I am a postdoctoral researcher at GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim (Germany), where I am part, and deputy head, of the GESIS Panel team. Furthermore, I am acting as a project consultant in survey methodology, focusing on online surveys and survey sampling through social networking sites.
Since 2018, I am also a corresponding member of the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS, University of Osnabrück, Germany).
I hold a master’s degree in International Migration and Intercultural Relations and a doctoral degree (Dr. phil.) from the University of Osnabrück.
I have been a visiting researcher at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario (Canada, 2022) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock (Germany, 2019).
Together with great colleagues, I co-founded the IMISCOE Standing Committee Methodological Approaches and Tools in Migration Research in 2019 and currently belong to its governing body.
My research interests include survey methodology, migration research methods, voluntary and forced migration, mobility, and transnationalism.
Many of my recent and ongoing research endeavors investigate the possibility of using social networking sites, Facebook and Instagram in particular, to survey otherwise hard-to-reach populations.
Now available in open access:
Migration Research in a Digitized World: Using Innovative Technology to Tackle Methodological Challenges
This open access book explores implications of the digital revolution for migration scholars’ methodological toolkit. New information and communication technologies hold considerable potential to improve the quality of migration research by originating previously non-viable solutions to a myriad of methodological challenges in this field of study. Combining cutting-edge migration scholarship and methodological expertise, the book addresses a range of crucial issues related to both researcher-designed data collections and the secondary use of “big data”, highlighting opportunities as well as challenges and limitations. A valuable source for students and scholars engaged in migration research, the book will also be of keen interest to policymakers.
Pötzschke, S., & Rinken, S. (Eds.). (2022). Migration Research in a Digitized World: Using Innovative Technology to Tackle Methodological Challenges. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-01319-5
First results of a cross-national survey on Ukrainian refugees published
Following Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of its residents, citizens and non-citizens alike fled the country. To cope with the challenges associated with such a massive displacement, accurate and timely data are direly needed. Against this background,…
Webinar on sampling via Social Networking Sites at the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA)
It was my pleasure to give a talk entitled “Survey recruitment of (forced) migrants through targeted advertisements on Facebook and Instagram” in the internal seminar series of the EUAA Research Programme. I want to thank the colleagues at the European…
New Preprint: Realizing a Global Survey of Emigrants through Facebook and Instagram
Bernd Weiß and I published a preprint of our first article stemming from the German Emigrants Online Survey. It is available on OSF Preprints and can be downloaded here. Abstract: Research on international migrants has seen a sharp increase during…