Congratulations to CISRUL alumna Alena Thiel who completed her PhD in 2016. She has been awarded a postdoctoral grant in the DAAD PRIME fellowship scheme. Her new project “The production of measurement policies in Africa” is located in the emerging field of biometric identity registration. It focuses on the interaction of policy makers, donor agencies and the private sector in the planning, design, and implementation of e‐ID projects. The project explores how categories of measuring and authenticating identity come into being at this intersection. During her fellowship, Alena will engage with renowned experts in the field of biometric identification at Sciences Po Paris and WISER.