Dr Natascha Zaun

Dr Natascha Zaun

Associate Professor in Migration Studies

European Institute

Room No
CBG 6.08
Office Hours
Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am
English, German
Key Expertise
EU/European Asylum Policies, International Refugee Protection

About me

Natascha is an Associate Professor in Migration Studies at the European Institute. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Bremen. Before coming to the LSE, Natascha was a Junior Research Fellow in global refugee policies at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. Prior to that she was a researcher and lecturer in the area of International Relations at the University of Mainz and a researcher at the Collaborative Research Centre 597 ‘Transformations of the State’ at the University of Bremen, working in a project on ‘Border Regime Change and the Mobility of Persons’ (headed by Prof. Steffen Mau). 

Natascha’s key areas of expertise cover European and global refugee, immigration and border policies and politics. In her PhD thesis she analysed EU decision-making on common asylum policies, finding that these policies only reflected the positions of Member States with a long-standing regulatory tradition in the field.

Selected Publications

Books/Special Issues

Niemann, Arne and Natascha Zaun (forthcoming, 2018): “European Refugee Policies and Politics in Times of Crisis”, in: Journal of Common Market Studies.  

Zaun, Natascha (2017): EU Asylum Policies: The Power of Strong Regulating States, Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Roos, Christof and Natascha Zaun (2016): “The Global Economic Crisis as a Critical Juncture? The Crisis’ Impact on Migration Movements and Policies in Europe and the U.S.”, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42: 10.


Zaun, Natascha (2018, forthcoming): “States as Gatekeepers in EU Asylum Politics: Explaining the Non-Decision on a Refugee Quota System”, in: Journal of Common Market Studies

Gülzau, Fabian, Steffen Mau and Natascha Zaun (2016): “Regional Mobility Spaces: Visa Waiver Policies and Regional Integration”, in: International Migration, 54:6, pp. 164-180.

Zaun, Natascha, Christof Roos and Fabian Gülzau (2016): “Circumventing Deadlock Through Venue-Shopping: Why There is More Than Just Talk in US Immigration Politics in Times of Economic Crisis”, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42: 10, pp. 1590-1609.     

Zaun, Natascha (2016): “Why EU Asylum Standards Exceed the Lowest Common Denominator: The Role of Regulatory Expertise in EU Decision-Making”, in: Journal of European Public Policy, 23: 1, pp. 136-154.

Mau, Steffen, Fabian Gülzau, Lena Laube and Natascha Zaun (2015): “The Global Mobility Divide: How Visa Policies Have Evolved Over Time”, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41: 8, pp. 1192-1213.

Expertise Details

EU/European Asylum Policies; International Refugee Protection; Visa Policies; Immigration Policies; EU Politics