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Commitment to refugee research continues with postdoc programme kick off


As Malmö University continues its pledge into researching issues around the current European refugee and migratio situation, six researchers are welcomed for the launch of a two-year postdoctorate  programme.

Research will focus on political control, media and communication studies, care science, criminology and social work. The programme, which was granted funding last year, is being run in collaboration with the research centre Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare.

The six new postdocs were welcomed by Vice-chancellor Kerstin Tham, who describing the programme as a unique opportunity and an important area for Malmö University and what it can contribute to research and education.

Jason Tucker

Jason TuckerJason will be at the Malmö Institute of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM), within the Department of Global Political Studies. His main area of research relates to statelessness and citizenship within the context of migration. His research will focuses on the largely overlooked group of refugees in Sweden and Denmark who are deemed stateless. While a refugee can face a temporary lack of protection from a state, a stateless individual permanently lacks this protection. The aim of the research is to deconstruct the current analytical approaches regarding such statelessness.

Erin Cory

Erin CoryErin will carry out her research at the Faculty for Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication (K3). She works at the crossroads of memory, geography, and performance studies to understand how people use media, broadly conceived, to tell their stories.  Her doctoral dissertation was an ethnographic study of the trans-spatial expressive practices of artists and activists in Beirut, and her postdoctoral work will investigate how refugee youth use public space to negotiate evolving expectations and identities.  She holds a PhD in Communication from the University of California San Diego.

Katarina Sjögren Forss

Katarina Sjögren ForssKatarina is a public health scientist at the Faculty of Health and Society. Her research will look into the cultural competence among nursing educators and nursing students to meet the health and care needs of refugees in Sweden. For health care professionals to be able to deliver competent and effective care to refugees, more knowledge of how to meet and address their health and care needs is urgently warranted. Cultural competence has been found to be an important factor in rendering effective and culturally responsive care to individuals from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The Swedish health care system is at present facing multiple unprecedented challenges. Health is a key component for refugees to integrate themselves in society.

Tessa Verhallen

Tessa VerhallenTessa teaches and researches at the Department of Social Work and at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare. Her research focuses on transnational child welfare and protection arrangements for refugee children. The aim of the study is to address the questions of how child welfare and protection arrangements are actively shaped by refugee children, their families, central authorities and service professionals. Further, how these micro-level arrangements are related to changes in national policies and macro-level ‘transnational child welfare and protection mixtures’.

Anna-Karin Ivert

Anna-Karin IvertAnna-Karin's research focuses on experiences of victimisation and fear of crime among refugee children and adolescents after their arrival in Sweden in relation to their housing and neighbourhood. Based on the children and adolescents’ perceptions and experiences, she will explore how victimisation and fear influences factors such as: health, trust, participation, routine activities. Her previous work concentrated mainly on two areas of research, firstly, the influence of ethnicity and social settings on children’s mental health and development of antisocial behaviour, and further, neighbourhood influences on fear of crime.

Bruno O. Martins

Bruno O. MartinsBruno teaches and researches at the Department of Global Political Studies and at the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare. His research focuses on the intersections between technological developments, security practices, and societal change. At MIM his research inquires and develops strategies to de-securitise the current migration flow to Europe. He is a coordinator of INTERSECT: Technology-Security-Society Interplays in Europe, a collaborative research network.

Text: Adrian Grist

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