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Katja Girr

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PhD Candidate

 

 

Postal address:

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Adenauerallee 18-22, D-53113 Bonn

Office: Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Gescherallee 2 (2 Stock)

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Biography

Research Focus

Selected Presentations

Biography

Katja studied Human Geography at Goethe University Frankfurt and concluded her Bachelor with the thesis “Recomposition migratoire au lendemain de la révolution tunisienne : l’étude de cas des employé(e)s de maison subsaharien(ne)s“, enabled through a DAAD research grant for fieldwork in Tunisia. After a one-year ERASMUS stay at University Grenoble Alps during her Bachelor studies she decided to return to the Institute of Urbanism and Alpine Geography to study the Master program in International Development Studies. For her Master thesis “Migration policy and mental health: irregular sub-Saharan migrants ‘stranded’ in post-revolutionary Tunisia” Katja returned for one semester to Tunisia. In October 2019 she became a doctoral researcher at the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies. Her doctoral project with the working title “(In)voluntary return migration: Ivorian domestic workers coming home from Northern Africa“ is supervised by Prof Dr Julia Verne at the Geographical Institute of Bonn University and supported by Prof Vernes working group.
Further, Katja gained personal and practical experience as a member of the student body of the faculty 11 geography/earth sciences at Goethe University Frankfurt and as a student assistant for international master students at Institute for Urbanism and Alpine Geography at University Grenoble Alps. During her field research in Tunisia, she has also been a intern within the Médecins du Monde health project “Amélioration de l’accès aux soins pour la population migrante dans les régions de Sfax et de Médenine“. She further absolved a one year international volunteer service in Togo and two internships with local NGOs, one in collaboration with the GIZ in the context of the project “Transboundary Biosphere Reserve in the Mono Delta”.

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Research Focus

Her personal and practical experiences, as well as her academic education, led to her research focus in international migration, North-South and South-South relations, dependency, (mental) health, geopolitics and borders, especially the European border regime. Her regional focus is on Nord and West Africa (esp. Tunisia, Togo, Ivory Coast), Germany (esp. Regensburg and Frankfurt) and France (esp. Grenoble).

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Selected Presentations

“’Where is happiness?’ The impact of Tunisian and European migration policy on irregular sub-Saharan migrants’ mental health”, international conference Well-Being in the North and South: Explorations, Contradictions, Power, and Practices, Institut d’études politiques, Bordeaux, 22–25 Oktober 2019 „Migration policy and mental health: irregular sub-Saharan migrants ‘stranded’ in post-revolutionary Tunisia”, Master thesis presentation at Junger Kongress für Geographie, Kiel, 26-28 September 2019 „Recomposition migratoire au lendemain de la révolution tunisienne : l’étude de cas des employé(e)s de maison subsaharien(ne)s“, Bachelor thesis presentation at Junger Kongress für Geographie, Tübingen, 30.09 – 05.10.2017
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