Dr. Natascha Zaun (Associate Fellow)






Email: natascha.zaun@qeh.ox.ac.uk



Research Interests

European Integration
Asylum, Immigration and Border Studies
International Relations
Philosophy of Science

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since September 2016, Junior Research Fellow in Global Refugee Policies at the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford
  • 2/2015- : Research fellow at the Chair of International Politics (Prof. Dr. Arne Niemann) at the Department of Political Science, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz
  • 09/2010-../2015: PhD dissertation, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), University of Bremen, Germany
  • 10/2013-12/2014: Research Associate, Project “Regime Change and the Mobility of Persons” (headed by Prof. Steffen Mau), Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 597, “Transformations of the State”, University of Bremen, Germany
  • 01/2013-08/2013: Guest Researcher, Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics, UK
  • 03/2012-04/2012: Guest Researcher, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Brussels Office, Belgium
  • 02/2008-06/2009: Student Assistant, Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 09/2006-04/2007: Licence franco-allemand, Studies in French-German Relations, Université de Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle
  • 05/2006-08/2010: Student Assistant, Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 01/2004-07/2010: M.A. in Political Science (Major), Public (International) Law (Minor), Romance Philology (Minor), Rheinische Friedrichs-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany


Peer-reviewed/Editor-reviewed ISI-ranked journals


(2015): Why EU asylum standards exceed the lowest common denominator: the role of regulatory expertise in EU decision-making, in: Journal of European Public Policy.DOI:10.1080/13501763.2015.1039565

(2015): The Global Mobility Divide: How Visa Policies Have Evolved over Time, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 8:1, pp. 1192-1213, mit Steffen Mau, Fabian Gülzau und Lena Laube.

(2014): Norms matter! The role of international norms in EU policies on asylum and immigration, in: European Journal of Migration and Law, 16: 1, pp. 45-68, with Christof Roos.


(2014): Mapping the European Commission today: How the institution has changed or not over time, in: Journal of European Integration, 36: 4, pp. 427-433. [book review]

(2012): Obligatory Solidarity: Does the EU Need a Formula for Redistributing Asylum-Seekers Internally? Warsaw: PISM Bulletin 86/419, with Roderick Parkes.

(2008): Portugal, in: Lieb, Julia/Maurer, Andreas/Ordanza, Nicolai von (Eds.): In 27+X Schritten zur Reform. Die Ratifikation um Umsetzung des Lissaboner Vertrags, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Discussion Paper RG 1/4.

(2007): Die neue strategische Planung der europäischen Kohäsionspolitik in Theorie und Praxis, Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Discussion Paper RG 1/22, with Peter Becker.