Project Team

The project team is the implementing body of TRAFIG. The project team is responsible for the timely implementation of the project activities, for updating the project management team and Steering Group on progress in their work packages. It further offers scientific guidance, review and feedback on all deliverables. It is comprised of the seven work package leaders.

Dr. Benjamin Etzold (BICC)

Dr. Benjamin Etzold is a social geographer and migration scholar with more than 13 years of experience in studying people’s vulnerability and livelihoods, trajectories of migration and displacement, as well as informal labour relations and patterns of food security. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Bonn. In TRAFIG, he serves as the scientific coordinator and undertakes empirical research in Pakistan and Ethiopia.

Maarit Thiem (BICC)

Maarit Thiem attained her Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Cologne. Her Master’s Thesis analysed the situation of internally displaced people living in Guatemala City. Before joining BICC, Maarit Thiem managed the Global Nexus Secretariat at GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), which is the global hub for an EU/BMZ co-funded programme on the Water-Energy-Food Security (WEF) Nexus. Before her assignment at the Nexus Regional Dialogues Programme, she worked in Namibia for the GIZ Land Reform Programme as an integrated expert for the Legal Assistance Centre LAC and for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change at the United Nations University. Maarit Thiem is the Project Coordinator for the TRAFIG project.

Sarah A Tobin (CMI)

Sarah A Tobin holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University (2011). Her work explores transformations in religious and economic life, identity construction and personal piety. She also examines the intersections with gender, Islamic authority and normative Islam, public ethics and Islamic authenticity. Ethnographically, her work has focused to a large degree on Islamic piety in the economy, especially Islamic banking and finance and in conditions of displacement. Sarah also explores these questions in times of economic shifts, such as during Ramadan, in contested fields of consumption such as the hijab, and the Arab Spring. Her latest research projects examine these questions with Syrian refugees in Jordanian camps of Za`atari, Azraq, and Cyber City, and in results-based financing in Tanzania. Sarah’s recent books are Everyday Piety: Islam and Economy in Jordan (Cornell University Press, 2016) and The Politics of the Headscarf in the United States (Cornell University Press 2018), with Bozena C. Welborne, Aubrey L. Westfall, Ozge Celik-Russell). Sarah has been one of the first researchers able to gain access to Za‘atari camp (in January 2014) and one of the few researchers granted access to Cyber City camp. She has a longstanding and positive relationship with the Jordanian government and the Syrian Refugees Affairs Directorate (SRAD), as well as UNHCR and the various NGOs involved in assisting the refugees.

Dr Albert Kraler

Dr Albert Kraler is a political scientist and Senior Researcher at the Department of Migration and Globalization of the Danube University in Krems, which he joined in September 2018. He previously was a Senior Researcher at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). His recent projects include a Horizon2020 project examining European asylum policies (CEASEVAL, coordinated by the Technical University Chemnitz), a DG Devco-funded study on migrants in countries in crisis (MICIC, 2015-2018), and a study on skills-based complementary pathways to protection commissioned by the European Centre for Professional Development (CEDEFOP).

Albert Kraler leads WP 2 (“Learning from the past”) and contributes to WP 1, 3, 7 and 8.

Ferruccio Pastore (FIERI)

Ferruccio Pastore , PhD (European University Institute, 1996), is Director of FIERI since May 2009. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the International Relations and European Studies think-tank CeSPI (Centre for International Policy Studies, Rome) and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Firenze. Besides research, he has worked as an adviser on migration policy issues for Italian institutions and international organisations. He has published extensively on migration and integration policies (full list of publications:

Role in the project: WP6 coordinator

Martin Wagner (ICMPD)

Martin Wagner (m) is Senior Policy Advisor on Asylum with a legal background and specialisation on European and international refugee law. Before joining ICMPD, he worked for NGOs, the Human Rights Advisory Board in the Austrian Ministry of the Interior and implemented two twinning projects in Lithuania and Ukraine as Resident Twinning Advisor. Martin Wagner has more than 20 years of professional migration experience and has managed international projects in the field of migration and asylum for 16 years. He is an experienced trainer for authorities and civil society actors. He authored or co-authored several comparative studies on European asylum systems as well as several working papers and blogs on the European Agenda on Migration. His recent research focusses on solidarity, asylum responsibility sharing, harmonisation among EU MS, complementary pathways to protection and the European Agenda on Migration.

Carolien Jacobs

Carolien Jacobs (VVI) has a background in international development (sociology of rural development) and legal anthropology and holds a PhD from Wageningen University/Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (2010). Since 2014, she has been involved in projects on justice and security for displaced people in urban settings in the DRC. Most of her research is policy- and praxis-oriented, interdisciplinary in nature, and combines different methods of data collection, based on extensive fieldwork in partnership with local researchers.

Professor Dr Nuno Ferreira

Nuno Ferreira is a Professor of Law. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and Lecturer at the University of Manchester. Nuno did his undergraduate law studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) and University of Bologna (Italy), is a member of the Portuguese Bar and carried out his doctoral studies at the University of Bremen. Nuno uses socio-legal, comparative, empirical and policy-oriented perspectives in his work. Nuno Ferreira is a Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant recipient and co-director of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research.