Members

Laura Affolter

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Jenna Althoff

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Jenna Althoff is a migration researcher with emphasis on structures and agency in migration governance, politico-institutional contexts of mobility regulation, and migration policy analysis. Her expertise also covers narratives and discourses on migration, evaluation of integration measures and concepts, analyses of mobility within and across labour markets, and knowledge transfer on migration topics. She has been working for various research institutes, think tanks and consultancies, and in different countries, for example Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland.

Profile, Publications, CV: http://www.inzentim.de/jenna-althoff/

Daniel Auer

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Marco Bitschnau

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Clara Bombach

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Clara Bombach, MA Social and Cultural Anthropology, is a research associate at the Marie Meierhofer Institute for the Child in Zurich (MMI) (https://www.mmi.ch/). In her qualitative research projects, she focuses on the life courses of people who were cared for as infants or children in foster families or residential care. In her dissertation at the University of Zurich (Educational Science) she is working on an ethnography on the everyday life of children and their families in asylum camps in Switzerland. She is a lecturer at the Department of Ethnology at the University of Lucerne. She is a board member of FICE Switzerland (www.fice.ch) and a member of the interest group Quality4Children (www.quality4children.ch).

Profile, Publications: https://www.mmi.ch/mmi/team.html#clara-bombach

Lisa Marie Borelli

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Aliénor Bossard

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Andreas Cassee

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Oleksii Chebotarov

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Myriam Conijn

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Nula Frei

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Dr. iur. Nula Frei works as a senior assistant at the Institute for European Law at the University of Fribourg. She was previously a research assistant at the Center for Migration Law and the Swiss Competence Centre for Human Rights at the University of Bern. She wrote her dissertation on the protection of human trafficking victims in asylum procedures. Additionally, she is the author of numerous publications on asylum and refugee law. She previously worked at the UNHCR office for Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

Teresia Gordzielik

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Anne-Laurence Graf

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Anne-Laurence Graf-Brugère is a senior researcher at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights, thematic cluster migration. She is affiliated to the Universities of Neuchatel and Bern. Her recent researches focus on the prosecution of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation in Switzerland, the impact of the Istanbul Convention (gender-specific violence) on the Swiss asylum law and practice and the relevance of the Global Compact on Migration for Switzerland. She is also part of the team that was mandated by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) to evaluate the legal protection and the decisions on asylum and return in the frame of the new accelerated asylum procedure.

Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik

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Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik is a PhD student in political science at the University of Geneva. Her PhD research focusses on the interplay between migration and trade governance. She has studied political science and law in Münster and London and has previously worked as a Research Associate for the European Migration Network. Her research interests include EU politics, migration law and governance and the intersection between political science and legal studies.

Jyothi Kanics

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Jyothi Kanics has an interdisciplinary background including degrees in Russian & East European Studies and Russian Language & Literature (UNC-Chapel Hill) as well as a Masters in International Human Rights Law (University of Oxford) and a Masters in International Relations (Yale University). She carried out research in Switzerland as a Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne within the NCCR-on the Move, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her PhD dissertation presents a model for a child-rights based regularisation mechanism, which would enable undocumented children to fulfil their right to be heard and to have their best interests considered in such decisions. She has worked and published extensively on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations.

David Kaufmann

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Anne Kneer

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After studying international relations in Geneva and law in Bern, Anne Kneer worked for more than six years at the Federal Administrative Court as a clerk in Division IV. In addition, she has published articles on topics such as credibility, appeal procedures and free administration of justice in asylum proceedings, and wrote her dissertation on "The asylum procedure as a special case - The specific characteristics of the asylum procedure as an explanation for deviations from the general administrative procedure" at the University of St.Gallen. Currently the head of the legal service of the Migration Office St. Gallen.

Anne-Cécile Leyvraz

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Annika Lindberg

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Philipp Lutz

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Gabriela Medici

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Christina Mitmasser

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Christina Mittmasser is a PhD fellow at the Geography Institute of the University of Neuchâtel. She studied Sociology and European Ethnology at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz (Austria). With her master's thesis, she examined the question of statelessness as well as the multiplicity of meanings of the concept of citizenship. Her current research on “Migrant Entrepreneurship in Switzerland. Opportunities and Constraints within Transnational  Mobilities” is part of an nccr – on the move project on cross-border migrant entrepreneurship.

Jonathan Pärli

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Luca Pfirter

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Monika Plozza

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Monika Plozza holds a Bachelor and Master of Law of the University of Lucerne. After her studies, she completed an internship in the legal department of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). Currently, she is working as a research associate at the chair of Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni, LL.M. (Yale), and is writing her PhD thesis on “The Human Right to Science”.

Pia Radke

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Laura Rezzonico

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Tiphaine Robert

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Damian Rosset

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Laure Sandoz

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Laure Sandoz currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography of the University of Neuchâtel. She is part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary migration patterns. Her research interests include the interplay between mobility and social change, the influence of private sector intermediaries on migration governance, and the transformation of labour relations. She is the author of a book on the mobilities of the “highly skilled” towards Switzerland (Springer, 2019) and she published several peer-reviewed journal articles on selective migration policies, privileged mobilities, and transnational entrepreneurship.

Stefan Schlegel

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Irina Sille

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Robin Stünzi

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Florian Tissot

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Dominique Tran

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Dominique Tran holds a Bachelor and Master of Law from the University of Fribourg. After her studies, she volunteered for the "Mentoring Integration Project" of Caritas Vaud. Since January 2018, she has been working as a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Center of Public Law at the University of Lausanne under the supervision of Prof. Véronique Boillet. Her PhD project has the aim of delimiting the notion of integration and defining its role in the current context of Swiss Migration law through a human rights perspective.


Field(s) of research: Nationality law, Migration law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional law

Carole Viennet

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Barbara von Rütte

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During her law studies at the Universities of Berne and Leiden, Barbara von Rütte already dealt with migration law. After training as a lawyer, she obtained her doctorate on the subject of the recognition of citizenship as a human right at the University of Berne. In addition, she conducted research on Swiss citizenship, statelessness or the human rights admissibility of administrative detention of foreign nationals. Since 2019, Barbara von Rütte has been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute to study multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies in Göttingen. She is also a consultant at the Council of Europe on administrative detention of foreign nationals and a board member of humanrights.ch and the Swiss Network of Young Migration Scholars.

Nesa Zimmermann

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Eva Zschirnt

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