Doreen Huels is participating in the Global Governance Program as an Ontario-Baden-Württemberg exchange student from the University of Konstanz, Germany. She is studying at the Balsillie School of International Affairs for two terms and is going to return to the University of Konstanz afterwards to proceed and finish her degree in Political Economy (M.Sc.). Doreen obtained her bachelor’s degree in the field of Economics in which she focused on areas pertaining to International Migration and Labour Economics. In her bachelor’s thesis “Labor Market Outcomes of Immigrants – Considering Culture and Ethnic Identity” she combined her research interests and discussed the influence of the aforementioned characteristics on immigrants’ labour market outcomes, related methodological challenges and future research opportunities. Her thesis was further influenced by the disciplines of Business Administration and Sociology to which Doreen was introduced during her undergraduate exchange at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. This exchange, touching on topics related to international political economy was also decisive for her to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree which allows her to study both economics and political science as well as the interactions thereof.
At the Balsillie School of International Affairs Doreen is hoping to extend her expertise in international trade and migration studies. Consequently, she is looking forward to participating in the research clusters of Global Political Economy as well as Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics. For her study abroad experience she has been awarded the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students.