Before joining IES Christof worked as research associate at University of Bremen (2007-2014). At Bremen International Graduate School for Social Sciences and the Collaborative Research Centre “Transformations of the State” he researched EU integration in Justice and Home Affairs. His focus is on EU immigration politics as well as single market issues such as freedom of movement, Schengen cooperation, and the common European asylum system. In 2013 he published his PhD Cracks in the Walls of Fortress Europe? The EU and Immigration Policies with Palgrave Macmillan. As a member of the interdisciplinary research project “From Containers to Open States. Border Regime Change and the Mobility of Persons” he was co-author of the project monograph Liberal States and the Freedom of Movement. Selective Borders, Unequal Mobility. He studied political science at Free University Berlin (2000-2006) and at York University Toronto (2003-2004). Questions of in-and exclusion and the right to membership and community are core to his studies.
Outside of academia Christof worked for the European Commission’s DG Joint Research Centre in Ispra (Italy). There he contributed to a study on emigration from West African countries (2006-2007). In 2013 and 2014 he consulted the European Affairs Department of the Senate Chancellery of the State of Berlin on the European strategy on Roma Inclusion as well as on the European Smart Cities and Communities Initiative.