Lea Müller-Funk

Functions

Lea Müller-Funk is Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at the Department of Migration and Globalisation since 2022.

  • Elise Richter Fellow
  • Coordinator of the research cluster Migration Processes and Drivers

About the person

After postdocs at the Universities of Oxford and Amsterdam and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Lea Müller-Funk is currently a senior researcher and Elise Richter Fellow at the Department for Migration and Globalisation at the Danube University Krems. Her work focuses on diaspora politics, migration processes in displacement contexts, as well as migration governance with a geographical focus on the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. Lea Müller-Funk holds a joint PhD degree in Comparative Politics and Arabic Studies from Sciences Po Paris and Vienna University.

She has led and been involved in various research projects on displacement (Marie Curie: SYRMAGINE (Syrian Imagination of Europe, 2017-2019), Horizon2020: MAGYC (Migration Governance and Asylum Crises, 2019-2021), FWF: SYREALITY (Syrian Imagination of Europe meet Reality, 2022-2026).

Her current research project SYREALITY focuses on drivers of (im)mobility and migration decision-making processes of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and Europe. It investigates how broader life aspirations influence refugees’ migration decisions; which influence war and displacement have on life aspirations and social class; and how forced migrants’ legal status and the context of reception in four different European cities impact their life aspirations and well-being.

Her specific research interests include:

  • migration decision-making in contexts of displacement
  • migration governance
  • diaspora politics with a geographical focus on the Middle East, North Africa and Europe

Website: www.leamuellerfunk.com
Twitter: @LeaMullerFunk

Projects (Extract Research Database)

Publications (Extract Research Database)

Müller-Funk, L.; Fransen, S. (2022). ’I will return strong’: The role of life aspirations in refugees’ return migration. International Migration Review, forthcoming: forthcoming

Fröhlich, C.; Müller-Funk; L. (2022). Mobility Control as State-Making in Civil War: Forcing Exit, Selective Return and Strategic Laissez-Faire. Migration Politics, forthcoming: forthcoming

Müller-Funk, L.; Katharina N. (2022). Forced migration governance at critical junctures of state formation in Tunisia. MAGYC Working Paper 4.2. MAGYC Working Paper, Université de Liège

Müller-Funk, Lea (2020). Research with refugees in fragile political contexts: How ethical reflections impact methodological choices. Journal of Refugee Studies, 34(2): 2308–2332

Krawatzek, Félix; Müller-Funk, Lea (2019). Two centuries of Flows between ‘Here’ and ‘There’: Political Remittances and Their Transformative Potential. Journal of Ethnic and Migration, 46(6): 1003-1024

Müller-Funk, L. (2019). Fluid identities, Diaspora Youth Activists and the (Post-) Arab Spring: How Narratives of Belonging Can Change over Time. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46(6): 1112-1128

Müller-Funk, L. (2017). Managing Distance: Examining Policies Governing Egyptian Emigration. Egypte Monde Arabe, 15: 47-69

Müller-Funk, L. (2016). Diaspora Mobilizations in the Egyptian (Post)Revolutionary Process. Comparing Transnational Political Participation in Paris and Vienna. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 14(3): 353-370

Müller-Funk, L. (2014). Transnational Politics, Women & the Egyptian Revolution: Examples from Paris. Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East Migration Studies, 2(1): 29-55

Lectures (Extract Research Database)

Daring to aspire: Violence, life aspirations and displacement trajectories in civil war

Migration Seminar Series UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, 14/12/2022

Mobility Control as State-Making in Civil War: The Case of Syria and Libya

Seminar "Introduction to the Islamic Arabic World: History and Society", 16/11/2022

Forced migration governance at critical junctures of state formation in Tunisia

7th Biennial Conference on Migration and Integration Research in Austria 2022, 26/09/2022

‘You are locked up from the outside’: Violence, life aspirations and displacement trajectories in civil war

7th Biennial Conference on Migration and Integration Research in Austria 2022, 26/09/2022

The SYRMAGINE Survey: A Cross-National Survey in the Middle East

Surveying refugees and hard-to-reach populations in Europe and beyond: Comparing lessons learned, 02/09/2022

Forced migration governance at critical junctures of state formation in Tunisia

ECPR General Conference 2022, 24/08/2022

The difficulties were when you were cut off from the rest of the country’: Violence, life aspirations and displacement trajectories in civil war

IMISCOE Annual Conference 2022, 30/06/2022

Ukrainian displacement and the future of the global refugee regime

World Refugee Day Conference 2022, 20/06/2022

“I will return strong”: The role of life aspirations in refugees’ return aspirations

International Studies Association Conference 2022, 29/03/2022

Managing exit and internal displacement in Libya and Syria: How regimes deal with their own displaced population in times of war

International Studies Association Conference 2022, 28/03/2022

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