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 UNU-MERIT/Maastricht University.  The aim of her PhD project is to explore diaspora knowledge transfer and factors that enable and inhibit knowledge transfer in the case of a temporary return programme. For this, she works on the impact evaluation of the IOM The Netherlands project “Connecting Diaspora for Development” (CD4D). As a continuation of IOM’s Temporary Return of Qualified Nationals (TRQN) programme, the project links diaspora members with Dutch residency to institutions in their countries of origin. Over the evaluation duration of three years, Charlotte has repeatedly collected data in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, 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


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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