German Institute of Global and Area Studies | Land Portal

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies is an independent social science research institute based in Hamburg, Germany. Our mission is to analyse political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as global issues. As a member of the Leibniz Association, we are committed to the Leibniz principle of “theoria cum praxi”: science for the benefit of society.

A Truly Global Approach

The GIGA stands for an approach that is global in content, reach, and structure. It combines in-depth area expertise with comparative, interdisciplinary, and multi-level analysis, generating insights that are relevant from an academic and a real-world perspective. It takes into account the philosophical traditions and historical experiences of all world regions and reaches out to a global audience. We are proud to collaborate with leading institutions and researchers worldwide, and to apply a well-informed, inclusive, and pluralistic view to scholarship and policy. Find out more about our approach and vision (PDF).


The world is in a state of transition. Economies and societies around the globe are becoming increasingly interdependent; rising powers such as China and India are exerting growing influence; and while new opportunities are arising, new forms of terrorism, violence, and conflict are also emerging. Building on its reputation as one of the leading research institutes for Area Studies and Comparative Area Studies, the GIGA is committed to using academic rigour to help make sense of the increasingly complex world situation. Read more about our research.

Knowledge Transfer and Policy Advice

Our researchers are sought-after experts among decision makers in politics, business, and civil society, as well as among media representatives and other stakeholders. Research-based policy advice and knowledge transfer to the wider public are essential elements of our mandate. Thus, not only are our research findings published in the top peer-reviewed academic journals and prestigious university publishing houses, but our outreach activities also include our three well-established publication series and impactful public and exclusive eventsFind out more.