Madita Erdmann, MSc. B. A.

PhD Candidate

Research Associate

Madita is a doctoral research associate with the project GBV-MIG, a consortium of eight international research institutions and universities (PI Jane Freedman, CRESPPA Paris) which looks at the roots and causes for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) against women migrants and refugees.

Madita was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and New Delhi, India. She obtained her MSc in International Relations Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2018. In 2015, she received her BA degree in European Studies from Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany after having spent a year at the Uniwersytet Jagielloński Kraków, Poland. 

She gained valuable experience while working in projects addressing GBV, conflict-related forced migration and inclusion in Germany and India. Her primary research interests are theories of International Relations, with a special focus on feminist and postcolonial approaches to international security and border studies, as well as racism and Eurocentrism in International Relations.


Current project





  • HDIM Conference at the OSCE in Warsaw: Madita Erdmann talks about Gender-based violence against refugee women: On 20 September 2019, Madita Erdmann addressed current challenges to overcoming gender-based violence against refugee women at a side event of the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings (HDIM), organized by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE in Warsaw. She illustrated some of the interconnections between pressing issues such as climate change, conflict-induced migration and gender-based violence and how these have become a key challenge for the OSCE region already. Emphasizing “GBV- MIG’s” bottom-up approach, she called for the importance of agency and participation of women refugees and the recognition of intersections of different forms of discrimination in the process of countering gender-based violence. She concluded that this would also imply to rethink common concepts of security in the context of migration and gender-based violence.


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