Katja Girr

PhD Researcher

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Area B Embodied Dependencies
Room: 3.017
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62568


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Academic profile

‘Researchers well-being in the neoliberal university: challenges and coping strategies while researching illegalized migration’

 My research interests are in international migration, illegalization, geopolitics and borders, especially the European border regime, with a regional focus on Nord and West Africa, gender, intersectionality, dependency, (mental) health, ethics and safety in research.

My dissertation project focuses on researcher’s challenges and coping strategies while researching illegalized migration. The aim is to find out how the intersection of fieldwork experiences and working within the neoliberal university influence researchers’ well-being. In a wider context, the research addresses research ethics and questions asymmetrical dependencies within knowledge production.

Ph.D. in Geography, University of Bonn, Germany

M.A. in International Development Studies, University Grenoble Alps, France

Erasmus scholarship, University Grenoble Alps, France

B.A. in Human Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

since 2021
Member of the Leibnitz Working Group Ethics and Safety in Field Research

since 2021
Research Associate in Research Area B Embodied Dependencies, University of Bonn, Germany

Research Associate in Research Areas C Institutions, Norms and Practices,  D Labor and Spatiality and E Gender and (Insectionality) University of Bonn, Germany

Student Assistant for International Master Students at the Institute for Urbanism and Alpine Geography, University Grenoble Alps, France

Member of the Student Body of the Faculty "Geography/Earth Sciences" at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • ‘Academic mother-/sisterhood and an international researcher’s community combatting sexualized violence in higher education’, ENPA Annual Conference 2021: Mind Embedded and Embodied – Futures of Psychological Anthropology, online, 01-03 June 2021
  • “’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 October 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
  • with Hussain, A. and Kloß, S. (2021): BCDSS Researchers’ Challenges and Coping Strategies in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty, DEPENDENT 21/1, p. 52–54.
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