Anja Karlsson Franck

Senior Lecturer

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

About Anja Karlsson Franck

I am Associate Professor in Peace and Development Studies and hold a PhD in economic geography.

My main research interests relate to international migration and borders. I am particularly interested in how migrants and refugees navigate border regimes - and how the strategies that they adopt in turn impact states' ability to govern migration. I have for example studied how a precarious legal status impacts how we understand and maneuver the urban borderscape, how (petty) corruption is used as a means to navigate internal border controls and humor can function as a means to cope with as well as refuse subordination.

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.