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I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Department of Politics and Society at Aalborg University in Copenhagen. I research conflict governance and power-sharing systems, and the politics of migration and refuge in conflict-affected areas. I also look into norm contestation in international relations with focus on the European Union’s external policy in the Middle East and North Africa. I am currently carrying out a writing project on how Arab states (re)navigate and (re)fashion the international refugee regime. Over the years, I have widely published on post-conflict governance in divided societies. My book (co-authored with John Nagle) investigates how queer movements resist and contest Lebanon’s post-war politics of sectarianism (Zed Books, London 2021). For the academic year 2023/2024, I earned the Carlsberg Monograph Fellowship to write a book on time, politics and conflict in post-war societies. 

Currently a co-investigator in the multidisciplinary GCRF-funded project “Rights for Time”, I look into how we can shift the possibilities for humanitarian protection through research on how time conditions war and displacement. I am also the co-investigator on the SSHRC Insight Development Grant titled "Power-Sharing Politics and Refugee Governance: Crafting Asylum Policy in Deeply Divided Societies". With Allison McCulloch (Brandon University, Canada), we explore how consociational governments implement policy in the realm of asylum. Our article in International Studies Quarterly charts a research agenda on consociational governance and refugee politics. 

In the last years, I have earned several fellowships such as the Jean Monnet postdoctoral fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence and the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg.

I am an associate editor of The Journal of Deliberative Democracy. I am also on the editorial boards of Refugee Survey Quarterly and Development Policy Review and on the advisory boards of Comparative Migration Studies and Mediterranean Politics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD, University of Freiburg


  • Politics and Administration
  • Democratization
  • power-sharing and conflict-regulation
  • Refugee and migration politics
  • The European Union's external migration policy
  • Norm contestation in the international refugee regime
  • Social movement theory and contentious politics
  • Mediterranean politics
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Resilience


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