Karin Zelano


Seminariegatan 1 b
41313 Göteborg
Box 713
40530 Göteborg

Om Karin Zelano



"Balancing mobility and solidarity: Multilevel Governance Challenges of East-West EU Mobility in Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden" (2018) Doctoral thesis.

Politices Magister from Uppsala University, including ERASMUS studies at master level at L'Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Paris. 

Research interests

Areas of special academic interest include issues related to multilevel governance, local governance, intra-EU mobility, CEE migration, informalisation, and the welfare state.


Karin Zelano participated in the European research project IMAGINATION: Urban Implications and Governance of CEE migration 2013-2016.

The IMAGINATION project focused on migration from Central and Eastern-European (CEE) countries, and the consequences of this type of mobility for urban cohesion and urban policies. The project focused on urban regions in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey and included the perspective of the CEE countries themselves as well. The IMAGINATION project was coordinated by the Erasmus University Rotterdam and carried out in cooperation with the University of Goteborg, the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and Koc University Istanbul.


Zelano, K. (2018). Balancing mobility and solidarity : Multilevel governance challenges of East-West EU mobility in Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden (Göteborg studies in politics, 157). [Doctoral thesis.]

Journal articles (peer-reviewed):

Bechmann, A., K. Sandvik, and K. Zelano. (eds) "Making Sense of Small and Big Data as Onlife Traces." Nordicom Review 40, no. S1 (2019): 3-9.

Zelano, Karin. "Vulnerability and Deviance: Individual Reasoning about the Proposal to Ban Begging in Sweden." Urban Research & Practice, 2018, 1-20.

 Zelano, Karin. (2018). Balancing informality and need – policy responses to informal East-West migration in Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden. Policy Studies, 39(5), 535- 559. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1080/01442872.2018.1487051

van Ostaijen, M., Reeger, U. & Zelano, K. (2017) "The Commodification of Mobile Workers in Europe - A Comparative Perspective on Capital and Labour in Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden", Comparative Migration Studies, 5 (6).

Book chapters (peer-reviewed):

Zelano, K. (2018). Governance of the Free Movement of Persons and Workers at the European Level. In Peter Scholten & Mark van Ostaijen (Eds.), Between Mobility and Migration: the Multi-Level Governance of Intra-European Movement. (pp. 101-123.) Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Bucken-Knapp, G., Hinnfors, J., Spehar, A. & Zelano, K. (2018). The Multi-Level Governance of Intra-EU Mobility. In Peter Scholten & Mark van Ostaijen (Eds.), Between Mobility and Migration: the Multi-Level Governance of Intra-European Movement. (pp. 125–140) Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Zelano, K. (2016) "Ställd inför tiggeriet: Svensk samhällsopinion 2015". in Jonas Ohlsson, Henrik Ekengren Oscarsson, & Maria Solevid (Eds.), Ekvilibrium (Vol. 66, pp. 179–197). Göteborg: SOM- institutet.