Dr Julia Leininger

Function: Head of Programme

Specialization: Political Science

Work areas:

  • International support and protection of democracy
  • Political regime change in developing regions
  • Future scenarios, sustainability and democracy
  • Social cohesion

Regional coordinator of our Africa-related research and policy advice


Responsibilities in education and training:

  • Democracy, governance and development


since 1/2018German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
Head, Research Programme "Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace"
9/2014-12/2017German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Head of Department, Department "Governance, Statehood, Security"
2013Parental Leave
since 2/2010German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Researcher, 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
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

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