Technische Universität Chemnitz
Technische Universität Chemnitz is a technical university in the southeast of Germany and hosts more than 11,000 students from 90 countries. The Institute for European Studies (IES) was established in 2008 as one of the seven institutes of the Faculty of Humanities at TU Chemnitz. The IES is an interdisciplinary centre devoted to the study of European institutions and cultural and social phenomena in Western and Eastern European regions. IES offers higher education programs in European Studies (BA, MA and PhD) and carries out research in the fields of European integration, economic transformation, regional development, migration and democratization processes in Europe. The IES maintains a Jean-Monnet-Chair and a wide network of cooperation with research institutions and universities throughout Europe.
Birgit is a human geographer and professor for human geography of East Central Europe at TU Chemnitz and member of the IES. Her main fields of research are migration, demographic change and social cohesion, with a specific focus on space and place as explanatory categories. She carried out plenty of research projects within these fields of interest, especially in Eastern Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and the Western Balkans. Since the onset of the recent refugee flows to Europe, Birgit engages in comparative research on refugee reception on the local level. Her expertise in this field is frequently demanded by policy makers, public administration and NGO’s. Within CEASEVAL, Birgit represents TUC as lead partner and is involved in all work packages.
Jana studied Intercultural Communication and Business Studies at the Chemnitz University of Technology. She worked for six years as teaching and research assistant at the Institute for European Studies of Chemnitz University of Technology. Her main research interests are migration, asylum and integration in Germany and Europe. Since December 2017 Jana Beinhorn works at the Professorship Human Geography of East-Central Europe (TU Chemnitz). She is part of the research team working on the project “Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System under Pressure and Recommendations for Further Development” (Ceaseval), specifically in the empirical WP’s 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Melanie a political scientist who received her M.A. and her doctorate degree from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo/Michigan). Her research focuses on political institutions, political elites and the representation of minorities. Prior to coming to this project she worked as a Research Associate/Assistant Professor at the English Department at TU Chemnitz teaching American Politics and conducting her research. She has also served as the Treasurer and European Secretary for the Britain-based International Association for the Study of German Politics. Outside of her academic work Melanie is a freelance commercial photographer and English trainer. Within CEASEVAL, Melanie will take care of organizational issues, data management and public relations with focus on the German audience.