Isabell Schierenbeck


School of Global
Visiting address
Konstepidemins väg 2
41314 Göteborg
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Postal address
Box 700
40530 Göteborg

About Isabell Schierenbeck

Schierenbeck is a Professor in Political Science at the School of Global Studies (SGS). She is also a Guest Professor ("commuting"), Department of Communication, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Schierenbeck's main research areas are: public policy and implementation (migration, international development cooperation), research design and qualitative methods, and Israeli politics. She have a long lasting interest in research ethics and research safety. She has conducted fieldwork in the Middle East (and previously in Rwanda). She is an expert commentator (on Israeli/Middle Eastern politics) for radio, TV and the daily press.

Schierenbeck's current research is on integration policies (policy and practice), at the city level, in a comparative perspective in Jordan, Sweden and Turkey.

Current research projects

"Refugee Migration and Cities: Social Institutions, Political Governance and Integration in Jordan, Turkey and Sweden (SIPGI)". Together with Andrea Spehar (PI), Mine Eder, Alexander Jung, Kristen Kao, Ellen Lust and Josepha Wessels. Funded by the Swedish Research Council (2019-2024).

“Geopolitics at the margins: Exploring emergent political orders across the Red Sea”. Together with Jan Bachmann and Bizusew Ashagrie (Schierenbeck PI). Funded by the Swedish Research Council (2022-2026).

"Transnational civil society and foreign policy: The role of diasporas in comparative perspective". Together with Lisbeth Aggestam (PI) and Arne Wackenhut. Funded by the Swedish Research Council (2022-2026).

Teaching and tutoring

Current PhD supervision: Emanuelle Brandström Arellano, Flavia Fusco and Alexander Jung.

Completed PhD supervisions: Carin Berg, Wayne S. Coetzee, Anna K. Forsman, Meike Froitzheim, Marie Jeanne Nzayisenga, Arne Wackenhut.

Teaching: Research design and qualitative methods (BA, MA and PhD), Middle Eastern politics (BA).

Other positions and responsibilities

Chair of the research seminar in Peace and Development

Advisory Board Member, Advisory Group for Global Engagement, Karolinska Institute (KI)

Board Member, Centre on Global Migration (CGM)

Board Member, Portfolio Group "Global development and International relations", Norwegian Research Council

Board Member, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI)


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