Visiting Fellow - International Security
During her Fellowship, Lucia conducts research on the topic of human security in the context of forced migration with a focus on the case study of human trafficking in the Sinai peninsula. Her research explores both the failures of traditional security regimes and the responses of transnational migrant communities in the Sinai case, looking at potential alternative approaches to dominant state-centered perspectives on human security. Her work aims at generating new and innovative insights into the protection of migrants' human rights and providing recommendations for policy-makers in the face of refugee crises around the world.
In the framework of her research, Lucia looks at Israel's role in the Sinai case and Germany's policy in the current European refugee context in order to draw both on best practices and shortcomings.
Consequently, the aim of the research is to derive policy recommendations for cooperation between the two countries when dealing with forced migration. The research builds on Lucia's previous fieldwork, which was conducted with survivors of human trafficking and refugee organizations in Tel Aviv.
Lucia is a visiting Fellow at the IPPI in the framework of the institute's program: "Rethinking Security in the 21st Century - German-Israeli Perspectives". The program takes place in cooperation with the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Israel (hbs Israel).
Lucia Heisterkamp is an MA student of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Philipps Universitz Marburg and has recentlz completed an exchange semester at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her main areas of interest are forced migration and human rights.
The Israel Public Policy Institute (IPPI) is an independent non-partisan Think-and-Do Tank that strives to strengthen the personal and professional connections between young professionals and policy leaders from Israel, Europe and the United States.