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Ann-Christin Wagner

Ann-Christin Wagner
Dr Ann-Christin Wagner
Lecturer in Anthropology of Development; Programme Director (Admissions), MSc International Development
4.15 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 7112
Research Interests
Return / transnational migration, Refugee studies, Transnational labour migration, Reproductive Health, Research ethics, Iraq and Middle East, East Africa, Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods

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Dr Ann-Christin Wagner is a lecturer in Anthropology of Development at the University of Edinburgh. For her doctoral studies, Ann did fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork with Syrian refugees in northern Jordan in 2016/17. In 2019, she conducted research with Syrian and Congolese youth in Uganda and Jordan as part of a pilot study on adolescent refugees’ reproductive health, together with Dr George Palattiyil (University of Edinburgh). Before her PhD, she worked with the International Organization for Migration in Geneva.



Wagner, A. (2018.). "Giving Aid Inside the Home – Humanitarian House Visits, Performative Refugeehood and Social Control for Syrians in Jordan." Migration and Society 1: 36-50.

Wagner, A. (2018). "Remapping the Holy Land from the margins: how a Jordanian Evangelical church juggles the ‘local’ and the ‘global’ in the Syrian refugee response." Contemporary Levant 3(2): 95-109. Winner of the CBRL 2018 Best Prize Article.

Wagner, A. (2017). "Frantic Waiting. NGO Anti-Politics and “Timepass” for Young Syrian Refugees in Jordan.Middle East – Topics and Arguments (META) 9: 107-121.

Book chapters:

Wagner,  A. (2019.). "Acts of ‘homing’ in the Eastern Desert – How Syrian refugees make temporary homes in a village outside Zaatari Camp, Jordan." In: J. Lenhard & F. Samanani (eds.), Home - Ethnographic Encounters. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 175-188. PREORDER NOW.

Gertel, J. & Wagner, A. (2018). “Mobility, migration and flight.” In: J. Gertel & R. Hexel (eds.), Coping with Uncertainty: Youth in the Middle East and North Africa. London: Saqi Books, 198-222.

Blog posts:

Wagner, A. (2018). "In praise of the scaffolding." Allegra Lab, 12 July.

Wagner, A. (2016). "Tiptoeing Across The Doorstep – Becoming The Daughter Of A Bedouin Family In The Jordanian Province." Abwab, CBRL British Institute in Amman, 7 Nov.

Wagner, A. (2016). "Bad guests? On the role of house visits in aid delivery in urban Jordan." LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 13 June.  

Research affiliations

Visiting Fellow at the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI), Sciences Po, Paris (January-March 2018)

Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Trinity Term 2017 (April-June 2017)

Associated fellow, LAJEH project: Time of conflicts / time of migration: Reflections on the categories and genealogy of migration in the Middle EastInstitut français du Proche-Orient, Amman.

Member of Citizens, Nations and Migration (CNaM) Network, University of Edinburgh

Member of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), University of Glasgow

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PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) Social Anthropology