Université de Luxembourg


Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is a European research university with a distinctly international, multilingual and interdisciplinary character. It is a modern institution with a personal atmosphere, close to European institutions, innovative companies and the financial place. With nearly 6,200 students and about 1,700 employees from all over the globe, the University offers a unique mix of international excellence and national relevance, delivering knowledge for society and businesses. The CEASEVAL project is located in Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences humaines, des Arts et des Sciences de l'Education, which is a member of IMISCOE.


Birte Nienaber

Birte Nienaber, associate professor, is a political geographer trained in Germany and France. She worked in Germany and as a guest lecturer in Finland, Slovenia and Ukraine before she entered the University of Luxembourg. Her research interest focuses on migration as well as on regional development and spatial planning. At the moment, she is involved in three on-going H2020 project dealing with migration (refugees and asylum seekers, CEASEVEAL) and mobility (employment and student mobility, MOVE) as well as with spatial justice (RELOCAL). Moreover, she coordinates the European Migration Network national contact point Luxembourg and the ESPON national contact point Luxembourg.

Lucas Oesch

Lucas Oesch is a postdoc researcher at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Luxembourg. He was previously based at the universities of Manchester, Lyon, Neuchâtel and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. His work focuses mainly on the relations between forced migration and urban space.

Claudia Paraschivescu

Claudia Paraschivescu joined the University of Luxembourg as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, working on the CEASEVAL project. Prior to this, she carried research on right-wing populism in France and the UK and mature students’ feelings of belonging at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests are in the areas of race, ethnicity, inclusion and exclusion.

Lorenzo Vianelli

Lorenzo Vianelli is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, where he works on the CEASEVAL project by focusing specifically on Work package 3 on the multilevel governance of reception. He has a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK (2018), with a thesis on the multiple and contested ways through which asylum seekers are governed through reception in diverse contexts in the EU. Besides reception, his research interests also include EU asylum and migration policies, critical migration and border studies, and governmentality.