Chaghaf Howayek


Chaghaf Howayek is an Urban Sociologist. After studying architecture and urban planning at the University of Damascus. She moved to Germany to continue her masters in urban studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar. During her stay in Weimar, she worked on refugee integration, refugees camps and inter-cultural relations. She worked as DGF fellow research at the Centre for Metropolitan Studies Berlin. Working on the subject of refugees camp and camp development and displacement. Chaghaf worked in several international and inter-universities projects focusing on forced migration, and post-war development. Her PhD, dissertation deals with refugee camps in the Middle East, the current and past approach. the research is a state of the art research, on Permanent temporariness, the socio-political boundaries of camps and the practice at the space of everyday life. Her focus was on Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps as spaces of memories and identities. She also spent 4 years between Berlin and Beirut working on women and family refugees in both communities. Chaghaf was member of Habitat-Unit Berlin and she obtained her PhD from the Technical University of Berlin in 2019. She is the co-founder of a Lebanese / Syrian NGO based in Shatila camp Beirut. Working with women in the community on subjects of awareness and community building.


Curriculum Vitae |  Chaghaf Howayek


  • Forced migration and development.
  • Diaspora, migration studies, and ethnic identities.
  • Regugees studies.
  • Refugee camp development and policies.
  • Middle Eastern studies. 
  • Refugees migration aspersions



Zentrale Publikationen

  • Perception and Challenges of Syrian Refugees’ Integration Experiences: Comparison between Lebanon and Germany ABAAD Lebanon, 2019 (approved for publication)
  • Co-author Refugees and digital self-organization: 11 recommendations for action (HKW,, 2016)
  • The Spatial identity and the temporality in Shatila, Beirut – (Post War Cities 2016 conference publication, Bauhaus University – Weimar 2016)
  • Responsive Urbanism in Camps and Informal Areas - Urban Disaster, Vulnerability and Displacement (Humanitarian Challenges report, Fordham University New York, United States 2015)
  • Youthfulcities global index 2015 - ranking the world's 55 most youthful cities - Toronto Canada 2013 - 2015
  • No place like a refugee camp An urban Approach to refugee camps A Case study of Al Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan Master Thesis, Bauhaus University 2014


Abteilung Migration



Karen Baack, Assistenz
Dr. des. Olga Böhm, Referentin für Forschungsvernetzung und Management der DeZIM-Forschungsgemeinschaft (in Elternzeit)
Dr. Aimie Bouju, Referentin für Forschungsvernetzung und Management der DeZIM-Forschungsgemeinschaft (Elternzeitvertretung)
Şeyma Erdi, Projektassistentin der DeZIM-Forschungsgemeinschaft
Pascal Dengler, Forschungsplanung & Qualitätssicherung
Birga Inter, Referentin Wissenschaftliche Politikberatung
Dr. Noa K. Ha, Stellvertretende Geschäftsleitung NaDiRa
Dr. Cihan Sinanoglu, Leitung Nationaler Diskriminierungs- und Rassismusmonitor (NaDiRa)
Elisabeth Kaneza, Referentin Community Outreach
Serpil Polat, Referentin Community Outreach
Daniel Bax, Leitung Stabsstelle Kommunikation & Wissenstransfer | Pressesprecher
Adam Hoffmann, Kommunikation & Wissenstransfer | Content Strategie
Nelly Holjewilken, Kommunikation & Wissenstransfer | Events und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Maren Seidler, Kommunikation & Wissenstransfer | Publikationsmanagement
Daniela Turß, Kommunikation & Wissenstransfer | Referentin Wissenschaftskommunikation
Linda Wölfel, Kommunikation & Wissenstransfer | Grafik

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeitende

Sophia Aalders, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Hannah Arnu, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Caroline Assad, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Merih Ates, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa | Abteilung Integration
Lea Baro, Abt. Integration
Samera Bartsch, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Marcus Engler, Abt. Migration
Sifka Etlar Frederiksen, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Nora Freitag, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa
Tanja Gangarova, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa | Abteilung Integration
Piotr Goldstein, Abt. Integration
Dr. Sué González Hauck, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa
Dr. Annett Gräfe-Geusch, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Samuel Zewdie Hagos, Abt. Migration
Dr. Stefanie Hechler, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa | Cluster DMM
Dr. Kathleen Heft, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Chaghaf Howayek, Abt. Migration
Dorina Kalkum, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Serhat Karakayali, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa
Dr. Olaf Kleist, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Samir Khalil, Abt. Integration
Tae Jun Kim, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa und Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Felicia Lazaridou, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa
Ana-Maria Vanessa Nikolas, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Edward Omeni, Abt. Integration
Sünje Paasch-Colberg, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa und Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Tanita Jill Pöggel, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa
Dr. Nora Ratzmann, Fellow Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Maryam Rutner, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. David Schiefer, Abt. Integration
Marina Seddig, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Kristina Seidelsohn, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Mara Simon, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Moritz Sommer, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
PD Dr. Liriam Sponholz, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Elias Steinhilper, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt
Dr. Kimiko Suda, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa
Aurelia Streit, Abt. Migration
Dr. Hans Vogt, Geschäftsstelle NaDiRa
Dr. Ruta Yemane, Abt. Konsens & Konflikt


Volker Knoll-Hoyer, Verwaltungsleitung & stellv. Institutsleitung
Jessica Andrä, Verwaltungsreferentin
Stefan Bratke, Verwaltungsreferent
Vanessa Rentel, Personalsachbearbeitung
Ramona Freidank, Personalsachbearbeitung (Elternzeitvertretung)
Sven Schulze, Personalsachbearbeitung
Benjamin Schwarze, Drittmittelkoordination
Anna Kraft, Drittmittel
Brita Wirsum, Drittmittel
Jennifer Lier, Drittmittel
Stephanie Schwarz, Finanzen & Drittmittel
Maja Peinl, Einkauf
Thorsten Stößel, IT-Leitung
Wolf Gratz, Netzwerk- und Systemadministration
Jonas Waschkowiak, IT-Administration
Uta Collingwood, Sekretariat
Natasa Njiculovic, Sekretariat

Studentische Mitarbeitende