Dr Stephan Giersdorf



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Heidelberg University
Institute of Political Science
Bergheimer Str. 58
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germaby
Phone: 06221-542864




Stephan Giersdorf studied Political Science, Public Law and Political Science South Asia in Heidelberg, Germany and at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. In August 2009, he received his Magister Artium (M.A.) from Heidelberg University. From September 2009 to August 2010, he worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant at the Institute of Political Science, University of Heidelberg. From September 2010 to September 2014, he worked as a Lecturer at the Institute of Political Science. Since October 2014, he is a research fellow with the project „Self-Regulation in the Context of Electoral Authoritarian Rule – Civil society in Malaysia and Singapore in Comparative Perspective“ funded by the Excellence Inititative of the University of Heidelberg and is part of the Field of Focus 4 program. His research interests include democratization studies, authoritarian regimes, civil society studies and quantitative conflict research. His regional focus is on South and South East Asia. In his doctoral dissertation he compared the function of civil society in Malaysia and Singapore since independence. Additional information can be found in the extended CV.


  • Stephan Giersdorf. 2018. Zivilgesellschaft und elektoraler Autoriarismus in Südostasien - Singapur und Malaysia in vergleichender Perspektive. Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

  • Stephan Giersdorf and Aurel Croissant. 2015: Malaysia, in: Aurel Croissant. Die politischen Systeme Südostasiens. Eine Einführung. Springer VS, Wiesbaden.

  • Stephan Giersdorf. 2013. Review of Paul Aarts und Francesco Cavatorta (Hrsg.). "Civil society in Syria and Iran: activism in authoritarian contexts", Democratization, 20(7).

  • Stephan Giersdorf and Aurel Croissant. 2011. “Civil Society and Competitive Authoritarianism in Malaysia, Journal of Civil Society 7(1), 1-21.

  • Stephan Giersdorf and Aurel Croissant. 2010. “Zivilgesellschaft und kompetitiver Autoritarismus in Malaysia, ASIEN 116 (Juli 2010), 80-102.

  • Conflict Barometer of the Heidelberger Instituts für Internationale Konfliktforschung e.V. (HIIK) 2004-2015 (annual Publication). Author of analyses on Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Vietnam und the South China Sea.

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