Gabriella Elgenius


Institutionen för sociologi och
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Om Gabriella Elgenius

Om Gabriella Elgenius

Gabriella Elgenius är professor i sociologi och forskar inom politisk sociologi med fokus på två huvudområden: det civila samhällets roll för integration i utsatta områden och stadsdelar; och om etnisk nationalism och populism inom den så kallade radikala högern. Gabriella är för närvarande projektledare för tre forskningsprojekt LOCALiTIES: om det civila samhällets roll för anställningsbarhet i mångkulturella områden i Sverige och Storbritannien. RETHINKING INTEGRATION: civilsamhällets roll för anställningsbarhet, försörjning, hälsa, politiskt deltagande och språkfärdigheter i utsatta områden i Sverige. EMPOWERING CITIES of MIGRATION om integration, boende och lokalt deltagande i Sverige, Tyskland och Storbritannien. I det senare utbildas Medborgarforskare som en del av forskningsprocessen.

Gabriella Elgenius received her doctorate as a Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2005, and later held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007-2011) at the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford. She was a lecturer and researcher at the University of Oxford between 2005-2014 and previously also at the LSE, Birkbeck College and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

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

Gabriella is an Associate Member at the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the RSA Royal Society of Arts in London and a member of the Steering Committee for the Centre for the Study on Nationalism at University of Copenhagen. She has previously been Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the UCL, Member of the Centre for Migration and Diaspora (SOAS, University of London), the Advisory Group for the Association of the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Scientific Council of National Movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (NISE),

Current Research Projects:

Rethinking Integration: a comparative mixed methods study of civil society action in vulnerable superdiverse neighbourhoods in Sweden (funded by Swedish Research Council, VR): This project builds on a multi-dimensional approach to integration and inclusion and aim for a detailed picture of civil society’s role in aiding integration, to develop theory around integration and social capital while contributing to long-standing debates about civil society, integration and diversity. The project fills a gap in current scholarship by approaching civil society responses to integration across multiple domains in Sweden’s so called ‘vulnerable areas’, linking these to the local context of vulnerability, to superdiversity, to formal and informal variants of civil society and variants of social capital:


LOCALiTIES: The role of civil society in supporting employability in diverse areas in Sweden and the United Kingdom (funded by FORTE): This project explores the role of civil society in supporting employability and access to the labour market in diverse neighbourhoods in Sweden and the UK. The local context is especially relevant since civil society is increasingly recognised in supporting residents accessing local labour markets. More specifically, our aim is to investigate under what conditions and by which mechanisms civil society initiatives supports employability in diverse neighbourhoods in Sweden and the UK. More about the project and team: https://localitiesproject.home.blog/project/

EMPOWER: Empowering Cities of Migration: new methods for citizen involvement and socio-spatial integration (Joint Programme Initiative on Urban Migration, funded by FORMAS, the ESRC, and the German Research Council): This is a collaboration between universities, research institutes, local authorities, urban and housing planners and civil society organisations in Sweden (Gothenburg), England (Birmingham) and Germany (Bochum). The aim is to establish an International Community of Practice and a Theory of Change to more effectively engage and empower citizens in cities and neighbourhoods experiencing population change, socio-spatial segregation and housing challenges. We build on previous research and networks, a mixed methods design, to co-design new gender-aware approaches for housing and integration in urban areas. A key part is to upskill, train and work together with Community Researchers (in Swedish Medborgarforskare): https://www.gu.se/en/research/empowering-cities-of-migration-new-methods-for-citizen-involvement-and-socio-spatial-integration-empower

Migration and Polarization: patterns, mechanisms and experiences. This is one of the workpackages part of Fortes research programme on Challenges of Polarization lead by Tomas Berglund. Work package 3, lead by Gabriella Elgenius, addresses the integration of migrants and minorities into the Swedish labour market by assessing the diversity within the migrant workforce and its distribution across the occupational structure and experiences of polarisation across different dimensions; that is, between majority and minority populations (first and, so called, second generations); https://www.gu.se/en/socav/migration-and-polarisation-patterns-mechanisms-and-experiences

Framing Ethnic Nationalism and Nostalgia (with Jens Rydgren, Stockholm University). This project explores the ethno-nationalist rhetoric as promoted by the Sweden Democrats, perceived threats against national identity translated into a nostalgia for the past and the resurgence of reactionary nationalism in Sweden.

Diaspora, Civil Society and BREXIT: Polish civil society and migration in the UK. 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. This is of particular relevance in view of the polarization in the aftermath och the Polish elections and Brexit. (Previous projects include Gabriella Elgenius PI, funded by the British Academy, John Fell and Kerstin Jacobson, PI, funded by Swedish Research Council). https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/dr-gabriella-elgenius

National Symbols and Nation-building: The symbolic regimes approach explores nation-building in stages, as layered and as strategic undertakings of nation-builders. Research includes a focus on the repatriation of cultural heritage, national museums and rival narratives in the Nordic countries. It has been funded by the European Commission, Marie Curie TMR, and the Centre for Concurrences: Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies LNU.


Associate Member Department of Sociology University of Oxford: http://www.sociology.ox.ac.uk/academic-staff/gabriella-elgenius.html

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London

Member of Steering Committee and Core Faculty Centre for the Study on Nationalism, University of Copenhagen: https://engerom.ku.dk/english/research/centres_projects/centre-for-the-study-of-nationalism/

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/institute-of-advanced-studies/dr-gabriella-elgenius

Co-organizer Migration Ethnicity Research Gothenburg University (MERGU): https://www.gu.se/en/research/research-network-migration-and-ethnicity-research-gothenburg-university-mergu