Katharina Lenner is a political scientist and a post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. She is also an associated researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (ifpo) in Amman. Her research focuses on political transformation and the politics of development in the Arab Mashriq. She is particularly interested in how globalized blueprints for intervention take on a shape of their own as they become meaningful in specific contexts. In this vein, her PhD dissertation (FU Berlin, 2014) analyzes the politics of poverty alleviation and local development in Jordan.