Heidrun Bohnet


Heidrun Bohnet is Assistant Professor at the Department for Migration and Globalisation since October 2020.

  • Assistant Professor at the Department for Migration and Globalisation
  • Teaching advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods, forced migration and violent conflict dynamics
  • Planning of the PhD Programme “Migration Studies” and supervising PhD candidates
  • Leading the focal research programme: “Migration and Security Politics” within the cooperation between Danube University Krems and the Austrian Institute for International Affairs on “Migration and International Politics”
  • Responsible for organising interdisciplinary migration research seminars

About the person

Before joining the Department for Migration and Globalisation, Heidrun Bohnet was research and teaching fellow (Maître Assistante) at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Geneva and senior researcher at the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC). She holds a PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University Geneva, Switzerland. Heidrun Bohnet has led and be involved in various international (geo-coded) data collection projects on displacement. Heidrun Bohnet has published in leading international relations journals, such as the Journal of Conflict Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science and Civil Wars.

Her key research areas include:

  • The nexus between forced migration (conflict and environment-induced) and violent conflict (e.g. ethnic)
  • Refugee settlement patterns
  • Protracted displacement situations (refugees and IDPs), return and (re)integration
  • Spatial, categorical and temporal interlinkages between migration flows and policies
  • Regional expertise in Eastern Africa, Middle East and Europe

Projects (Extract Research Database)

Publications (Extract Research Database)

Bohnet, H.; Rüegger, S. (2021). Refugees and Covid-19: Beyond Health Risks to Insecurity. SPSR: Special Issue: Covid-19: A Political Science Perspective, 27(2): https://doi.org/10.1111/spsr.12466

Bohnet, H.; Cottier, F.; Hug, S. (2021). Conflict versus Disaster-induced Displacement: Similar or Distinct Implications for Security? Civil Wars, Published online: https://doi.org/10.1080/13698249.2021.1963586, Taylor&Francis

Czaika, M.; Bohnet, H.; Zardo, F. (2021). Disentangling the European Migration Policy-Mix Since 1990. QuantMig Project Report D5.5.

Czaika, M; Bohnet, H.; Soto-Nishimura, A. (2021). Spatial and categorical dependence of European migration flows. QuantMig Project Report 5.2

Rüegger, S.; Bohnet, H. (2020). The Link between Forced Migration and Conflict. In: Krieger, T; Panke, D.; Pregernig, M., Environmental Conflicts, Migration and Governance: 177-196, Bristol University Press, Bristol

Lectures (Extract Research Database)

Disentangling the European migration policy-mix

ISA, Nashville, 30/03/2022

The spatial and categorical interconnectedness of European migration flows

International Population Conference (IPC), Hyderabad, 08/12/2021

Are they all linked? The spatial and categorical interconnectedness of European migration flows

IMISCOE, Luxembourg, 08/07/2021

Restrictive refugee policies: A guarantee for local security?

ISA, 06/04/2021

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