Dr. Esther Meininghaus

Function: Senior Researcher
Phone: +49 228 911 96-28
E-Mail: esther.meininghaus(at)

Key expertise

Refugees and peacebuilding, politics of humanitarianism, non-democratic governance in the Middle East.

(Academic) education / CV:

PhD 2013

Esther is an anthropologist and political scientist whose research focuses on negotiations of power and governance among Middle Eastern communities. Educated in Middle Eastern Studies at the Universities of Bonn (MA) and Manchester (PhD), she taught across several disciplines at BA and MA level at Manchester on Middle East politics, international development and humanitarianism between 2008 and 2015.While her original interest lay in covert processes of power negotiations in Syria, she later explored the impact of humanitarian aid on local politics since the beginning of the present war. At BICC, her research is now concerned with linkages between refugee communities abroad and peace negotiations in their respective home countries. Esther has also worked as an advisor to various governmental and non-governmental bodies, such as GSDRC/DFID, GIZ/BMZ, the Boell Foundation, and others.

Recent Publications:

List of publications (pdf)