Katharina Potinius | Associate Postgraduate

Mobilities, Migrations, Reconfiguration of Spaces
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
Email: katharina.potinius  ( at )  ipw.uni-heidelberg.de Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700

Home Institution : Universität Heidelberg | Position : Phd student at the chair for International Relations at the University of Heidelberg | Disciplines : Political Science |


Since 2020, PhD student at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg

* Research Master in Political Science, Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (2017)

* European Master in Government, Universität Konstanz (2017)

* B.A. Political Science, Universität Mannheim (2014)

Title of thesis
Migration Diplomacy: Externalisation agreements and issue-linkages in bilateral relations.
Institution of thesis
Universität Heidelberg
Prof. Sebastian Harnisch

Migration Diplomacy: Externalisation agreements and issue-linkages in bilateral relations

In the last decades, the European Union and its member states have sought to control and reduce migration into the Schengen area through agreements on migration control with countries outside the EU, especially aimed at enforcing border controls and readmission. In this process, linkages to other issue areas have been created, namely cooperation on development cooperation, security, visa agreements as well as mobility for employment, education, and business. At the same time, little is known about so-called “third countries” governments’ rationale for engaging in these types of cooperation with Europe and societies’ influence on their governments’ foreign policy interests in the area of migration.

Hence, my PhD project aims to shed light on the African government’s interests in “migration diplomacy”, defined as diplomacy conducted concerning questions of migration policy, with European governments. Applying a liberal theoretical framework, governments’ preferences are understood as arising from the preferences of societal groups and domestic institutions regulating groups’ influences on the state’s government.

Applying a mixed-methods approach, a database of agreements on migration, readmission and border controls of member countries of the Rabat and Khartoum processes complemented with indicators for the saliency of migration in domestic politics has been created and analysed. Building on this, The Gambia has been chosen as a case study due to its transition back to democracy and the subsequent changes in its migration policies and diplomacy with Europe coupled with the relative importance of migration in national politics.


2023: Harnisch, Sebastian; Tijana Lujic; Katharina Potinius. Strategic Migration Policy - HD.SMP 1.0 [Research Data].  https://doi.org/10.11588/data/ZAS2YZ

2023: Harnisch, Sebastian; Katharina Potinius.  Flucht und Diplomatie In: Flucht und Flüchtlingsforschung. Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Studium eds. Marcel Berlinghoff, Birgit Glorius, J. Olaf Kleist, Tabea Scharrer. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

2021: Binkert, Eva; Merlin Flaig; Lukas Frucht; Jannis König; Jana Kuhnt; Philipp Lendle; Adirahman A. Muhumad; Katharina Potinius.Local Governments and the Sustainable Integration of Refugees in Ethiopia. https://www.econstor.eu/handle/10419/240615

2020: AKS Bonn e.V. Gesundheit für alle: Über die Einführung eines Anonymen Krankenscheins in Bonn. Soziales Bonn: https://www.soziales-bonn.de/gesundheit-fuer-alle/