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


Book Sections

Lenner, K. and Susanne, S., 2016. Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon: between refuge and ongoing deprivation? In: IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2016. Barcelona: European Institute of the Mediterranean, pp. 122-126.

Lenner, K. and Bouziane, M., 2013. Jenseits 'monarchischer Stabilität':Jordanien in Bewegung. In: Jünemann, A. and Zorob, A., eds. Arabellions. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag, pp. 107-134.

Lenner, K., 2013. Poverty and Poverty Reduction Policies in Jordan’ / Al-faqr wa-sīyāsāt al-ḥadd min al-faqr fi-al-Urdun. In: Ababsa, M., ed. Atlas of Jordan. Beirut: Presses de l’Ifpo, pp. 335-340.

Lenner, K., 2012. (Post)koloniales Unbehagen:Die arabische Welt unter europäischer Herrschaft. In: Ozturk, A., ed. Arabische Zeitenwende. Bonn, Germany: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, pp. 32-42.


Lenner, K., 2015. Projects of Improvement, Continuities of Neglect: Re-fragmenting the Periphery in Southern Rural Jordan. Middle East - Topics & Arguments


Lenner, K., 2016. Blasts from the past: Policy legacies and memories in the making of the Jordanian response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Working Paper. European University Institute. (EUI Working Papers, Max Weber Red Number Series; 2016/32)

Lenner, K., 2016. The politics of pledging: reflections on the London donors conference for Syria. European University Institute. (MPC Policy Briefs; 2016/03)

Lenner, K., 2015. Alternative voices on the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan:An interview collection. RLS Regional Office Palestine.

Lenner, K. and Al-Khatib, B., 2015. Aṣwāt badlīlah ḥaula azmat al-lāji’īn al-sūriyīn fi-al-Urdun:Majmū’at muqābalāt. RLS Regional Office Palestine.

Lenner, K. and Bouziane, M., 2011. Protests in Jordan:Rumblings in the Kingdom of Dialogue. Working Paper. Berlin: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics. (Working Papers; 1)

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