Research Interest

My interest in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies is in:

  • Refugee protection and assistance
  • Conflict-induced displacement
  • Gender, Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Resilience and coping mechanisms during encampment
  • Global and local governance

Regional focus on global developments as well as Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Uganda.


Since 01/2019 Junior Professor for Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) and the Institute for Social Science, University of Osnabrück

02/2018-12/2018 Junior Professor for Global Governance and Humanitarian Action at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at Ruhr University Bochum

Since 06/2017 Research Associate, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford

05/2016-01/2018 PI and Research Fellow, “Global Refugee Protection and Local Refugee Engagement. Scope and Limits of the Agency of Refugee-led Community-based NGOs” (funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, 2016-2018), Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany; project continued at the IMIS, Osnabrück until 12/2019

01/2017-03/2017 Visiting Fellow, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford supervised by Prof. Alexander Betts

09/2013-04/2016 Research Fellow, “Gender Relations in Confined Spaces. Conditions, Scope and Forms of Sexual Violence against Women in Conflict-related Refugee Camps.” (funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research DSF, 2013-2016), Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

10/2014 – 03/2015 Lecturer, Center for Conflict Studies, University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany

04/2012 – 09/2013 Adjunct Lecturer at the Chair in international and inter-societal Relations, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany

08/2009 – 11/2012 PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) at the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights Education, Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg. book based on disseration “Linking Refugee Protection with Development Assistance. Analyses with a Case Study in Uganda” (Nomos)

02/2008 – 04/2008 Student Assistant, Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany

10/2006 – 07/2008 Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany

08/2005 – 02/2006 Visiting Student at the University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

03/2004 – 06/2006 Bachelor of Arts in European History at the University of Mannheim, Germany


Academic Offices

Since 09/2016 Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the German Journal for Refugee Studies (Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung, Z’Flucht)

Since 02/2015 Editor and since 10/2018 Co-Editor of the FluchtforschungsBlog, Netzwerk Fluchtforschung

Since 07/2014 Board member of the Netzwerk Fluchtforschung (German Network Refugee Research), since 12/2018 second chairwoman

Since 03/2012 Co-founder and co-organizer of the Working Group Research and Practice (AG/AK Wissenschaft und Praxis), Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- and Konfliktforschung und Plattform für zivile Konfliktbearbeitung

03/2016 – 04/2018 Member of the Board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung


Selected Memberships


Non-academic Employment and Consultancies

06/2013 – 07/2013 Consultant, Sector Children’s Rights, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany

07/2011 – 06/2013 Technical Advisor Peacebuilding, Human Rights and Gender, World Vision Germany, Friedrichsdorf, Germany

07/2010 – 04/2011 Technical Advisor, Human Rights Program, German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Kampala, Uganda

03/2010 – 07/2010 Consultant, United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), Kampala, Uganda

06/2008 – 07/2009 Junior Technical Advisor at the Refugee/IDP Program, German Development Service, Arua und Kampala, Uganda


Short-term Assignments

2007 – 2008 United Nations Headquarters, Senior Leadership Appointment Section (SLAS in DFS) and Office of the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women (OSAGI in DESA), New York; Federal Ministry of economic Cooperation and Development, Division for Principles and Concepts of Development Policy, Berlin, Germany; Goethe-Institute Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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