Dr. Patricia Ward


Patricia Ward was a postdoctoral fellow at the department. Trish’s research interests are in the areas of transnational labor, humanitarian aid and development, and the global refugee regime. Her research focuses on labor practices in the humanitarian aid sector, particularly within the Middle East context. Trish received her PhD in Sociology from Boston University in 2020. Her dissertation, “How Humanitarian Relief ‘Works’: International Aid Organizations and Local Labor in Crisis Contexts" examined the reorganization of aid operations amidst a growing number of protracted displacement crises worldwide and its effects on national aid workers employed in the sector. As a postdoctoral fellow at MPI-MMG, Trish began working on her second project that focuses on humanitarian logistics as everyday labor practices in UN humanitarian hubs. Patricia is now at TU Dresden.

As of May 2021, Trish is now a Postdoctoral Associate with TU Dresden. Along with her research, Trish will be developing the university-wide "Migration-Disruption" network. Part of TU Dresden's excellence strategy under the theme of disruption and societal change, this network is designed to critically investigate the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of these concepts in how they shape scholarship, research, and understandings of the social world.  

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Aufenthalt am MPI-MMG:
Mai - August 2021

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