Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Dr. Kai Fürstenberg

Room: SAI R 411
Tel.: +49 6221 54-4915
Office Hours: nach Vereinabrung/ upon arrangement


Research Fields / Interests

  • Evolutionary Institutionalism
  • Biopolitics
  • Conflict analysis
  • Local government studies


  • 2010-2015: PhD at Heidelberg University in Political Science, title of the thesis "Panchayati Raj in India-The Evolution between 1947 and 1992"(supervisor: Prof. Subrata K. Mitra).
  • 2005-2009: South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. Magister Artium in Political Science and History of South Asia, title of the thesis "Perception and Performance of the Panchayati Raj System in West Bengal".
  • 2007-2008: Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. Bachelor in Social Sciences.


Papers, books:

  • The West Bengal Panchayat Model in Peril? in: Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics No. 53, Heidelberg 2010
  • How Marginalized Groups Perceive their Situation in West Bengal Panchayats: A Case Study of Burdwan District in West Bengal, in: Burdwan Journal of Political Science Vol. 3, Burdwan 2011
  • Waziristan: Solutions for a Troubled Region, Spotlight South Asia No. 1, Heidelberg 2012
  • De-Constructing Legitimacy with a Special Reference to the Panchayati Raj System in India in: Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics No. 69, Heidelberg 2012
  • Edited with Wolf SO, Schoettli J, Gallenkamp M, Pauli M. Politics in South Asia: Culture, Rationality and Conceptual Flow, Heidelberg 2015
  • Panchayati Raj in India: the Evolution between 1947 and 1992 , Heidelberg 2015

Comments, analyses:

  • Stakeholders in (civil) security research in India, publications by the Forschungsforum
    Öffentliche Sicherheit (Research-forum Public Safety), Berlin 2012
  • Trouble in Paradise-The Internal Turmoil in the Maldives and its Implications for the Indian Ocean Region , APSA Comment No. 3, Heidelberg 2013
  • Iran's New President: Foreign Policy Challenges for Rohani , IPCS Article No. 4073, 7 August 2013
  • Iran's New President: Domestic Challenges for Rohani , IPCS Special Commentary, 8 August 2013
  • Facing the Crisis in Syria: The Kurdish Option, International Security Observer, 24 September 2013
  • Indo-German Relations: Implications of 2013 German Federal Elections , IPCS Article No. 4131, 1 October 2013
  • Forging Stronger Ties: Iran’s Strategic Interest in Afghanistan , Think South Asia No. 10, 4 November 2013
  • Towards South Asia: Iran’s Position at the Fringe , APSA Comment No. 6, Heidelberg 2013
  • Modi: Perspectives from Europe, IPCS Article No. 4442, 16 May 2014
  • Indo-US Relations after the General Elections 2014, Think South Asia No. 14, 18 July 2014
  • Three Scenarios on Islamic State’s Advance in Iraq, International Security Observer, 8 August 2014


  • Negotiating peace in deeply divided societies, edited by Radha Kumar, New Delhi, Sage Publications, 2009, xix+396 pp., in Contemporary South Asia, Vol. 20, No. 1, Routledge, London 2012, pp. 149-165 (Review)
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