Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Katharina Lenner

Prize fellow with particular expertise on refugee policy and development in and around the Arab World

Prize FellowPhD

3 East 2.10a
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4612


My current research revolves around the politics of forced migration and development policy between the Arab world and Europe. In the past two years, I have particularly focused on the governance of the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, and investigated how it is shaped by different policy legacies and policy memories. I am currently expanding on this research to explore the transnational dimension of refugee policies, and how they co-evolve between Europe - specifically Germany - and the Middle East.

Prior to joining the University of Bath I held positions as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Jordan, and as a research associate and lecturer at Freie University of Berlin.

I earned my PhD from FU Berlin for my thesis 'Policy-shaping and its limits - the politics of poverty alleviation and local development in Jordan', which was awarded 'dissertation of the year 2014' by the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO). This work is currently being revised into a book manuscript.

Research interests

  • (Forced) migration
  • Development
  • Interpretive / ethnographic policy analysis
  • Anthropology of the state
  • Arab world


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