Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997 – 2003
    studied cultural studies at the Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)

  • 2000 – 2001
    studied sociology and anthropology at Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile

  • 2001 – 2002
    studied sociology at Wroclawski uniwersytet, Wroclaw, Poland

  • 2003 – 2005
    research associate at the Institute of applied Research on Familiy, Youth and Childhood (IFK), University of Potsdam

  • 2005 – 2008
    doctorate at University of Bielefeld, Faculty of Sociology

  • Since 2007
    Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig

  • Since 2010
    Senior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig

Selected publications

  • Bruns, Bettina (2018): Small-scale smuggling. In Ledeneva, Alena (Hrsg.): The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality: Understanding Social and Cultural Complexity, Volume 2. London: UCL Press: 90-94

  • Bruns, Bettina (2017): Homogenous and Extra-territorial Border Regime? Migrations and Control Efforts Across the Eastern EU External Border, Journal of Borderlands Studies, DOI: 10.1080/08865655.2017.1402194

  • Happ, Dorit; Bruns, Bettina (2017): The EU and Its “Ring of Friends” –Eye-level or Top-down Relationships? In: Problems of Post-Communism 64 (2): 94-105. DOI: 10.1080/10758216.2016.1176863

  • Bruns, Bettina; Doevenspeck, Martin (2015): Identitäten, Grenzen und Territorien in Bewegung – Zur Geopolitik der EU-Außengrenzen. In: Geographische Rundschau 11.

  • Bruns, Bettina; Henn, Sebastian (2014): Problem-centered Interviews in Sensitive Contexts: Researching Cigarette Smugglers and Diamond Traders. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications Ltd., 2014. SAGE Research Methods.


  • Happ, Dorit; Zichner, Helga; Bruns, Bettina (2014): Dealing with “lived experience”. Benefits and limitations. Erdkunde, Special Issue 68, 4: 289-300.

  • Bruns, Bettina (2013): Grenze als Ressource. In: Gebhardt, Hans; Glaser, Rüdiger; Lentz, Sebastian (Hrsg.): Europa – eine Geographie. Heidelberg: Springer Spektrum: 204-205.

  • Bruns, Bettina; Miggelbrink, Judith (Hg.) (2012): Subverting Borders. Doing Research on Smuggling and Small-Scale Trade. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

  • Bruns, Bettina; Miggelbrink, Judith; Müller, Kristine (2011): Smuggling and small-scale trade as part of informal economic practices - empirical findings from the Eastern external EU border. In: International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 31/11, S. 664-680.

  • Bruns, Bettina; Zichner, Helga (2011): Within a "ring of secure third countries": Regional and local effects of the extraterritorial engagement of the European Union in Belarus, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. In: Leaders of the Borders, Borders of the Leaders. Eurolimes 11, S. 78-89.

  • Bruns, Bettina (2010): Grenze als Ressource - Die soziale Organisation von Schmuggel am Rande der Europäischen Union. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

  • Bruns, Bettina; Zichner, Helga (2010): Moral an der Grenze? Theoretische Überlegungen und empirische Befunde zur Moral im Alltag an der östlichen Außengrenze der Europäischen Union. In: Geographische Revue 1, S. 21-36.

Selected projects

  • Junior research group: "Within the 'ring of secure neighbours'. Regional and local effects of the extraterritorial involvement of the European Union in Belarus, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova", funded by VolkswagenStiftung, sonce 2010

  • "Geographies along the EU project's eastern edges", funded by Federal State of Saxony and German federation, 2007 – 2010

  • "Border as a resource", funded by VolkswagenStiftung, 2005 – 2008


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