Dirk Auer was born in 1970 and studied political science and sociology in Giessen, Oldenburg and Bremen. He received his PhD in 2003 from the Department of Sociology at the University in Oldenburg where he worked as a scientific assistant and lecturer from 1996 to 2003. Afterwards he started to work as a free-lance journalist. Moved to Sofia in 2006 as a South Eastern Europe correspondent for various german speaking media outlets. From 2013-2016 he was based in Belgrade, since 2016 he is working from Berlin. In his work he is focused on minority rights, migration and social movements. He is founder from balkan:biro, a network for german speaking journalists reporting from or about South Eastern Europe.