Katrin Kinzelbach is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin and visiting professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University in Budapest. Since July 2015, she also sits on the German government’s Advisory Board for Civilian Crisis Prevention.
At the Carr Center, Katrin's research focuses on international human rights diplomacy and political prisoners, a project for which she was awarded a research grant by the German Volkswagen Foundation. Previously, she studied China’s efforts to counter international human rights criticism, including China’s role in human rights debates at the United Nations. Her work on the confidential human rights dialogue between China and the European Union won the award “Deutscher Studienpreis” of the Körber Foundation, which honors outstanding research of particular value to society.
From 2007-2009, Katrin worked at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Austria. During this time, she completed a PhD at the University of Vienna. Prior still, from 2001 to 2007, she was a staff member of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), holding various posts in the fields of crisis prevention and democratic governance.