlin Office | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  3. Research | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  4. regions | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  5. The four main research areas: political accountability and participation, peace and security, growth and development, power and ideas
  6. 50 years of Weltblick | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  7. Homepage- Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencia Política (ALACIP). Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  8. ( Memento from May 13, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  9. VAD African Studies Association in Germany | Association for African Studies in Germany. Accessed November 1, 2019 (German).
  10. DGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  11. GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  12. Amrita Narlikar becomes the new President of the GIGA | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  13. Self-introduction on the GIGA website , accessed on May 26, 2017
  14. ISP | Institutions for Sustainable Peace. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  15. Land Matrix - LAND MATRIX. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  16. The Land Matrix | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  17. ^ Regional Powers Network | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  18. International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes - IDCAR-Network | GIGA. Retrieved November 1, 2019 .
  19. GIGA Focus
  20. GIGA Working Papers
  21. GIGA Journal Family

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