Natalie Welfens is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests focus on questions around inequality, inclusion and exclusion, and categorisation practices in refugee and asylum policies. In her research she combines insights from gender-, critical migration and critical policy analysis to study these themes in a holistic manner.
In her current postdoctoral research in the project EMiC: Externalizing Migration Control (in cooperation with the University of Gothenburg), Natalie examines the monitoring and evaluation of the European Union Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF). Her doctoral research project was awarded a Young Talent research grant by the NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). It analyses categorisation practices in Germany’s humanitarian admission programmes from Lebanon and Turkey and how they stratify, include and exclude refugees in different parts of the admission process. Prior to her PhD, she has worked on gender-mainstreaming in European asylum policies, and on educational policies in France and Germany.
Natalie holds a Double-Master in International Relations and Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and Freie Universität Berlin, and a Bachelor in European Studies from Sciences Po Paris, Campus Nancy. After her Master she worked as a research associate at the Center for European Integration of Freie Univeristät Berlin, where she was teaching seminars on European refugee and migration policy. Before that, she gained first working experiences through internships at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.