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Gabriella Elgenius

Senior lecturer

Gabriella Elgenius
Senior lecturer
Associate Professor
+46 31 786 3769

Room number: F213
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Gabriella Elgenius

Om Gabriella Elgenius

Gabriella Elgenius is Associate Professor in Sociology (Docent/Reader) at the Department of Sociology and Work Science at Gothenburg University and Associate Member at the Department of Sociology (University of Oxford) and the Centre for Migration and Diaspora (SOAS, University of London).

Gabriella received her doctorate at the LSE as a Marie Curie Fellow in 2005, and later held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2011) at Nuffield College and the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford, where she has been departmental lecturer and researcher (2005-2014). Before she joined the faculty at University of Gothenburg in 2014 she has also worked as a researcher and lecturer at the LSE, Birkbeck College and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

Gabriella research focuses on political sociology, nationalism, migration and integration within the following fields: nationalism and the rise of ethnic nationalism and the Radical Right; diaspora mobilization, civil society and migrant organization in diverse areas; socio-political integration and the role of ethnic bonding and bridging social capital; migration, polarization and socio-economic integration on the labour-market. She uses comparative qualitative research designs as well as mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) approaches in order to respond to the fields above.

Gabriella is a member of the Scientific Council of National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE) and the Association of the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Gabriella teaches and supervises on her research areas nationalism, migration and integration, radical movements, diaspora and civil society, ethnic and gender stratification in organisations. She teaches courses in qualitative research methods and theory and Grounded Theory on Master and PhD levels.

Current Research Projects:

LOCALiTIES: The role of civil society in supporting employability in diverse areas in Sweden and the United Kingdom (Gabriella Elgenius, PI, funded by FORTE). The role of civil society is increasingly recognized in supporting residents of diverse neighbourhoods in accessing local labour markets. This project focuses on disadvantaged groups in the labour market, whose labour market participation falls considerably below native populations, and explores the role of civil society in supporting employability and access to employment. More about the project and team:

MIGRATION and POLARIZATION – patterns, mechanisms and experiences.
Part of Fortes research programme "The Challenges of Polarization on Swedish Labour Market" (Gabriella Elgenius is project leader for WP3; Tomas Berglund is programme leader, Funded by FORTE). This project addresses the integration of migrants and minorities into the Swedish labour market by assessing the extent, implications and experiences of polarisation across different dimensions; that is, between majority and minority populations (first and, so called, second generations); and the diversity within the migrant workforce and its distribution across the occupational structure.

FRAMING ETHNIC NATIONALISM: a study of the Sweden Democrats and the resurgence of reactionary nationalism in Sweden (with Jens Rydgren, Stockholm University, funded by the Swedish Research Council). This project explores the ethno-nationalist rhetoric as promoted by radical right-wing parties in Europe and its perceived threats against national identity translated into a nostalgia for the past.

POLISH MIGRATION in the UK: civil society, integration and BREXIT.
This project investigates the seemingly contradictory processes of social solidarity and division within diaspora civil societies, taking the Polish civil society abroad as the case in point. The aim is to contribute towards explanations as to how and why diaspora civil societies develop the way they do. Currently, this is of particular relevance in view of the polarization in the aftermath och the Polish election and Brexit. (Previous projects include Gabriella Elgenius PI, funded by the British Academy, John Fell and Kerstin Jacobson, PI, funded by Swedish Research Council).For more informamation about the project, click here.

Repatriating Cultural Heritage: museums, nation-building and rival narratives in the Nordic countries is a project part of a long-standing interest in the use of national symbols in nation-building. The symbolic regimes approach explores nation-building in stages, as layered and as a strategic undertaking. Research on national symbols have been funded by the European Commission, Marie Curie TMR, and recently the Centre for Concurrences: Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies LNU.)

Look at a video where Gabriella Elgenius talks about National Museums in Europe


Associate Member
Department of Sociology University of Oxford:

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies SOAS, University of London

Migration Ethnicity Research Gothenburg University (MERGU)

Latest publications

Remainers are nostalgic too: An exploration of attitudes towards the past and Brexit preferences
Lindsay Richards, Anthony Heath, Gabriella Elgenius
British Journal of Sociology, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Frames of Nostalgia and Belonging: The Resurgence of Reactionary Ethno-Nationalism in Sweden
Gabriella Elgenius, Jens Rydgren
European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The Symbolic Regimes of Nations: nation building and rival clusters of symbolism in Europe
Gabriella Elgenius
Keynote, British Sociological Association (BSA) Early Career Event: Symbolic objects and contentious politics, University of Aberdeen 6 april, 2019., Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Deconstructing the History of Nationalism: the Cultural Turn and Post-structuralism.
Gabriella Elgenius
In Berger and Storm (eds.), Writing the History of Nationalism. , London, Bloomsbury Publishing, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

The changing political landscape in Sweden Political cleavages, actors and processes
Gabriella Elgenius, M. Wennerhag
Sociologisk Forskning, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Ethno-nationalism versus Populism in the case of the Sweden Democrats
Gabriella Elgenius, Jens Rydgren
28th Association for the study of ethnicity and nationalism (ASEN) Annual Conference. London School of Economics: 27-28 March 2018, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Poland, Polarisation and the Diaspora Community in the UK: The Polish Diaspora and its Civil Society Trajectory over time.
Gabriella Elgenius
The Shift Towards the Right: What now for Minority Communities? 26 April, Faith Matters ( 20 Bedford Way, London., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

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A Nordic Model of Repatriation and the Politics of Egalitarianism: repatriating cultural heritage and human remains between the ‘Nordic’ countries.
Gabriella Elgenius
Centre for Concurrences: Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies, Linneaus University, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

The Social Impact of Immigration. The Guardian and the British Academy (panel and publication).
Gabriella Elgenius
[] Followed by a feature in the Guardian ‘How will 'super diversity' affect the future of British politics?’ after the event [], London, The Guardian, Other 2014

Politicising Apology and Performing Egalitarianism: the repatriation of cultural (national) heritage and human remains between the ‘Nordic’ countries
Gabriella Elgenius
Power, Culture and Social Framing, Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) Annual Conference, University of Manchester, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Do national events generate solidarity and participation? A European comparison.
Gabriella Elgenius
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Research Centre on Micro-social Change (MiSoC), Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution


Symbols of Nations and Nationalism: Symbolic Regimes and Historical Sequences.
Gabriella Elgenius
Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS) Conference. University of Linköping: 11-13 June, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

National Identities, Constitutions and National Days.
Gabriella Elgenius
Eidsvoll, KIFO, Research Centre for Religious Studies. Olso: May, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution


The Symbolic Regimes of Europe: nations, clusters and narratives.
Gabriella Elgenius
University of Mainz, Germany, in collaboration with Point Sud Research Centre in Bamako, Mali., Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

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