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Call for Applications: GIGA Doctoral Programme

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is an independent social science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, peace and security, growth and development, and power and ideas. The GIGA Doctoral Programme invites applications from

Prospective Doctoral Students

to join the programme on 1 October 2019. The GIGA Doctoral Programme (DP) is a three-year structured programme for junior researchers, in which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS). GIGA doctoral students are fully integrated into the GIGA’s research structure and benefit from close supervision within an international research environment. The training programme fosters their engagement with the GIGA’s global approach to scholarship and provides them with the necessary methodological and soft skills to pursue a career in academia and beyond. Through academic exchanges and field work, doctoral students engage with the ‘GIGA-regions’ and build their own networks. Additional mobility grants are provided for field work and conference attendance and, in line with the Leibniz Association’s principle of ‘theoria cum praxi’, doctoral students are offered exposure to policy advice and knowledge transfer activities. Doctoral degrees will be awarded by one of our partner universities, dependent upon the affiliation of the student’s first Supervisor.

Applicants are expected to fulfil the following criteria:

  • An excellent grade point average and a final degree (masters or equivalent) in political science/international relations, economics, history or a related discipline.
  • A high-quality project proposal that fits with the GIGA’s research agenda. Priority will be given to projects with a cross-regional or a comparative area studies focus.
  • Strong command of the English language (German is not a prerequisite).

We strongly welcome international applications. Diversity and the reconciliation of work and family life are of great importance to the institute.

Please fill out the GIGA DP application form: https://www.giga-hamburg.de/en/dp/application and send it with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-19-01) including:

  • a letter of motivation, a research proposal of 2000 words max. and an additional academic writing sample,
  • a CV and simple copies of degrees and academic transcripts (BA, Diploma, MA),
  • proof of English language skills, and
  • a statement about intended funding for the duration of three years (final admission is dependent upon the applicant’s ability to provide proof of funding by the starting date)

to Kerstin Labusga, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany. Email: jobs-dp@giga-hamburg.de (Email applications, preferably in a single pdf file, are particularly welcome).

Screening of applications will begin on 1 February 2019.

For further information, including a list of FAQs, please visit the GIGA DP website www.giga-ham-burg.de/en/dp. You may also contact us at: dpgiga@giga-hamburg.de.

GIGA Information Centre Workshops 2018

The GIGA Information Centre and a cooperating Partner offer four 1-hour workshops. Please find some more information below. Please note that the number of participants is limited.

  1. Satisfy your grant requirements – Learn how to write a data management plan! (Birte Pfeiffer, 16/10/2018, 10-11 am)

Funders like the German Research Foundation and EU Horizon 2020 require you to add a data management paragraph or a complete data management plan in a funding proposal. This interactive workshop aims at providing you with guidelines that help you fulfil these requirements in order to submit successive project proposals. The workshop will help you answering some of the questions that are commonly addressed in a data management plan: What kind of data will you be collecting? Where will you store your data? With whom and how will you share your data? How will others be able to understand the data? How will you preserve your data for the long term?

You will be more likely to receive future funding when you know how to write and follow through a well-structured data management plan.

[register (open until 8/10/2018)]

  1. Don’t you fear the scary Excel stories when compiling your research data? – What are your software requirements for data entry? (Birte Pfeiffer, 13/11/2018, 10-11 am)

Excel has a well-documented history of silently corrupting data in unexpected ways. Moreover, a couple of functions needed for effective entering, managing and analysing research data is missing. This interactive workshop aims at assessing and discussing your needs regarding software tools for the collection of research data. The identified needs will be systematized and will be incorporated in a funding proposal.

The identified needs regarding data entry software will be considered in a project proposal of the GIGA Information Centre and cooperating partners in order to develop a data collection tool for GIGA researchers and the social sciences community.

[register (open until 30/10/2018)]

  1. Quantitative Data Sharing with SowiDataNet (Birte Pfeiffer, 27/11/2018, 10-11 am)

In this workshop GIGA’s new repository SowiDataNet provided by GESIS for sharing quantitative research data will be introduced. SowiDataNet is a research data repository for the social sciences and economics that enables researchers to easily and securely document, publish and share (quantitative) primary and secondary data. Submitted research data will be curated by GIGA’s Research Data Service to ensure high formal quality of your published research data.

