Charlotte Mueller is a PhD-Candidate in the Migration and Development research group at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and UNU-MERIT. Her main research interests focus on return migration, diasporas, and knowledge transfer. For her PhD project, Charlotte explores diaspora knowledge transfer and factors that enable and inhibit knowledge transfer in the case of a temporary return programme.
A German national, Charlotte has lived, worked and studied in Germany, Ecuador, and the Netherlands. She is experienced in qualitative data collection in countries such as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Somalia. Prior to joining UNU-MERIT, Charlotte worked as a project assistant at the German-Ecuadorian Chamber of Trade and Commerce in Quito, Ecuador. She holds an MSc of Public Policy and Human Development with a specialization in Migration Studies from United Nations University-MERIT/Maastricht University and a B.A. in International Cultural and Business Studies from the University of Passau.