Work experience

Work experience

Current position(s)

Research fellow – Forced Migration – GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg. Coordinator of GIGA Research Platform Middle East and Speaker of GIGA Ethics Committee.
Work package leader – “Comparing Crises. Lessons from «migration crises» in North Africa, the Middle East and the Greater Horn of Africa”. EU Horizon2020 project “Migration Governance and Asylum Crises” (MAGYC).
Co-leader – Working Group “Research and Practice” – German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (with Cordula Dittmer and Ulrike Krause).
Member of steering committee German Network Forced Migration Studies.

October 2016 – June 2018

Scholarship holderRobert Bosch Fast Track Program.

October 2016 – December 2017

Postdoc – Climate Change and Security – Universität Hamburg, CliSAP / CEN.
Research fellowInstitute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University (IFSH).

April – September 2016

Mercator-IPC Fellow – Istanbul Policy Center – Sabancı University, Istanbul.

October 2015 – March 2016

Acting professor – International Security Policy and Conflict Studies – Helmut-Schmidt-University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg, Germany.

February 2013 – September 2015

PostdocInstitute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University (IFSH), focusing on climate change – security – migration with a regional focus on the Mediterranean as part of the DFG cluster of excellence “Climate System Analysis and Prediction” (CliSAP) at Universität Hamburg. Coordinator of the working group Climate Change, Security Risks, and Violent Conflicts. From October 2014 until September 2015 also coordinator of the research cluster Changes in Global Power Structures and Norms at the IFSH.

April-May 2013

Academic advisor – historical magazine GeoEPOCHE (Gruner+Jahr) – issue No. 61, The history of Israel.


Independent peace and conflict researcher. Among others, fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Peace Research, Osnabrück University, as well as teaching assignments at different German and international academic institutions.


Researcher for Peace StudiesProtestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. Co-editor of the German Peace Report (2009-2011).

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