Janina Stürner is a research fellow at the Centre for Area Studies of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. She analyzes migration governance in complex multi-level systems. Taking a bottom-up perspective, she focuses on the interaction between cities, states, and regional/international actors in the realization of the Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees as well as in EU migration and integration policymaking. Furthermore, Janina explores city diplomacy and multi-level partnerships in urban displacement contexts on the African continent. As a policy-oriented researcher she has developed studies, evaluations, and policy papers on behalf of organizations such as the European Commission, the Mediterranean City-to-City Migration Project (MC2CM), and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Janina is a peer reviewer for the Knowledge Platform of the UN Network on Migration and a member of the UNHCR Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network (GAIN), the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN), and the Cities and Human Mobility Research Collaborative of the Zolberg Institute.
Prior to joining the Centre for Area Studies, Janina worked as a refugee officer for the city of Stuttgart, where she conducted a qualitative study on the city’s integration strategies and initiated a new refugee empowerment concept in cooperation with migrant and refugee organizations. Combining her local experience with her transnational research allows her to analyze migration challenges and opportunities through a global lens.
Janina holds a Franco-German master’s degree in international relations with a special focus on migration policies and movements and a Franco-German bachelor’s degree in political sciences from Sciences Po Aix and the University of Freiburg.