BiographySociologist with more than ten years of professional experience in migration research. I am curious about the relationship between mobility regimes and migrants' social and spatial (im)mobility and social imaginaries.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research examines various dimensions of African migration and (im)mobility, especially in relation to involuntary return and deportation, post-deportation life, high-risk migration projects, diaspora mobilization, transnationalism, and migration management and migration development policies. Inspired by theories of social fields, hope and uncertainty, belonging, social recognition, gender and family relations, and diaspora engagement.
I have recently coordinated a research program on the social effects of migration management for West African migrants - my own research project examined involuntary return to Ghana. Other research projects have analyzed African diasporas as agents of change, also with focus on Ghana, and processes of Somali diaspora mobilization.
I have extensive experiences with ethnographic and multi-sited fieldwork, research communication and coordination, editorial work, and policy studies.
Outside academia: music, yoga, traveling, gardening, and not least good food!