Dr. Julia Leininger

Function: Head of Programme

Specialization: Political Science

Work areas:

Regional Coordinator Sub-Sahara Africa

  • 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

Responsibilities in education and training:

  • Democracy, democratization and development
  • Democracy promotion
  • Civil society and development
  • Development cooperation and German foreign policy


since 1/2018 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Head, Research Programme "Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace"
9/2014-12/2017 German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Head of Department, Department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
2013 Parental Leave
since 2/2010 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Researcher, Department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
2006-2008 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Department II: Competitiveness and Social Development
2005-2008 Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
Associated with PRIF/ Research Associate
Project: Democracy Promotion through International Organisations
2004-2008 PhD at University of Heidelberg
11/2005-02/2006 UNDP Mali
Department for "Democratic Governance"
Worked in electoral assistance and wrote report on resources mobilizing
05/2005-06/2005 Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
1999-2003 University of Heidelberg
Project assistant
06/2004-10/2004 Free University of Berlin
Editorial staff of the project "Global City Regions"
1999-2000 Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile
Studies of political science and literature
1997-2003 University of Heidelberg
Studies in Political Science, Portuguese Literature and International Law

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