Mareike Transfeld holds a master in Political Science, Islamic Studies and Modern History with a specialisation on the Middle East from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. She is currently a PhD Student at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. Previously, she was a research fellow at the German Institute for Security and Foreign Affairs in Berlin, and headed the Research Department of the Yemen Polling Center (YPC) in Sanaa.
In her PhD thesis, Mareike explores the boundaries of the Yemeni state as experienced by Yemeni youth through a digital anthropology of a community on Facebook. This topic ties together her interests in state-society relations, youth activism and digital media. Previously, she did research on opposition parties and elite change. As consultant for YPC, Transfeld has designed numerous projects on the livelihoods of Yemeni youth and the political and economic conditions for youth activism. She has conducted field research in Yemen, Malaysia, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.
Focus & topics:
Yemen, political transformation, authoritarianism, opposition parties and civil society, state-society relations, youth, media, digital media
& Marie-Christine Heinze: Understanding Peace Requirements in Yemen. Needs and Roles for Civil Society, Women, Youth, the Media and the Private Sector, CARPO Report 06 (March 2019). Available online.
„A youth non-movement in Sana’a: Changing normative geographies through fashion, art and music“, in: Marie-Christine Heinze (Hrsg.): Yemen and the Search for Stability. Power, Politics and Society after the Arab Spring, pp. 231-257 (2018). Further information
„Yemen: Conflict escalation despite UN-mediated power sharing“, in: Muriel Asseburg, Wolfram Lacher & Mareike Transfeld (Hrsg.): Mission Impossible? UN Mediation in Libya, Syria and Yemen, SWP Study, pp. 44-57 (2018). Online available
& Jens Heibach: „Opposition dynamism under authoritarianism: the case of Yemen, 1994-2011“, in: Democratization 25/4 (2017), pp. 597-613. Further information
„Political bargaining and violent conflict: shifting elite alliances as the decisive factor in Yemen’s transformation“, in: Mediterranean Politics 21/1 (2017), pp. 597-613. Online available
& Isabelle Werenfels: ‘#HashtagSolidarities: Twitter debates and networks in the MENA region, SWP Study (2016). Online available