Darja is a PhD researcher, examining how postcolonial hierarchies are produced by humanitarian organizations working in situations of peace and conflict. Postcolonial continuities and racism within the humanitarian aid sector have been criticized for some time now.
In her research, Darja focus on the historical development and construction of inequalities and social exclusions based on race in major humanitarian organizations such as Médecins Sans Frontières. Through a historical sociological study, the aim is to gain a deeper understanding of forms of racialised exclusions and postcolonial hierarchies in externally-induced peacebuilding and emergency relief measures.
Prior to starting her PhD, she studied a M.A. in Global History at the University of Bayreuth and SOAS London. She holds a double BA in history and French from Bielefeld University and University of Paris Cité.