My research encompasses two broad fields. I study political authority in conflict-affected settings, investigating the organization of services, security, and representation by hybrid governance assemblages during or after violent conflict. I also do research on the governance of forced displacement. More specifically, I explore the governmentalities and bordering practices that emerge through the politics and policies directed at refugee communities in so-called ‘regional host countries.’
I engage with these themes through qualitative field work – mostly in the Middle East – and critical policy analysis. My analysis is inspired by the notion of epistemic politics and investigates the strategic dimensions of the production of knowledge and ignorance in political decision-making processes. In studying the governance of migration in conflict-affected situations, I am especially interested in the ways in which spatial and temporal uncertainties are produced, navigated, and contested and in tracing the institutionalization of such strategic institutional ambiguity.
In my work, I strive for empathy and impact. I endeavor to critically interrogate the direct as well as structural violences that generate marginalization. This results in a strong conviction to share knowledge within as well as beyond academia.
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