Dr Christin Hess joined the Aston Centre for Europe (ACE) as a Research Fellow in September 2012. She defended her PhD with no corrections at Bath in 2012 and holds a MA with Distinction in Contemporary European Politics and a First Class Bachelor of Honours in Russian and Politics.
She is currently working with Professor Simon Green on a two-year DAAD-funded research project entitled ‘The Political Challenge of Managing Migration in Germany and the UK: 1997-2010’. By comparing migration policy making across its constituent sectors and investigating how successive governments of both countries attempted to resolve often contradictory pressures, this study seeks to develop an integrated framework for understanding the evolution of migration policy which can then be applied to other case studies and particularly to comparative policy analysis. The project is multidisciplinary – as the phenomenon of migration itself – involving theories and methods of political science, political sociology and area studies. The study adopts a broadly ethnographic approach to ‘thick’ data collection’ in Germany, the UK and Brussels. In conjunction with this research, two bilateral expert round tables, commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, have already been held in London and Berlin. They fed directly into this research and facilitated a dialogue between frontline politicians and senior policy experts from both countries and from Brussels.
The research Christin is working on at Aston builds on her interest in comparative migration research which she already worked on during her PhD. Her doctoral research, drawing on a mixed-method design and ethnographic fieldwork in Russian, comparatively analysed mobility and integration processes of co-ethnic migrants from the former Soviet Union in Western Europe, contrasting Greek and German diasporas for the first time. She is currently developing this work further while also focusing on the relevance and impact of migration policy (policy report forthcoming).
Christin has previously worked for the Goethe Institute Moscow. She used to be a PR Officer and translator at the International Centre for Technological Cooperation, Khimki (Moscow) and held short research contracts at the Ministry for Justice and European Affairs and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt. Christin reviews articles for Europe-Asia Studies and maintains an active interest in Russian politics.