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Corinna Frey

Corinna Frey

PhD Candidate

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

Research topic

Organising in Global Crises: Knowledge, Evidence & Accountability in Complex Environments


Corinna Frey is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, focusing on knowledge, evidence and accountability in complex environments such as  the global refugee crises

Her PhD work also includes a research consultancy for Cambridge University Hospitals and she is Head of Lectures at CUSPE, the Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange.

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.

Real-world impact

Corinna's motivation in pursuing research at Cambridge Judge Business School closely aligns with her interests in real world impact. She regularly feeds back research insights to international humanitarian organisations, including the United Nations Refugee Agency, Save the Children or UNICEF, allowing them to reflect on their knowledge and accountability practices when responding to international refugee crises. 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. To reach a wider audience, she 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 sharing; evidence practices; accountability; global refugee crises; philosophy of science; practice theory.

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

Publications & papers


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

Conference & workshop 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) "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. (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.

Blog posts

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

Contact details

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


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