Corinna Frey is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, focusing on knowledge, evidence and accountability in complex environments such as the global refugee crises.

Her PhD work also includes a research consultancy for Cambridge University Hospitals and she is Head of Lectures at CUSPE, the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange.

Prior to starting her PhD, Corinna worked as a Data Management Specialist for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and as Research Assistant at the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Corinna's motivation in pursuing research at Cambridge Judge Business School closely aligns with her interests in real world impact. She regularly feeds back research insights to international humanitarian organisations, including the United Nations Refugee Agency, Save the Children or UNICEF, allowing them to reflect on their knowledge and accountability practices when responding to international refugee crises. She further engages closely with key actors in her field by organising Public Policy lectures. She also routinely meets with UK politicians through a Policy Fellow Scheme exploring relevant questions for future research. To reach a wider audience, she blogs about her research experiences in global crises environments such as Lebanon, India, South Africa and Rwanda.

To stimulate the debate about academic impact, she established the School's Impact Forum, a seminar that allows early career researchers to reflect on impact in their own work.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Cambridge Judge Business School