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Karsten Paerregaard


Karsten Paerregaard
+46 31 786 5633

Room number: C508
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Karsten Paerregaard

  • Danish Doctoral Degree (Doc. Scient. Ant.) 2008
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Huancayo (Peru) 2005
  • Ph.D. Anthropology 1990
  • Magister Anthropology (Mag. Scient. Ant.) 1980

Areas of interest
For the past 25 years, my research has focused on rural-urban migration in Peru and Peruvian transnational migration in the United States, Spain, Italy, Japan, Argentina and Chile. This work includes studies in migrant networks, remittances, illegality, fiestas, religious practices, political mobilization, family organization, social conflict, and other themes. Analytically, my research is inspired by recent theories of transnationalism and diaspora and, methodologically, I have used a multi-sited research strategy. Theoretically, I want to understand how physical and social mobility are conceived and practiced in a globalized world.

Current research
My current research is focused on climate change and its environmental effect on Peru's rural and urban population. Of particular interest is how Peru's growing water scarcity due to global warming and the melting glaciers generate new conflicts and how local, regional and national institutions respond to these conflicts. I also explore how rural and urban communities create new strategies and forge new alliances to adapt to the changing environment and examine the role that family households, communal organizations, migrant associations, international tourists, development agencies, small-scale industries, mining companies and state institutions play in the struggle to adjust to the growing water scarcity. My ambition is to create a comparative anthropology of mountain areas and to explore how mountain people use mobility as a strategy to adapt to climate change.

Teaching and tutoring
In 2013, I teach “Understanding Culture” at the Master’s level and “Advanced Methodology” at the Doctoral level in Global Studies.

Field experience
I have conducted fieldwork in Peru for more than 8 years both in mountain villages and in the cities (Lima, Arequipa etc.). I have also conducted fieldwork among Peruvian migrants in Miami, Los Angeles, Paterson (NJ), Barcelona, Milan, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Japan. Finally, I have conducted fieldwork among descendants of Danish immigrants in Argentina.




Latest publications

Moving Beyond the Commons/Commodity Dichotomy: The SocioPolitical Complexity of Peru's Water Crisis
Karsten Paerregaard, A. O. Andersen
Water Alternatives-an Interdisciplinary Journal on Water Politics and Development, Journal article 2019
Journal article

El Apu llora: Cómo el cambio climático y el derretimiento glacial transforman la ofrenda andina
Karsten Paerregaard
Montanas y paisajes sagrados. Mundos religiosos, cambio climático y la implicaciones del retiro de los glaciares, Lima, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University, and Antonio Ruiz de Montaya, Universidad Jesuita, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Transnational circuits: migration, money, and might in Peru's Andean communities
Karsten Paerregaard
The Andean World, Abingdon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Power in/of/as water: Revisiting the Hydrologic Cycle in the Peruvian Andes
Karsten Paerregaard
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Ayni Unbounded: Cooperation, Inequality, and Migration in the Peruvian Andes
Karsten Paerregaard
Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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People of The Volcano. Andean Counterpoint in the Colca Valley of Peru
Karsten Paerregaard
Bulletin of Hispanic Studies , Book review 2008
Book review

Kan migration føre noget godt med sig?
Karsten Paerregaard
Magasinet Humaniora, Magazine article 2008
Magazine article

Transnacionalidad andino: Migración y desarrollo en dos pueblos peruanos
Karsten Paerregaard
Al filo de la identidad. Migración indígena en América Latina, FLACSO/UNICEF/AECID, Chapter in book 2008
Chapter in book

In the Footsteps of the Lord of Miracles: The Expatriation of Religious Icons in the Peruvian Diaspora
Karsten Paerregaard
Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Journal article 2008
Journal article


Karsten Paerregaard
Integration. Antropologiske Perspektiver, Copenhagen, Museum Tusculanum/University of Copenhagen Press, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

Integration: Antropologiske perspektiver
Karen Fog Olwig, Karsten Paerregaard, Karen Fog Olwig
Copenhagen, Museum Tusculanum/University of Copenhagen Press, Edited book 2007
Edited book

Adios Peru: Persistence and Variation in Peruvian Transnational Engagement
Karsten Paerregaard
Living Across Worlds: Diaspora, Development and Transnational Engagement, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book


Callejón sin salida: Estrategias e instituciones de los peruanos en Argentina
Karsten Paerregaard
El quinto suyo: Transnacionalidad y formaciones diaspóricas en la migración peruana., Lima, Peru, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Chapter in book 2005
Chapter in book

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