Zina Weisner


Zina Weisner is a PhD candidate at the Department for Migration and Globalisation since November 2020. She is a researcher in the Smart Migration and Asylum Governance (SMAG) and the Aligning Migration Management and the Migration–Development Nexus” (MIGNEX) project. 

  • Student representative for the PhD Course “Migration Studies 
  • Representative for the Department in the Austrian Migration Studies PhD Network 
  • Member of the Research Clusters “Migration Policy and Governance” and “Migration Drivers and Processes” 

About the person

Zina Weisner holds a BA in Governance and Public Policy and a MA in Development Studies from the University of Passau in Germany. Before joining the Department for Migration and Globalization, she worked in the Africa Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, at the Chair for International Politics at the University of Passau and for the GIZ African Union Office in Ethiopia.  

Zina’s research interests include: 

  • Drivers and dynamics of international migration processes 
  • The migration-development nexus 
  • The externalization of EU migration governance and border policies 
  • Gender and migration 
  • Feminist and critical security studies 
  • Migrant rights and refugee protection

Projects (Extract Research Database)

Publications (Extract Research Database)

Weisner, Zina; Courbon, Julie (2022). Activation of the temporary protection directive: Renaissance or tight-rope act for the EU asylum system? Polis180, Polis Blog

Weisner, Zina; Pozniak, Romana (2022). Care as counteraction: Addressing border deaths at the European Union’s periphery. Routed Magazine, Routed Migration & (Im)mobility Magazine, Issue 20 Displacement, governance & human rights

Lectures (Extract Research Database)

The Impact of European Border Externalization on Humanitarian Aid and Access in the Sahel Region

Smart Migration and Asylum Governance (SMAG) Policy Workshop, 07/12/2022

(Mis-)Trust in Transit – Local effects of external migration control on migrant's humanitarian access in the Sahel region

Migration Control Workshop "De-centring and Contesting Externalisation in West Africa and Beyond", SOAS University of London, 20/09/2022

Security for whom and how?: Migrants' Practices of Self-Protection and Care within the EU Externalized Border Regime

EISA 9th European Workshops in International Studies, Workshop "Feminist and Postcolonial Perspectives on the European Union's Security Policies", 08/07/2022

(Mis-)Trust in Transit: Local effects of external migration control on humanitarian access to migrants in two West African transit locations

19th IMISCOE Annual Conference 2022, Migration and Time: Temporalities of Mobility, Governance, and Resistance, 01/07/2022

Global migration intensity– a configurational driver analysis

5. International QCA Paper Development Workshop 2021, 13/12/2021

What drives global migration patterns? A fuzzy set analysis of complex configurations of multiple drivers

18th IMISCOE Annual Conference, 08/07/2021

Gender, security and development in the external dimension of EU migration governance

EuroMedMi Ph.D. Summer School 2021 "Mediterranean Migration Studies: Theoretical and Empirical Research Agenda", 28/06/2021

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