Participants will have a basic understanding of the required workflows if they want to share their quantitative data in SowiDataNet.

[register (open until 13/11/2018)]

  1. Flexible Strategien für eine forschungsfreundliche Archivierung und Nachnutzung von qualitativen Daten (Susanne Kretzer, Qualiservice Bremen, 11.12.2018, 10-11 Uhr)

[Registrierung (offen bis 27.11.2018)]

GIGA Winter Term Programme: 16 October – 29 November 2018

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

The following seminars are open to doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers at the GIGA and its partner institutions. Please note that other external participants are asked to pay a small course fee.

16 October Global Approach to CAS Series I: Comparative Area Studies: What they are and where they come from Patrick Köllner, GIGA
18 October Introduction to Zotero Birte Pfeiffer, GIGA
25 – 26 October Research Design and Strategy Melanie Kolbe, Graduate Institue Geneva
1 – 2 November Mixed Methods Research Erin Jenne, Central European University
5 – 6 November Introduction to Quantitative Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis Philippe Blanchard, University of Warwick
13 November Global Approach to CAS Series II: Comparing Across World Regions: Assets and Pitfalls Christian von Soest, GIGA
22 – 23 November Introduction to Qualitative Approaches to Data Collection and Analysis Dorothee Bohle, European University Institute
29 November Global Approach to CAS Series III: Promises and Potential Problems of Comparative Analysis André Bank, GIGA

Information on Registration

Participants need to register online by filling in the registration form that is available on the website of the respective event.

Questions regarding the course programme or registration should be addressed to Nina Sökefeld.

Registration deadline: Tuesday, 2 October 2018

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: An Introduction to the Logic and Practice of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) (19.-20.06.2018)

Course Description: This workshop provides an introduction into Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), a method based on set theory and Boolean algebra to uncover relations between explanatory conditions and an outcome in medium- to large-n datasets. We will discuss the set-theoretic and Boolean foundations of the method, its logic of inference and learn how to use the method in practice, working with real-life datasets.

This workshop is aimed at beginners and no previous knowledge of set-theoretic fundamentals or the method is required. A working knowledge of the software R is beneficial but not necessary. Participants should bring a laptop computer with a recent copy of R and RStudio installed.

Date of Event: 19.-20.06.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer:  Dr David Kuehn is Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Making your research accessible: Data Visualization and Interactive Graphics (14.-15.06.2018)

Course Description: This course aims to enable participants to produce high-quality plots based on raw data and/or model outputs using the R package “ggplot2” (1st day) and to teach principles of interactive data visualization with the R package “shiny” (2nd day). The first day will familiarize participants with the logic of the ggplot package and apply those principles to common use cases. In addition to some generic examples, such as scatterplots with/without regression lines, boxplots, or line charts, these use cases will be largely driven by participants’ needs and requests. Possible topics include grouped plots, faceting (i.e. dividing your data into many categories and plot them individually for comparison), or visualizing regression model output (e.g. through “dot-whisker” plots). Participants will learn through hand-on exercises to build their own plots and learn how to export plots in various formats. The second day will revolve around the main steps involved in creating interactive web applications using R and Shiny Apps. During this day, participants will learn how to prepare data for building interactive graphics, the basic principles for crafting interactive apps and the main alternatives to deploy and share visualizations. After a brief introductory part, this session will be mostly practical. Participants will learn to create generic apps, as well as their own particular visualizations based on participants’ datasets and examples.

We strongly encourage participants to familiarize themselves with the basic principles of R before the course, as we won’t have much time to focus on R basics during the course.

Date of Event: 14.-15.06.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer:  Felix Haaß is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of African Affairs. Pau Palop García is a Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Introduction to Grounded Theory (06.-07.06.2018)

Course Description: This seminar aims at introducing graduate students to grounded theory, a specific research strategy belonging to the large family of qualitative methods. In particular, the seminar 1) situates grounded theory in the history of qualitative methods and presents its two main traditions, objectivist and constructivist grounded theory; 2) discusses the overall structure and the main steps of qualitative research design in grounded theory, from data gathering and sampling; 3) introduces the practice of coding in grounded theory, including initial coding, axial coding and selective coding; 4) reflects on the role of writing in grounded theory, introducing memos as a powerful analytic tool. Drawing on actual research examples and in-class exercises, the instructor will guide students throughout the main steps of grounded theory, hence also critically considering some common challenges in qualitative methods, like data sampling and coding strategies. For this reason, the seminar might also benefit students who are interested in qualitative methods while not planning to use grounded theory in their research.

