Katrin Kinzelbach heads the human rights program of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. Besides her engagement with the School of Public Policy at CEU, Kinzelbach also lectures on human rights at the Free University in Berlin, and she is a Schumpeter Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation.
Her current research focuses on imprisoned human rights activists, specifically the conditions under which external pressure compels repressive states to approve early releases. In addition, she studies the role that such releases play in more systemic human rights reforms. Another area of interest is how China's international influence tests the human rights regime.
Prior to joining the Global Public Policy Institute in 2011, Kinzelbach was a research fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna. Before that she was employed by UNDP, with postings in headquarters and in the field (2001-2007). She has also worked for the UN's Refugee Agency (2000) and as an OSCE election observer.
Kinzelbach studied at the Universities of Bonn and Florence, and at King's College London. Her PhD on the human rights dialogue between China and the European Union won the award "Deutscher Studienpreis" of the Körber Foundation, which honors outstanding research with particular value to society at large.