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Christiane Fröhlich

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. More info is available on


  • –present
    Research Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies


    Philipps-University Marburg, Peace and Conflict Studies/Sociology