Senior Research Officer
Education: Albert holds a doctorate in Political Science and joint studies diploma in Political Science (major) and African Studies (minor), both from the University of Vienna, with parts of his undergraduate studies completed at SOAS (London, UK) and a Marie Curie pre-doc fellowship Sussex University (Brighton, UK) during his doctoral studies.
Relevant experience and expertise:
Albert joined ICMPD in 2001 as junior researcher. From October 2003 to March 2004 he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Migration Research at the University of Sussex (UK), undertaking research on forced migration in the African Great Lakes Region. Between September 2005 and June 2006 he held a post as a university assistant at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, where he continued working on forced migration in an African context. Albert re-joined ICMPD in mid-2006 as the co-coordinator of a comparative research project on family migration policies in Europe and subsequently led a number of other high profile research projects. Between 2011 and 2015, he acted as the programme manager of ICMPD’s research programme.
His research has focused on migration statistics and statistics policy, irregular migration, regularisation, family migration policies, discrimination and border control. Currently, he is involved in a H2020 project examining the European asylum policies (CEASEVAL) and a study examining the impact of recent refugee and migration flows on territorial development in Europe (MigrARE). In addition, he leads a study on VET, skills, and qualifications based pathways to international protection commissioned by the EU Agency for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). Recently, he coordinated a DG Devco funded study on migrants in countries in crisis (MICIC, 2015-2017) within a larger project supporting the global MICIC initiative). Albert was also the coordinator of the FP7 project “Demand-side measures against Trafficking” (DemandAT, 2014-2017).
Albert is a member of the IMISCOE Research Network and represents ICMPD on the network’s board of directors. He also serves on the IMISCOE Editorial Board and the jury of the IMISCOE dissertation award Albert regularly teaches at the University of Vienna and the Technical University of Vienna as an associate lecturer.
Research interests: Migration policy, migration statistics, forced migration, family related migration, and citizenship.
Maegan Hendow, Alessandra Bravi, Albert Kraler, Robtel Neajai Pailey, Bernhard Perchinig and Katharina Schaur (2018), Resilience in the Face of Adversity: A Comparative Study of Migrants in Crisis Situations. MICIC Comparative Report. Vienna: ICMPD.
2016 (co-editor, with Maegan Hendow and Ferruccio Pastore): Introduction: Multiplication and Multiplicity - Transformations of Border Control. Journal of Borderlands Studies 31(2).
2015 (co-editor, with Maegan Hendow and Alina Cibea): Using technology to draw borders: fundamental rights for the Smart Borders initiative. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 13(1).
2014 (with David Reichel, Alexandra König, Martin Baldwin-Edwards & Müge Şimşek): Final Report - Feasibility Study on the Labour Market Trajectories of Regularised Immigrants within the European Union (REGANE I).
2014 (co-editor, with Ilker Ataç, Michael Fanizadeh & Wolfram Manzenreiter) (2014): Migration und Entwicklung. Neue Perspektiven. HSK 32. Wien: Promedia & Südwind.
2013: (with Sébastien Chauvin & Blanca Garćes-Mascareñas): Working For Legality: Employment And Migrant Regularisation In Europe. International Migration 51(6), 118-131.
2011: (co-editor with Eleonore Kofman, Martin Kohli & Camille Schmoll (eds.): Gender, Generations, and the Family in International Migration. Amsterdam University Press.
2009 (co-editor with Martin Baldwin-Edwards): REGINE. Regularisations in Europe. Amsterdam: Pallas Publications
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