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Department of Culture and Global Studies


In much research on refugees there is a focus on mobility or the lack thereof. However, the opposite of mobility is not necessarily immobility, as migration processes encompass a wide spectrum of different forms of mobility and immobility and choices made by people along the way. While some refugees might be on the move right now, they may also quickly join the legions of people unable to move, living in detention centers, camps, urban ghettos or other sites made invisible from the spectral forms of displacement in the moment of flight. The distinction between free and forced mobility may often be an ongoing and sliding negotiation, made via changing dreams and assessments. In different ways, this applies to internally or externally displaced persons, asylum seekers, refugees and sex workers encountering various institutions and legal regimes. This suggests the need for a wider and broadened historicized understanding of the many structures of (im)mobility.


Vibeke Andersson - Associate Professor

Vibeke Andersson works with mobility from a social science perspective. She analyzes how mobility and the right to travel affects communities and local stakeholders. She includes students in her research in co-creation of knowledge and co-production of academic papers

Publications Include:

► Transformative Change: Resilience and Sustainable Development for Commuities (2018)

► Viden i Verden. Læringsprocesser i ny kontekst (2018)

► Problem Based Learning, Motivation and Employability - A case study with tourism students from
     Aalborg University, Denmark (2018)

► Alternative Learning Experiences: Co-creation of knowledge in new contexts (2018)

► Global Mobilities and Tourism Development: A Community Perspective (2014)


Steffen Jensen - Professor with special responsibilities

Steffen Jensen has worked on processes of displacement and stuckness. Hence, the overarching idea of the work is that immobility and displacement need to be understood as temporal instantiations of life where those that used to be refugees or displaced often end up unable to move.

Publications include: 

► South African Homelands as Frontiers: Apartheid's Loose Ends in the Postcolonial Era (2016)

Contact GRS - Global Refugee Studies

Research Coordinator Steffen Jensen

Phone: +45 9940 8313

Email: sje@cgs.aau.dk

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