Meet the Team: Norina Haubold

Hi, my name is Norina, and I’m the new assistant for the Leviathan project. I am also new to Hamburg. Originally, I come from Bonn and before coming to Hamburg, I studied and worked in France, in Paris and Strasbourg. I completed my Master’s degree in International Relations and Project Management at the University of Strasbourg in 2020, and now I’m grateful and excited to have this job in the beautiful city of Hamburg.

I am half Brazilian and half German and having this background I was always interested in languages, international relations, and cooperation. I am now happy to support international research cooperation as project assistant and secretary for our team. I am taking care of organisational and administrative matters regarding the project or work at the University of Hamburg. Facilitating European cooperation is my calling.

Outside work, I like meeting with friends and swimming and traveling, all difficult with the pandemic going on. I enjoy taking walks/hiking and I paint, usually with water colours. Another hobby is reading, so I like the question my colleagues Kate and David have asked about which three books I would take with me if I was stranded on a desert island. One of the books I would bring is a novel called Wild Lavender by Belinda Alexandra. My grandmother gave it to me when I turned 14 and it reminds me of her and France and Lavender, what a cliché 🙂 I would also take Little Women by Louisa May Alcott with me because it reminds me so much of my family and of my dear sisters. To take all the seven Harry Potter books probably doesn’t count, but I have a hard time deciding!  I enjoy the fantasy genre very much; I could read these books over and over again and not be bored on the island. 

If you would like to know more about our project, feel free to e-mail me at

The Editors: It’s great to hear more about you, Norina! We totally agree that Little Women is an excellent book, and we hope you have fun hiking around Hamburg!