Dr. Julia Leininger

Department: Governance, Statehood, Security

Function: Head of department

Specialization: Political Scientist



Work areas:
  • Political order and development
  • Transformation of political regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • International Cooperation with Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Religion and Politics
  • Global Governance / International Organisations

  • Regional Coordinator Sub-Sahara Africa

Responsibilities in education and training:
  • Democracy, democratization and development
  • Democracy promotion
  • Civil society and development
  • Development cooperation and German foreign policy


since 09/2014German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
Head of Department (active)
2013Parental Leave
since 02/2010 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
2006-2008German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Department II: Competitiveness and Social Development
2005-2008Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Associated with PRIF/ Research Associate
Project: Democracy Promotion through International Organisations
2004-2008PhD at University of Heidelberg
2004-2006Heinrich Boell Foundation
Freelancer for topics concerning the United Nations and International Law
11/2005-02/2006UNDP Mali
Department for "Democratic Governance"
Worked in electoral assistance and wrote report on resources mobilizing
05/2005-06/2005Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
1999-2003University of Heidelberg
Project assistant
06/2004-10/2004Free University of Berlin
Editorial staff of the project "Global City Regions"
1999-2000Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile
Studies of political science and literature
1997-2003University of Heidelberg
Studies in Political Science, Portuguese Literature and International Law

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces



E-mail Julia.Leininger@remove-this.die-gdi.de
+49 (0)228 94927-160
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130

In the media


Cover: Apsa-CD

Contextualizing Democracy Promotion
Leininger, Julia (2016)
APSA-CD 14/3


Cover: Briefing Paper 2/2016

How can development policy help to tackle the causes of flight?
Schraven, Benjamin / Bernhard Trautner / Julia Leininger / Markus Loewe / Jörn Grävingholt (2016)
(Briefing Paper 2/2016)


Against all odds: strong democratic norms in the African Union
Leininger, Julia (2015)
in: Tanja A. Börzel / Vera van Hüllen (eds.), Governance transfer by regional organizations, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 51-67