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Lea Müller Funk

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow

  • Senior Researcher

Lea Müller-Funk is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. Between 2016 and 2017, Lea was an OxPo post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Before that, she was a PhD researcher at the Centre Internationale des Recherches Internationales at Sciences Po Paris (2012-2016) and a university assistant and lecturer at the Institute for Near Eastern Studies at Vienna University (2011-2016). Her core research interests include migration, transnational politics and media with a focus on the Middle East.

Lea’s PhD focused on Egyptian diaspora activism in Paris and Vienna during and after the Arab Uprisings and was written in the framework of a Cotutelle agreement between Sciences Po Paris and Vienna University (supervisors: Catherine Wihtol de Wenden and Stephan Procházka). It received the Award of Excellence 2016from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research & Economy. Her current Marie Curie project SYRMAGINE (2017-2019) focuses on how Europe is imagined by Syrians settling in two of Syria’s neighbouring countries (Lebanon and Turkey) and examines how their imaginations affect their attitudes to seek asylum in European countries. The project wants to highlight forced migrants' agency in taking migration decisions with the idea to understand their living conditions in the first country of displacement and their aspirations in regard to return, stay and on-migration.