Birte Nienaber, associate professor, is a political geographer who obtained her PhD at the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster, Germany (with a grant of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)) in 2005. After her studies, she worked at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, inLeipzig, Germany as a PostDoc. From 2007-2013, she was Assistant Professor of European Regional Studies at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. She obtained her Venia legendi (habilitation thesis) in Geography in 2012. In 2013, she joined the University of Luxembourg as associate professor.
She received a certificate on university education, by the Hochschulevaluierungsverbund Südwest, Mainz, Germany in 2010 and has been a guest lecturer in Finland, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Her research interest focuses on migration, border studies and regional development. She is involved as lead partner or partner in several on-going and completed H-2020 and FP7 projects (e.g. MIMY, MOVE, RELOCAL, CEASEVAL) and other international projects.
She is the coordinator of the European Migration Network NCP Luxembourg since 2015 and of FRANET Luxembourg since 2018. She was the coordinator of the ESPON NCP Luxembourg from 2013 until 2020. Her team is currently in charge of the drafting of the Luxembourg national report for the OECD SOPEMI report.
She is steering board member of the UniGR- Center for Studies and member of the Board of Directors of the IMISCOE. Since 2017, she is the Study Programme Director of the trinational Master in Border Studies.
She is a member of the Faculty Council of the FHSE and a member of the management committee and board of the Department of Geography and Spatial Planning.