I am a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), Universität Osnabrück, where I coordinate the DeZIM International Kolleg and Fellowship programme, as well as a Researcher at the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), section „Consens & Conflict“, where I’m working in a project monitoring violence prevention in refugee accommodations.
I am also founder and chair person of Netzwerk Fluchtforschung – a German refugee research network – as well as one of the co-founding-editors of the journal ‚Z’Flucht – Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung‚ (Nomos).
Previously, I coordinated the BMBF-funded project „Forced Migration: Research and Transfer“ at IMIS, Osnabrück and before that I was German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and post-doctoral researcher at IMIS, Osnabrück, working on refugee resettlement and volunteering for refugees. I taught at University Osnabrück, Humboldt Universität, Berlin and 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 research is concerned with instruments, policies and politics of refugee protection across different institional levels (from civil society to the global), with a particular focus on Germany and Europe. I am also very interested in political memories and politics of migration, specifically their intersection and their relationship to political belonging.