GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies (Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien)
|Institution||GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies|
|Themes||political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America as well as North Africa and the Near and Middle East|
|Orientation||area studies and comparative area studies, consultation, information, advancement of young researchers|
|Founded||1964 formerly German Overseas Institute, 2006 GIGA (as a foundation under civil law)|
The German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) is the largest German institute and one of the largest European research institutes for area studies and comparative area studies. Its research is concentrated on political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America as well as in the Near and Middle East. In addition, its regional research deals with interregional ties and global themes. GIGA's central focal points are: Legitimacy and Efficiency of Political Systems, Violence and Security, Socio-Economic Challenges in the Context of Globalisation as well as Power, Norms and Governance in International Relations.
GIGA studies complex global processes of change by means of horizontal comparisons (comparative studies) and vertical interactions (multi-level analyses). Furthermore, GIGA is also active in the areas of advancement of young researchers, consultation and information.
The institute functions as a think tank for research, policy, economics and the public sphere. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and the State of Hamburg, and is a member of the Leibniz Association. Starting in 2009, GIGA is represented not only in Hamburg, but also in Berlin.