GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

joerg-wischermann_neuJörg Wischermann is research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg/Berlin, working in the EU-funded project „Competing regional integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA)“. In collaboration with Dang Thi Viet Phuong (Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Hanoi) and George Martin Sirait (Atma Jaya University, Jakarta) he works on a project titled “Protest and State Reactions – An Intra-Regional Comparison (Indonesia, Vietnam)” (2017-2020) (

From 2013-2016 he worked as project head on “Civil society organisations as supporters of authoritarian rule: A cross-regional comparison (Vietnam, Algeria, Mozambique)”, and on “Civil society and governance in Vietnam” from 2008 to 2010. From 1999-2003 he was a research fellow at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Free University of Berlin, responsible for the project “The relationship between ‘Civic Organizations’ and ‘Governmental Organizations’ in the Vietnamese Transition Period”, funded by Volkswagen Foundation. From 2003-2008, 2010-2013 and 2016-17, Wischermann worked as a consultant for organizations of Development Cooperation.

Recent collaborative publications: “Do associations support authoritarian rule? Evidence from Algeria, Mozambique, and Vietnam, in: Journal of Civil Society, 14, 2, 95-115 (June 2018); “Vietnam“, in: Akihiro Ogawa (ed.), Routledge Handbook on Civil Society in Asia, Abingdon: Routledge, 129-142 (2018); “Authoritarian Rule“, in: Akihiro Ogawa (ed.), Routledge Handbook on Civil Society in Asia, Abingdon: Routledge, 344-361 (2018);  “Vietnamese Civic Organizations: Supporters of or Obstacles to Further Democratisation? Results from an Empirical Survey, in: Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs (September 2016), 57-88;  “Do Associations Support Authoritarian Rule? Tentative Answers from Algeria, Mozambique, and Vietnam”, in: GIGA Working Paper No. 295 (December 2016).