Katharina Lenner is a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow ( http://www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/RobertSchumanCentre/People/Fellows/2016/LennerKatharina.aspx) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence and an associated researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (ifpo) in Amman, Jordan, where she currently analyses the politics around the Syrian refugee crisis in the Arab neighbouring states. From 2008 to 2014 she was a research associate at the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Politics. Her teaching and research interests include the politics of development, social and refugee policy as well as conceptions of state and statehood in the Global South. She also focuses on postcolonial theory and perspectives on the Arab world, and the politics of nationalism and collective identities in the region, especially the Arab Mashreq. Her doctoral dissertation, titled ‘Policy-Shaping and its Limits’ (FU Berlin, 2014) deals with the ambivalent transformations in the government of the social. It analyses the translations and negotiations surrounding poverty reduction and local development policies in Jordan, especially in the country’s rural South. Her dissertation was awarded ‘dissertation of the year 2014’ by the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO).