Dr. Elizabeth Ekren

Research themes
  • Governance
  • Mobility and migration
  • Institutions
  • Social and Cultural Change and Adaptation
  • Economic change and vulnerability
  • Migration, mobility and urbanization
Research countries
  • Germany
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Professional experience

AssetMark, Inc. (formerly known as Genworth Financial, Inc.), Booz Allen Hamilton, National Defense University, The Heritage Foundation


Master of Science, Russian and East European Studies, University of Oxford (2010); Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Russian Language, Yale University (2009); Associate of Arts, German Language, Defense Language Institute (2016)


social anthropology, migration, refugees, institutional analysis

Funding institutions

IPID4all (€500 conference grant, March 2017); United States National Military Family Association (€900 tuition grant, April 2017, April 2019); Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit (€1200 monthly Ph.D. Stipend, November 2017-2018)


Ekren, E.  2021.  Agency, opportunity structure and empowerment in everyday refugee life: Enduring and overcoming challenges of daily living in Cologne refugee shelters.  Doctoral thesis at  Faculty of Philosophy.  ULB Bonn   Further Information


Al Munajed, D.; Ekren, E..  2020.  Exploring the impact of multidimensional refugee vulnerability on distancing as a protective measure against COVID-19: The case of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey.  Journal of Migration and Health, 1-2   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Ekren, E.  2018.  Obstacles to Refugees’ Self-Reliance in Germany.  Forced Migration Review, 58   : 30-32   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 345.40KB]
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Ekren, E..  2018.  How can theories of institutional design and everyday innovation reveal agency for change in refugee communities?.  International Journal of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, 3 (2)   : 5-18   . (Open Access)   Further Information

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Elizabeth Ekren


Department :
ZEF A: Department of Political and Cultural Change