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Barbara Orth



Malteserstr. 74-100
Room K 164
12249 Berlin

Office hours

Appointments are scheduled by mail.

I am a doctoral researcher in the working group Globalisation, Transformation & Gender at Free University Berlin.

I studied International Relations in the United Kingdom, Japan, and China, focusing on issues of international trade policy & development, global inequalities, and migration. I was a full-scholarship recipient of the University of Oxford, where I graduated with an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Previously, I have worked on several applied research projects and served as an academic editor of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration Review. Outside of academia, I have worked primarily for NGOs and foundations in Germany as well as in Nepal, Jordan, Lebanon, and India.

Winter Term 2019/20

  • Seminar Geographien der Globalisierung (Freie Universität Berlin)

Currently, I am exploring how the implementation of international law in the expansion of the European border regime is shaped by bureaucratic practices and the attitudes of those who implement policies on the ground. Specifically, I am interested in how gendered and racialized notions of victimhood shape these bureaucrats’ and technocrats’ beliefs and interactions with refugees, and whether there a gendered notion of ’innocence’ (Ticktin 2011) that influences their decisions.


“Creating INTER-national conversations”, talk at Humanity in Action’s summer fellowship, June 2019, Berlin

“Introducing the International Refugee Regime –A Legal View on Refugee Status and its Discontents”, talk at the “Flight and Migration – Societies in Transition” Forum, Nov. 2017, Berlin

Panels, conferences

“(Un-)Doing Borders. Realities of the Border Regime vs. Utopias of Freedom of Movement“, 17th annual conference of the Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies (Kritnet), Nov. 01st -04th 2018, Berlin/ Germany

Orth, B. (2018) „Queer.Works: Dialog, Vernetzung und Bestandsaufnahme zur Situation queerer Menschen auf dem Berliner Arbeitsmarkt“, available online.