Kerstin Fritzsche studied political science, Middle Eastern studies and journalism in Leipzig and Stockholm, with a focus on international relations and development theory as well as politics and societies in the Middle East and North Africa.
Her research at the IASS concentrates on the implications of digitalisation for countries in the Global South. She is particularly interested in the effects of digital change on "development" as a concept and how digital development could become sustainable, fair and inclusive. In this context, she explores the opportunities provided by digital technologies to advance rural electrification and sustainable energy use. Her research also considers how development policy and cooperation can facilitate the exploitation of benefits and limit the risks posed by digitalization.
Kerstin Fritzsche has extensive experience in the acquisition, management, and implementation of knowledge-based consultancy projects in the area of development and sustainability. Before joining the IASS, she worked as a project manager at adelphi on environment and security, climate change and renewable energies. She has also conducted research at the Centre for Near and Middle East Studies in Marburg on the economic and foreign policy of religious parties in Morocco and Algeria.