Franziska Geiger

Research themes
  • Knowledge
  • Social and Cultural Change and Adaptation
  • Theories of Development
  • Migration, mobility and urbanization
Research countries
  • Germany
Thesis title

Co-creation of Resilient Living Spaces? Opportunities and Challenges for Female Refugees During Covid-19 in Bonn Bad Godesberg

Thesis abstract

The purpose of my research project is to systematically explore how the effects of coronavirus impact the resiliency of living spaces of female refugees in the city of Bonn, Germany. The study focuses on the impact and effects of the developments around coronavirus on the everyday life of female refugees and wants to understand which opportunities and challenges resulted from its impact.

The central research question is: How does Covid-19 influence the living spaces of female refugees in Bonn, Bad Godesberg? To answer that question, the research employs a threefold methodological approach drawing on the three dimensions in Lefebvre´s theory of the production of space. Through a discourse analysis of media content and policies, I want to analyze how living spaces of female refugees were conceived before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. With in-depth interviews, I want to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic influenced the perception of female refugees in respect to their own living spaces in Bad Godesberg. Participant observation will disclose the actors, programs and activities which directly and indirectly affected living spaces during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The goal of this research is to generate a thick description of the co-creation process of living spaces as well as to gain an insight into personal perspectives to, conclusively, contribute to a deeper and more inclusive understanding of the impact of the coronavirus on refugee living in Germany.


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Franziska Geiger

Junior Researcher

Department :
ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change