Grävingholt, Jörn

Dr. Jörn Grävingholt

Research programme
Transformation of Political (Dis-)order

Senior Researcher (On Leave)

Political Science

Work areas

  • State Fragility
  • Peacebuilding
  • Forced displacement and migration
  • foreign aid in fragile and conflict-affected states
  • political order and development
  • Regional Coordinator Central Asia and Eastern Europe

Responsibilities in education and training

  • Development and peace
  • Forced displacement and state fragility
  • Central Asia and Eastern Europe as a development region


since 1/2018German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Senior researcher, Research Programme "Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace"
since 1/2018German Advisory Council on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding
3/2006-12/2017German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Senior Researcher, department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
2002-2006German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Department III: "Global environmental policy; transformation and stabilisation;
Region: South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia"
2002Humboldt University, Berlin
Dr. phil. (Political Science)
Thesis on: ‘Pseudo-Democracy in Russia? The Case of Bashkortostan’
2000-2002Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Free-lance Political Analyst and Researcher
Lecturer in Political Science at Nizhny Novgorod Linguistic University
Expert Analyst, EU/TACIS project ‘Capacity Development in Election Monitoring’ during Russian presidential elections
1997-2002Federal Institute for Russian, East European and International Studies, Cologne
Research project on ‘The role of economic and regional elites in the Russian political and economic transformation’, funded by Volkswagen Foundation
1996 & 1999OSCE Election Monitoring Missions, Russia
Short-Term Election Observer
1995-1997Humboldt University, Berlin
Research Assistant
INTAS-funded research project on ‘The role of regional and municipal authorities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus in promoting their local economies’
1994-1997Free University, Berlin
Institute of East European Studies

PhD programme in East European Studies
1994Land Berlin, Department for European Affairs
Assistant to the Officer for EU Enlargement Issues
1993EU Election Monitoring Mission, Russia
Long-Term Election Observer
1992-1993University of Cambridge, UK
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in European Studies
1989-1992University of Freiburg, Germany
Undergraduate and Graduate Programme in Political Science, Modern History and Slavonic Studies

Member of

  • German Network for Forced Migration Studies, member of the Board
  • German Advisory Council on Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces


Phone+49 (0)228 94927-172
Fax +49 (0)228 94927-130




Ein Wiederaufbau im Schatten des Krieges ist möglich
Grävingholt, Jörn / Gwendolyn Sasse / Jörg Faust / Alexander Libman / Solveig Richter / Susan Stewart (2022)

in: Zeit Online, 29 October 2022



Displacement crises, fragile states and development cooperation: why governance support is needed to reduce reasons to flee
Grävingholt, Jörn (2022)

in: Hans-Joachim Preuß / Christoph Beier / Dirk Messner (Hrsg.), Forced displacement and migration: approaches and programmes of international cooperation, Wiesbaden: Springer, 41-53


Identifying pathways to peace: how international support can help prevent conflict recurrence
Mross, Karina / Charlotte Fiedler / Jörn Grävingholt (2021)

in: International Studies Quarterly, first published 02.12.2021

Im Fokus

Entwicklung und Frieden
Grävingholt, Jörn (2019)
in: Handbuch Frieden, 2. Auflage
Wiesbaden: Springer VS

Constellations of State Fragility