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Corinna Frey

Corinna Frey

PhD Candidate

MA (Goethe University Frankfurt), MPhil (University of Cambridge)

Research topic

Managing Global Crises: Knowledge and Innovation Practices in Complex Environments

Biography

Corinna Frey is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School working at the intersection of management and international crises, with a specific interest in knowledge and innovation practices to tackle global displacement and the current refugee crises. She is mainly drawing on organisational theory, ultimately seeking to develop actionable insights to address today's global challenges.

Prior to starting her PhD, Corinna worked as a Data Management Specialist for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt and as Research Assistant at the Goethe-University Frankfurt.

Awards & honours

  • Winner, AOM OCIS Best Student Paper Award, 2017
  • Nominee, AOM All-Academy Carolyn Dexter Award, 2017
  • Winner, EGOS Best Student Paper Award, 2016
  • Finalist, AOM OMT Best Symposium Award, 2016

Real world impact

Corinna's motivation in pursuing research closely aligns with her interests in real-world impact. She regularly feeds back research insights to international humanitarian organisations. She further engages closely with key actors in her field by organising Public Policy lectures. She also routinely meets with UK politicians through a Policy Fellow Scheme exploring relevant questions for future research and blogs about her research experiences in global crises environments such as Lebanon, India, South Africa and Rwanda.

To stimulate the debate about academic impact, she established the School's Impact Forum, a seminar that allows early career researchers to reflect on impact in their own work.

Research interests

Knowledge practices; innovation; accountability; global refugee crises; organisational theory; philosophy of science; practice theory.

Corinna Frey is a member of the Organisational Theory & Information Systems subject group.

Publications & papers

Publications

Frey, C. (2012) "Flüchtlingslager: eine Einordnung in die internationale Politik (Refugee camps in international politics)." In: Frey, C. and Lutz, R. (ed.) Sozialarbeit des Südens (vol.4). Oldenburg: Paulo Freire Verlag.

Frey, C. and Podeszfa, L. (2013) "Perspektiven für Flüchtlinge durch Hochschulbildung (Higher education perspectives for refugees)." Ad Hoc International, 11: 20-21

Frey, C. and Barrett, M. (2017) "A pragmatic view on multi-sectoral knowledge: enacting information systems in emergency response." Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017(Meeting Abstract Supplement): 12634 (DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.12634abstract)

Selected conference papers 

Frey, C. (2014) "From commitment to contestation: explaining Kenya's ambiguous relation to the ICC." In: Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa, 24 May 2014, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague, Netherlands.

Frey, C. (2015) "Bridging the gap: the humanitarian sector and academic knowledge." In: Annual ESRC-DTC Conference, 15 April 2015, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Frey, C. (2015) "Humanitarian evidence - can one routinize the use of evidence in humanitarian practice?" In: Humanitarian Innovation Conference, 17 July 2015, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Frey, C. (2016) "Evidence use across time and space in global emergencies." In: Paper Development Workshop on Organizational and Institutional Change, 7 March 2016, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.

Frey, C. and Barrett, M. (2016) "The adoption of evidence in humanitarian emergency organizations: a practice repertoire perspective." In: EGOS Conference, 7-9 July 2016, Naples, Italy.

Frey, C. and Barrett, M. (2016) "The adoption of evidence in humanitarian emergencies." In: AOM Annual Meeting (OMT Showcase Symposium), 5-9 August 2016, Anaheim, CA, USA.

Frey, C. (2016) "Evidence and knowledge in humanitarian crises: challenges and opportunities." In: Overseas Development Institute Talk, 13 October 2016, London, UK.

Frey, C. and Barrett, M. (2017) "A pragmatic view on multi-sectoral knowledge: enacting standardized information systems in emergency response." In: EGOS Conference, 6-8 July 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Frey, C. and Barrett, M. (2017) "A pragmatic view on multi-sectoral knowledge: enacting standardized information systems in emergency response." In: AOM Annual Meeting, 4-8 August 2017, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Blog posts

Frey, C. and Müller, W. (2011) "Tipping point!? Die Palestine Papers im fragilen Kontext des Nahost-Konfliktes." Sicherheits-Politik-Blog, 7 November 2011

Frey, C. (2013) "The impact of higher education in refugee situations: 20 years of UNHCR scholarships." International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Blog, 25 March 2013

Frey, C. (2013) "Is the ICC 'hunting Africans'? Kenya's ambiguous relation to the International Criminal Court." Bretterblog-International Politics Blog, 24 July 2013

Frey, C. (2015) "Overcoming the research-practice gap." The Social Innovation Blog, Cambridge Judge Business School, 12 May 2015

Frey, C. (2016) "Angelina Jolie in a refugee camp. Or, what is humanitarian innovation?" The Social Innovation Blog, Cambridge Judge Business School, 21 June 2016

Frey, C. (2017) "Aid workers get a bad rap – but too often they're thrown in at the deep end." The Conversation, 19 March 2017

Corbett, J., Frey, C. and Marjanovic, S. (2017) "How innovation can assist the refugee 'pathway'." Commentary (The RAND Blog), 27 June 2017

Research Award for paper on information management in crisis

Cambridge Judge PhD candidate Corinna Frey, with Professor Michael Barrett, wins Best Student Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Academy …

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Best paper award for study on global refugee crises

A paper on humanitarian accountability in refugee crises by Cambridge Judge PhD candidate Corinna Frey, with Professor Michael Barrett, wins Best Student …

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Aid workers get a bad rap – but too often they’re thrown in at the deep end

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European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS): Best Paper Award

Corinna Frey, a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, has been awarded the EGOS Best Student Paper award. …

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Cambridge Business Magazine: Humanitarian aid worker rotation is a real challenge

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The Conversation: Aid workers get a bad rap – but too often they’re thrown in at the deep end

Corinna Frey, PhD candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School, writes about humanitarian organisations and the challenges they face in crisis environments today. …

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Contact details

Corinna Frey
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Email: cf390@cam.ac.uk

Year of entry

2014