Isabella Stingl

Isabella Stingl

PhD student

Economic Geography

Tel.: 044 63 55254

Room number: Y25 L 50



As part of the research group labour, migration and gender, I am interested in analyzing the production of labour market inequalities based on nationality, gender and other categories of social differentiation.

Ph.D. project: Subjected through work? Refugees’ experiences in accessing labour markets in Switzerland, 2017-2021

Ph.D. Committee: Prof. Dr. Christian Berndt, Dr. Karin Schwiter, Prof. Dr. Yvonne Riaño

In my Ph.D. project, I examine the role of migration and integration policies in regulating labour market accesses of refugees. Drawing on Foucauldian governmentality theory, I investigate how such policies open up certain fields of possible labour market participation while excluding others, e.g. via integration measures such as job training programs. I take a particular interest in analyzing how labour market integration policies influence participants’ subjectivities and their strategies to find work. In my empirical case, I work with people who were granted asylum or temporary admission in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland. The empirical data is gathered through participatory workshops, biographical and semi-structured interviews.




Since 2017 University of Zurich: Ph.D. candidate in Economic Geography

2016 Humboldt University of Berlin: M.A. Human Geography

2013 Humboldt University of Berlin: B.A. Geography, Sociology & Political Science  




Stingl, Isabella / Hierse, Lin / Wieland, Simon (2018): Mediating Fieldwork Challenges in International Teams: Reflexivity, Positionality and Participatory Ethics. In: Adamseged, Muluken Elias / Bokelmann, Wolfgang (eds.) Value Chain Development for Food Security in the Context of Climate Change: Perspectives and Lessons from a North-South Capacity Building Project. Berlin: Köster, 162-175.

Stingl, Isabella / Räuchle, Charlotte / Nuissl, Henning (2017): Migrantische Ökonomien als Potential für die Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung. Arbeitsbericht 193, Geographisches Institut Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Stingl, Isabella / Wieland, Simon (2017): Die Governance von Rechten irregulärer Migrant_innen in der Stadt – Eine Analyse am Beispiel der medizinischen Versorgung in Berlin. Arbeitsbericht 192, Geographisches Institut Humboldt Universität zu Berlin




Vorstrukturierte Teilhabe? Gouvernementalitätstheoretische Perspektiven auf das Verhältnis von Arbeit und Migration. Tagung Neue Kulturgeographie Nr.15, Freiburg (January 2018)

Gruppendiskussionen zur Analyse kollektiver Deutungsmuster in der Migrationsforschung. Deutscher Kongress für Geographie, Tübingen, with Charlotte Räuchle (October 2017)