Dr. Tina Zintl

Function: Senior Researcher

Specialization: Political Scientist

Work areas:

  • Development Co-operation with the MENA region
  • Labour market policies and employment promotion
  • Digitalization, industrial policy and inclusive economic development
  • Authoritarianism and state-society relations
  • Migration, diaspora and knowledge transfer
  • Qualitative research methods and research ethics

Responsibilities in education and training:

  • Research Ethics


since 1/2018German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Senior Researcher, Research Programme "Transformation of Economic and Social Systems"
10/2016-12/2017German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Senior Researcher, Department "Sustainable Economic and Social Development"

Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen, Institute of Political Science
Research and teaching fellow
2/2013-9/2016Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen, Institute of Political Science
Academic coordinator of MA Program "Comparative and Middle East Politics and Development" (CMEPS)
9/2008-6/2013University of St. Andrews (UK), School of International Relations
PhD on "Syria’s authoritarian upgrading 2000-2010: Bashar al-Asad's promotion of foreign-educated returnees as transnational technocrats" (Dr. phil.),
Research Assistant in Centre for Syrian Studies
10/2004-2/2008Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Magister Artium (MA) in Political Science, Economics and Geographie
10/2006-1/2007Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Intern, Department on Cooperation with the Middle East
3/2005-4/2005Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Islamabad (Pakistan)
04/2004 - 09/2004University of Damascus (Syria)
Semester abroad
04/2001 - 09/2003University of Passau
Pre-diploma in Languages, Economics and Cultural Area Studies

Member of:

  • German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO)
  • Syrian Studies Association (SSA)


  • Syrian Studies Association’s 2014 Dissertation Prize
  • Syria from Reform to Revolt (with R. Hinnebusch) nominated as Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015, Choice Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces