Dr. Lena Gutheil

Function: Researcher

Specialization: Cultural Anthropology

Work areas:

  • Civil society organisations and funding relationships
  • Project management and adaptive management
  • Effects of urbanisation on civil society
  • Democratisation processes in Africa


since 02/2022 German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
(until 6/2022 German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE))
01/2018-12/2021 Radboud University, Nimwegen
Doctorate at the Institute “Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies”, topic of the dissertation "The Social Life of Adaptive Development Management: How CSOs turn Policy into Practice"
1/2021-1/2022 Parental Leave


Hochschule Rhein-Waal
Researcher and course coordinator in the master's course “Sustainable Development Management”
8/2015-2/2016 United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
Project Associate
12/2014-5/2015 Deutsche Gesellschaft  für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Addis Ababa
Reviewer in the Project “Pan-African University ”
7/2014-12/2014 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Eschborn
9/2012-5/2014 Utrecht University
MSc, Cultural Anthropology
10/2009-6/2012 Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
BA, Ethnology und African Studies / Political Science
8/2008-7/2009 Volunteer Service, Maroua, Kamerun

Refereed Publications

Non-refereed Publications

Opinion Pieces