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Dr. Hannes Warnecke-Berger is post-doc researcher at University of Kassel. His current research focuses on the role of migrant remittances. In this project, El Salvador, Togo and the Philippines are compared from a transregional perspective. Previously, he worked in the Collaborative Research Center 1199 "Spatialization Processes under Conditions of Globalization" at University of Leipzig. He earned his doctorate with a thesis on forms of violence in Central America and the Caribbean at University of Leipzig. He studied political science, law and sociology at University of Leipzig and at Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Science Po Bordeaux. He completed longer field research trips in Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the US and France.

Research Interests

• International and Global Political Economy
• Violence, Peace and Conflict Research
• Development Theory and Development Politics
• North-South Relations
• Migration Research
• Extractivism and Natural Resource Politics

Regional Focus: Latin America (Central America); Caribbean; Southeast Asia (the Philippines); West Africa (Togo); Europe (France)

Recent Publications:

  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (Ed.) (2021), Development, Capitalism, and Rent: The Political Economy of Hartmut Elsenhans, Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2018), Politics and Violence in Central America and the Caribbean, Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Pisarz-Ramirez, G. and Warnecke-Berger, H. (Eds.) (2018), Processes of Spatialization in the Americas: Configurations and Narratives, Peter Lang.

  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2017). Transnational Economic Spaces, Moral Economy, and Remittances. Leipziger Universitätsverlag.

  • Huhn, S. and Warnecke-Berger, H. (Eds.) (2017), Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America, Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Warnecke-Berger, H. (forthcoming). Fixing the Labour Surplus in Existing Economic Structures. In N. Wilcock & E. Federzoni dos Santos (Eds.). Not Paying the Rent: Imagining a Fairer Capitalism, London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Warnecke-Berger, H., Burchardt, Hans-Jürgen, Kristina Dietz (2021). Dependency, Rent, and the Failure of Neo-Extractivism. In S.  Palestini & A. Madariaga (Eds.). Dependent Capitalisms in Contemporary Latin America and Europe. London, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

    • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2021). Rent, Capitalism and the Challenges of Global Uneven Development. In Warnecke-Berger, H. (Ed.). Development, Capitalism, and Rent: The Political Economy of Hartmut Elsenhans (pp. 1-17). Palgrave Macmillan.
    • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2020). Die Selbstreproduktion der Gewalt? Zentralamerika nach den Bürgerkriegen. In S. Peters (Ed.), Gewalt und Konfliktbearbeitung in Lateinamerika (pp. 33–52). Nomos.
    • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2020). Todesschwadrone, soziale Säuberungen, Polizeigewalt: Gewalt in Zentralamerika und die Rechtswende in Lateinamerika. In P. Eser & J.-H. Witthaus (Eds.), Rechtswende in Lateinamerika: Politische Pendel­bewegungen, sozio­ökonomische Umbrüche und kulturelle Imaginarien in Geschichte und Gegenwart (pp. 223–243). Mandelbaum.
    • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2019). The Spatial Turn and Economics: Migration, Remittances, and Transnational Economic Space. In S. Marung & M. Middell (Eds.), Spatial Formats Under the Global Condition (pp. 360–378). De Gruyter.
    • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2018). Salvadoran Transnational Transgressions: Remittances, Rents, and the Struggle over Economic Space. In G. Pisarz-Ramirez & H. Warnecke-Berger (Eds.), Processes of Spatialization in the Americas: Configurations and Narratives (pp. 219–242). Peter Lang.
    • Warnecke-Berger, H., & Pisarz-Ramirez, G. (2018). Introduction: Spatialization Processes in the Americas: Configurations and Narratives. In G. Pisarz-Ramirez & H. Warnecke-Berger (Eds.), Processes of Spatialization in the Americas: Configurations and Narratives (pp. 9–28). Peter Lang.
    • Warnecke-Berger, H., & Huhn, S. (2017). The Enigma of Violent Realities in Central America: Towards a Historical Perspective. In S. Huhn & H. Warnecke-Berger (Eds.), Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America (pp. 1–22). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2017). Forms of Violence in Past and Present: El Salvador and Belize in Comparative Perspective. In S. Huhn & H. Warnecke-Berger (Eds.), Politics and History of Violence and Crime in Central America (pp. 241–279). Palgrave Macmillan.


  • Warnecke-Berger, Hannes (forthcoming): The Financialization of Remittances and the Individualization of Development: A New Power Geometry of Global Development. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space

  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (forthcoming). Dynamics of Global Asymmetries: How Migrant Remittances (Re-)Shape North-South Relations. Third World Quarterly.

  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2020). Capitalism, Rents and the Transformation of Violence. International Studies, 57(2), 111–131. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020881720912898

  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2020). Remittances, the Rescaling of Social Conflicts, and the Stasis of Elite Rule in El Salvador. Latin American Perspectives, 47(3), 202–220. https://doi.org/10.1177/0094582X19898502

  • Warnecke-Berger, H., & Elsenhans, H. (2019). Higher Wages Can Save the Eurozone. International Politics and Society. https://www.ips-journal.eu/regions/europe/article/show/higher-wages-can-save-the-eurozone-3613/

  • Warnecke-Berger, H. (2018). La globalisation de la rente et la montée de la violence. Naqd: Revue D’études Et De Critique Sociale(36), 171–182.

  • Warnecke, H. (2013). Gewaltpraxis zwischen Kultur, Kognition und Ökonomie: Das Beispiel der Jugendbanden in El Salvador. In H. Zinecker (Ed.), Contested Orders Working Paper: Vol. 8. Gewalt und Kognition – Beispiele aus Lateinamerika, Südosteuropa und dem Kaukasus (pp. 8–31). Universität Leipzig.

Research Projects

The Dark Side of Transnationalism: The Moral Economy of Migration, Remittances, and Development

The project researches the genesis as well as the character of economic spaces that are dominated by remittances. It asks under which conditions remittance flows produce a remittances-led development model in today’s Global South. The project develops a transregional perspective and engages a cross area comparison between the migration and remittance corridors El Salvador (Central America) – USA; Philippines – USA; Togo – France/Germany. The starting point of this project is a dilemma for many migrant societies: in order to secure future remittance flows that migrant send from host societies to their families and loved ones back home, remittance-receiving economies are forced to transnationalize. At the same time, however, remittance recipients need to set up possibilities to access and to appropriate remittances at the local level. This dilemma gives rise to moral economies between migrants and their home families that link local, translocal and transnational levels of action. These moral economies are understood as arenas for negotiating remittances flows and the gestalt of remittances-led development models.