Research Network Migration and Ethnicity Research Gothenburg University (MERGU)

Research group
Active research
Project period
2000 - ongoing
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Short description

MERGU is a research network established in 2015 at the Department of Sociology and Work Science. There has been a tradition of research into topics related to migration at the department, recently revived with the developments and dynamics of global migration.

Members and associate members undertake research on migration and ethnicity related topics within sociology. We have particular interest and expertise in the following topics with a perspective of migration:

  • Civil Society  
  • Diaspora, ethnic and religious minorities
  • Education, discourse, diversity and policy
  • Emotions and affective practices
  • Gender and Family studies
  • Integration and local participation
  • Labour markets, diversity, polarization and highly skilled migrants
  • Mobility within EU
  • Migrant men and masculinities
  • Nationalism and Cultural Heritage
  • Postcolonial perspectives
  • Racism and Islamophobia
  • Refugee and Bordering Studies
  • Social Capital and Intersectionality
  • Social Class
  • (Super-)diversity
  • The Radical Right, ethnic nationalism and populism
  • Transnational childhoods and parenting

MERGU is based at the Department of Sociology and Work Science but is connected to wider networks both nationally and internationally. MERGU organizes seminars, conferences and public events and takes active part in the activities of the Centre on Global Migration (CGM) at the University of Gothenburg. MERGU welcomes associate members.

For more information contact:
Gabriella Elgenius or Oksana Shmulyar Green


Andersson, Pia
Cederberg, Maja
Elgenius, Gabriella
Research interests include civil society in vulnerable and diverse areas in a comparative perspective, migrant and diaspora organizations, the Radical Right, nationalism and populism, national symbols and the repatriation of cultural heritage.
Frank, Denis
Research interests focus on political dimensions of international migration, on how states seek to govern migration and how the destination countries respond to migration dynamics politically.
Hyltegren, My
Research interests include social constructions of children and what implications such constructions have within law, for example age assessments in the asylum process.
Philipsson, Sarah
Research interests focus on migration, asylum, im/mobility, temporality and practices of bordering and control
Shmulyar Green, Oksana
Research interests concerns the issues of transnational migration and mobility in the EU context, families and care relations on distance, migrants’ rights, mobile childhoods, belonging and identity.
Thorén, Christopher
Thörn, Håkan
Research concerns the issues of globalization and social movements, anti-apartheid and the emergency of a global civil society.
Wallinder, Ylva
Research interest concerns conditions for labour mobility and migration, and its relation to labour market, citizenship and political institutions. A particular focus is on professional and privileged migration from Sweden to Western European countries.
Wettergren, Åsa
Research interests include sociology of emotions, social movements, migration, processes of identification and change in organisations and society.
Wojnicka Katarzyna
Focus on critical studies on men and masculinities, social movements fathers' rights movements comparative European politics, gender.

Associate members

Bajqinca, Nuhi
Naldemirci, Öncel
Rosquist, Johan
Research is focused on the interaction between migrant cultures and the institutional practices in Sweden, the effects of the EU law on national migrations legislation and police investigations of honour related crime in Sweden.
Åberg, Linnea