I am a Researcher at the German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM) in Berlin, where Im co-head of the expert group „Democracy, Transfer, and Policy Advise“. I am also founder and chair person of Netzwerk Fluchtforschung – the German Network for Forced Migration Studies – as well as one of the co-founding-editors of the journal ‚Z’Flucht – Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung‚ (Nomos).
Previously, I worked at Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of 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 Leuphania University Lüneburg, University of 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 refugee accommodations 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.