- BA: Afrikastudien
- MA: African Studies, Global Studies, und MA Global Studies with a special emphasis on peace and security (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
- PhD: Director of the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig (since 2018) & co-director of the Integrated Doctoral Training Programme (IGK) of DFG SFB 1199 "Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition" (since 2016)
- "Interregionalism and security in the Sahel: The African Union, ECOWAS and the European Union", DFG SFB 1199 sub-project (2020-2023, with Dr. Jens Herpolsheimer)
- "Political Populism in Southern Africa", BMBF Forschungsinstitut gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhalt subproject (2020-2024, with Constanze Blum, MA)
- "Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans and the MENA: Strengthening Resilience in Enabling Environments", EU Horizon 2020, sub-project WP8 on comparison (2019-2021, with PD Dr. Gilad Ben-Nun)
- 01/2018 - 12/2021
director Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences, Research Academy Leipzig
- since 01/2016
co-director of the Integrated Doctoral Training Programme of the DFG SFB 1199 (with U. Wardenga, IfL Leipzig)
- since 01/2012
visiting Professor at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa U, Ethiopia
- 01/2011 - 01/2018
co-director of the DFG Priority Programme 1448 “Adaptation and Creativity in Africa. Technologies and Significations in the Production of Order and Disorder” (with R. Rottenburg, U Halle)
- since 01/2011
Professor Extraordinary in the Dept. of Political Science, Stellenbosch U, South Africa
- since 01/2008
dual membership in the faculties of Social Science and Philosophy as well as History, Arts and Regional Studies, resp.
- since 07/2006
Professor for "Politics in Africa" at the Institute of African Studies, Faculty of History, Art and Regional Studies (GKO), Leipzig U
- 01/2006 - 01/2016
director of DFG Doctoral Training Programme (Graduiertenkolleg) 1261 “Critical Junctures of Globalization”
- 10/2005 - 01/2010
appointment as DAAD Willy Brandt professor, Stellenbosch U, South Africa (not able to accept)
- 04/1999 - 06/2006
assistant professor „Politics in Africa“ at the Institute of African Studies, Faculty of History, Art and Oriental Studies (GKO), Leipzig U (10/1998-03/1999 acting)
- 01/1994 - 01/1997
research associate at the Dept. of History, U Hannover & Institute for African Studies (Hamburg)
- 01/1989 - 01/1992
research associate, Institute of Political Science, U Hamburg
- 06/1998 - 10/1999
Habilitation (“The Africa policy of the Federal Republic of Germany 1949-1999”; venia legendi: political science), U Hamburg
- 09/1989 - 01/1994
Dr. phil. (“The Policy of Zimbabwe”), U Hamburg Foreign
- 10/1981 - 01/1987
Diploma political science (“The developmental programme discussion in the SPD 1982-1987”), U Hamburg
- international and regional organisations, in particular the African Union and the RECs/RMs, African Peace and Security Architecture, African Governance Architecture
- conflict prevention, early warning, preventive diplomacy, and conflict analysis
- German Africa policy (foreign affairs, development policy, security policy)
- political developments in South Africa (and Southern Africa) as well as in Ethiopia (and the Horn of Africa, East Africa)
Global Studies, International Studies, critical area studies, transregional studies, spatial turn
Selected publications (past 5 y's)
- (ed.) 2021. Yearbook on the African Union. Volume 1. Leiden, Boston MA: Brill.
- (eds.) 2021. Researching the Inner Life of the African Peace and Security Architecture. APSA Inside-out. Leiden, Boston MA: Brill (with KP.W. Döring, L. Gelot and J. Herpolsheimer).
- (eds.) 2019. The Finances of Regional Organisations in the Global South – Follow the Money. Abingdon: Routledge (with F. Mattheis).
- (ed.) 2019. 'Africa's Transregional Conflicts', Comparativ 28 (6): 7–92 (special issue).
- (eds.) 2018. Extractive Industries and Changing State Dynamics: Beyond the Resource Curse. Abingdon: Routledge (with E. Macamo and J. Schubert).
- (eds.) 2018. Spatial Practices: Territory, Borders and Infrastructure in Africa. Leiden, Boston MA: Brill Academic Publishers (with M. Boeckler and D. Müller-Mahn).
For some PDFs have a look at: <www.academia.edu>.
- PREVEX – Preventing violent extremism in the Balkans and the broader MENA regionEngel, UlfDuration: 01/2020 - 12/2021Funded by: EU Europäische UnionInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe)
- Interregionalism and Security in the Sahel: The African Union, ECOWAS, and the European UnionEngel, UlfDuration: 01/2020 - 12/2023Funded by: DFG Deutsche ForschungsgemeinschaftInvolved organisational units of Leipzig University: Leipzig Research Centre Global Dynamics (ReCentGlobe); Institut für Afrikastudien; SFB 1199: Verräumlichungsprozesse unter Globalisierungsbedingungen
- Engel, U. (Ed.)Africa’s Transregional Conflict ComplexesComparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung. 2018. 28 (6)
- Engel, U.Early WarningIn: Middell, M. (Ed.)Routledge Handbook on Transregional Studies. London: Routledge. 2019. pp. 573-581
- Engel, U.International StudiesIn: Klemm, K.; Middell, M. (Eds.)The Many Facets of Global Studies. Perspectives from the Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Programme. Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag. 2019. pp. 46-50
- Engel, U.Peace and SecurityIn: Middell, M. (Ed.)Routledge Handbook on Transregional Studies. London: Routledge. 2019. pp. 295-302
- Engel, U.The 2007 African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance: Trying to Make Sense of Late Ratification of the Charter and Non-Implementation of Its Compliance MechanismAfrica Spectrum. 2019. 54 (2). pp. 127-146
I am teaching in the following programmes: BA Afrikastudien, MA African Studies, MA Global Studies and MA Global Studies with a special emphasis on peace and security (in Addis Ababa). Furthermore I am teaching in the PhD programmes of the Graduate School Global and Area Studies (GSGAS).
In the winter term I am offering the following classes:
- BA AFR 1300 "Einführung Politik in Afrika" (lecture)
- BA AFR 1302 "Afrika in der Welt - Die Welt in Afrika" (seminar)
- BA AFR 1300 "African Futures: Aktuelle Debatten" (seminar)
- MA AFR 2101 (= GS 920) "The State in Africa" (seminar)
- MA AFR 2102 (= GS 720) "International Studies: Introduction to Social Science Theories on Globalization" (lecture, in November also in Addis Ababa)
- plus two MA colloquia (GS, ADD) as well as GSGAS classes (AG International Studies, winter school, etc.)
And in the summer term I am offering:
- MA AFR 2111 "Peace and Security in Africa" (seminar)
- plus three MA colloquia (AFR, GS, GS ADD), the EMGS summer school and GSGAS classes (AG International Studies, summer school, etc.).
All seminars are supported by the university’s e-learning portal, Moodle.