Madita Standke-Erdmann, MSc. B. A.


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 


  • Erdmann, M.; Gassner, B.; Rosenberger, S. (2020). Country Report Austria. A Status Quo.
  • Standke-Erdmann, M./Viehoff A. (2020). A World Transformed by Climate Justice. In: New Perspectives 28 (3),
  • Standke-Erdmann, M./Scheyer, V. (2020). Exposing Flaws in the Logic(s) of Nuclear Deterrence as an International Security Strategy – A Feminist Postcolonial Perspective. In: Ethik und Militär (Link).

Blog entries

  • "Germany Should Acknowledge and Counter Violence Against Refugee Women at the EU’s Borders" by Madita Standke-Erdmann (Link).


  • "20 Jahre UNSCR 1325 – ein trojanisches Pferd für die Frauenbewegung?" - Madita Standke-Erdmann stellt am 9. Dezember 2020, gemeinsam mit weiteren Wissenschaftlerinnen und Aktivistinnen der Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Ergebnisse ihrer Studie zur Umsetzung der Agenda Frauen, Frieden und Sicherheit anlässlich des 20-jährigen Jubiläums der Resolution vor (Link zur Veranstaltung).
  • "EU Border Security and Beyond" - Podcast Recording with "The Conversation", Diplomatic Academy of the University of Nicosia (Link).
  • 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.


D209, NIG, Universitätsstraße 7/2.Stock, 1010 Wien