PhD candidate in Human Geography
Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Janna holds an MSc in Population and Development (Department of International Development/Social Policy) from the LSE and a BA (honours, distinction) in Social Science from University College Maastricht (UCM) in the Netherlands as well as a certificate in international relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Toulouse, France.
At the LSE, she taught the course GY202 - Introduction to Development in the South 2010/11. Prior to PhD research, she obtained teaching experience at the UCM, interned at the German Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of the Republic of South Korea and has volunteered in NGOs supporting vulnerable people in South Korea. Her Bachelor thesis focused on skilled migration from India to Germany and her Master thesis on stigma related to HIV/AIDS in Tanzania
Thesis title: Burundian Refugees in Tanzania in a state of uncertainty: exploring citizenship and belonging
My research, supported by the DAAD, aims at unravelling subjective experiences of what it means to be a refugee and to become a citizen of the host state. The analysis scrutinizes the politics of belonging related to the governance of refugees, adding a time and a space dimension to research on protracted refugee situations. I am drawing upon field research in Dar es Salaam and Ulyankulu Settlement in Tabora Region, Tanzania (January - December 2012), using participant observation and interviews with Burundian refugees, who arrived in Tabora the 1970s, with the local population, local and national government officers and international organisations.
Further research interests:
Diaspora and migration studies
Regional focus: Africa