Clara's research focuses on the topic of forced migration, in particular, on local integration, return and reintegration as well as on transnational mobility and networks and has conducted field research in Germany, Peru, Ecuador, Uganda, Thailand, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Over the past years, she investigated reintegration trajectories of returnees to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in the framework of the multi-year qualitative research project “Trajectories of reintegration: The impact of displacement, migration and return on social change”. She's currently working on the qualitative research project “Return and belonging after conflict-induced displacement (RE-MIG) focusing on Western Balkan countries.
Research Topics / Key Expertise
Forced displacement, local integration, return and (re-) integration
Transnational networks and mobility
Non-state armed actors
Countries Of Expertise
Clara graduated in Regional Sciences of Latin America at the University of Cologne, a course of studies which combines political science, economics, Ibero–American history and Spanish. During her studies she spent one semester in Spain and several months in Mexico and Peru. In her thesis, she examined the structural change of violence in the post-conflict context of Central America analysing Central American youth gangs. In 2006, she joined BICC and worked since then on various projects in the field of conflict studies and forced migration studies.
Differentiating the diaspora: Reflections on diasporic engagement ‘for peace’ in the Horn of Africa (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Working Papers No. 124).
Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology , Halle/Saale (2010)Open