Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Solveig Richter receives Heisenberg grant for outstanding researchers

We are proud of Solveig Richter, our Juniorprofessor for International Conflict Management: She got accepted into the Heisenberg programme by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) and will thus receive a five-year research grant for her project called “Blended Legitimacy: Non-State Power Groups and Changing Political Orders in Post-Conflict Societies”.

The Heisenberg programme of the DFG shall “enable outstanding researchers who meet all the requirements for appointment to a long-term professorship to prepare for a senior academic role while continuing their research work.” The programme consists of a comprehensive grant for up to five years, either through a scholarship or the financing of a full-term professorship. Criteria for a positive decision by the DFG are a “high scientific quality and originality of the research project at international level” as well as the “suitability for further qualification as a university teacher”.  It is thus one of the most prestigious individual research grants in Germany.

In her project, Solveig Richter wants to explore how state authority is formed after peace treaties and how a legitimate political order is defined by different actors striving for power. She intends not only to do comprehensive field research, e.g. in Kosovo, Mali, Colombia and the Philippines, but also to strengthen research networks into the Global South. She developed the project proposal in close collaboration with Prof. Thorsten Bonacker and the renowned Centre for Conflict Studies at the Philipps-University Marburg.

You can find more information on the Heisenberg programme on the website of the DFG: https://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/programmes/individual/heisenberg/index.html

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