Dr. Melanie Müller

Dr. Melanie Müller

Research Division: Middle East and Africa


Twitter: @fraumueller_swp

Since 2014: Adjunct Lecturer in Political Science

2016: PhD, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Free University of Berlin

2015-2016: Research Fellow, Political Science Department, Free University of Berlin

2012-2015: Doctoral Scholarship, German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)

2009-2016: Freelance social scientist with focus on international environmental and resource policy

Areas of Expertise:

Sahel, Southern Africa, West Africa, Civil wars, Migration

Political and social developments in Southern Africa, migration (focus on West Africa), conflicts over raw materials in sub-Saharan Africa and responsibility in the supply chain, IBSA

SWP Publications (selection):

Melanie Müller, Judith Vorrath

Mozambique Still At Risk

Despite the Peace Process, A Serious Crisis Looms

SWP Comment 2019/C 36, September 2019, 8 Pages


Melanie Müller, Laura Kotzur

Sense of Frustration

The Debate on Land Reform in South Africa

SWP Comment 2019/C 22, April 2019, 8 Pages


Melanie Müller

Migration Conflict in Niger: President Issoufou Dares, the North Loses

in: Anne Koch, Annette Weber, Isabelle Werenfels (eds.)
Profiteers of Migration?

Contributions to Research Papers 2018/RP 04, July 2018, 74 Pages, S. 34-43

Melanie Müller

Competition for the ANC

Dominant Party Losing Youth and Poorer Sections of South African Population

SWP Comment 2017/C 18, May 2017, 7 Pages

External Publications (selection):

Melanie Müller

Adapting environmental and climate justice to local political struggles in South Africa

in: Sabrina Zajak & Sebastian Haunss (eds.), "Social Stratification and Social Movements Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on an Ambivalent Relationship", London/New York: Routledge, February 2020, S. 109-125.
Melanie Müller, Armin Paasch

When only the coal counts

German co-responsibility for human rights in the South African coal sector

Johannesburg: ActionAid South Africa, 2016
Melanie Müller, Heike Walk

Democratizing the climate negotiations system through improved opportunities for participation

in: Matthias Dietz, Heiko Garrelts (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement, Abingdon 2014, pp. 31-43

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Melanie Müller, Richard Calland

How South Africa and Germany can help the world

in: Mail & Guardian, 30.01.2020 (online)
David Kipp, Melanie Müller

EU Migration Policy Bears No Relation to Reality

The EU is operating in crisis mode as regards migration policy, focusing above all on containment – wrongly, as David Kipp and Melanie Müller argue. They identify four factors that should be involved in a factual debate about sustainable migration policy.

Point of View, 28.11.2018

SWP Comments

Hamidreza Azizi
Iran’s Multi-Faceted Strategy in Deir ez‑Zor

From Fighting Terrorism to Creating a Zone of Influence

Isabelle Werenfels
Put the Ball in Tunisia’s Court

New Government and Urgency of Reform Require Modified EU Approach

SWP Research Papers