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, immigration status, gender and other categories of social differentiation.

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

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

In my Ph.D. project, I examine the role of migration and integration policies in regulating the labour market access of refugees in Switzerland. 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. The empirical data is gathered through biographical and semi-structured interviews.



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

06/2019 - 12/2019 York University, Toronto: Visiting Scholar at the Department of Geography/Centre for Refugee Studies (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation - doc.mobility fellowship)

Humboldt University of Berlin: M.A. Human Geography

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



Stingl, Isabella (2019): Arbeit und Migration feministisch geographisch erforschen. GeoAgenda 1, 11-12.

Hierse, Lin / S
tingl, Isabella / 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.

Räuchle, Charlotte /
Stingl, Isabella / 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



(Im)possible selves in the Swiss labour market: On migrants' imagined futures and their temporal regulation. IMISCOE Annual Conference, Luxembourg/online (July 2020)
On participatory workshops that never took place... Talking about "failure" as a feminist praxis. Feminist Geographies ASG Kick-off Event, Neuchâtel (February 2020)
Conflicting temporalities: Refugees' experiences in accessing the Swiss labour market. Centre for Refugee Studies Seminar (York University), Toronto (November 2019)
The temporal governance of refugees' labour market participation in the Swiss integration regime. 14th Centre for Refugee Studies Student Conference "Beyond Durable Solutions" (York University), Toronto (October 2019)

Starting from scratch - The politics and practices of local labour market integration of refugees in Switzerland. International Metropolis Conference, Ottawa/Gatineau (June 2019)
Precarious workers in the making? The role of migration and integration policies in shaping refugees' labour market access in Switzerland. International Conference of Critical Geography Nr. 8, Athens (April 2019) 
Migration und Mobilitäten (Workshop). Humangeographische Sommerschule "Gender & Space", Herzberg, with Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme (September 2018)

Vorstrukturierte Teilhabe? Gouvernementalitätsanalytische 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 Dr. Charlotte Räuchle (October 2017)  



Autumn semester 2017 & 2018

GEO432 Gender, Work and Space: Inequalities in the Neoliberal City (Master's course; co-teaching with PD Dr. Karin Schwiter)


Since 2017

- Supervision of Bachelor theses

- External examiner of Master thesis exams


I welcome master students interested in writing a thesis on the geographies of labour, migration and citizenship.