Karin Schmidt Martinez

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

Karin is a PhD Fellow at UNU-MERIT since 2022. Her doctoral research explores what the (im)mobility aspirations of refugee youth are, how, and why they form and evolve over time in protracted displacement. This research will employ the aspirations-capabilities framework (Carling, 2002; Carling & Schewel, 2018; de Haas, 2021), theories of waithood (Singerman, 2007), liminality and youth transitions, and a mixed-method approach to explore the (im)mobility aspirations of refugee youth living in Jordan. 

Karin has worked for over a decade as a humanitarian practitioner with UN agencies and NGOs in programme/project development, strategic planning, monitoring, research and evaluation, focusing on the situation of children, adolescents, and youth in contexts of forced migration and displacement.