Dr Katja Mielke

Function: Senior Researcher
Phone: +49 228 911 96-23
E-Mail: katja.mielke(at)

Key expertise

Political sociology at the intersection of conflict, migration and development research: state-society interfaces; social mobilisation; local politics; power, legitimacy, and representation in rural and urban contexts; knowledge orders (‘area studies’ debate); mobility and migration.

(Academic) education / CV:

Magistra Artium: Political Science, East European Studies, Central Asian Studies 2004

Dr.phil: Development Research, University of Bonn 2013

Katja studied at Freie Universität and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and completed her PhD at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) of the University of Bonn. She has an interdisciplinary study background in social sciences; her research, analyses and policy advice are empirically grounded. In her PhD dissertation, Katja analysed local politics and the effects of intervention in rural Afghanistan. For a post-Doc project, she looked at the nexus of spatial and social mobility and respective mobilization dynamics in low-income neighbourhoods of peri-urban Lahore, Karachi and Kabul. Her recent scholarly interests include forced (im)mobility, Kurdish actor networks, subtexts of peace processes and negotiations (economy of peace), transnational religious economies, radicalization dynamics and (countering) violent extremism.

Katja has given advice to German ministries as well as to GOs and NGOs such as GIZ (IS), Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe.

Recent Publications:

List of publications (pdf)