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Barbara Orth

Globalisation, Transformation & Gender


Barbara Orth is a Research Associate and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Geography at Free University (FU) Berlin. Her research explores digital platforms as migration infrastructures, particularly in the realm of reproductive services. She previously conducted research on queer support structures in Berlin’s labour market for the Senate of Berlin and labour market access for refugees and asylum seekers in collaboration with the German Institute for Economic 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 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 where she graduated with an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (Berlin Fellowship 2016) and has served on the German Humanity in Action Board since 2018.

Updated June 2022