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Anja Karlsson Franck

Senior Lecturer

School of Global
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41124 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Anja Karlsson Franck

I hold a PhD in economic geography from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg but since 2013 I work as a senior lecturer in Peace and Development Studies at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.

My main research interests relate to migration and borders - where I take an interest in the way migrants and refugees navigate the various boundaries that govern and structure their freedom of movement. I am here particularly interested in the tactics and strategies that they employ during the migration process - and how these tactics, in turn, infringe on the state's (in)ability to control mobility and produce migrants as particular legal and social subjects.

Most of my work in this area has centered on Southeast Asia (mainly Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand), but I have also conducted work in the European contex (mainly Greece and Sweden).

In my current research projects I collaborate with scholars from the University of Gothenburg and the University of Amsterdam to unpack the nature and dynamics of contemporary border regimes - and the ways in which migrants themselves navigate these regimes to increase their room to maneuver and seek protection from abuse and violence.

Together with Darshan Vigneswaran, UvA, I work in a project funded by Vetenskapsrådet to study how migrants from Myanmar/Burma seek protection during their migration trajectories to Malaysia and Thailand.

In a project run together with Joseph Anderson and Joakim Berndtsson (GU) and Saskia Bonjour, Polly Pallister-Wilkins and Darshan Vigneswaran (UvA) we seek to examine implementation and accountability in the EU's outsourcing of its borders to Africa. This project is also funded by Vetenskapsrådet. 

In another project, financed by Forte, I work together with Joseph Anderson to study how the new Swedish policy regime on migration and asylum impacts the room to maneuver of newly arrived refugees - looking particularly at the joint impact of temporality, employer-sponsorship and deportability.