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Dr. Stefan Rother


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Stefan Rother is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg, Germany.  His research focus is on international migration, global governance, social movements, regional integration and non-/post-Western theories of international relations. As part of the “Southeast Asian studies at Freiburg” program, he currently conducts the research project “Democratisation from below? Newly emerging transnational political spaces for migrants’ rights activists in Southeast Asia”. Until spring 2014, Dr. Rother was editorial manager of the International Quarterly for Asian Studies and Senior Researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute for socio-cultural research at the University of Freiburg. At ABI, he was part of the research project, “Democratisation through Migration? Political Attitudes of Philippine Return Migrants” (2005-2007). Since October 2014, Mr. Rother is a Junior Fellow of the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (FRIAS) under the research focus "Dynamic Alignments and De-alignments in Global Southeast Asia" working on a research project "Regional Democratisation from below? Alignments, Dealignments and Re-alignments in Southeast Asian Transnational Civil Society".

Rother has successfully completed his doctorate at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg in summer 2012 with the thesis “Diffusion in transnational political spaces: Political activism of Philippine labor migrants in Hong Kong". He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Southeast Asia as well as participant observation at global governance fora and civil society parallel and counter-events at the UN, ILO, ASEAN and WTO-level. Stefan Rother has recently published articles in Third World Quarterly, Cooperation and Conflict, European Journal of East Asian Studies, International Migration, Migration Studies, the German Journal for Political science (ZPol) and several edited volumes. He is a board member of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) and speaker of the working group on migration in the German political science association (AK Migrationspolitik in der DVPW). Stefan Rother is also a trained journalist and has more than 20 years of experience as editor and freelance writer for several daily and weekly newspapers.

Research Projects

Democratization through Migration?

Diffusion in transnational political spaces: Political activism of Philippine labor migrants in Hong Kong

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