Dr. Christiane Fröhlich

Research Fellow

  • Short CV

    • Since 01/2018: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

    • 10/2016 - 12/2017: Postdoc, Climate Change and Security, University of Hamburg, CliSAP / CEN, und Research Fellow, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH)

    • 2016 - 2018: Scholarship holder in the Robert Bosch Fasttrack Programm

    • 04/2016 - 09/2016: Mercator-IPC Fellow, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey

    • 10/2015 - 03/2016: Visiting professor, International Security Policy and Conflict Studies, Helmut-Schmidt-University of the Federal Armed Forces, Hamburg, Germany

    • 04/2013 - 05/2013: Academic advisor for historical magazine GeoEPOCHE (Gruner+Jahr) for No. 61, The history of Israel

    • 02/2013 - 09/2015: Self-employed peace and conflict researcher. Among others fellow at the centre for democracy and peace research at Osnabrück University as well as teaching engagements at German and international universities. 02/2013-09/2015 Postdoc at the Institute for Peace Studies and Security Policy at Hamburg University (IFSH), focusing on climate change – security – migration with a regional focus on the Mediterranean as part of the DFG cluster of excellence „Climate System Analysis and Prediction“ (CliSAP) at Universität Hamburg. Coordinator of the working group Climate Change, Security Risks, and Violent Conflicts. From October 2014 until September 2015 also coordinator of the research cluster Changes in Global Power Structures and Norms at the IFSH

    • 2009 - 2011: Co-editor of annual German Peace Report

    • 04/2004 - 09/2011: Researcher for Peace Research at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (FEST) in Heidelberg (FEST)

    • Education: English literature, language and culture, contemporary history and psychology at the Universities of Hamburg and Warwick (UK); Peace Research and Security Policy at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at Hamburg University (IFSH); dissertation about the Israeli-Palestinian water conflict at Philipps-University Marburg (2009)

    Current Research

    • Human Mobility in the context of political and/or environmental crises

    • North-South divide and its role for human mobility

    • Resource scarcity and its role in violent conflict, esp. water conflicts

    • Post/decolonial and poststructuralist approaches in peace and conflict studies

    Countries and Regions

    • Syria

    • Israel/Palestine

    • Jordan

    • Turkey

    Research Programmes


    • Ethics Advisory Board, HABITABLE – Linking Climate Change, Habitability and Social Tipping Points: Scenarios for Climate Migration
    • International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion
    • Academic Advisory Board, Forced Migration and Refugee Studies: Networking and Knowledge Transfer
    • GIGA Ethics Committee
    • German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies, Working Group Academia and Practise
    • The German Network of Forced Migration Researchers
    • The German Network of Forced Migration Researchers
    • International Studies Association
    • German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation


    • 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

    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


    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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