Charlotte Mueller

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

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. 




Selected publications by Charlotte Mueller


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Kuschminder, Katherine, Charlotte Mueller, Kiza Magendane & Yannicke Goris, 2021, Diaspora and knowledge transfer - the evidence, The Broker, More information


Book chapters
Mueller, Charlotte, 2020, Diaspora Knowledge Transfer in Sierra Leone and Somaliland, in: Maty Konte and Linguère Mously Mbaye (eds), Migration, Remittances, and Sustainable Development in Africa, Routledge, Abingdon/New York, More information


Research reports
Mueller, Charlotte & Katherine Kuschminder, 2020, Connecting Diaspora for Development 2 (CD4D2) Initial Report, Study commissioned by IOM, More information
Mueller, Charlotte & Katherine Kuschminder, 2019, Connecting Diaspora for Development: Final Report, Research report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
Mueller, Charlotte & Katherine Kuschminder, 2018, Connecting Diaspora for Development: Mid-Term Report, Research report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information
Mueller, Charlotte, Katharina Koch & Nora Jasmin Ragab, 2018, Mapping the Peruvian diaspora in Germany, Study commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, More information
Mueller, Charlotte, Katharina Koch & Nora Jasmin Ragab, 2018, Mapping the Ecuadorian diaspora in Germany, Study commissioned by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, More information
Mueller, Charlotte, Katherine Kuschminder & Sarah Langley, 2017, Connecting Diaspora for Development: Baseline Report, Research report commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), More information


Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Mueller, Charlotte, 2019, Research on Diaspora Knowledge Transfer within a Temporary Return Program, Migrant Knowledge - Writing knowledge into the history of migration and migration into the history of knowledge. A blog curated by GHI Washington Pacific Regional Office Berkeley, More information
Mueller, Charlotte, 2019, ‘We, not they’ – Changing the narrative & strengthening local research for the SDGs across Africa, UNU-MERIT Blog, More information
Mueller, Charlotte, 2018, Migration & knowledge transfer, NVVN Edition Migration and Development, More information


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