Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    Current Research

    Christiane Fröhlich researches human mobility within and from the Global South at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. She is particularly interested 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. She  approaches her respective research questions from a critical, post/decolonial perspective. Her regional focus is mainly on the Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Turkey), where she has conducted extensive field research, but she is also engaged in cross-regional comparative projects, including the EU-funded consortium “Migration Governance and Asylum Crises (MAGYC)“, in which she leads a work package on “Comparing Crises. Lessons from «migration crises» in North Africa, the Middle East and the Greater Horn of Africa.” Fröhlich holds a PhD from the Center for Conflict Studies at Marburg University, a Master in Peace and Security Studies from Hamburg University, and an M.A. in English language, literature and culture, contemporary history and psychology from Hamburg and Warwick Universities.

    Research Programmes


    • Leibniz Research Network "Integrated Earth System Research"
    • The Council on Migration
    • Ethics Advisory Board, HABITABLE – Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration
    • International Migration Research Network
    • Academic Advisory Board, Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer
    • The German Network of Forced Migration Researchers
    • International Studies Association


    • Fellowship for interdisciplinary teaching tandems on the topic of „Mobilities“
    • John Urry Memorial Prize 2020
    • Migration Politics Fellowship 2021

    Journal of Peace Research | 05/2021

    Pathways to Water Conflict during Drought in the MENA Region

    PD Dr. Tobias Ide

    Dr. Juan Miguel Rodriguez Lopez

    Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran

    Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ), Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung | 03/2021

    Wasser und Sicherheit. Zwischen Konflikt und Kooperation

    Industrialisation, growing demand, overexploitation and degradation of soils as well as the consequences of climate change are putting increasing pressure on freshwater resources. In her article on bpb.de, Dr Christiane Fröhlich explains why access to adequate water resources is increasingly becoming a security issue.

    International Political Sociology | 03/2021

    Digital Humanitarianism and the Visual Politics of the Refugee Camp: (Un)Seeing Control

    Dr. Delf Rothe

    Dr. Juan Miguel Rodriguez Lopez

    Research Project | 01/05/2021 - 31/12/2025

    SAGE-Centre: Sustainable Adaptation to Global Change in the Middle East

    In dealing with climate change, scientific cooperation between emerging countries and industrialised nations is of particular importance. The GIGA is part of the Climate and Environment Centre SAGE – one of four global centres on the topic, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Federal Foreign Office. SAGE will contribute to empowering Middle Eastern societies to create a science-based, adaptive and sustainable management of natural resources in a changing world.
    DAAD, 2021-2025

    Research Project | 01/11/2018 - 01/10/2023

    Migration Governance and Asylum Crises, Work Package "Comparing Crises"

    This project explores how European migration policies are influenced by political crises triggered by (forced) migration. At a time when such policies are heavily contested across European member-states, and when asylum seems more threatened than ever, this project is critically important to improve our understanding of how migration policies are formulated and shaped by a context of crisis. The project gathers 13 partners from diverse European countries, as well as from Lebanon and Turkey, and GIGA leads the Work Package “Comparing Crises”.
    EC, Horizon 2020, 2018-2023

    Threshold | Interview | 03/01/2022

    Migration and security in a 1.5° world

    PW-Portal | Interview | 19/07/2021

    #Nachgefragt!BTW21. Kurzinterview des PW-Portal

    Climate Chats Podcast | Interview | 20/03/2020

    Climate Chats

    Moderator | 11/01/2022

    Labour Migration in the Gulf – Building Wealth on Precarity

    GIGA Talk Online event: 11/01/2022 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Speaker | 2022

    The Role of Gender in Environmental Peacebuilding

    Conference 2022

    Panelist | 09/11/2021

    Climate Migration: Implications for Peace Policy

    Cooperation Event Online event: 09/11/2021 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Block Seminar Climate Change and Migration

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Block Seminar Digital Humanitarianism and the Visual Politics of the Refugee Camp – (Un)Seeing Control

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Digital Approaches to Migration Governance: Critical Perspectives

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg

    Fellowship for interdisciplinary Teaching-Tandems on the topic of „Mobilities“


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