I am a research fellow at the GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. My work currently focuses on forced migration flows with a particular interest in understandings of migration/mobility as ‚critical‘ in different socio-political contexts, and in the interactions between people on the move and actors trying to control such movement. I am particularly interested in non-Western and post-/de-/anticolonial approaches to my topics; the overall goal is to critically assess existing power structures. My regional focus is mainly on the Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Turkey), where I have conducted extensive field research, but I am also engaged in cross-regional comparative projects, including the EU-funded consortium „Migration Governance and Asylum Crises (MAGYC)”, in which I lead a work package on „Comparing Crises. Lessons from «migration crises» in North Africa, the Middle East and the Greater Horn of Africa.“ I hold a PhD from the Center for Conflict Studies at Marburg University, a Master in Peace and Security Studies from Hamburg University, as well as an M.A. in English literature, Contemporary History and Psychology from Hamburg and Warwick Universities.
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