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Dr. Lena Laube

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Dr. Lena Laube

Research Fellow and Managing Director of the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft, Department for Comparative Research on Democracies


Heussallee 18-24

53113 Bonn

Lena Laube is Scientific Manager of the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW) at University od Bonn. Together with the Acting Director, Prof. Dr. David Kaldewey, she enganges in strengthening international cooperations, transdisziplinary research as well as the scientific profile of the Forum.

Lena Laube is a political sociologist and works as senior researcher in the Department for Research on Democracies. Since July 2022, she is principal investigator of the research group "ZivDem" based at FIW and the University of Münster (funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation), which studies the involvement of civil actors in the Mediterranean border regime. Her research focuses on migration and borders in contemporary Europe and (northern) Africa and is broadly situated in the fields of Migration and Border Studies. Her work has been published by international journals such as Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies, Comparative Migration Studies, Journal of Borderland Studies, Leviathan – Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaften und Historical Social Research.


"Zivile Seenotrettung als Kristallisationspunkt des Streits um Demokratie", Research group funded by Gerda Henkel Stiftung (2022-2025), Co-principal investigator together with DR. Mareike Gebhardt (University of Münster), research assistants: Maria Ullrich (Postdoc, FIW) and Sarah Spasiano (Doctoral researcher, FIW). Read more...

"Reflexivity in (Forced) Migration Studies - reflecting together on migration research", duration Jan-Dec 2024, project management together with Conrad Schetter (BICC) and Maria Ullrich (FIW). We organise roundtables on topics of transdisciplinary migration studies in Bonn. If you are interested, you can find more information here.

Completed projects:

"Internationalization of Higher Education in Times of Global Crises", provides the University of Bonn with a DAAD-visiting professorship at Forum Internationale Wissenschaft from October 2021 to September 2023 (together with David Kaldwey).

Recent publications:

Lena Laube / Maria Ullrich (2023): Search and Rescue NGOs as a focal point in debates on the reception of refugees in the EU: Research essay on an Italian and German case study. In: Culture, Practice, Europeanization 2023 (2): 166-182. Link.

Judith Kohlenberger / Lena Laube / Daniele Saracino (2023). Das Gegenteil eines Durchbruchs: Analyse und Kritik der wichtigsten Aspekte des Ratsbeschlusses zur Asylrechtsreform. Link

Mareike Gebhardt / Daniel Kersting / Moritz Riemann / Maria Becker / Lena Laube / Maria Ullrich / Christin Younso (2022): Fluchtforschung als Demokratieforschung: Ein Dialog zwischen politischer Philosophie und empirischen Sozialwissenschaften. In: Zeitschrift für Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung 6 (2): 284-302. Link

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