Date of Event: 06.-07.06.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Alice Mattoni is an assistant professor at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence and a research fellow at the Centre on Social Movement Studies, based in the same institution and directed by Prof. Donatella della Porta. She regularly teaches courses and seminars on qualitative data analysis, computer-assisted qualitative data analysis, grounded theory and visual analysis for social movement studies. She acted as the co-director of the COSMOS/ECPR of Methods for the Study of Political Participation and Mobilization in 2013 and 2015. She is the principal investigator of PiCME – Political Participation in Complex Media Environments (2015-2018), that compares the use of media for institutional and grassroots politics in Greece, Italy and Spain.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series III: Studying Authoritarian Regimes: A Comparative Perspective (28.05.2018)

Course Description: This course offers an introduction to the empirical study of the majority of political systems around the world. According to Freedom House, people live under unfree political conditions within 55 percent of countries worldwide and there has been a rising trend of declining political and civil rights within all regions of the world for more than a decade. More specifically, the course will highlight the following aspects: First, main elements of the definitions and measurement strategies used in current research on authoritarianism will be summarised. Second, a brief overview will introduce recent trends and developments in researching authoritarian regimes. And, third, examples of GIGA research from the work of scholars in the Research Team “Authoritarian Politics” will be introduced in order to illustrate some of the main research strategies used by GIGA scholars in this important field of comparative politics.

Date of Event: 28.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Thomas Richter is a Senior Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Qualitative Interviews and Analysis (17.-18.05.2018)

Course Description: This course aims to introduce doctoral students to the most widely used qualitative research technique – the interview. The course begins by outlining the sorts of research question that are best addressed through qualitative interviews, touching on debates about the nature of qualitative data. We then consider the practical considerations when undertaking a qualitative interview project – from selecting participants through to choosing a location in which to conduct the interview and the sorts of things you ought to take with you into the field. There will be a practical exercise on designing a qualitative interview guide, with a session devoted to how to avoid and recognise poorly worded interview questions. Attention will be focused on the key skills that qualitative interviewers need to collect good quality data (including body language, asking open questions, probing, prompting and active listening) and we will discuss the importance of critical reflexivity throughout the research process. Participants will also be introduced to thematic analysis and shown how to undertake a basic analysis using the CAQDAS package, MAXQDA.

The course is primarily aimed at two groups of doctoral students; those who are at the beginning of their qualitative research projects and want to deepen their knowledge of the qualitative interview; and those who have never used qualitative methods and want an introduction to one of main data collection tools used within this approach.

Date of Event: 17.-18.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Dr Katy Wheeler is a Lecturer in Sociology at The University of Essex. She has extensive experience of conducting qualitative interviews with a range of different participants from industry experts through to household interviews. Her research interests are in the fields of sustainability and ethical consumption. She is also an instructor at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, where she co-runs a course on qualitative interviewing.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies: Global Approach to CAS Series II: Comparative regionalism: Bringing EU studies back to Latin American regionalism? The ups and downs of a complicated relationship (14.05.2018)

Course Description: There is by now a broad consensus among scholars of Latin American regionalism (and other regionalisms) not to take the EU as the gold standard for regional integration and cooperation. The focus on Europe and Europe-focused integration theories led to into a blind alley. In the course, we will discuss why this has been the case. But while the Euro crisis and the Brexit had negative repercussions for the EU, they might improve the options for comparative regionalism by adding the study of regional disintegration to the study of regional integration. So once again one might ask and discuss which tools and analytical approaches developed in EU studies might be applied to the study of Latin American regionalism.

Date of Event: 14.05.2018

Location: GIGA, Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany

Lecturer: Prof Dr Detlef Nolte is Director of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies.

Further Information and Registration (Deadline: 6 April 2018)