Janika Spannagel

Janika Spannagel

Research Associate


Janika Spannagel is a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. Her interests include human rights in relation to transnational advocacy networks, international diplomacy, and democratic transitions, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She currently conducts quantitative human rights research on international political prisoner advocacy, using an extensive database of several thousand prisoner cases that she has helped build with others at GPPi. In addition, she is currently pursuing a doctoral project in political science at the University of Freiburg on the international protection of human rights defenders.

Before joining GPPi, Janika was a Carlo Schmid Program Fellow at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, supporting the Human Rights Council branch and the MENA section. Her professional experience also includes an internship at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tunis in 2011, during the initial period of democratic transition following the Tunisian uprising. She has been an active member of Amnesty International for several years and a participant in the German dialogue forum Junge Islam Konferenz since 2013.

Janika completed a master’s degree in political science in a joint program between the University of Freiburg and Sciences Po Aix. The latter awarded her thesis on the Palestinian LGBTQ movement and its ties to transnational advocacy as the best thesis of the academic year. Her doctoral project is funded by the German National Academic Foundation, while previous scholarships for her studies, internships and research have come from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German National Academic Foundation, and the Mercator Foundation.

Languages: German, French, English, Spanish, Arabic

Recent Publications

Commentary 23 August 2018

Better Data Can Counteract Soft Repression

by Katrin Kinzelbach, Janika Spannagel

Report 04 July 2018

Evaluation of WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles and Access in Humanitarian Contexts

by Julia Steets, Alexander Gaus, Claudia Meier, Janika Spannagel, Mark Bui, Adele Harmer, Abby Stoddard
World Food Programme

Article 13 April 2018

New Ways to Address an Old Problem: Political Repression

by Katrin Kinzelbach, Janika Spannagel

Policy Paper 24 January 2018

Chasing Shadows: UN Communications on Human Rights Defenders

by Janika Spannagel

Commentary 05 December 2017

Defending Rights, Fighting Fatalism

by Janika Spannagel

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