Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

Senior Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson

Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

  • Short CV

    • Since 01/2023: Spokesperson of the Research Team "Institutions for Sustainable Peace", RP2 "Peace and Security"
    • Since 2021: Member of DFG network "Migration and Im/Mobility in the Global South in Pandemic Times"
    • Since 2021: Principal Investigator in the FFO and DAAD-funded "Regional Center for Sustainable Adaptation to Global Change" (SAGE)
    • Since 2018: Work package lead in the EU Horizon2020 Consortium "Migration Governance and Asylum Crises" (MAGYC)
    • Since 2018: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies
    • 2016-2017: Postdoc, DFG Cluster of Excellence "Climate System Analysis and Prediction" (CliSAP), Hamburg University
    • 2016: Mercator-IPC Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center
    • 2015-2016: Acting Professor of International Security Policy and Conflict Studies, Helmut Schmidt University
    • 2013-2015: Postdoc, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University (IFSH)
    • Education: PhD at Philipps University Marburg, Center for Conflict Studies, Dissertation "The Israeli-Palestinian Water Discourse - Indicator for Conflict or Cooperation?" (in German); Master of Peace and Security Studies (M.P.S.), Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg; M.A. in English Literature, Language and Culture, History and Psychology at the universities of Hamburg and Warwick (UK)

    Current Research

    • Human mobility within and from the Global South
    • Forced migration governance
    • Climate-related mobility
    • Resource conflicts (esp. water)

    Countries and Regions

    • Syria
    • Jordan
    • Lebanon
    • Israel/Palestine
    • Turkey (refugee policy)

    Research Programmes


    • Advisory Board, Midterm Conference of Global Climate Centres, Other functions, since 2023
    • Leibniz Research Network "Integrated Earth System Research", Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2022
    • The Council on Migration, Membership, since 2022
    • Ethics Advisory Board, HABITABLE – Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration, Other functions, 2021 - 2022
    • International Migration Research Network, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2021
    • Academic Advisory Board, Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer, Wissenschaftlicher Beirat des BMBF Projekts "Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung:<br/>Vernetzung und Transfer" (FFVT), since 2020
    • The German Network of Forced Migration Researchers, Executive Board, 1st chair, since 2018
    • International Studies Association, Membership in discipline-specific association or network, since 2013


    • Fellowship for interdisciplinary teaching tandems on the topic of „Mobilities“, Universität Hamburg (UHH), 2021
    • John Urry Memorial Prize 2020, Mobilities Journal, 2020
    • Migration Politics Fellowship 2021, International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE), 2020
    • Fast Track Program: Excellence and Leadership for Women Scientists 2016-2018, Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2016
    • Mercator-IPC Fellowship, Stiftung Mercator, 2015

    Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

    Senior Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-582christiane.froehlich@giga-hamburg.de

    Migration Politics | 03/2023

    Mobility Control as State-Making in Civil War: Forcing Exit, Selective Return and Strategic Laissez-Faire

    This paper by Dr. Christiane Fröhlich and Dr. Lea Müller-Funk addresses the question of how different actors govern mobility during civil war, and how mobility control and processes of state-making interact in such settings.

    Research Project | 01/12/2021 - 30/11/2024

    Migration and Im/Mobility in the Global South during a Pandemic (DFG Network)

    The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led to novel experiences of isolation, mobility restriction and exclusion. Mobile populations are particularly affected when borders are closed and migrants are turned away, commuters are denied border crossings, resettlements are suspended or unlawful deportations are justified by pandemic-related risks. This network brings together twenty migration researchers to collect data, build theory, and gain new knowledge about the impact of the pandemic on the Global South.
    DFG, 2021-2024

    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 - 30/04/2023

    Migration Governance and Asylum Crises, Work Package "Comparing Crises" (MAGYC)

    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

    dis:arm Podcast | Interview | 17/07/2023


    www.e-ir.info | Interview | 30/06/2023

    Interview - Christiane Fröhlich

    Christiane Fröhlich explores the relationship between climate change, human mobility and conflict, as well as the role governments and policymakers play.

    Workshop | 24/05/2023

    Natural Resources and Resource Conflicts

    Das Junge Europa-Forum 2023, Hamburg Organisers: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Hamburg, Senatskanzlei Hamburg, Europa-Union Deutschland e.V., Europa-Union Hamburg Dr. Christiane Fröhlich (Panelist)

    On May 24, the Senate Chancellery of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the State Agency for Civic Education Hamburg and the europe direct Info-Point Europe are organizing the Young Europe Forum. The forum is an event designed to give young people (10th to 13th grade) the opportunity to engage in conversation about European policy issues.

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Block Seminar Climate Change and Migration

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

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

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2021

    Digital Approaches to Migration Governance: Critical Perspectives

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

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


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