Prof. Dr. Margit Fauser

Margit Fauser is professor in Sociology, Transnationalization, Migration and Work. She holds a PhD (with distinction, 2009) from Bielefeld University and was awarded the venia legendi (habilitation) in Sociology from that university in 2020. She was professor of Migration at Darmstadt Hochschule University of Applied Sciences and joined Ruhr-University Bochum in 2022. Here, she co-directs the master program "Management and Regulation of Work, Economy and Organisation". Her research areas are migration and border studies, citizenship studies, transnationalization, work, and social inequalities. She is coordinator of the Research Network 35 “Sociology of Migration” within the European Sociological Association and member of the advisory board of the journal Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationals (REMI). She was a visiting scholar at the CIDOB in Barcelona and the Instituto Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Augustana College in the US and at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Durham University, and has taught students in Saint Petersburg, Istanbul, and Madrid, in addition to several German universities. She has written and edited nine books, including the introductory monograph Transnational Migration that has been translated into several languages (Polity Press 2013, English original, German, Swedish and Korean translations) and her articles have appeared in numerous prestigious international peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Population, Space and Place and the Journal of Borderlands Studies.

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  • 2020 Habilitation, venia legendi Sociology, Bielefeld University
  • 2009 Doctorate (Dr. phil. summa cum laude), Bielefeld University, supervisors: Prof. T. Faist, PhD, Bielefeld University and Prof. Dr. J. Arango, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • 2005-2009 International Graduate School in Sociology (IGSS), Bielefeld University
  • 1992-1999 Master (Magister Artium) in Political Science, Sociology and Spanish Philology, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Erasmus scholarship), University of Hamburg

  • Since 2022 Professor (W3) for Sociology / Transnationalization, Migration and Work
  • 2019 - 2022 Professor (W2) for Migration, Transculturality and Internationalization, Department of Social Work, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • 2015 - 2018 Senior Lecturer (Akad. Oberrätin), Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University
  • 2016 - 2017 Interim Professor (W3) Sociology/Organization, Migration, Co-determination, Department of Social Sciences, Ruhr University Bochum (en lieu of Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries)
  • 2005 - 2015 Researcher and lecturer (pre- and post-doc), Research Group Transnational Relations, Development and Migration, Prof. Thomas Faist, PhD, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University
  • 2011 - 2015 Post-doc researcher and project coordination, SFB 882, C1 project, Bielefeld University
  • 2009 - 2011 Pilot project "Internationalization", Bielefeld University
  • 2003 - 2005 Researcher, SFB 597, B2 Project, Bremen University of Applied Sciences
  • 2000 - 2003 Researcher and project manager, Secretariat for Futures Studies (SFZ)

  • Fauser, Margit, 2024, Migrant associations and communities. In Giuseppe Sciortino, Martina Cvajner and Peter J. Kivisto (eds.), Research Handbook on the Sociology of Migration, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 363-374.
  • Fauser, Margit and Xóchitl Bada (eds.), 2024, The Routledge International Handbook of Transnational Studies, London: Routledge
  • Fauser, Margit, 2023, Gegen die Prekarität ist der Kampf der einzige Weg - Migration und Arbeit in Zeiten forgeschrittener Globalisierung und Unsicherheit, In Martin Seeliger (Hg.), Strukturwandel der Arbeitsgesellschaft, Weinheim: Beltz Verlagsgruppe, 61-82
  • Fauser, Margit, Corinna A. Di Stefano & Elena Fattorelli, 2023, Multiple Facets of Borderwork. Urban Actors Between Migrants' Struggles and State Control, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Volume 44, Issue 1, 61-76, DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2022.2159340
  • Fauser, Margit, 2020, Mobile Citizenship. Spatial privilege and the transnational lifestyle of senior citizens, London: Routledge
  • Dijkzeul, Dennis and Margit Fauser (ed.), 2020, Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs, London: Routledge
  • Fauser, Margit, 2019, The Emergence of Urban Border Spaces in Europe, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Volume 34, Issue 4, 605-622, DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2017.1402195
  • Fauser, Margit, Anne Friedrichs und Levke Harders (guest ed.), 2019, Migrations and Border Processes: Politics and practices of belonging and exclusion from the 19th to the 21st century, Special Issue des Journals of Borderlands Studies, Volume 34, Issue 4 [Reprint 2021 London: Routledge]
  • Fauser, Margit, 2018, Mixed-methods and Multi-sited Migration Research: Innovations from a transnational perspective, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Volume 12, Issue 4, 394-412, DOI: 10.1177/1558689817702752


 Complete List of Publications

  • 2020 Nomination for the Digitalisation in Teaching Award, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
  • 2020 University Didactic Week of the AGWW (Hessian Universities of Applied Sciences)
  • 2016 Bielefeld Certificate for Teaching in Higher Education

  • 2023 Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Durham University
  • 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011 Guest lecturer at St. Petersburg State University, Faculty of Sociology in the MA "Studies in European Societies" (two-week block seminar)
  • 2015 Visiting researcher, Augustana College, Rock Island, USA, (Host: Prof. Dr. Peter Kivisto)
  • 2013, 2010 Guest lecturer (Erasmus), Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • 2012 Guest lecturer (Erasmus), Istanbul Bilgi University
  • 2006 Visiting researcher at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset (Host: Prof. Dr. Joaquín Arango), Madrid, and Centre for International Affairs, Barcelona (CIDOB), scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • 2004 Visiting researcher, Institute for Ethnic and Racial Studies (Host: Prof. Dr. Mikael Spang), Malmö högskola, funded by the DAAD Project-Related Exchange of Persons (PPP) programme

  • German Research Foundation, "The emergence of urban border spaces in Europe", 2018-2023 (521.000€)
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation, conference funding "Diaspora Organisations in International Affairs", together with Prof. Dr. D. Dijkzeul, 2018 (12.000€)
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) of Bielefeld University, ZiF Working Group "Contextual effects in the production of social and health inequalities: Sociological mechanisms and epidemiological exposures", in collaboration with Prof. Dr. R. Schunck (Sociology, Bielefeld), Dr. O. Sauzet, Prof. Dr. O. Razum (both Public Health, Bielefeld) and Dr. B. Chaix (Faculty of Medicine, Saint-Antoine, Paris), 2014 and 2016 (10,000€ each)
  • Study trip to Cluj, Romania as part of the research module "Transnational Labour Mobility in Europe", funded by the Promos programme of the DAAD and the Ruhr University Bochum, 2017 (1.200€)
  • Spring School "Current Migration and Refugee Dyanmics", funded by InStudies Plus/BMBF at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2017 (4.500€)

  • Journals: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung (fqs), Review in International Studies, Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS), Journal for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (JLACA), Journal of Contemporary European Studies, International Migration Review (IMR), Ethnic and Racial Studies (ERS), Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS), Journal for Mixed Methods Research (JMMR), Social Networks, Journal of Borderlands Studies, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Migraciones
  • Research funding: Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Hans Böckler Foundation, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, German Research Foundation (DFG), Open Research Area (ORA, incl. ANR, DFG, ESRC, NWO), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation