I am a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), Universität Osnabrück, where I am the project coordinator of the BMBF co-operative project ‘Refuge – Research & Transfer. Refugee Studies in Germany’ as well as co-principle investigator (with Serhat Karakayali, HU Berlin) of the research project ‘Volunteering with Refugees‘ in Germany and along the Balkan route.
I am also founder and co-coordinator of Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung – a German refugee research network – as well as co-coordinator of DFG Network ‘Foundations of Refugee Research‘. Moreover, I am one of the co-founding-editors of the journal ‘Z’Flucht – Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung‘ (Nomos).
Before my current role I was German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Previously, I conducted post-doctoral research at IMIS, Osnabrück and taught at the Institute for Social Science, Humboldt Universität, Berlin and at the Otto-Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin.
I received my doctorate (Dr.phil.; summa cum laude) from Freie Universität Berlin and I conducted research for my dissertation in Australia as Visiting Fellow at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Melbourne in 2007-2008, 2009 (as Endeavour Fellow) and 2011. I was also a Visiting Fellow at the RSC, Oxford in 2010-2011.
My current research is concerned with refugee protection, in particular with asylum and refugee resettlement policies, as well as volunteering for and with refugees. I am also very interested in political memories and politics of migration, specifically their intersection and their relationship to political belonging. My research is focused geographically on Germany and Europe as well as Australia.