Barbara Orth is a doctoral researcher in the working group Globalisation, Transformation & Gender at Free University Berlin. Prior to that she was a research associate, conducting a research project on queer support structures in Berlin’s labour market for the Berlin State Office for Equal Treatment and Against Discrimination, Senate Department for Justice (LADS). Barbara has previously researched labour market access for refugees and asylum seekers for the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and has served as an academic editor of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration Review. In 2018, Barbara was one of the main organizers of the 2018 (Un-)Doing Borders – Realities of the Border Regime/ Utopias of Freedom of Movement conference hosted by Kritnet (Network for Critical Migration and Border Regime Research). Outside of academia, Barbara has worked as a development consultant for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Kathmandu, Nepal as well as several grass-roots NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, and India. Barbara studied International Relations in the United Kingdom, Japan, and China, focusing on issues of international trade policy, global inequalities, and migration. She was a full-scholarship recipient of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom where she graduated with an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Barbara is planning on investigating racial and gendered tropes in migration policies as a doctoral project. Barbara is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Berlin Fellowship 2016).
Updated May 2020